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By the end of our time with the Silverado Hybrid, we’d averaged 19 mpg, in mostly city driving with lots of starting and stopping and several cold starts. Even with the Adaptive Fuel Management that most of GM’s full-size trucks now get, we probably would have seen 12 or 13 in a standard Silverado.
At three dollars a gallon for gas, that’s about $7,000 saved on gas alone over five years, assuming about 15,000 a year—and more than 460 gallons of fuel saved annually.
Unfortunately, the Silverado Hybrid is a pricey truck. Our 4WD test rig had only one option—an eight-way seat adjuster—and it stickered at $42,420. That’s about $10k more than the Work Truck (W/T) version of the Silverado Crew Cab but just a few thousand more than a standard Silverado optioned up with the same features. It’ll pay off, all said, in a few years. And that’s before counting the $2,200 federal tax credit that’s still in effect.
We hope GM soon makes a more simply equipped, affordable version of the Silverado Hybrid available to those who want to stock their fleets with these trucks, because altogether the difference they could make is staggering.
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