Built for rugged terrain or getting the toughest jobs done without hassle, trucks have an unsavory reputation for being gas guzzlers. Massive engine, heavy curb weight, and a lack of focus on improving fuel economy are all to blame for this dubious distinction, yet recently, automakers have begun to pour their efforts into improved efficiency. If you’re searching for a truck that’s up to the task yet will still take you farther between trips to the pump, make sure to check out these options with the best gas mileage.
2017 Ram 1500
If you don’t need the extra hauling power afforded by a heavy-duty pickup, the Dodge Ram 1500 is the ideal choice for enhanced fuel economy, especially with the diesel option. Behind a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, the Ram 1500 sports 27 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. Plus, this light-duty truck still provides some impressive power, boasting 240 horsepower and a whopping 420 pound-feet of torque.
Drivers who still want gasoline can opt for the stock 3.6-liter V6, which still gets 25 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city. It loses a bit of efficiency compared to the EcoDiesel, but its 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque make up the difference. Plus, all Ram 1500 trucks come with a various cab and bed sizes, allowing you to customize the vehicle to fit your needs or style.
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2017 Ford F-150 Lariat
The Ford F-150 is back for its 40th consecutive year as the top-selling vehicle in America, and this time, it’s placed an extra emphasis on returning above-average mileage. While all seven trim levels provide adequate fuel economy, the Lariat edition is the only one to offer the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. With a smaller engine displacement, direct-injection, and a turbocharger, the EcoBoost engine improves fuel economy while delivering similar power to larger engines. In this instance, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost provides an impressive 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.
Even with this improved fuel economy, the F-150 Lariat doesn’t lose any power, sporting 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. With this engine at the helm, you can save gas while still pulling up to 5,000 pounds. Throw in the new trailer sway control, and the 2017 is a true gem.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado
Known primarily for their heavy-duty Silverado, Chevy didn’t check into the fuel-efficient truck market until recently. With the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, they hit the jackpot. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder is nothing to scoff at, sporting 24 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city, yet the true outlier is the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel four-cylinder. When equipped, this engine churns out a best-in-class 30 mpg highway and 22 mpg in the city, making it one of the first trucks to cross into the 30 mpg realm. It does this thanks to the turbocharged element of the engine, coupled with a lower displacement and lighter curb weight.
Power enthusiasts shouldn’t fret either. This remarkable specimen still pulls up to 7,600 pounds thanks to enhanced torque.
While trucks try to lessen their emissions and reduce their carbon footprints, these three options are ahead of the game. For power and efficiency, you won’t find any better.