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2011 Flex Fuel 5.3 liter V-8 Powered Chevy Silverado 1500

Gas mileage with the 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 is impressive and very similar to all the other full-sized pickups on the market today. These are large serious trucks and in the past were not known as being very fuel-efficient vehicles for anything other than working, hauling or towing. But enter the 21st century, a time of high gas prices and tight household budgets. Today, the fuel mileage is as important as the comfort these new generation trucks deliver. And speaking about delivering, the new Chevy Silverado 1500 delivers on the need for a large tough truck that can haul the family boat while squeezing out the miles from every gallon of gas we buy.

Flex Fuel - E-85 Ethanol

The ability of the new 2011 Chevy Silverado to run on most forms of alternative fuels today is very useful. These fuels, including the E-85 Ethanol fuel, are found in most every state with the exceptions of Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Vehicle fuel systems and engines must be specially designed to run on either E85 or gasoline. Currently these vehicles are known as Flex Fuel vehicles and can run on E85 itself, straight gasoline, or a mix of the two. The most common of all fuels today is a 10% mixture of ethanol with 90% gasoline. The benefits of a Flex Fuel vehicle is that the fuel control systems in Flex Fuel vehicles adapts on the fly to whatever mixture of fuel is in currently the tank.

The Flex Fuel 2011 Chevy Silverado is designed to burn E85 fuel at maximum efficiency. Take the 5.3 flex fuel engine as an example. On gasoline the engine creates 315 horsepower and 335 foot pounds of torque while on E-85 the 5.3 flex fuel engine generates 326 horsepower and 348 foot pounds of torque. Finally, a vehicle that takes full advantage of the newest in alternative fuels by capitalizing on the fact that ethanol can have a much higher octane rating than gasoline.

At a time when the high prices for gasoline is generally wrecking havoc on family budgets, and when cruide oil prices are again over the $100.00 per barral mark, you can't beat a Silverado if you want durability, fuel mileage and need its added size and strength.