Pickup trucks: Toyota Tacoma
An economical pickup truck might seem oxymoronic but fuel economy matters to many buyers who use their pickups for business. Toyota's base Tacoma (around $22,000), with the same 2.7-litre four-cylinder as in the Sienna and a five-speed manual, is rated at 10/7.7 city-highway economy, costing $1,869 for a year's gas. But it's a light-duty pickup at best.
Detroit's V8 and diesel models still rule this category and have worked to improve mileage by adding hybrids and turbo V6s. For instance, Ford's F-150, when equipped with the 3.5-litre EcoBoost (turbocharged) V6 has power and torque ratings comparable to some V8s, with a fuel-economy rating of 12.9/8.9 in two-wheel-drive form.
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A 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sold for $1.3 million. Do you think classic cars were made better than modern rides?
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- Yes, the quality of cars from the 1960s and '70s is the best
- No, modern technology makes cars better today
- Maybe, it's hard to say since most Canadians get a new car every 10 years