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Go for miles with these high-mpg trucks.

Best MPG Trucks | CarMax

When you're in the market for a truck, you know that you'll get plenty of space for cargo, groceries, sports equipment, and passengers; the amount varies depending on the size of the cab and bed you choose. The cherry on top, for some trucks, is an attractive mpg number.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 13 best mpg trucks for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020, and using city and highway fuel economy data from fueleconomy.gov.1

  1. Tie: 2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma (4WD 3.5L) & 2016-2017 Ford F-150 (4WD 2.7L)
  2. Tie: 2016-2017 and 2019 Toyota Tacoma (2WD 3.5L) & 2018 Ford F-150 (4WD 2.7L)
  3. Tie: 2016 Ford F-150 (2WD 2.7L) & 2018 Ford F-150 (2WD 3.3L)
  4. 2017 Ford F-150 (2WD 2.7L)
  5. Tie: 2018 Ford F-150 (2WD 2.7L) & 2019 Toyota Tacoma (2WD 2.7L)

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5. Tie:  2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma (4WD 3.5L)
2016-2017 Ford F-150 (4WD 2.7L)

13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2016 Toyota Tacoma | CarMax
13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2017 Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma (4WD 3.5L)

For model year 2016, the Toyota Tacoma was redesigned and the 3.5L V6 engine was introduced, adding 42 more horsepower to this versatile truck. Boasting an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, 2016 and 2017 Tacoma models with the V6 engine are ready to take you on- and off-road with confidence.1 For 2016-2017 Toyota Tacomas with the 3.5L V6, you'll get:

  • 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque
  • GoPro® windshield mount
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Estimated towing capacity of 6,800 lbs. with the V6 engine, when properly equipped2
13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2016 Ford F-150 | CarMax
13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2017 Ford F-150 | CarMax

2016-2017 Ford F-150 (4WD 2.7L)

Available in six trims, the 2016-2017 Ford F-150 offers something for everyone. The 101A package adds creature comforts like power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; a USB port; and more. Even at the standard XL work truck level, you still get a solid truck for work and play. 2016-2017 models offer a turbocharged 2.7L V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.1 For model years 2016-2017, the Ford F-150 with the 2.7L V6 features:

  • 325 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Standard trailer sway control and pre-wired trailer connections
  • Tow hooks
  • 4.2-inch central display screen
  • Four-speaker radio with an auxiliary jack
  • 40/20/40-split front bench
  • Estimated towing capacity of 8,500 lbs. with the 2.7L V6 engine, when properly equipped2

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4. Tie: 2016-2017 & 2019 Toyota Tacoma (2WD 3.5L) & 2018 Ford F-150 (4WD 2.7L)

13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2016 Toyota Tacoma | CarMax
13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2017 Toyota Tacoma | CarMax
13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2019 Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

2016-2017 and 2019 Toyota Tacoma (2WD 3.5L)

The Toyota Tacoma got a full facelift for model year 2016, including a choice between 2WD and 4WD with the 3.5L V6. If you're looking for a truck for more flat-road hauling, a 2WD truck may suit you just fine, especially if you'll be putting in the miles. 2016-2017 and 2019 models with 2WD and a six-cylinder automatic engine get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.1 A healthy 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque can get you where you need to go with power. Additional benefits of the 2016-2017 and 2019 Toyota Tacoma include:

  • Hill-start assist control
  • Two additional USB ports (2019 models only)
  • Estimated towing capacity of 6,800 lbs. with the V6 engine, when properly equipped2
  • Rear-wheel drive with automatic limited-slip differential
  • Leaf spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen and six-speaker audio system
13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2018 Ford F-150 | CarMax

2018 Ford F-150 (4WD 2.7L)

The 2018 Ford F-150 is impressive, and tows an estimated 8,500 pounds, when properly equipped, with the V6 engine.2 The turbocharged EcoBoost® 2.7L V6 engine with an automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg on city roads and 24 mpg on the highway.1 Standard features on the robust, ready-for-work 2018 Ford F-150 include:

  • 325 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Optional off-road package
  • Power windows, USB port, and CD player (XLT trim)
  • Trailer backup assist system (optional on base trim)

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3. Tie: 2016 Ford F-150 (2WD 2.7L) & 2018 Ford F-150 (2WD 3.3L)

13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2016 Ford F-150 | CarMax

2016 Ford F-150 (2WD 2.7L)

The 2016 Ford F-150 packs a 2.7L V6, which is designed to provide the power and boost you need for hauling and acceleration on the road. The base XL model is comfortable to drive, with a terrific package of available features and technology. With the EcoBoost® engine, the F-150 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.1 Look for these features on the 2016 Ford F-150:

  • 325 hp and 375 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Estimated towing capacity of 8,500 lbs. with the 2.7L engine and 2WD, when properly equipped2
  • Available Ford Sync® 3 entertainment system, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and more
13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2018 Ford F-150 | CarMax

2018 Ford F-150 (2WD 3.3L)

The F-150 doesn't skimp on engine options, including the large 3.3L V6, which is new for model year 2018. The 2018 F-150 will impress you with an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.1 The 2018 F-150 offers everything you love in a pickup—with the ability to eat up the miles, too. On the 2018 Ford F-150 with the 3.3L engine, you can also expect:

  • 290 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Estimated towing capacity of 7,700 lbs., when properly equipped2
  • Available cruise control, Bluetooth® capability, and USB port

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2. 2017 Ford F-150 (2WD 2.7L)

13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2017 Ford F-150 | CarMax

This powerful pickup is not shy about getting up to speed, and is available in six standard trims to meet your needs. With two-wheel drive, an EcoBoost 2.7L V6 engine, and a 10-speed transmission, the 2017 Ford F-150 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg on city streets and 25 mpg on the highway.1 The 2017 F-150 also offers these features:

  • Estimated towing capacity of up to 8,500 lbs. with the 2.7L engine, when properly equipped2
  • Larger eight-inch display (available on Lariat trim and higher)
  • Additional storage bins and panoramic sunroof (available on XLT trim and higher)

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1. 2018 Ford F-150 (2WD 2.7L) & 2019 Toyota Tacoma (2WD 2.7L)

13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2018 Ford F-150 | CarMax

2018 Ford F-150 (2WD 2.7L)

Tied for first place on our list, the 2018 Ford F-150 with a 2.7L engine and 2WD stands tall with an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.1 If a total-package pickup is what you want—with the added advantage of less time at the pump—the 2018 F-150 is an excellent choice. Available in 14 colors, the 2018 F-150 is a rainbow of both fun and function. As with the other F-150s on our list, this vehicle offers performance, power, and a standard list of benefits like these:

  • 325 hp and a hauling-ready 400 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Estimated towing capacity of up to 8,500 lbs. with the 2.7L engine, when properly equipped2
  • 40/20/40-split front bench
  • Four-speaker radio with auxiliary jack
  • Standard 4.2-inch central display screen, air-conditioning, and automatic headlights
13 Best MPG Trucks for 2020: Reviews, Photos, and More: 2019 Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

2019 Toyota Tacoma (2WD 2.7L)

This midsize truck is rugged and ready for adventure. The 2019 model has some terrific additions on previous model years, including lane departure alert, forward-collision warning, and two extra USB ports. With a towing capacity of an estimated 6,800 lbs. when properly equipped with the 2WD 2.7L V6 engine, the 2019 Tacoma is ready to take on your favorite adventures.2 You can expect this and more on the 2019 Toyota Tacoma 2WD 2.7 V6 with automatic transmission:

  • EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway1
  • Four-way adjustable cloth seats
  • Backup camera
  • 4.2-inch display
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control

When it comes to shopping for a truck, you have plenty of options if you're looking for less stops at the pump. The good news is that you don't have to give up comfort, space, versatility, and power.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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