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The 40 MPG Pickup Truck is Back!

The 40 MPG pickup truck has returned, at long last, with the 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid. For folks that need an affordable and fuel-efficient pickup, the wait is nearly over. 

When the news leaked out that the Maverick badge would land on Ford’s new compact pickup truck, some car nuts recoiled, myself included. Why would Ford choose that name when the Ranchero name seemed so much more appropriate? Once the press release hit the wires, it all made sense.

The Maverick's "FLEXBED" is tight, but versatile when the gate is lowered.
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2020 GMC Sierra ProGrade Trailering System: Chock Full ‘O Cameras!

Trailer towing is a task reserved for the brave, whether you’re hauling a race car, fishing boat, or a couple of ponies. It takes skill, experience, patience, and a steady hand. While learning the ropes can be a harrowing process, today’s technology offers a much-needed solution (and a huge selling point).

General Motors’ new ProGrade Trailering System takes the angst out of the learning curve, with an exhaustive array of cameras that provide a comprehensive 360-degree view around the truck, as well as behind and inside the trailer. We recently had the opportunity to learn how the ProGrade system operates with General Motors Vehicle Development Engineer, Jim Holtgreven at a demo event at the home of the New York Mets in Queens, NY. No orange cones were harmed in the process.

Derive Systems: Improving Fleet Fuel Efficiency via Software Solutions

Fleet vehicles use a whopping amount of fuel. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that the average delivery truck travels approximately 13,000 miles per year, a police car slightly over 15,000 miles, and a light truck nearly 12,000 miles. Multiply those numbers by the size of each fleet and the numbers roll up.

Whether it’s a police cruiser, an appliance repair truck, or an executive transport coach, optimizing idle settings is key to slashing overall fleet fuel consumption. The average fleet vehicle spends a monumental amount of time idling. A fleet manager can see a substantial reduction in fuel costs by implementing some simple changes. Yet it’s rarely done.

Derive Efficiency handheld OBDII device
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Work Boots and Pickup Trucks go Together Like …

I’ve been thinking about ways to combine vehicle and footwear reviews for a while. In this first ever combination pickup truck and work boot review, I pull on a pair of Keen Tacoma Wellingtons and take a brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma for a spin. It’s an experiment, no doubt about that, but I’m hoping that we can find a way to mesh the two worlds. Work boots and pickup trucks are like peanut butter and jelly. You can have one without the other, but there’s something about combining the two that makes the whole more than the sum of the parts. Or something like that …

Reduce U-Haul Truck Gas Costs & Expenses

I needed to rent a U-Haul box truck earlier this month and took the opportunity to shoot a video that demonstrates how reduce expenses. Needless to say, U-Haul trucks can be gas guzzling beasts (despite what their advertisements say). The video covers a a combination of fuel economy improvement techniques and other tactics. The truck shown in the video is a 10 foot GMC box truck.

I would have preferred to rent a high roof Ford Transit, but U-Haul only had standard roof versions on their lot. The Transit should be more fuel efficient than an old school box truck. Enterprise rents Transits, but none were available locally, so I was stuck with the little U-Haul Box truck.


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