It’s always a good idea to get a head’s up on any previews available, especially if you’re wanting to invest in purchasing a 2011 truck that is not yet on the market. Trucks have always been notorious for having low gas mileage. Are any or all of them going to save you on gas? You are in luck, because here are five 2011 model trucks from Ford, Cheverolt and GMC that are giving the consumer a sneak peek if you will. Here you will get to see what they look like, what is so special about them in 2011, their prices and how good are these trucks now on gas mileage. Without further ado let’s get started on the consumer preview of the 2011 model trucks.
1.) 2011 Ford F-100– $16,500 (Base Price)
This is Ford’s first ever- midsize truck. Ford’s former cash cow, the F-150, has proven to be too draining for their truck sales due to rising gas prices and a bad economy. It’s time Ford finally got its act together with a truck that has decent gas mileage. The F-100 name is being revived after twenty-five years. To make it look like Ford trucks of the past the 2011 F-100 is going to be cast like the 1997-2003 F-150s. You’ll likely find three engines in the F-100: V6 of 3.5 or 3.7 liters, a turbocharged V6 – the “EcoBoost 3.7 and the V8. To help streamline its past gas- wasting weight the 2011 model will use thinner gauge high strength steel for the frame rails and chassis cross members, plus aluminum for the hood, tailgate and other body panels. In a nutshell the 2011 Ford F-100 is smaller in size and more weight conscious in its engineering. One thing is certain it’s going to be a “Ford Built Tough” model in 2011.
2.) 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty – $28,020 (Base Price)
When Ford came up with the slogan “Ford Built Tough” it certainly had this 2011 model in mind no doubt. Thankfully here is another model that is best-in-class for fuel economy. The 2011 F-250 Super Duty offers a new line of powertrains that will deliver the most horsepower and torque whether its gas or diesel fuel. There’s even the bells and whistle available such as internet connection, keyboard and a voice activated communications systems. In a way it’s like an office on wheels. The 2011 Super Duty is certainly super as being the best in towing and payload. They will offer new technologies such as Trailer Sway Control and Electronic Locking Rear Differential giving you more confidence when handling a heavy load. Best of all is has proven to withstand the toughest real world conditions.
3.) 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD – $28,960 (Base Price)
Thinking of Chevy trucks the Silverado certainly comes to mind. The 2011 2500HD newest model will feature upgrades on its suspension, engine, transmission and brakes that will eventually lead to better gas mileage. First off the exterior will have a new face by way of a new grille, a power dome hood and a wide opening in the chrome front bumper. One of its greatest features is the powerful Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel engine. Emissions have been reduced by 60% and its new oil pump is designed in producing a high-mileage engine. Fuel tanks are at 36 gallons with a range of 680 miles on a single tank.
4.) 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD (No Price Available)
It is all of the above with the Silverado 3500HD, except for a few major differences since the Silverado is such a popular truck. All of its new configurations will include a 6.5-foot bed on the Crew Cab. The standard wheels are 17-inch diameter with available 18 and 20 inch options. However, the biggest difference out of all in this Silverado is its towing and payload capacities. Now it boasts up to 20,000 towing capacity for 5 wheel trailers. The payload capacity reaches a maximum of 6,335 lbs., which is even greater than the current Ford and Dodge models.
5.) 2011 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty – $46, 860 (Base Price)
If you are one of those hard-working people who like to drive in style in their trucks, then here is one just for you. Previously the GMC Sierra Denali was only available as a luxury light duty pick-up. That has now changed with the Heavy Duty line slated for 2011. It features a four-bar chrome perforated grille and ride on an all new chassis. There will be chrome accents on the doors and door handles. Inside will have a Bose audio system, power-adjustable pedals, 12-way power seats and brushed aluminum trim. This is the first time the luxurious Denali trim will be offered on one of GMC’s toughest trucks.
So far all that is being offered are the trimmings, what about where it really counts? GMC’s upgrades have been focused on the chassis and powertrain. It’s not as strong as the Ford F-Series with their Super Duty, but the Sierra Denali has a 20,000 -pound maximum towing capacity with a fifth wheel trailer like the Chevy Silverado HD. Its diesel engine is the star of the show. GMC has made substantial upgrades with their oiling system that saw an 11% increase in highway fuel economy and a range of 680 miles thanks in part to its 36 gallon fuel tank. This is certainly what many will want to hear with regards to saving gas. Luxury is nice, but economy is even better regarding fuel prices.
All of these five 2011 model trucks have fuel efficiency in mind, first and foremost. They include the heavy duty, super duty and light duty variation of trucks. Currently I am taking care of my brother’s Ford truck while he is overseas. It’s nice to have this information on hand for him, since he is in the market for a 2011 truck. At least it gives you an idea on how these trucks have vastly improved on gas mileage. No one can afford to own a gas guzzling truck anymore. That is why this consumer preview of the 2011 model trucks is so important.