Gas mileage is a crucial factor to be considered while buying a truck for commercial use…
If you want to carry three to four passengers along with a huge amount of luggage, what can be the best option than a pickup truck? Pickup trucks are normally used for both personal travel or commercial purpose. These machines usually have loads of acceleration and towing capacity, which makes them ideal for off-road use. It is considered that pickup trucks have low mileage. However, there are few vehicles who have a better mileage. Anything above 19 MPG in the city is believed to be a better gas mileage for trucks.
Best Fuel Efficient Trucks
The Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck that is also one of the best-selling models of the brand. It is available in three variants; namely XL, XLT, and SPORT. Manual transmission and 4×2 variants of the first two models are believed to have an acceptable mileage of 22 city and 27 highway. The fuel tank capacity of this Ford truck is reported to be 17 gallons. The XL variant with a 4×2 drive and manual transmission is available for a starting price of around $18,000.
The Tacoma from Toyota is also considered to be one of the most fuel-efficient trucks in its class. Its ‘Regular Cab’ and ‘Access Cab’ models both have a very good mileage of around 21/25 MPG in city and highway. The Regular Cab 4×2 manual transmission trim level starts at a base price of around an affordable $16,500. The truck houses a 2.7-liter DOHC 16-Valve 4-cylinder 159 hp engine with a fuel tank of about 21 gallons.
Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid
The American car magazine ‘Motor Trend’ has presented the Silverado with the ‘2011 Truck of the Year’ award. This pickup truck comes in two variants, viz. 1HY and 2HY, both of which are available in two- and four-wheel drive options. It has a Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine which produces a power of 332 hp. With a fuel tank capacity of 26 gallons, these variants of the Silverado have a mileage rating of 20 and 23 MPG in city and highway. The starting price of this hybrid truck comes to around $37,000.
Though not a name well known in the pickup truck market, the Equator has a good reputation for a gas mileage truck. Its ‘Equator Extended Cab RWD’ trim variant is available at a base price of around $17,500. This mid-size truck comes with a manual transmission and a decent mileage of 19/23 in city/highway. It also has a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve engine, generating 152 hp. The mileage along with a fuel tank of about 21 gallons is good for a pickup truck.
Nissan is reputed to have the toughest trucks in the American car market. Its Frontier model is a good example. Its King Cab S (4×2, manual transmission) variant has an impressive mileage of 19/23 MPG in city and highway. Its engine configuration is quite similar to that of the Equator, with a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine which powers 152 hp. It too has a 21 gallon fuel tank. This trim package is available for a base price of around $18,500.
Remember that the fuel economy depends on how you maintain the condition of the truck. Note that the price of these pickups vary as per the cab type you choose. You can even choose AWD variants of the above mentioned trucks. Note that this will increase the price range significantly though. In order to get complete specs and trim variants of the aforementioned best gas mileage trucks, it is better you visit the company’s website or the brand’s car showroom.