Well, MPG is based on EPA estimates and my experience with their numbers and my vehicles.
The 6.0L gm v8 in a suburban is listed at 10/16mpg city/hwy. I can't see that getting 18 or 20 overall in daily driving. Call me a skeptic if you wish. The smaller motor does 1 or 2 mpg better but according to chevy's own specs the GCWR of the 1/2 ton is too little, if such numbers are to be believed and the 3/4 ton only comes with the bigger motor.
the expedition with a 5.4 is listed at 14/20 I think - so that /might/ get 16 or 17. Since I lean toward fords I'm gonna start my search on these first and see where it leads.
I had a jeep comanche for 11 years (17mpg overall avg, stock truck) a wrangler (305 chevy v8, 32" tires, 3" lift, 4:10 gears) and it got 11-13 most of the time.) It was fun but it was our 'spare' vehicle just like a dedicated tow vehicle might be. granted this was not a stock vehicle but it was the least reliable thing I've owned for a very long time (114k on it). Sitting does a vehicle a big disservice.
If we had a spare 15g's laying around I guess I might not be concerned with what to get or what it costs to use. But the $150 a month I spend on gas is money I can't spend on something else. I don't know about you or others here but when gas went to $4.20 a gallon in 2007 (or 8?) we stayed home a lot more, ate more spaghetti, listed to the kids whine a lot more. It's one thing when gas prices spike - you don't have control over that, but when it comes to what you drive you do have some input over it.
I think my issues (i'm not in denial, right?) are I like efficiency, I like being thrifty, I hate waste (be that food or money or fuel), I prefer a small vehicle over a big one and we had planned to get a 21' hybrid this year, not a 28' TT. The price was the same, the weight diff was only 800 lbs more and we liked the TT 10 times better - we'll use it more and be happier when we do use it. Seemed like a good idea - and still does. We just weren't prepared for needing a full size tow vehicle (an explorer was the plan for the hybrid and initial research shows it should pull the TT as well...more thorough research says a bigger vehicle is indeed a better choice.).
I had pickups for 15+ years and know the plus/minus of them. If you have multiple kids, their friends, pets, etc - or have ever lived with a 3 row seating vehicle - you can't go back to less. Our minivan is in the shop for an axle recall and our rental/loaner is an edge - there have been a few times we've had to take 2 vehicles when having the van meant only 1 would have been needed. IMO an ineffecient waste and it bugs me. YMMV of course.
Jill & Chris, Wills (14) Evie (11) & Toby our collie (5)
2011 Grey Wolf 28BH
2013 Chevy K1500 Crew w/ Reese StraitLine Dual Cam
Nights camped 2011: 11 2012: 18 2013: 12 2014: 12 2015: 13 2016: 3