Why Trucks Are WAY Better Than Hybrids

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
why trucks are way better than hybrids

Truck buyers shouldn't feel like eco-pariahs just because they want to use huge trucks as commuter cars or SUVs as grocery-getters. An unknown writer on Commercial Auto Dealers' GMC Truck Dealer blog wants you to know that hybrids aren't "really that much better for us than trucks." He/she warns you hybrids make you drowsy because "with their quiet motors and lack of exhaust noise, you can't hardly [sic] tell the car is on" which "could be a problem for people who want to drive at night or even during the day after a long shift at work." And if the risk of pandemic narcolepsy isn't enough to scare Prius owners back into a professional-grade Sierra 3500 Dually, "the electricity that the car uses to operate the vehicle isn't good for our health either." So while hybrid drivers are microwaving their tender parts, you can "just smile and walk away secure in the fact that you won't be subject to the same potentially harmful electromagnetic fields that they encounter every day." The anonymous writer concludes "if you want that large truck or SUV, don't hesitate to visit your local GMC truck dealer." And don't worry about $4/gallon gasoline. After all, what's a $136 fill-up compared to the peace of mind that hearing your engine and exhaust noise can bring?

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  • Wheatridger Wheatridger on May 27, 2008

    I tow a one-ton travel trailer over Colorado passes with a Subaru Forester. How does that work? Very well, thanks. But at 18 mpg, I can barely afford to do that anymore. Remind me again, why do I need a truck right now?

  • Captain Neek Captain Neek on May 28, 2008

    Who actually needs, as opposed to "wants", a truck? In particular, who requires a "full-size" pick-up for anything other than a machismo massage? Admittedly, there are legitimate users but your normal shmo (like me) living in the burbs (like almost everybody else) does NOT need a truck, SUV, 4x4 or SAV. BTW, please can we leave Maslow out of the discussion, as his theories are discredited.

  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on May 28, 2008

    Who 'needs' a sports car? For that matter, who 'needs' anything bigger than a Smart microcar? Who 'needs' anything larger than a studio apartment? Who 'needs' excess energy consumed by appliances, televisions, computers, and stereos? Since when did we get into the act of trying to dictate the purchasing preferences of your neighbors? Oh right, how selfish of me to want to enjoy my money. But then again, who 'needs' to have so much money in their bank account?

  • MikeInCanada MikeInCanada on Jun 05, 2008

    He's right you know - all those radiated fields in the electric drive section of hybrid cars can be quite damaging. I took a test drive in a Prius last month. The first that that happened when I started to drive the car was "Ow, my sperm!" and I grabbed my crotch. Funny, after about 10 minutes it stop hurting. True story.