After a week of driving mostly sporty Automobile of the Year and All-Star candidates on rural roads, it was quite a switch to find myself negotiating downtown Ann Arbor in this giant dualie pickup. As Mike pointed out, though, the city is not the habitat for a truck like this. This is the kind of vehicle that excels at towing big trailers full of things like horses, cars, and hay bales or hauling bedfuls of construction equipment and mountains of firewood. In my rural farm town (where the streets are pretty wide), the Sierra felt right at home, but the only thing I hauled was a medium-size pumpkin. What a disgrace!
This truck is more capable than what 99.9% of private owners need, but for those select target customers, this $56K one-ton truck is surely fantastic, with its heated seats, satellite radio, very spacious cabin, huge bed, and, of course, near limitless towing capability. And when you need a truck like that, you probably don't worry about fuel mileage very much. Over fifty commuting miles, with the truck empty, I achieved an indicated 13.3 mpg on diesel.
- Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor