2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax Just when it seems the automotive trade has misplaced its way with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a easy automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax .
Usually derided by enthusiasts as home equipment, the no-frills commuter car will get the overwhelming majority of customers where they wish to go within the manner they wish to get there, safely and at a worth. The 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive business has gotten a little bit nuts: the average transaction price for a brand new automobile is greater than $37,000, according to Kelley Blue Guide. Simple to blame the automakers on this era of no accountability however we are those paying these large prices for big autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax places each greenback to functional use.
Regardless that it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball game. On nearer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it looks more composed than the youthful outgoing model that tried too exhausting to be completely different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is more streamlined and fewer angry, and the entire look is smoother entrance to again. But still, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax in the US is constructed on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Complete output with the mounted ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system uses exhaust heat to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats faster, too, which might be significant for cold-weather customers cautious of the chilly range loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Expecting nothing, it has a shocking bit of pop. More importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, same as hybrid versions of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids and not using a plug, the 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around town, with the electronically controlled brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps preserve power below low throttle up to about 20 mph, after which again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there is sufficient charge in the battery.
The battery is situated underneath the rear seat, so that you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an even load flooring. Rear seat room is enough sufficient to suit two teenagers, and total it felt roomy enough for a family of 4.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes normal with Toyota Security Sense 2.zero, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter visitors from 24 mph down to a cease. It additionally comes with the eight-inch contact display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to stay competitive.
Priced at only $3,000 more than the 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax and $1,200 lower than a similarly outfitted Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Gmc 3500 Duramax is the superbly sensible, remarkably affordable around-town automobile.
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