It seems that everyone loves a truck; the three top selling models in the U.S. in the last year were all trucks,and of course, heading that list is the legendary Ford F150 – this has been America’s best seller for years.
But compared to the smaller compacts and the like, trucks don’t generally have great gas mileage, so we’ve brought you a list of the five most fuel efficient trucks on the market right now. Here is our chart of pickup trucks with best gas mileage.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD (also GMC Canyon 2WD)
Combined Rating: 25 MPG
The Chevy and GMC truck is the most efficient of the lot, it even manages to break into the thirties for highway driving; 31 MPG.
Most efficient is the 4-cylinder 2.8 liter diesel engine fitted with a 6-speed auto transmission, but even the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and 3.6 liter 6-cylinder gas engines hit 22 MPG and 21 MPG respectively.
2016 Dodge Ram 1500 HFE 2WD
Combined Rating: 24 MPG
The HFE (High Fuel Efficiency) is most economical with the 6-cylinder 3.0 liter diesel engine and 8-speed auto transmission, the beauty of this set up is 240 BHP but a massive 420 lb/ft of torque. Even the gas engine (3.6 liter 6-cylinder) hits 21 MPG on a combined cycle.
2016 Ford F-150 2WD
Combined rating: 22 MPG
The F-150 is America’s best seller, outright.
Despite being bigger than the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, it still delivers better gas mileage. Most efficient is the 2.7 liter 6-cylinder coupled up to the 6-speed auto, but even when you upgrade to the larger towing & payload capacity, you’ll only lose 1 MPG.
2016 Toyota Tacoma 2WD
Combined Rating: 21 MPG
Most efficient setup is the 2.7 liter 4-cylinder gas motor, but even if you upgrade to the 3.5 liter 6-cylinder motor, you’ll average exactly the same if you do highway driving, thanks to a better fuel strategy aimed at highway speeds.
2016 Nissan Frontier 2WD
Combined rating: 21 MPG
Launched back in 2004, the Frontier is most efficient in the 4-cylinder and 5-speed manual transmission setup makes it one of the best gas mileage pickup trucks.
Whatever your choice, you’ll notice one thing about the list; they are all two-wheel drive. If good gas mileage is high on your priority list, you need to avoid the all-wheel drive versions because they can have a dramatic impact on the gas returns.
Some trucks are better on the highway, some better in the urban setting, that’s why we’ve combined the figures. If you tend to spend more time in one environment, you should look a little further as to where the strengths of each truck lays.