Should You Get a V-6 Pickup Truck as Opposed to a V-8 One?

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Here is something few people expected to happen: the selling price of some V-6 pickup trucks is higher than that of some V-8 ones, as is the case with the 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman. Choosing the more powerful engine costs $640 less.

Although a V-8 engine is usually regarded as the premium choice, “national fuel costs flirting with $4 per gallon and a federal mandate for automakers to achieve an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 have truck makers offering more fuel-efficient V-6 engines.” This could offer some cost-saving benefits but suppliers warn that they will “need to match trucks carefully to the desired application.” Truck owners who are not performing hauling or towing services on a day-to-day basis probably don’t need the “beefy V-8”.

The fact that the V-6 is more expensive than its V-8 counterpart lies partially in the new fuel-efficient transmission, which offers 25 mpg on highways.

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Victor Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two combat tours. As president of Lance Surety, he now focuses on educating and assisting small businesses throughout the country with various license and bond requirements. Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

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