Who Needs 4-cylinder Pickup Truck?
Small or medium-duty pickup trucks have record sales in the last several years. Not everyone needs a full-size truck. Drivers who use the truck as a daily commuter, to get to the work, drive kids to school, visit mall and grocery shop, and occasionally tow a small boat or trailer are fully satisfied with small trucks like Honda Ridgeline, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier.
Commercial use isn’t questionable too. Small businesses and tradesmen also include medium-size trucks in the fleet since they are cheaper than one-tone pickups, maintenance costs are lower, and finally, their job doesn’t require to tow extremely heavy tools or transport workers to the job site.
Abovementioned trucks are easy to drive in the city, compact dimensions allow easy parking even without a rear camera, they have a smaller turning radius, and already mentioned fuel economy are good reasons to buy small trucks. But what about cylinders and engine size?
Compact in size doesn’t mean they can’t be found with V6 engine. On the contrary, the US market has the most V6 trucks. This means that competition in the four-banger segment is still rather light
. We are pickup nation, but only 10% of pickups use four-cylinders. Obviously, not for long.
To sum things up, if you need a truck with good mpg, capable of towing, comfortable, attractive, reliable, suitable as a fleet vehicle, and easy to drive, go for 4-cylinder, and you won’t regret.
The table below gives engine, torque, power and mpg info for popular new and used four-cylinder pickups.