I had to smile. If you're talking about a teen son then he may have an explanation. Now that my sons are in their 40's, some of the unsolved mysteries that impacted our house and vehicles 20+ years ago have come to light.
While riding my Harley, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shiny new convertible pulled up with a very beautiful woman who asked, "Are you okay? As I looked up, I noticed she was wearing a low-cut blouse with cleavage to die for... "I'm okay I think," I replied as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look. She said, "Get in and I'll take you home, so I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head." "That's nice of you," I answered, "but I don't think my wife will like me doing that!" "Oh, come now, I'm a nurse," she insisted "I need to see if you have any more scrapes and then treat them properly." Well, she was really pretty and very persuasive. Being sort of shaken and weak, I agreed, but repeated, "I'm sure my wife won't like this." We arrived at her place which was just few miles away and, after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said, "I feel a lot better, but I know my wife is going to be really upset so I'd better go now." "Don't be silly!" she said with a smile. "Stay for a while. She won't know anything. By the way, where is she?" "Still in the ditch, I guess."
Two years ago I bought a TT. It was 22' with 7k gross and 4k dry. I was concerned how my 4.3/6spd/3.42 would handle such a load based on my online searches. I thought I'd be fine because I pulled a TT in the 80's with much less truck but I was still a little leery. Based on my experience, I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to pull your trailer with my truck!. The higher highway speeds will be hard on gas with any truck you choose. I found much better fuel economy at 60 mph over 70 mph.
My truck works. She delivered Meals on Wheels for three years and often in situations not achievable by car. She presently stays clean and pretty, ready to transport something or someone. Perhaps most significantly, she is always gassed up, fully serviced, to act as a patrol vehicle for whenever my "kiwi" granddaughter visits. Of course t doesn't happen as often as I'd like, but when it does, my truck becomes very busy!
You bring up a good point about powertrain configurations. It was mentioned earlier where in some situations the 4.3 is rated to pull (and carry) more than certain configurations with a 5.3. I was kicking tires yesterday and came across a 2020 SLE with a 5.3 - 10 speed -3.42 gears. It was a max tow, of course, and had the tow mirrors. (Very nice truck!) GM changed the gear ratio of the max tow when they changed the transmission. I already have the 3.42 but wonder what my six's tow rating would be with a 10 spd? or 3.73 gears? GM offers a variety of combinations that will maximize sales while still meeting efficiency targets. A lot of talk about engine size is really about powertrain. I chuckle when I think of my '85 SuperCab with a longer wheelbase than my current crewcab. It was a lighter truck but it had 122 hp L6 mated to a 4spd manual with 3.08 gears. That truck was great on the job or on the highway! The belief that bigger is better has manufacturers competing to a achieve the higher numbers. . Comments on this thread often reflect a person buying into this type marketing. We sometimes like to muddy the waters by justifying a want as a need.
I actually "dislike" any automatic transmission but as manuals are no longer an option.the 6spd is the best, imo. I've owned two 1500's with the 6spd and continue to be pleased. I find it to be a smooth, predictable., and reliable transmission. You may want to take your truck to an objective (not GM) transmission repair facility and see if yours is operating as designed. If it is operating as it should and you haven't made changes like oversized wheels, then look at different techniques. For example, I don't believe "mash the pedal" will send meaningful input to the transmission. Prior to '00 most of my trucks were equipped with a manual transmission. I have grown to appreciate the limitations of an automatic transmissions' brain. It does no good to set high expectations for independence of thought. Give it simple, consistent requests and you will get more consistent and predictable responses.
The idea is interesting, and I live close to a Nissan dealership, but I suspect the novelty would wear off quickly. I like to have a vehicle to call my own and personalize and this is more like a ride share program. Nissan does have some nice products and I often drive one as a rental in the Houston area!
You are so right! My back and I often have disagreements on what is comfortable! I can be sitting in a comfy luxury sedan and not be able to stand up after an hour long drive. I take the same trip in my pickup and experience minimal upset. On longer trips my wife packs a blanket and travel pillow. With her seat slightly reclined, she enjoys long drives in any vehicle! I also agree with your advice on the six speed.
Yes, no argument that the 5.3 has more power than the 4.3. Your comment about one shifting more than the other made me smile. My father used this rational for buying the most powerful engines offered in the early 60's. Once he switched from manual to automatic transmissions he didn't care so much! Your build thread says that you added 255/75r20 tires to your '15 which are 4" taller than stock. This would have caused some confused shifting. When I went with larger (1") and heavier tires on my '09 Sierra with the 5.3 the shifting became less predictable. (This was remedied later by returning to factory sizes.) My current '15 6spd. shifts smoothly and predictably. If it needs to shift down while climbing a hill, or under load it does so while maintaining cruising speed. The 5.3 and the 6.2 are unquestionably more powerful than the powerful 4.3!
Actually, GM offered the significantly less powerful 4.3 in its previous generations of Sierras and Silverados. The 4.8 V8 in my '00 Slverado even had less hp and tq. than my Ecotec V6. The current version 4.3 can't be the bare minimum. It is the base engine with ample power for the specified loads. If you need/want extra power GM offers more powerful engines. The fact that GM offers larger optional engines doesn't lessen the capabilities of their "base" engine.
Both engines will comfortably and safely pull and/or carry to their specified limits. The more you drive under the maximum, the more the power you have to spare. My truck is rated to pull to a maximum of 7K lbs. I frequently get close to the max and feel perfectly comfortable and safe. I don't pull out to pass vehicles doing the speed limit going up a steep incline but I wouldn't do this with a nitro powered 6.2 when pulling a heavy travel trailer! If my towing needs someday exceed the limits of my current truck then I'll buy an appropriately equipped truck. Your perception of "barely enough" would probably be different if you had experience working with earlier trucks. Many of us on this forum were hauling heavy trailers/loads with our 1/2 tons in the 70's and 80's. Today's 6's double the power of most of these earlier 8's and I've never not made it up a hill! Your truck will behave differently while towing/working. You may have to give it more gas but be assured you'll have more than ample power!
I recently replaced my oem bulbs on my '15 Sierra with the best auto store quality halogen bulbs. The improvement was very noticeable. Prior to this, I also researched the available upgrades. My opinion, based on just going through this process, is for you to buy auxiliary lighting (ie: lightbar) if new good quality halogens don't meet your needs.
Welcome to this forum! Your question is one that you'll have to answer for yourself. This is a case of what you want. I agree about the appeal of the size, quiet and comfort of a truck when compared to a compact Toyota. I'm not clear on the "mind blowing power" difference between the two. There is no comparison in power between a truck and a compact when doing heavy stuff but as a daily driver the power and nimbleness of your Toyota will get you from point A to B just as quick. (if not quicker) IMO, the 2.7 is a far better choice than the 5.3 or 6.2 especially when using your truck as a daily driver. You will find that your peers will support whatever decision you will make!
Do you have the 8' bed? If you do then I appreciate your difficulty. I have a crewcab 1500 with a 6.5' standard bed and don't shy away from most parking spaces. However, a pickup has been my daily driver for a few decades and time has increased my comfort level. If you haven't already discovered this, backing into a parking space is much easier than driving in front first.
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