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Pros: the handling
Cons: door lock on the arm rest
Advice: try both 4cyl. and 5 cyl. to see what suets you bestgreat power- even better handling-i can get 25 mpg if driven right-
Cons: Wheels. Should have nicer wheels for price and type of truck.
Advice: Look around for mileage and condition of body. And of course price comparatively!Great power, good throttle response, drives like new and very good quality ride. Brakes are sharp! SOunds good for stock exhaust.
Pros: Quiet car-like ride and handling.
Cons: Turning radius.
Advice: Choose the 5.3 liter V8 for best mileage.This is my first pickup. Chose it over the Tundra because of ease of access and appearance of the interior. It has good mileage for a full-size pickup. I live in the country and average about 16.5 mpg overall.
Pros: Smooth ride
Cons: it always is in the shop
Advice: caveat emptorMy husband purchased this truck while on emergency leave from Iraq for me (his wife), and two small children. He wanted us to have a reliable vehicle while he was off at war. We truely believe it is a lemon. It has 5000 miles and has been in the shop around 6x's. The service manager admitted that they had been having problems with reports of this model having water intrusion. I have been stranded on the side of the road twice. I need this truck to go see my husband who is coming home in 2 weeks to make a 3000 mile trip. I have no confidence in the truck.
Advice: This truck is a BUY !Smooth running truck, plenty of power with the 2.9L inline 4 cyl, 3.73 rear axle ratio, auto locking differential and 5-speed manual. Getting 23 mpg city (25-30 mph) and 28 mpg highway (55-60 mph) with recommended 35 PSI all around and just 400 miles on truck. The right size truck for city driving when you MIGHT need the box for hauling.
Pros: auto 4 wheel drive
Cons: gas guzzler
Advice: be prepared to spend $50 - $60 plus to fill the tankI absolutely love this truck! It's a quiet, comfortable ride & it handles great through snow, rain & ice. It has so much room & a great stereo system. We've gotten up to 21MPG on the hwy a few times, but averaging about 18MPG. A little expensive to fill the tank at times, but I feel very safe while I'm driving.
Pros: strong engine
Cons: noisy cab
Advice: never pay sticker price...The I5 engine is noisy, but it does have a lot of torque. nice ride for a pickup.