Recently Green Car Reports received quite a bit of push back from its readership regarding a discussion of EPA fuel economy numbers for several full-size half-ton pickup trucks. It seems that a vocal minority of the green-driving guide's followers don't believe pickups should be discussed on a website with the tagline, "The ultimate guide to cleaner, greener driving."
Thankfully, Green Car Reports is taking the high road and admonishing their readers who believe that the full-size pickup market should not be addressed, going so far as to prove that increases in truck engine efficiency can far outweigh just about any improvement gains from the hybrid powertrain crowd.
Here's our favorite section from the article: "It strikes us there are some readers who simply resent the existence of full-size pickup trucks and wish they would go away. And that's simply not going to happen. Instead, they'll get more fuel-efficient — and we hope to be there, covering the topic for years to come."
There are some other interesting points made in the article as well, including the idea that the average hyper-miling enthusiast might feel a little inadequate when driving next to a full-size work truck and those insecurities might spill over into discussions of gas mileage. Also, we can forgive the author for suggesting Ford will sell as many as 650,000 F-150s this year. He probably meant the entire F-Series lineup, which is likely to be closer to 750,000 units. F-150 sales are likely to be closer to 425,000.