Falling gas prices make pickups more attractive

November 8, 2013 12:00 AM

In the past several years, the high cost of fuel sent many drivers in search of small, compact, fuel-efficient cars that would offer some savings at the pump. Now that the U.S. economy is recovering and gas prices are dropping, however, many drivers are reconsidering in what vehicles they can invest. In fact, many of these motorists are even looking to larger pickup trucks and SUVs. 

The Detroit Free Press reported that more Americans were looking to full-size automobiles when searching for a car. Several automakers, including Ford, Ram and GMC, have all experienced an uptick in the sale of pickup trucks this year, and the trend is projected to continue well into 2014. 

Pickup trucks and SUVs have their own advantages, but they also require some work on the part of the owner. For example, drivers may want to invest in regular scheduled maintenance to ensure that all aspects of the automobile are operating at a high level. That guarantees that a driver is making the most of a full-size vehicle's fuel economy - although these mileage rates are improving, they can still be costly if owners are not paying attention to the performance of a car. 

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