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Pulling power meets high mpg.

Best MPG Trucks | CarMax

If you're looking for a great combination of pulling power, storage size, and rugged handling you're likely to find all that and more in a pickup. And you'll be pleased to learn there are plenty of used pickup trucks on the market that won't just provide comfort, size, and power, but strong mpg figures as well. If you have ever considered getting yourself a truck, there's no time like the present.

And to help you on your search, we've compiled this list of the 11 best mpg trucks for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from August 1, 2019, through January 30, 2020, and using city and highway fuel economy data from fueleconomy.gov.1

  1. Tie: 2018 Ford F-150 (4WD 2.7L) & 2016-2018 Toyota Tacoma (2WD 3.5L)
  2. Tie: 2016 Ford F-150 (2.7L) & 2018 Ford F-150 (3.3L)
  3. Tie: 2017 Ford F-150 (2.7L) & 2016 RAM 1500 (3.0L)
  4. 2019 Toyota Tacoma (2.7L)
  5. Tie: 2018 Ford F-150 (4WD 2.7L) & 2016 Chevrolet Colorado (2.5L)

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

Best MPG Trucks: Ford F150 | CarMax

2018 Ford F-150

The 2018 Ford F-150 with its 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine has plenty to offer you in terms of power and practicality. This configuration with four-wheel drive and a ten-speed automatic transmission is good for an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.1 Additional benefits of the 2018 Ford F-150 include:

  • 325 hp and a strong 400 lb-ft of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 9,000 lbs. with the 2.7L V6 engine when properly equipped2
  • Optional driver-assist features available such as the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist System, remote-tailgate release, and adaptive cruise control
Best MPG Trucks: Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

2016-2018 Toyota Tacoma

Debuting in 2016, a third-generation Tacoma pickup won't just help you get the job done but sip gas while doing it. The 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and two-wheel drive is good for an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.1 Additionally, 2016–2018 Tacomas equipped with the 3.5L V6 will get you:

  • 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque
  • Estimated towing capacity of up to 6,800 lbs. when properly equipped2
  • 4.2-inch display, Entune® audio system
  • Remote keyless entry (all standard on 2016–2018 SR5 models and up)
  • Driver-convenience features like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control (standard on 2018 models)

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4. Tie: 2016 Ford F-150 (2.7L) & 2018 Ford F-150 (3.3L)

Best MPG Trucks: Ford F150 | CarMax

2016 Ford F-150

With the 2016 Ford F-150 you don't just get pulling power and favorable mpg figures but plenty of available features and technology as well. Thanks to its all-aluminum body and 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine, the 2016 F-150 is capable of an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.1 Alongside this fuel economy, you also get:

  • 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque
  • Estimated towing capacity of up to 8,500 lbs. with the 2.7L engine and two-wheel drive when properly equipped2
  • Optional Ford MyKey®, Ford Sync® 3 entertainment system, remote keyless entry, and cruise control
Best MPG Trucks: 2018 Ford F150 | CarMax

2018 Ford F-150

If you're after a pickup with a larger engine, the 2018 Ford F-150 is worth a test drive. This iteration of the F-150 comes packing a 3.3L V6 engine from standard, and with two-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission, it's good for an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.1 In addition, with the 2018 model year you can also expect:

  • 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque
  • Estimated towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. when properly equipped2
  • Standard 4.2 inch central display screen, air conditioning, and automatic headlights

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3. Tie: 2017 Ford F-150 (2.7L) & 2016 RAM 1500 (3.0L)

Best MPG Trucks: 2017 Ford F150 | CarMax

2017 Ford F-150

If the versatile and work-ready Ford F-150 sounds right for you, but the model years mentioned above aren't quite what you're looking for, consider the 2017 F-150. The 2017 model in two-wheel drive configuration with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and ten-speed transmission can achieve an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.1 You can also expect the following from the 2017 F-150:

  • Estimated towing capacity of up to 8,500 lbs. with the 2.7L engine when properly equipped2
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, and an eight-inch display (Lariat trim and up)
  • Optional remote tailgate release and a surround-view camera system (Lariat trim and up)
Best MPG Trucks: Dodge Ram 2500 | CarMax

2016 RAM 1500

If muscular looks and a comfortable ride is something you're after, the 2016 Dodge RAM 1500 offers all these traits and more, as well as a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine allied to an eight-speed automatic transmission, plus the option of four-wheel drive. This diesel powerplant and drivetrain configuration give the 2016 RAM 1500 an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.1 The 2016 RAM also offers:

  • 240 hp and a strong 420 lb-ft of torque
  • Estimated towing capacity of up to 9,300 lbs. with the 3.0L engine when properly equipped2
  • Air conditioning, cruise control, and a six-speaker sound system with USB port, all standard

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2. 2019 Toyota Tacoma (2.7L)

Best MPG Trucks: Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

If you're looking for a pickup that sips fuel as you make your runs around town, you may belong behind the wheel of a 2019 Toyota Tacoma. The 2019 Tacoma offers a 2.7L four-cylinder engine from standard and in two-wheel drive form with a six-speed automatic transmission, it can achieve an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.1 But that's not all the 2019 Toyota Tacoma has to offer, you can also expect:

  • Estimated towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. with the 2.7L engine when properly equipped2
  • Standard driver-convenience features
  • Standard Entune stereo system with Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free support

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1. 2018 Ford F-150 (2.7L) & 2016 Chevrolet Colorado (2.5L)

Best MPG Trucks: Ford F150 | CarMax

2018 Ford F-150

The 2018 F-150 offers plenty of versatility with all the different configurations available, ideal if you enjoy having lots of options when you shop. And while the four-wheel drive version of the 2018 model year has already appeared on this list, models with the 2.7L V6 engine, ten-speed automatic transmission, and two-wheel drive are capable of an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.1 Alongside this, you'll also get:

  • Estimated towing capacity of 9,000 lbs. with the 2.7L engine when properly equipped2
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard eight-inch touchscreen (Lariat trim and up)
Best MPG Trucks: Chevrolet Colorado | CarMax

2016 Chevrolet Colorado

After a redesign in 2015, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is a strong choice if you're looking for a rugged yet stylish midsize pickup with real presence. And with its 2.5L four-cylinder engine that comes standard at the base level, you can expect impressive mpg figures—an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway when equipped with the additional six-speed automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.1 Other things you can expect from the 2016 Colorado include:

  • Estimated towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. with the 2.5L engine when properly equipped2
  • Standard rearview camera
  • Standard six-speaker sound system with a 4.2-inch display screen

As you can see from this list, there are plenty of options to choose from. Comfort, versatility, pulling power, and less stops at the pump are all available to you in a pickup truck.

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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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