10 Biggest Pickup Truck Stories: Silverado 4-Cylinder Sips Success, Gladiator Gets Up There

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By Matt Schmitz

In decades past, a car with a four-cylinder engine was often dismissed as a glorified golf cart, and a truck with a four-banger? Fughettaboutit. But engines have come a long way with major improvements in turbocharging and other technological advancements that have enabled comparable — and increasingly superior — performance from a four-cylinder engine compared with the six-cylinder engine that came before it, all while enjoying savings from improved gas mileage. Such is the case with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's 2.7-liter turbo-four, as we learned on our recent fuel-economy test that sits atop our list of PickupTrucks.com's most-popular stories published in June.

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We took a high-elevation mpg drive in Utah with a double-cab, standard-bed Silverado LT with four-wheel drive, and managed to best EPA estimates on the 68-mile trek that included a mix of city, highway and higher-speed freeway driving. Bearing in mind the Silverado 1500's official 19/22/20 mpg city/highway/combined figure, we logged an impressive 23.4 mpg average according the onboard computer and a calculated 22.13 mpg for the trip. Not bad, eh? You can read all about the details of our mileage drive via the link below to the full story, our No. 1 article for the month of June.

Oh, we're sorry ... was that too everyday-practical for you? Well, don't worry. We've got all you asphalt-eschewing enthusiast types covered, too. Our own Fred Meier got up close and personal with a $60,000 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon pickup, and kindly breaks it down for us as to what you get for what may seem like an exorbitant sum to someone who doesn't regularly attend services at the church of Jeep. The quick answer is that you get maximum off-road capability and lots o' luxury — but, ultimately, you can still spend more on the ultimate Gladiator. Be sure to check out our No. 2 most read article for Meier's full rundown.

Rounding out the month's top five are our pricing breakdown on the 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks at No. 3, the lowdown on what's new with Toyota in terms of trucks for the 2020 model year at No. 4 and the tow-down on the 2019 Ford F-150's pulling prowess in fifth place.

And the June haul just keeps getting heavier from there. Here are the top 10 news stories PickupTrucks.com readers couldn't get enough of in June:

 1. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 MPG: Testing the 2.7-Liter's Fuel Economy

 2. We Drove a $60,000 Jeep Gladiator: Here's What You Do and Don't Get

 3. GMC Announces 2020 Sierra HD Pricing: Some Less Expensive, Some Much More

 4. What's New With Toyota Trucks for 2020?

 5. Breaking Down the 2019 Ford F-150's Towing Capacities

 6. Hey, Y'all, Watch This: Off-Roading in the 20189 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

 7. Nissan Titan Bests Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado in Quality Study

 8. 2019 Ram 3500 MPG: What to Expect With 1,000 Torques Towing 16,000 Pounds

 9. Driving the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's Baby Duramax: It's Smooth, Baby

10. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Walk-Around: Video

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