• Feb 28, 2009
2009 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Hybrid – Click above for high-res gallery

With the 2009 editions of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Hybrids just now beginning to appear on dealer lots around the country, we decided it would be a good idea to strap ourselves behind the wheel of the fuel-saving duo to see what fuel efficiency improvements we could manage in some typical city driving scenarios. Plus, there's all kinds of techno-wizardry at play as soon as the driver's right loafer touches the go-pedal, so we were keenly interested to see if The General was able to harness the power of three distinct power sources (one gas engine, two electric motors) while keeping everything smooth and controlled as one would expect from a $40,000 pickup truck.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I crunched a few numbers and found that the cost to drive 10,000 miles at $3 a gallon in the 15 mpg silverado 1500 is $1998. The cost to drive that same distance at $3 a gallon in the 21 mpg hybrid version is $1428.

      So the savings over 10,000 city miles is $570. Assuming a a generously low price difference of $8,000, it'd take 140,000 city miles to make up the cost of the hybrid in money saved on gas.

      Sorry, but I don't see a point to this.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well you do have to keep in mind that GM trucks routinely see 200k+ miles with their owners (my father has 150k miles on his 03 Sierra Duramax he bought new), but the biggest thing is so that you can own a pick up and feel "socially responsible" (South Park's SMUG effect) which is an intangible that is hard to put a price on. Personally if SMUG could destroy Sacramento I would be happy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The point is, ig GM didn't do this (add hybrid drive-trains and attempt to improve mpgs), they'd be excoriated in the media and by the government for making full-size pick-ups.

        It's not about what GM does, it's about how they are perceived in the new "green" economy".

        Also, remember the old chestnut that more gas is saved by improving the mileage of the worst-performing vehicles sold in the greatest volumes, than improving the mpg of smaller cars that are sold in smaller numbers?

        http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/20/the-illusion-of-miles-per-gallon/
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's true for all hybrids, in comparing them the price of a comparable gas version, or comparable sized conventional car. The price premium for hybrids, which is never going away, doesn't give me an incentive to buy one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I suppose if you don't care about trying to reduce pollution or cutting down on imported oil then yea, what's the point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How long does it take usually for a truck to get 140000 miles? Gas prices could shoot up to much more than $3 a gal before then. So, I don't think this is a fair comparison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1. As gas prices get higher, the amount of of money saved will become greater.
        2. Just drive the truck for over 140,000 miles. Problem solved.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've been hammering away about this for a long time. To make up the difference in the extra price of a hybrid over it's non-hybrid cousin, makes buying a hybrid a questionable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Polly Prissy Pants,

        Making a bunch of extra batteries cuts down on pollution?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You save a lot more money on gas when you have a large vehicle that's been hybridized compared to a small fuel sipper that's been hybridized. I remember when I read a story somewhere about a hybrid scooter, I rolled by eyes so much they almost got stuck there.

        http://www.mpgillusion.com/
        • 5 Years Ago
        everyone and their mother has known for years that hybrids aren't all that efficient when you consider how much more they cost, its the same for all of them
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM has to do something to get their CAFE numbers higher. And eventually through higher production the costs will come down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ PollyPrisyPants

        "I suppose if you don't care about trying to reduce pollution or cutting down on imported oil then yea, what's the point."----------------------Keep that dirty mouth of yours close. Environment is there to be destroyed and saudi arabia is our best friend.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Sea Urchin, Toyota's Tundra hasn't sold well for the same reason that Nissan's Titan hasn't sold well. They look good on paper, but in actual use they're at best average pick-up trucks. Average fuel economy, average handling, and the fact is that in the case of all three Detroit automakers, their pick-up trucks have been constantly improved.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's amazing to me how much better the grille on the Sierra makes the entire truck look over the Silverado.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i no its random but


        RIP Paul Harvey :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes a lot of sense for a work truck.

      The 5.5 foot bed, $40K price tag, 1400lb payload, and minivan approach angled chin spoiler don't.

      This would make a lot more sense on a 2500 or 3500 truck, or an Express van. Which are exempt from CAFE and don't even have mileage estimates on the window sticker.

      What a stupid law that is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish Ford hadn't canceled the F-100. I don't need a truck that can tow 15000 lbs or whatever. The Ranger and the Colorado pretty much suck for various reasons.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only slathered in six hybrid badges? Come one GM! I need more. How about enbroidered on the seats, across the front windsheild, and on the roof too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jay,

      Not true for all hybrids, some of them pay off within 6 years. And besides, there's people that want to reduce the amount of pollution they cause. Not everyone thinks with their wallets, ya know?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Truck + hybrids = oxymoron
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zak: You really didn't think this one through did U?

        Citing your statement, FedEX and UPS were morons for buying thousands of Hybrid delivery trucks and saving million$ in fuel costs.

        As was the NYC MTA with almost 1000 buses.

        Read my post a couple of posts up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course if it were Toyota doing a truck hybrid, in your eyes it would be a great thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When will Chevy learn to say "COBALT HYBRID"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have it your way. Because I have mine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They do have a Cobalt hybrid (almost). It's called XFE. Now it only gets 37 MPG, but It can't be beat for the price (fuel economy-wise).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I never called it a hybrid. The Cobalt is going out of production in 2 years max, so a hybrid is out of question. The closest thing they have to a Cobalt Hybrid is the xfe. I didn't mean "almost" like "if they could just do this/that, then it would be a hybrid". I meant it in the terms of "for now, this is Chevy's equivalent of a Cobalt hybrid".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please, for the love of god, don't start calling every model with high fuel economy in mind a "hybrid". It isn't even "almost" a hybrid.

        Low rolling resistance tires, an ECU retune and a few gearing changes (Ex: everything done to the XFE) is NOT a hybrid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...And your way calls a vehicle a hybrid even though it doesn't have a combination gas/electric drivetrain. Calling the Cobalt a hybrid is worse than calling the new stop-start Mini a "mild hybrid," which itself is pretty damn disingenuous.

        Sorry Torrent. :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      To compare 2009 cars on gas consumption and costs, try www.gpmcalculator.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      2 Mode "Hybrid" is not a real hybrid. GM really wants to get sued for false advertisement on most of their so called hybrid vehicles like the Volt and their 2 mode Hybrid vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's capable of traveling up to 30 miles at 30mph (under ideal situations) under pure electric power as it's first "mode". In it's second "Mode" it uses the two electric motors to boost fuel economy and aid in acceleration. How is this not a hybrid?
        • 5 Years Ago
        So we have one person claiming the Chevy Cobalt XFE, which has no hybrid gear or electric motor system, is Chevy's equivalent of a Cobalt hybrid, and now you, Jeremy, claim that Chevy's two-mode hybrid, which has a hybrid-electric and gas drivetrain, is not a hybrid.

        I ask you, Autoblog: What do you consider a hybrid? You're confusing me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Making a full size hybrid pick-up or SUV a is akin to putting ballet slippers on an elephant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please explain? These are the vehicles that need hybrid propulsion more than micro cars. Ask the New York Metro Transportation Authority. They have close to 1000 Hybrid buses in operation. They have proven to be more reliable than the traditional diesels, reduced fuel consumption by 40%, reduced carbon emissions by 90%.

        I always make it a point to ask the drivers of NYC Hybrid cabs about the comparisons between the hybrid and regular cabs. Typical comments: They need to make more FULL sized Hybrids, otherwise they love the vehicles.

        YES I said it, the larger the vehicle, the greater the need for hybrid propulsion.

        Hybrids as personal vehicles are at best idiotic. For a traveling salesman, a hybrid makes sense. For someone that drives 2 miles to the train station parks all day and drives 2 miles back home, it makes no economic sense, but it does say a lot about the person driving it.

        The reason Hybrids make more sense as commercial vehicles, is because one cannot realize the benefits of Hybrid propulsion while the car is parked. Personal use vehicles spend between 80% and 95% of their existence in PARK.

      • 5 Years Ago
      If Hummers also were given these Hybrid engines maybe they could ger rid of their unfriendly image a bit.
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