This is exactly why I ditched my 1/2 ton 2wd chevy for a 4wd F350. It was by no means a speed demon even empty, got about 15mpg that dropped to 8-9 while towing, and it towed terrible compared to a heavy truck. The modern 1/2 tons tow much better than the 90's pickups.2014 f350 pulling a 2472 seaark average about 12mpg
used to pull with a chevy 1500 with air bags, kept blowin air bags and was getting about 8mpg
If I'm gonna suffer through $hitty milage I might as well reap the benifits of a HD truck.