Fuel economy is one of the most important stats to look at when shopping for a new truck. Trucks may be stereotyped as gas guzzlers, but modern trucks aren’t like that by any means. Here are the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market today, according to Consumer Reports.
Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6
Unsurprisingly, the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market today are all mid-sized trucks. These are smaller than full-sized trucks, and that allows them to be more fuel-efficient. The Tacoma with its 3.5-liter V6 engine is the third most fuel-efficient pickup truck on the market, according to Consumer Reports.
In Consumer Reports’s test drive of the Tacoma, it got a fuel economy of 14 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on highways, and 19 MPG overall. This V6 engine is standard on certain trims of the Tacoma, but the most basic Tacoma model can have a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that gets practically the same fuel economy with half the horsepower.
Consumer Reports says that the Tacoma’s V6 generates 278-hp while its four-cylinder gets about 159-hp.
Honda Ridgeline RTL
Tied for second place is the Ridgeline. The Ridgeline’s 3.5-liter V6 gets a fuel economy of 13 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on highways, for a combined 20 MPG. On top of that, Consumer Reports loved the Ridgeline in general, and the Ridgeline has the highest Consumer Reports rating of any mid-sized truck. The Ridgeline’s V6 generates about 280-hp.
Ford Ranger XLT
Unlike the Tacoma or the Ridgeline, the Ranger that Consumer Reports tested had a small 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. However, despite that, the Ranger’s little engine generated a similar amount of horsepower as the 3.5-liter V6 of the Tacoma or the Ridgeline did. The Ranger’s 2.3-liter generates about 270-hp, which is very similar to what the Tacoma and Ridgeline can generate.
On top of that, the Ranger was tied for second place with the Ridgeline in terms of fuel economy. Consumer Reports said that the Ranger gets 14 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on highways, and 20 MPG combined. These are very similar numbers to what the Ridgeline got, and that’s why the two are tied.
Chevy Colorado LT Diesel
The most fuel-efficient pickup truck on the market right now is the Chevy Colorado with a diesel engine. It’s the perfect storm of a small size and a powerful and efficient engine. According to Consumer Reports’ test drives, it wasn’t even a close contest. The Colorado was far more fuel-efficient than the other trucks tested.
With that 2.8-liter diesel engine, the Colorado got a fuel economy of 15 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 24 MPG combined. Because it’s a diesel engine, however, it only gets about 181-hp.
But wait, there’s more
These are the most fuel-efficient trucks that are available in American markets, but that’s the keyword. Many companies in America and abroad are developing electric pickup trucks. These electric trucks will likely take the crown of being the most fuel-efficient trucks when released. It’s simply a race between the automakers to see who can release the first electric pickup truck in America.
Elon Musk’s Tesla is announcing the Tesla pickup truck in late November of 2019. Ford has already built and demonstrated an electric F-150 earlier in 2019. Startups like Rivian are also aiming to introduce an electric pickup truck in America soon. Elsewhere in the world, electric pickup trucks are already being introduced in China.
So, while the Colorado with its diesel engine may be the most fuel-efficient truck in America right now, it won’t be in the near future.