4 Used Full-Size Hybrid Pickup Trucks You Can Buy Today
Hybrid pickup trucks have a surprisingly long history – GMC and Chevrolet started offering them 17 years ago! So if you dream of owning a full-size hybrid truck, you don’t have to buy a brand new one. Here are four used hybrid trucks you can buy today.
2004-2007 GMC Sierra 1500
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The first GMC Sierra 1500 hybrid debuted for the 2005 model year. It was not a hybrid by modern definitions: General Motors combined the truck’s starter and alternator into one unit. This mild hybrid engine could help with braking and recharge the truck’s batteries. But according to JD Power it could not propel the vehicle without the aid of the 5.3-liter Vortec V8 gasoline engine. But it could help the engine once in motion, and GM claimed it improved fuel mileage by up to 10 percent.
You can find this pioneering hybrid drivetrain in a Sierra or Silverado. But 12-volt bedside power outlets made this first-generation GMC Sierra 1500 especially popular with fleet buyers. Even though General Motors canceled it after the 2007 model year, you can still find well-maintained used examples if you look at used fleet vehicle auctions.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2009-2013
For the 2009 model year, General Motors revised its hybrid pickup truck program. The second generation of its Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 hybrid was a true modern hybrid. It had a 6.0-liter V8 and a four-speed automatic transmission with two integrated electric motors. These motors could launch the truck off the start and smooth out the shift points, giving it the characteristics of a modern CVT transmission. The result earned it a fuel economy rating of 21 city/22 mpg highway.
General Motors built this second-generation hybrid pickup until 2013. You can buy a GMC or Chevrolet version of this hybrid. Look for the latest model year Silverado 1500 Hybrid (2013) to get dual-zone climate control, General Motors’ “EZ-Lift” locking tailgate, and a Bluetooth stereo.
Learn more about General Motors Hybrid Pickup Trucks.
2018–present Ram 1500 with eTorque
While General Motors threw in the towel on its hybrid pickup project, Ram was refining its own mild hybrid. Ram also opted to combine its starter and generator into a single unit, connected to the gasoline engine by a heavy-duty serpentine belt. This unit is capable of regenerative braking and throwing the half-ton Ram 1500 from a stop. It can also help the engine during high-speed gear changes. This system, branded eTorque, can improve the Ram’s city mileage by up to three mpg.
Ram has included eTorque on every V6-powered 1500 built since 2018. It also offers the eTorque system on its 5.7-liter HEMI V8. Due to the frequency of the eTorque mild-hybrid system, buying a Ram 1500 is your best chance of finding a used hybrid pickup truck.
Learn more about the Ram Hybrid Pickup.
2021-present Ford F-150 with PowerBoost
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Ford has launched its first full-size hybrid pickup truck for the 2021 model year. The F-150 PowerBoost features an electric motor sandwiched between a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission. When you step on the brakes, this device turns into a generator, helping to slow the truck down while recharging its lithium-ion battery. Then when you hit the gas, it helps the F-150 produce 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque.
The EPA rated the efficiency of the F-150 PowerBoost at 24 mpg city/24 highway. That’s even better than the fuel efficiency of the 2022 Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX Hybrid. And because Ford has offered PowerBoost for two years, you have a chance of finding a recently traded-in F-150 Hybrid used.
Then see why Ford’s PowerBoost outperforms Toyota’s i-FORCE MAX or watch the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid in the video below:
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