Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

Quick Notes:

– The most fuel-efficient truck on the market gets nearly 30 miles to the gallon on the highway

– There is a significant gap in fuel-efficiency between the leader and tenth-place finisher

– Body size and the truck’s power significantly impact how many miles to the gallon a truck can get

There’s always going to be room for trucks in the global landscape of automobiles. True macho men who work construction or run a farm genuinely need a vehicle that can haul mass amounts of filthy material without trashing the inside of the vehicle. SUVs don’t offer a solution to that need — only a good, trusty truck will do the job.

But at the same time, nobody gets a kick out of spending money. OK, maybe some people do, but truck drivers aren’t exactly the same demographic you’ll find spending obscene amounts of capital on Rodeo Drive. Most drivers who own or want to own a truck are at least aware of how much they spend on gas, and fuel-efficiency is something that they consider when purchasing their truck.

The following vehicles are the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market. They all offer a reasonable level of fuel-efficiency, though you’ll see that some will give you more bang for your buck than others.


10. Nissan Titan

This Nissan Titan isn’t one of those ironically named automobiles. It’s a truck that’s of truly titanic proportions, and it’s certainly not the most fuel-efficient truck on the market. But it’s not quite a gas guzzler either. The latest Titan gets 13 miles to the gallon in-city, 18 on the highway, and 15 combined.

9. Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra is one mammoth of a truck, with a spacious cab and impressive specs. The top-of-the-line Tundra has a 5.7-liter V8 engine that offers 401 ft.-lbs. of torque and 381 horsepower. If you buy a Tundra and aren’t hauling massive payload on the reg, what are you even doing?

That said, it’s also one of the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market, a particularly impressive distinction given the truck’s size and power. The latest Tundra gets 15 miles to a gallon in the city, 19 on the highway, and 16 miles per gallon combined.


8-7. Tie: Chevrolet Silverado – GMC Sierra

If you’re wondering about the statistical overlap between Chevrolet and GMC trucks on this list, we should tell you that GMC owns Chevy, and they’re likely using much of the same technology and underlying design in both brands’ fleet of trucks. Is that cheating? We aren’t the ones to say. But what we can say is that both the Silverado and the Sierra offer 18 miles per gallon in a city setting, 24 on the highway, and 20 miles per gallon combined.

6. Nissan Frontier

When you think of Nissan, you probably don’t think of their line of trucks first  unless you happen to own one. Despite being known more for their Altimas, Maximas, and other sedans, the Nissan Frontier has emerged as one of the ten most fuel-efficient trucks on the planet. The King- and Crew-cab versions of the Nissan Frontier offer 19 miles per gallon in the city, 23 on the highway, and 21 combined. That’s not bad for a vehicle that also provides 152 horsepower and 171 ft.-lbs. of torque.

5. Ford F-150

Word on the street is that the latest model of Ford’s trusty F-150 incorporates an aluminum body that reduces the weight of the vehicle enough to produce significant savings on fuel efficiency. Truck drivers tend to be brand loyalists, so this added efficiency is a cherry-on-top for prospective F-150 owners who were probably going to buy the truck regardless of its miles-per-gallon. The latest F-150 gets 18 miles to the gallon in the city, 25 on the highway, and 22 combined.


4. Toyota Tacoma

Toyota is known more for its uber-efficient, hyper-reliable fleet of sedans, like the Camry and Corolla, but their trucks offer similar reliability as well. The Tacoma also lives up to Toyota’s reputation for bringing fuel-efficient cars to the market, as it is one of the most fuel-efficient trucks you can buy. The Tacoma gets 21 miles per gallon in the city, 25 on the highway, and 22 combined. Those who like hauling stuff or offroading can Toy(ota) around without spending their rent money on gas.

3-2. Tie: Chevrolet Colorado – GMC Canyon

The engineers behind the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon apparently had similar thought processes when it came to fuel efficiency because they offer the same miles per gallon. Each sport 20 miles to the gallon in the city and 27 on the highway for a combined 22 miles-per-gallon. So for the potential buyer, the question becomes: are you a Chevy guy (or gal), or do you prefer General Motors?

1.Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel

All you need to do is listen to one Dodge Ram advertisement to know how fuel-efficient the Ram is. Not only can it haul 12,000 pounds of steel beams — never assume you won’t have to haul 12,000 pounds of steel beams, you never know — but it’s also one of the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market. Though the Regular-, Crew-, and Quad-cab models of the 1500 may vary, the posted mileage per gallon is 21 in the city, 29 on the highway, and 23 combined.

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