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Old 12-12-2015, 11:15 AM   #91
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Doug, I assume this is a diesel?



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Hi Mike

Nope its a gas engine, same one as in the corvette. Another forum member bought the same truck and picked up a Escape 5er and gets about the same mileage.

I have had 2 Ford, 2 Toyota, 2 Datsun and 4 GMC/Chev trucks and this one is by far my favourite for both towing and as a daily driver.

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Old 12-12-2015, 11:27 AM   #92
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Nope its a gas engine, same one as in the corvette. Another forum member bought the same truck and picked up a Escape 5er and gets about the same mileage.

I have had 2 Ford, 2 Toyota, 2 Datsun and 4 GMC/Chev trucks and this one is by far my favourite for both towing and as a daily driver.

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Doug,

That is very good mpg. I have been averaging about 15 while towing the 5.0 TA. But, I'm not exactly easy on the pedal. I'm leaning towards a diesel for my next truck, and that's why I asked. I had a gas Silverado for everyday driving in the past and it got very good mpg. Maybe I'll have to take another look at GMC.

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Old 12-12-2015, 11:49 AM   #93
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Mike one thing you want to make sure is that the truck has the NHT Max Trailering package.
The fuel economy with the 6.2 is better then my 2011 with the 5.3 both towing and not. By the way I'm not easy on the right pedal either and with 420 HP you can have lots of fun

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Old 12-12-2015, 02:24 PM   #94
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Mike one thing you want to make sure is that the truck has the NHT Max Trailering package.
The fuel economy with the 6.2 is better then my 2011 with the 5.3 both towing and not. By the way I'm not easy on the right pedal either and with 420 HP you can have lots of fun

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Definitely would get the max trailing package. Chevy/GMC does have impressive mpg numbers.

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Old 12-12-2015, 04:11 PM   #95
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Drove from southern Alberta to Chilliwack (Escape) then up to Prince George BC then home and averaged 17.2 Imp. on that trip.

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No, the "6.2" is the EcoTec3 6.2L V8 gasoline engine; the truck version is the L86, and the car version (more power, but at higher engine speed) is the LT1. It is the larger size of the current generation (Gen V) of the GM small-block. The transmission is GM's 8L90.

GM's big pickup diesel - the Duramax V8 - is currently at 6.6 litres displacement.

I can see how one might expect this to be a diesel - the fuel economy is impressive for the truck size and engine power.
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I wonder what the rear end gearing as well as the transmission is?
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I wonder what the rear end gearing as well as the transmission is?
I believe that GM has only one heavy-duty 8-speed transmission, so...
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The transmission is GM's 8L90.
GM's own 2016 Powertrain Product Portfolio confirms that the 8L90 is the only choice (in a couple of variations).

Both links provide the transmission ratios; I don't know what final drive ratio Doug has.
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I wonder what the rear end gearing as well as the transmission is?
I assumed that this was referring to Doug's Sierra, which he describes as
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If so, the 2015 Sierra specs say that the MAX Trailering Package (NHT) includes - among other goodies - a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio. It's a 4x4, so that's the front axle ratio as well.

Any axle ratio is meaningful only in the context of the engine characteristics, the transmission gearing, and the tire diameter.

If the question was about the Colorado/Canyon diesel, it appears in the specs that the 2WD is only available with diesel in the crew cab longbox, and that combination comes only with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 3.42:1 final drive ratio. GM Powertrain's 2016 Product Guide says this is the 6L50 transmission (for all Colorado automatic configurations). There is a 4.10:1 ratio, but not for this configuration. Note that the Colorado/Canyon has smaller-diameter tires than a Sierra.
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I don't know if either the Ram's EcoDiesel or the Colorado/Canyon's Duramax have an exhaust brake (I'm sure they don't have compression-release brakes).
In going through a "build & price" exercise for a Colorado to find the rear axle ratio options, I noticed that selecting the Duramax automatically adds a set of features which includes an exhaust brake.
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Most of the Ram's with tow/haul mode have an engine brake in that once you tap your brake downhill it maintains that speed downhill using the transmission and engine drag. As far as the rear end ratio, with the lower 3.73 which is good for towing, a higher ratio will increase economy. I'm surprised with those numbers based upon the spec's.
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