Impressive performance with the fuel economy to match.
Driving a truck no longer needs to mean pain at the pump. Today, there are many trucks that offer great power, performance, and fuel economy. If you're looking for the most fuel-efficient truck on the market today or the trucks with the best gas mileage, this list is a helpful place to start your search.
To compile this list of the best mpg trucks at CarMax, we took our best-selling trucks from December 1, 2017, through May 31, 2018, and ranked them based on their city and highway fuel economy data from fueleconomy.gov .
The 2016 Ford F-150 3.5L features a turbocharged V6 engine that delivers an impressive amount of acceleration and towing power. The 2016 Ford F-150 3.5L offers an estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg on the highway.1 The 2016 F-150 also benefits from one of Ford's most significant redesigns of the model in recent years, including the addition of Ford's SYNC® 3 infotainment system, attractive new trim options, and a wide range of other features such as remote keyless entry and a Pro Trailer Backup Assist system.
The 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 automatic 3.6L is powered by a Pentastar V6 that delivers 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, with an estimated 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.1 These fuel economy numbers are based on driving the truck in two-wheel drive, but if you need some extra power for hauling a heavy load or getting out of a tough spot, you can opt for four-wheel drive. The 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 also offers exciting features such as 11 different trims to choose from, as well as Rear Park Assist, and a backup camera on certain trims.
It's easy to know exactly what you're getting with the Chevy Silverado—a workhorse of a truck that is simple yet stylish. For fuel-conscious drivers who still want power and performance out of their truck, the 4.3L V6 engine in the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is an attractive option. The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3L gets an estimated 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway1 while delivering 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Choose from a number of trim options and a range of features such as an available Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay™ to get the most out of your Silverado.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 may be a couple years older than the 2016 model, but it certainly still holds its own. Coming in at a tie for fifth place in our list of best mpg trucks, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with an automatic 4.3L engine offers the same horsepower and torque specs as the 2016 model (285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque) as well as the same fuel economy specs (an estimated 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway).1
The Ford F-150 was fully redesigned in 2015 to include features such as aluminum body panels that reduce the truck's weight, a new 365 hp turbocharged V6 engine, and a new interior design. Thanks to the truck's lighter weight and improved engine, the 2015 Ford F-150 automatic 3.5L gets an estimated 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.1 The 2015 Ford F-150 also comes with trim options that include a trailer hitch assist video camera, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2015 Ford F-150 faced some stiff competition from the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado—so much so that these two vehicles came in at a tie in our list of best mpg trucks. The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 features a 4.3L engine that delivers 285 hp with an estimated 18 mpg city and 24 mpg on the highway.1 The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado is known for its smooth handling that makes for an enjoyable ride. It also comes with standard options like Chevrolet’s MyLink® infotainment system, a CornerStep rear bumper that makes it easier to enter and exit the truck, and a 4.2-inch display screen.
The Silverado may be Chevrolet's flagship truck, but it's the Colorado that delivers some of the best fuel economy numbers that Chevrolet has to offer in a full-size pickup. The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado automatic 3.6L gets an estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.1 You certainly won't be missing out on any performance either if you opt for the 2016 Colorado. This truck features a V6 engine that delivers 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
The 2016 Ford F-150 automatic 2.7L's engine produces 40 fewer horses and 45 fewer lb-ft than the 3.5L model that came in seventh on our list. In addition to not losing any speed with the 2.7L model, you can also look forward to its fuel economy, with an estimated 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.1 This improved fuel economy combined with performance punches out of its weight class. Some standard features include must-haves like hill start assist, trailer sway control, and Ford’s Personal Safety System™.
If fuel economy is your primary concern, the 2015 Ford F-150 automatic 2.7L, which gets an estimated 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway,1 is sure to exceed your expectations. In addition to offering impressive fuel economy, this truck boasts 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque with its 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 engine. When you factor in its comfortable handling and its wide range of technology options, you've got a truck that is well worth the test drive!
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1 Fuel 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.
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