What New Vehicle Would You Pick For a Cross-Country Road Trip?
Criteria was simple:
- Car is yours to use for free, but you must pay for gas.
- Must cost under $50,000
It all came back to a truck.
As much as I like driving cars, I'm really a truck guy. The pickup I've owned for the last eight years felt like an old friend the first time I drove it. It has served me well, even after accruing miles into the six digits and spending time on the garage rack. I like the feel of rear wheel drive, powered by a V8, in a chassis that will take suburban abuse over several decades. These days, the only reasonably-priced way to get that is to buy a pickup.
So for my selection in the Car Domain survey, I chose the current version of my 1994 Chevy 1/2 ton:
- 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- Short bed / standard cab
- "Imperial Blue Metallic" paint
- LT Preferred Equipment Group (many options)
- 5.3 liter V8/6-speed automatic
- 20" Chrome-plated wheels
It's funny to think that my 'dream truck' so to speak is 35-grand. To be honest, I had to stretch it to even reach that amount. I added stuff to get the final price as close to $50k as I could, without turning it into a pimp-mobile. I also stayed away from four-wheel drive, a personal choice that understandably would get some disagreement. Balancing the added cost, added drive train weight, and complexity of 4WD in general, I simply couldn't justify it on a vehicle driven mostly on the open road. Maybe there would be some value in mountain passes during inclement weather, but that's inconsequential since a trip across the USA - for me at least - would occur during the summer.
What's your choice?