Consumer Reports: Best Trucks For Acceleration & Fuel Economy

Consumer Reports compiled a list of cars, trucks, and SUVs that don’t compromise on acceleration for fuel economy. The trucks on this list have an overall fuel economy of 16 mpg or more, in addition to a 0-60 mph time of 10.5 seconds or less.

Consumer Reports recommends the Honda Ridgeline RTL

Consumer Reports recommends the Honda Ridgeline
Consumer Reports recommends the Honda Ridgeline for fuel economy and acceleration | Honda

What’s not to love about fuel economy and acceleration all in one? The Honda Ridgeline RTL made the Consumer Reports list for just that. The Honda Ridgeline RTL pickup truck has an overall fuel economy of 20 mpg. The 0-60 time was 7.3 seconds. This pickup truck was number one on the list of compact pickup trucks.

The Ridgeline is a solid truck with an overall score of 80 out of 100 and 83 on the road test. The annual fuel cost is estimated to be $1,470.

The Chevrolet Colorado LT Diesel offers good fuel economy and acceleration

The Chevrolet Colorado LT Diesel came in at the top of the list for fuel economy. The Colorado LT Diesel has an overall fuel economy of 24 mpg and a 0-60 mph time of 10.3 seconds. So while the fuel economy is great, it is one of the slower vehicles in the acceleration department. Overall, CR ranked the Colorado number five out of 10 in the compact pickup truck category.

The Chevy truck scored a 61 out of 100 on the road test and a three out of five on the predicted owner satisfaction. Consumer Reports estimated the annual fuel cost at around $1,560.

Consumer Reports picked the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 3.0L Diesel, 5.3L V8

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT (3.0L Diesel) has an overall fuel economy of 23 mpg. The acceleration came in at 7.9 seconds, which is not bad for a truck of that size. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT (5.3L V8) also made the list. Compared to the 3.0L diesel truck option, the 5.3L only has an overall fuel economy of 17 mpg. The 0-60 mph time is quite impressive, however, at 6.9 seconds.

Consumer Reports ranked number seven out of 20 for full-sized pickup trucks. It scored fairly high on the road test (78 out of 100) but only received a score of one out of five for the predicted reliability. The annual fuel cost for the Silverado 1500 is estimated to be around $1,715.

The Ram 1500 Big Horn Diesel is on the lower end

The Ram 1500 Big Horn Diesel had a fuel economy of 20 mpg overall. The 0-60 mph time came in at 8.8 seconds. The Ram 1500 Big Horn also made the list. At 17 mpg overall and with a 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds, the Big Horn diesel had better fuel economy. The Ram 1500 has an estimated annual fuel cost of $1,695.

The 2021 Ram 1500 came in first on the list of full-size pickup trucks. It scored an 83 out of 100 on the road test, too. Owners seem fairly loyal to the Ram brand, which is a good sign.

Don’t count out the full-size Ford F-150 Hybrid

The Ford F-150 Hybrid had a fuel economy of 20 mpg overall. The 0-60 mph time came in at 6.3 seconds. Pretty quick! The Ford F-150 (2.7T) came in at 19 mpg overall and 6.7 seconds for the 0-60 mph. Consumer Reports came in fourth out of 20 full-sized pickup trucks. Depending on the trim level, the Ford truck is pretty loaded with extra safety features. The F-150 has an estimated annual fuel cost of $1,545.

Overall, the pickup trucks on this list have a pretty fast 0-60 mph time to boast, along with the fuel economy. While buying a car might be a bit of a struggle right now, these trucks won’t leave you stranded.

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