Fuel economy is more important than ever. With more and more models switching to hybrid and electric variants, trucks are stuck between fuel economy and capacity. Years ago, it would have been thought impossible to own a fuel-efficient truck. Now many trucks get 30 MPG. What’s even more incredible, the truck with the best gas mileage does well over 40 MPG on the highway, making it more fuel efficient than many sedans.
Trucks are evolving at an extraordinary rate to keep up with the fuel economy craze that is sweeping the world. In the past, to get the best gas mileage, performance was often sacrificed, leaving the most bland vehicles. Fortunately, thanks to modern engineering, we can have the best of both worlds, trucks that save gas and trucks with excellent performance. While electric vehicles may one day take over the truck market, these are the 10 pickup trucks with the best fuel economy for 2022.
ten Ford F-150 PowerBoost Full Hybrid
As you stop at the pump, you probably notice the rising price of gasoline. While trucks generally don’t consume a lot of gas, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost is trying to establish itself as a gas-saving truck. It does quite well with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It’s not the best, at 25 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.
For a long time, many considered diesel the only way to get towing and great gas mileage, but the F-150 PowerBoost can tow up to 12,000 lbs. That level of traction should be impossible to achieve from a hybrid engine, but Ford coaxes the capability and claims a range of 700 miles to go along with it.
9 Ford Maverick Hybrid
Ford makes another gas-saving truck. In fact, the Maverick Hybrid is the truck with the best gas mileage for 2022. It has a market-leading 42 MPG rating in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The Ford Maverick creates these incredible fuel economy numbers thanks to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder CVT hybrid engine producing 191 horsepower.
The Maverick is a truck with over 30 MPG even in non-hybrid models and is faster than the hybrid version. Despite the power boost, the Maverick Hybrid can still tow 2,000 pounds and starts at an affordable $20,000. What’s nice about the hybrid version are the tax rebates that further reduce the cost of this fuel-efficient beast.
8 Toyota Tundra Hybrid
Toyota wants hybrids for every model over the next few years. To make a statement, they equipped the Tundra with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo hybrid V6 engine that produces 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The new iForce Max engine allows the Tundra to be more fuel efficient while maintaining performance.
The Toyota Tundra has the best gas mileage of any Tundra to date, with 20 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. Unfortunately, the 12,000-pound tow doesn’t set the Tundra apart from its American counterparts, especially since the hybrid doesn’t produce as solid gas mileage as brands like Ford and Ram.
7 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax
Chevrolet produces one of the most compelling pickups on the market. The Colorado saves gas better than many sedans and does so by using an RWD platform with a Duramax diesel engine. Sitting at 20 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, it’s one of the few trucks that gets 30 MPG fuel economy.
The Duramax diesel engine produces insane power for a four-cylinder. It is capable of developing 181 horsepower and an incredible 369 lb-ft of torque to provide up to 7,700 lbs of towing. Not only does the Colorado Duramax get a lot of gas, it’s one of the most powerful pickups on the market.
6 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel
Wrangler fans rejoice; the Gladiator is a truck with great gas mileage. Just like the Colorado, the Gladiator benefits from a diesel engine, a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6, to be exact. At 24 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, the Jeep Gladiator has one of the best gas mileages for a truck.
Jeep’s EcoDiesel has more torque than the Pentastar gasoline engine with 442 lb-ft of torque. It can also produce 280 horsepower and tow 6,000 pounds, which is very strong for a mid-size pickup. Plus, it’s off-road ready with removable doors and roofs, making it a fuel-efficient alternative to the Wrangler.
5 GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel
GMC uses a similar Duramax engine from Colorado in the Sierra 1500. The most significant difference is that the 1500 uses a 3.0L engine instead of the smaller four-cylinder. Either way, 2WD models with the Duramax engine have some of the best gas mileage for a truck at 24 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. Yet another truck that does 30 MPG or better.
The Sierra 1500 produces 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque combined with the Duramax engine. The ten-speed automatic transmission makes the Sierra 1500 even more fuel efficient. It is suitable for towing up to 9,000 lbs, and GMC has tested the engine extensively in Death Valley and northern Canada.
4 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Diesel
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Diesel is very similar to the GMC Sierra. The Silverado 1500 is another fuel-efficient truck thanks to the Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel engine, which delivers excellent gas mileage at 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
Again, like the Sierra, the Silverado 1500 produces 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. That’s good enough for towing 9,300 lbs, and while 2WD is the most fuel-efficient, 4×4 versions also offer excellent mileage with 30 MPG on the highway.
3 Ram 1500 2WD EcoDiesel
Ram is no slouch in the fuel-efficient diesel game with the Ram 1500 2WD EcoDiesel. This fuel-efficient truck does 22 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. Plus, it leads the competition with 480 lb-ft of torque to go with the 260 horsepower.
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads the competition with 12,560 lbs of towing and over 2,000 lbs of cargo capacity. To make it even better, Ram gave the 1500 EcoDiesel the ability to run on B20 biodiesel, making it a truck with one of the best gas mileages for 2022.
2 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Hyundai’s compact truck, the Santa Cruz, gets a lot of hate for its small size. What makes the Santa Cruz better than many others is that unlike other trucks, this one gets better fuel efficiency with AWD instead of 2WD. In fact, with AWD it does a good 19 MPG in the city and even better fuel economy on the highway at 27 MPG.
In real-world testing, Car and Driver said it achieved 30 MPG in the Santa Cruz. This is yet another truck with over 30 MPG fuel ratings. Additionally, the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine produces 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It even tows up to 5,000 lbs, like the Honda Ridgeline.
1 Ford Ranger
Ford claims to cover all possible pickup truck sizes. It helps that each of these trucks is quite fuel efficient. The Ranger’s small 2.3L four-cylinder engine achieves 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. Although the gas mileage is lower than the Santa Cruz and much lower than the Maverick, it still has one of the best mileages for 2022.
The naturally aspirated four-cylinder produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s good for 3,500 lbs of towing. It’s the odd ball, with the Maverick and Santa Cruz besting it in compact space and the F-150 and Silverado being compelling arguments against the midsize truck. Regardless, it still outperforms the Tacoma, and that’s all that matters to Ford.
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