The cost of owning some of the U.S. market’s brand-new pickup trucks often extends far beyond their initial price-tag. As a result, poor fuel-efficiency figures could easily result in some serious long-term costs. However, Consumer Reports recently compiled a list of the most fuel-efficient 2021 trucks to help potential buyers.
As you might imagine, the world of new pickup trucks is quite diverse. As a result, we’ve broken down Consumer Reports’ list into three main categories. These include diesel-powered trucks, naturally aspirated options, and finally, those with a V8 under the hood. Additionally, all of the fuel-economy figures discussed below were measured during Consumer Reports’ testing.
These are the most fuel-efficient diesel-powered pickup trucks
Starting off this list of most fuel-efficient 2021 pickup trucks are two contenders from Chevrolet. The first is the Colorado LT Diesel which consumed 15 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway for an average of 24 mpg. While this small truck does have an affordable $25,200 MSRP, you’ll have to shell out at least $46,295 if you want the diesel Duramax engine.
Next up is the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel. Like the Colorado, the Silverado offers excellent value by sitting as one of the cheapest full-size 2021 pickup trucks. However, despite its $28,600 MSRP, you’ll have to pay $44,085 for the cheapest diesel-powered option available. However, Consumer Reports found that this pricey truck consumed 16 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway for an average of 23 mpg.
Lastly, we’ve got the 2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn Diesel. Unlike the other diesel-powered pickup trucks, the Ram is slightly cheaper. The cheapest version of the configuration Consumer Reports tested will cost you $39,330. For this, you get a truck that consumes 16 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for an average of 23 mpg.
These are the most efficient gas-powered options
If you prefer gas-powered pickup trucks, here are Consumer Reports’ top picks. Topping this sub-section is the 2021 Ford Ranger XLT. Given the XLT’s $28,870 base price, this small truck is significantly cheaper than some diesel-powered competitors. Additionally, you won’t have to opt for a pricey powertrain to save money at the gas station. Consumer Reports found that the Ranger consumed 14 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for an average of 20 mpg.
Next up, we’ve got a truck that only offers one powertrain option, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. During Consumer Reports’ testing, the Japanese truck consumed 13 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for a combined average of 20 mpg. However, the RTL trim Consumer Reports tested does command a pricey $39,470 base price.
The last pick in this sub-section is already one of the most reliable 2021 pickup trucks with the Toyota Tacoma SR5. During Consumer Reports’ testing, this V6-powered truck consumed 14 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for an average of 19 mpg. Like the Ranger, the Tacoma SR5’s $28,040 base price should make it reasonably affordable for many truck buyers.
Buy these if you want to have a V8
As you might imagine, not too many V8-powered pickup trucks made it on this Consumer Reports list. In fact, you’ve got just two fuel-efficient options to pick from. The first is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 5.3-liter V8 engine. This truck consumed 11 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for an average of 17 mpg. Unlike its diesel-powered sibling, you can have a Silverado Double Cab with this V8 for significantly less at $36,285.
Lastly, we’ve got the 2021 Ram 1500 Big Horn which consumed 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for an average of 17 mpg. For $36,130, the Ram also presents a ton of value, especially if you want to save over the price of its diesel-powered counterpart.