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4WD thirsty on fuel

Asked by Richard Purse

A FRIEND recently told me his Rodeo V6 petrol utility was thirsty and he would be buying a diesel model next time. Is high fuel consumption typical of all petrol V6 utilities? What fuel consumption should be expected from the top three utes --Toyota, Nissan and Rodeo -- in both two and four-wheel-drive?

Answered by CarsGuide

12 Oct 2006 Graham Smith

IT DEPENDS what you regard as incredibly thirsty. Four-wheel-drives tend to be thirsty. They're heavy and have to drag all that extra four-wheel-drive gear around, and the Rodeo's petrol V6 is a 3.5-litre unit. If fuel consumption is a key consideration for you, try a diesel. Fuel consumption will be much lower, and you won't lose too much performance.

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