Pickup trucks are great for almost anything. Whether it’s towing some heavy loads or just hauling some equipment around, a truck can do it. But one thing a truck typically doesn’t do too well is commuting.
Compared to a sedan, if you don’t need to haul anything, then a truck will just cost you more money for gas. But not all trucks have a bad fuel economy. Here are five pickup trucks that are fuel-efficient enough for your daily commute.
The Toyota Tacoma is a great all-around pickup truck
The Toyota Tacoma is the workhorse pickup truck of Toyota and it doesn’t disappoint even in terms of its fuel economy. At a $32,000 price tag, the Tacoma can be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that generates over 278-hp and about 265 lb-ft of torque. This mighty engine allows the Tacoma to be a real workhorse as it has the best towing capacity in its class according to U.S. News.
This engine also allows the Tacoma to be quite fuel-efficient. According to U.S. News, the Tacoma has a fuel economy of 19/24 MPG on cities and highways.
The Honda Ridgeline provides great value
Honda may not be known for its trucks, but the Ridgeline is a pickup truck that can match its competitors in almost every category. Unlike many other trucks, the Ridgeline does have an optional all-wheel drive option. Furthermore, its engine, especially for its price point, is pretty good.
The Ridgeline costs about $30,000 and has one engine option, a 3.5-liter V6. It delivers about 280-hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, which is very similar to the Tacoma’s. However, the Ridgeline does get a marginally better fuel economy of about 19/26 MPG on cities and highways according to U.S. News.
The Chevrolet Colorado is the most affordable option
The Chevy Colorado is a great starter pickup truck. In terms of doing what a truck ought to be doing, the Colorado is adequate in those areas. However, where it stands out above the other trucks on this list is its price.
The standard Colorado comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers about 200-hp and a modest 191 lb-ft of torque. This engine allows the Colorado to get about 20/26 MPG on cities and highways, which is comparable to the Ridgeline. However, this trim of the Colorado costs only about $21,000.
The Ford Ranger is very fuel-efficient truck
The top of the food chain in terms of fuel-efficient trucks belongs to Ford, all thanks to its EcoBoost line of fuel-efficient engines. The Ranger has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that pumps out about 270-hp and an impressive 310 lb-ft of torque.
Those four-cylinders allows the Ranger to be very good at towing and hauling, but it’s also very fuel-efficient. This engine gives the Ranger a fuel economy of about 21/26 MPG on cities and highways according to U.S. News.
It does cost more than the standard Colorado does, however, as this Ranger starts at about $24,000. That said, the Ranger comes with more standard features than the Colorado does.
The Ford F-150 sets the standard for fuel-efficient pickup trucks
Thanks to the EcoBoost line of engines, the F-150, when equipped with a turbodiesel engine, gets a very impressive fuel economy. Its 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel allows the F-150 to not only have one of the best towing capacities in its class, but also the best fuel economy for a pickup truck according to U.S. News.
That turbodiesel generates about 250-hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, which allows the F-150 to get a fuel economy of 22/30 MPG in cities and on highways. However, the main drawback of this F-150 is its price, as it costs almost $46,000 to buy brand-new. Other engine options for F-150 are also pretty fuel-efficient, but this one is the most fuel-efficient of them all.