...and you take your bargains where you find 'em.
I had to rent a vehicle this week while mine is in the body shop. My insurance company set me up with Enterprise, and when I got to the body shop with the LBT, a smiling enterprise employee was waiting to pick me up and whisk me off a few miles to her office.
We get there, I choose a brand-new 2012 GMC Canyon 4X4 Crew cab, which they give me at the small-car rate (first bargain!), then I get offers on gasoline. I can agree to prepay the gasoline (and get a full tank) for $3.40/gallon (40 cents per gallon cheaper than current street price), or I can agree to pay $4.00 for fuel for each 30 miles I drive.
The GMC Canyon SLE I-5 4X4 is listed to get 17 mpg City, probably would get 15, so I sign up for the Four Buck Deal. That gives me my gas at $2.00/gallon!!!! That's a $3.60 savings, on top of the $20 I saved by getting the Canyon @ $10 off per day. I'm up $23.60! That will pay for about a half-tank of gas in the newly-regrilled LBT when I take her home this afternoon.
OK, the GMC/Chevy Canyon/Colorado.
Decent truck, or so it seems. Plenty of zip from the 3.7 liter 5-cylinder engine, @ 242 hp, 242 #/feet of torque. You can order the truck with a V-8 (350 CID) of 300 hp and 320 #/ft torque, but it's not needed.
The truck has a busy ride, and the usual rash of late-winter potholes brings forth the occasional "clunk" from the chassis, but generally, the noise level is acceptable, but not as quiet as a new Silverado, which I've also driven. The seats are OK, but I would prefer that the rear seat bottoms fold up, and they don't. If I got this truck, I would likely just dismantle the rear seats out of the truck entirely (looks to be doable with a set of wrenches) and have all that interior cargo room.
The truck has a short bed, probably only 5 feet. There's an optional clip-in rack that makes it into a just-under 7-foot bed with the tailgate down. The gross load capacity is only 1300 or so, though, so not much utility in that bed.
There are options to have a High Stance (I read that as a factory lift kit), moderate-duty towing (5000#, 6,000 with a load-equalizing hitch), but the SLE only had a bumper-hung receiver, so I imagine it is limited to a few thou.
I have no clue as to what these trucks cost, but I'd guess somewhere in the $25K region would get you this SLE model.
A data plate under the hood indicates that there is a Diesel-engined model of this truck made, but I don't see it listed on the Jimmy website. Probably an offshore thing, too bad. One of Dr. Rudolph's oil-burners might give me the interest to actually BUY one, since this is the most truck I can get that will fit into my garage.
But, it's Government Motors, and I have my doubts about the longevity of the vehicle.