Top Fuel Efficient Pickup Trucks of 2016
Think it’s impossible to save on fuel while driving a pickup? New federal fuel-efficiency standards mean that pickup trucks get better gas mileage than ever. While a pickup still won’t compare with a small sedan, you can still get good gas mileage with a larger pickup that doesn’t compromise convenience, towing power, and space.
Pickup trucks are once again the most popular vehicle segment in the United States after falling out of favor for years due to rising fuel costs. Here are some of the most fuel-efficient pickups for 2016.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
Combined 25 mpg
Chevrolet has taken the lead for the most fuel efficient pickup in 2016 with the new Colorado, the only pickup truck in 2016 with a fuel economy rating that breaks into the 30s. This new midsize pickup gets an impressive 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Note that it’s the diesel version that offers the benefits of such a high fuel economy, but the standard version is still ahead of the pack with 27 highway mpg and 20 city mpg. The Chevy Colorado has two gasoline engine options: the 2.5-liter engine is slightly less efficient with an overall rating of 22 mpg with an automatic transmission while the larger 3.6-liter gas engine gets 21 mpg overall.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel has a starting MSRP of $38,995.
2016 Ram 1500
Combined 24 mpg
If you aren’t interested in diesel, the Ram 1500 is the top pickup for fuel economy with 29 highway mpg and 21 city mpg. The 1500 HFE also includes a range of standard features like an 8-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, and side seat-mounted airbags. The Ram 1500 doesn’t sacrifice size and power for fuel economy: the 240 horsepower engine can tow 9,210 pounds.
The 2016 Ram 1500 Diesel has a starting MSRP of $47,905.
2016 GMC Canyon
Combined 23 mpg
The GMC Canyon Diesel boasts the first Duramax diesel engine available in a midsize pickup truck. With a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg and 31 mpg highway, the Canyon is the cleanest diesel truck engine ever made by General Motors. The Canyon also tops full-size truck mileage ratings with a higher trailering load rating than the Ram 1500 V6 model and some V8 models. It’s estimated that the Canyon can drive up to 651 highway miles with its 21-gallon tank without a fill-up.
The 2016 GMC Canyon Diesel has a starting MSRP of $37,675.
2016 Ford F150
Combined 22 mpg
The Ford F150 is the top-selling vehicle in the United States and an American classic. The standard F150 is larger than the Tacoma and Frontier with a similar fuel economy. The 2016 F150 with a 2.7-liter gas engine gets a combined fuel efficiency rating of 22 mpg. If you increase towing capacity from 7,600 pounds to 8,500 pounds, you lose just 1 mpg fuel efficiency.
The 2016 Ford F150 has a starting MSRP of $26,430.
2016 Toyota Tacoma
Combined 21 mpg
The popular Tacoma was updated for 2016, but it retains the same base powertrain as the previous year. The standard 2.7-liter gas engine makes it one of the most fuel efficient pickups on the market with a combined fuel economy rating of 21 mpg. If you upgrade to the 6-cylinder engine, fuel economy remains almost the same thanks to the benefits of a new fuel system that uses port and direct injection. The larger engine retains the same 21 mpg overall fuel economy rating, but highway fuel economy drops slightly.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has a starting MSRP of $23,300.
2016 Nissan Frontier
Combined 21 mpg
First launched in 2004, the Nissan Frontier has gone through several changes over the last decade to upgrade its fuel economy. The most efficient model with a 4-cyclinder gas engine has an overall fuel rating of 21 mpg. Switching to a 6-cylinder engine or an automatic transmission drops the combined fuel efficiency to 19 mpg.
The 2016 Nissan Frontier is the most budget-friendly pickup on the list with a starting MSRP of $18,290.