Heavy-duty trucks and “green” don’t seem likely bedfellows, but in Bankrate’s five bad-boy work trucks for heavy hauling, you have a lineup of workhorse trucks packing gobs of creature comforts and fuel-efficient diesel engines.
Trucks are classified according to the combined weight of the vehicle plus the total weight, or payload, of the other items—passengers, cargo, fuel and so forth—it can safely transport. This is referred to as a vehicle’s GVWR, or gross vehicle weight rating. It doesn’t include anything the vehicle might tow, but often the higher the GVWR, the heavier load it can pull.
The pickups on this list have a GVWR from 8,501 pounds to 10,000 pounds, qualifying them as “heavy duty.” Bankrate also tossed in a heavy-duty diesel-powered van for fun.
Because these trucks are heavy enough to fall outside the government’s requirements for reporting city/highway fuel economy, fuel-economy numbers aren’t available. But diesels historically deliver better fuel economy than comparably powerful V-8s.
Some picks are 2014s and some 2013s. Listed pickup-truck prices are for the diesel-powered, four-door crew cabs with automatic transmissions and don’t include delivery fees.
All text by Russ Heaps, Bankrate correspondent