For most of automotive history, the terms “pick-up truck” and “fuel efficiency” were never uttered in the same sentence. Buying a pickup truck meant sacrificing miles per gallon for hauling power, and continually filling up the tank was just a fact of life.
Boy, how times have changed.
Thanks to tremendous advancements in computing power and engine design, trucks can be as gas efficient as the commuter econoboxes of yesteryear. Yes, you will have to buy a car with less than eight cylinders, but if you’re looking for a well-rounded truck, the sacrifice is well worth it.
Here are the top 5 used trucks with the best gas mileage:
5. 2013 Toyota Tacoma
The 2013 Toyota Tacoma comes with a 2.7-liter V6 engine, averaging 25 mpg. This is not the most powerful truck on the list, but it can still haul a respectable 3,500 pounds and produce around 160 horsepower.
The 2013 Tacoma is perfect for general purpose, day-to-day trucking, and will provide most truck owners enough to warrant the purchase.
4. 2013 Dodge RAM 1500 HFE
Another entry averaging 25 mpg. The 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 HFE comes with a 3.6-liter V6 producing an impressive 300 horsepower. In addition to the extra muscle, the 2013 Ram can haul up to 4,500 pounds.
The extra power and hauling capability make it a bulkier than the nimble Tacoma. Given the new specs with the same MPG, the 2013 Dodge RAM seems like the better deal.
3. 2015 Dodge RAM 1500 Ecodiesel
If you’ve never considered owning a diesel truck, perhaps you should reconsider. This biodiesel dodge has a 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 240 horsepower. Although initially marketed as a 30 mpg truck, the RAM still averages an impressive 27 mpg.
Owning a diesel engine is a different experience, but it’s worth test driving before you make your decision.
2. 2017 Honda Ridgeline
The newest truck on the list. If you’re concerned about purchase price, you may want to wait a few years before buying this one. Regardless, it more than warrants its position at number 2 on the list.
The Honda Ridgeline comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that makes about 280 horsepower and can haul an impressive 5,000 pounds. More impressive is that it gets 26 MPG while doing so, and can handle the needs of most everyday drivers.
The truck is still pricey at a $29,500 MSRP but is worth keeping on the radar after a few years of depreciation.
1. 2016 GMC Canyon
Number 1 on our list is the 2010 GMC Canyon. The 2010 GMC Canyon comes with a few engine options. I want the most efficient version; you will need the 2.5-liter inline four engine although it produces only 200 horsepower, the sacrifice in power rewards you with 29 MPG.
It won’t win any drag races and can’t haul as much as others on this list, but on a fair MPG comparison, this is the truck to buy.
There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new or used truck; fuel efficiency is just one of them. Get started by checking out these trucks for sale and see what models have the best MPG.