Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks of 2009


You may need the utility offered by a pickup, but that doesn't mean you have to completely forsake fuel-efficiency. These days, there are more compact and hybrid trucks available than ever before — a development that spells good things for those seeking trucks that will help them mind their finances at the pump.

The following 10 choices are the most fuel-efficient pickups on the market. Our rankings were generated using the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. Specifically, we used the EPA's combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. Each pick's fuel-efficiency rating is expressed in mpg as a city/highway ratio. All ratings apply to base models equipped with a manual transmission, except where indicated otherwise with an asterisk. Each model was allowed only one appearance on the list.

  1. 2009 Mazda B-Series Truck - 21/26 (tie)

    2009 Ford Ranger - 21/26 (tie)
  2. 2009 Toyota Tacoma - 20/26
  3. 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid - 21/22* (tie)

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid - 21/22* (tie)
  4. 2009 Nissan Frontier - 19/23 (tie)

    2009 Suzuki Equator - 19/23 (tie)
  5. 2009 Chevrolet Colorado - 18/24 (tie)

    2009 GMC Canyon - 18/24 (tie)
  6. 2009 Dodge Dakota - 16/20*

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