Hybrid pickup trucks have a surprisingly long history–GMC and Chevrolet began offering them 17 years ago! So if you are dreaming of owning a full-size hybrid truck, you don’t necessarily have to buy a brand-new one. Here are four used hybrid trucks you can buy today.
2004-2007 GMC Sierra 1500
The first GMC Sierra 1500 hybrid debuted for the 2005 model year. It was not a hybrid by modern definitions: General Motors combined the truck’s starter and alternator into a single unit. This mild hybrid motor could assist with braking and charge the truck’s batteries. But according to J.D.Power it could not propel the vehicle without help from the 5.3-liter Vortec V8 gasoline engine. But it could help the engine once moving and GM claimed it improved fuel mileage by up to 10%.
You can find this pioneering hybrid drivetrain in either a Sierra or a Silverado. But in-bed 12-volt power outlets made this first generation of the GMC Sierra 1500 especially popular with fleet buyers. Even though General Motors canceled it after the 2007 model year, you can still find some well cared-for used examples if you look at used fleet vehicle auctions.
2009-2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
For the 2009 model year, General Motors revised its hybrid pickup truck program. The second generation of its Chevrolet Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 hybrid was a true, modern hybrid. It had a 6.0-liter V8 and four-speed automatic transmission with two integrated electric motors. These motors could launch the truck from a start and smooth out shift points, giving it the characteristics of a modern CVT transmission. The result earned a fuel efficiency rating of 21 city/22 mpg highway.
General Motors built this second-generaiton hybrid pickup truck through 2013. You can buy either a GMC or Chevrolet version of this hybrid. Look for the final model year Silverado 1500 hybrid (2013) to get dual-zone climate control, General Motors’ “EZ-Lift” locking tailgate, and a Bluetooth stereo.
Learn more about General Motors’ hybrid pickup trucks.
2018-Present Ram 1500 with eTorque
While General Motors was throwing in the towel on its hybrid pickup truck project, Ram was refining its own mild hybrid. Ram also chose to combine its starter and generator into a single unit, connected to the gasoline engine with a heavy-duty serpentine belt. This unit is capable of regenerative braking and launching the half-ton Ram 1500 from a standstill. It can also help the engine through shifts at high speeds. This system, branded as eTorque, can improve the Ram’s mileage around town by up to three mpg.
Ram has included eTorque on every V6-powered 1500 built since 2018. It also offers the eTorque system on its 5.7-liter HEMI V8. Because of how common the eTorque mild hybrid system is, buying a Ram 1500 is your best shot at finding a used hybrid pickup truck.
Learn more about the Ram hybrid pickup truck.
2021-Present Ford F-150 with PowerBoost
Ford launched its first hybrid full-size pickup truck for the 2021 model year. The F-150 PowerBoost features an electric motor sandwiched between a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission. When you tap the brakes, this unit turns into a generator, helping to slow the truck while charging up its lithium ion battery. Then, when you stomp the gas it helps the F-150 make 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque.
The EPA rated the F-150 PowerBoost’s efficiency at 24 city/24 highway mpg. This is even better than the 2022 Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX hybrid’s fuel efficiency. And because Ford has been offering the PowerBoost for two years, you stand a chance of finding a recently traded-in F-150 hybrid used.
Next, see why the Ford’s PowerBoost out performs Toyota’s i-FORCE MAX or see the 2009 hybrid Chevrolet Silverado in the video below: