It’s getting to be crunch time for buyers wanting a 2022 pickup truck in these times of daily gasoline price increases. You know going in that pickup trucks aren’t as fuel-efficient as hatchbacks, or electric vehicles. But other than Rivian, there are no EV trucks available. And Rivian is having problems eeking out just a few trucks a month. So of the 2022 pickup trucks available right now, which ones are the most frugal when it comes to fuel?
Is this the best automakers can do in 2022?
We’ll preface this list by reminding enthusiasts that back in the 1990s, the Honda Civic attained 44 mpg City, and 51 mpg Highway. Here we are, 30 years later, and we’re looking at 30 mpg Highway miles as the touchstone for non-hybrid/electric fuel economy.
1. Ford Maverick Pickup: 23 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
Topping the list is Ford’s Ranger. While not a full-size truck, it can handle most of what is expected of a pickup truck. Hauling capacity is a bit limited, but its hybrid engine combo is up to most tasks.
2. Ram 1500 Pickup: 19 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
If you’re looking for a full-size gas sipper, the Ram 1500 is it. The Laramie Crew Cab is the most sought after, getting the best fuel economy from the 3.6-liter V6 engine option.
3. GMC Sierra Pickup: 16 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway
Other than the limited standard safety features, the Sierra comes in right after the Ram 1500 as the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup.
4. Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup: 21 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
In spite of not having a hybrid powertrain option, the Santa Cruz still comes in number four in our top fuel economy pickup trucks.
5. Ford Ranger Pickup: 20 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
The Ford Ranger has great towing capacity for our look at 2022 pickup trucks, belying its size, and EcoBoost engine. Its best-in-class performance should be a consideration for anyone looking for a midsize truck.
6. Ford F-150 Pickup: 19 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
This is the best-selling vehicle in the US. Ford has made many options and choices that appeal to truck buyers. Any consideration of buying a truck should include the Ford F-150.
7. Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon Pickups: 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
As the Colorado and Canyon are basically the same, we lumped them together to come up with a package that combines the most power in the midsize segment with a comfortable ride.
8. Chevy Silverado 1500 Pickup: 19 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
The 2022 Silverado has improved on its compromised interior by presenting a newly designed cabin that favorably compares to the Ram 1500 interior.
9. Honda Ridgeline Pickup: 18 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
Though its off-road chops are not up to the competition, it offers a smooth ride with great cargo storage features. And really, most buyers want that more than four-wheeling qualities.