Trucks have a long and proud history here in the United States. While there are a lot of great models available now, we still miss some of those that automakers retired. Not all hope is lost, however, as some classic trucks like the Ford Maverick, Chevy Colorado, and Ford Ranger are starting to appear on dealership lots again.
If we had our way and could tell the manufacturers what to do, these are the departed models we would ask for them to make again.
Don’t get us wrong, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a respectable truck, but the Chevrolet Avalanche’s cabin was so comfortable while also offering unique cargo solutions. It had what owners called the “midgate”, which allowed drivers to remove the rear cabin wall, the back window, or both to allow for longer items to pass through from the bed. If the Chevy Avalanche came back, it would give trucks like the Honda Ridgeline a run for their money.
The spelling of its name makes our heads hurt, but the Dodge Syclone truck is worth it. This was a truck with the heart of a roadster and more than ready to hit the track. When it was on the market, it shared a lot of the same parts as the Chevy Corvette, like its transmission. That alone should tell you how awesome this truck was. So what if it couldn’t tow anything?
The Jeep® brand recently revived its Gladiator truck, but we really wish it would bring back the Jeep® CJ-10. As Jalopnik writer David Tracy put it, the CJ-10 was absolutely ugly, but that rough exterior (and square headlights) hid a very capable machine. If you find a used one with a truck bed, you’re extremely lucky because the military often removed them to work as plane pullers.
These trucks might not be available anymore, but there are plenty of used trucks options available to your today. Contact us at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah for more information.
So you’ve found yourself asking your friend to help you haul stuff a little too often. Your friendship is getting strained because of it. Maybe it’s time to get your own! Here are five reasons to buy a truck!
# 1 – Tow and haul. This has so many advantages. You can get that boat or those jet skis you always wanted. You never have to pay anyone to haul your motorcycle to the shop. You can haul your own mulch. The list never ends.
# 2 – No sacrificing comfort. For a long time now, trucks have competed with passenger cars for comfort and accommodation. Having lots of power doesn’t mean you have to suffer in an austere and uncomfortable cab.
# 3 – No sacrificing technology. Trucks can be just as tech-savvy as smaller cars. Don’t think for a second that you’ll have to do with obsolete safety or in-cabin tech.
# 4 – Go anywhere. Trucks often feature stiffer, tougher suspension and a protected underbody. This allows you to take the road less traveled. Ever heard of muddin’?
# 5 – Return the favor. Though some people may find it aggravating that all of their friends ask them to help them move, it is very nice to be able to help the people you love. Plus, there is usually free pizza involved!
Following the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, all eyes were on the new 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax, which underwent stricter testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine its emissions and fuel economy numbers.
And, to no one’s surprise at Chip Wynn Motors, Chevrolet isn’t Volkswagen. The results were more than just good: the EPA rated the 2016 Colorado Duramax at 22 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined for the two-wheel drive model.
That’s good enough to take the title of “most fuel-efficient pickup truck” away from the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which only gets up to 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. When you put it all together, thanks to the Colorado Duramax’s 21-gallon tank, you’ll be able to go up to 651 miles before needing to stop for gas!
“The new Duramax diesel engine gives customers another choice for handling heavier work and recreational needs—while doing it efficiently,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It’s the very definition of GMC’s professional grade ethos.”