In today’s world, the gas prices are continuing to soar and consumers are hurting financially. It’s not something we worry about in the moment, but over time the costs can become quite overwhelming, especially with something considered a necessity. So it’s no surprise we’re focusing on fuel efficient vehicles more than ever.
If you have recently visited an auto show, you will find vehicle manufacturers falling over each other trying to tout the fuel efficiency of their products to potential customers. So, if you are also in the market for a truck that offers superlative fuel economy; here is separating the top pick up performers from the gas guzzlers
2009 Ford Ranger Pickup 2WD: This fuel efficient vehicle provides 21mpg in the city and 27 if you’re on the highway. It’s considered to be one of the best options available. This 4-cylinder, 2.3L engine comes with a 5-speed transmission, and 3 different options; XL, XLT, and Sport. However, it does offer an automatic transmission as well.
This rear wheel driven pick up can take you 400 miles once the 19.5 gallon tank is topped of. The safety features of the 2WD are at part with other Ford offerings and include 2 staged frontal air bags along with side seat air bags, 4-wheel ABS braking and Roll stability control.
The 2009 Mazda B2300 offers a 2-door, 3-seat pickup. The fuel efficiency here is unbelievable considering it has a standard 2.3L engine with 4-cylinder engine. The end result allows you to gain 19mpg around the city and 24 mpg if you’re on the highway. You can purchase the B2300 in two different trims; the M5 and the A5. You will find that the manual transmission of the M5 gives a little bit better highways mileage (26mpg). In the end, this option is well known for both its economical and efficient performance.
2010 GMC Canyon: There are 14 trims available with the 2010 GMC Canyon. It’s 2.9L, 4 cylinder engine gives you 18mpg city miles and 25mpg highway miles.
The automatic transmission range starts with the SLT 4×4 CRew Cab ISC Heavy-Duty; this pick up has a 3.7 L , 4-cylinder engine that gives a in city mileage of 17 mpg and can easily do 23 mpg on the highway. The GMC Canyon is equipped with curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags along with StabiliTrack stability control.
The 2009 Silverado from Chevrolet offers a 15 Hybrid 2WD. This half ton 5-seater comes with 4 doors and 4 trims. You can get a range from 1HY 4×2 to a 2HY 4×4. It’s definitely known for its’ fuel efficiency, even though it comes in a 1HY 4×2, 8-cylinder, 6L engine. Your mileage around town can reach 21mpg, while highway miles are 22mpg. If you purchase the 2HY 4×4 you will get the same type of mileage benefits, but with automatic transmission.
Those who enjoy as much safety as possible will get overhead and side seat mounted airbags, Proactive Roll Avoidance Stability control, and 4-wheel ABS anti-lock brakes.
The GMC Sierra is another fuel efficient option. This is especially true for the 2010 1500 Hybrid that offers a 3HA 4×2 to 3HB 4×4. The cost effective rates are fantastic for this 4-door, 5-seater, and comes in both a manual and automatic transmission. Mileage wise you’re looking at 22mpg on the highway, and 21mpg in the city. If you do want a 5-speed automatic transmission, you will have to go with the 3HA 4×2.
It also comes with driveline traction control, side and overhead airbags, and an anti-brake system. Today, the GMC Sierra is considered the “Best Overall Value of the Year” vehicle in the full-size category (4-door, 5-seater).
2010 Chevy Avalanche 1500: If you want power then you will be extremely happy with the 2010 Chevy Avalanche 1500 (8cyl, 5.3L) Manual and automatic transmissions are both available, as well as six different trim options. Whether it’s the LS 4×2 or the LTZ 4×4, you will definitely have plenty of choices. Each one offers the same engine configuration, but the miles you get in the city (15mpg) aren’t very appealing.
If you’re looking for a half ton truck you should take a look at the 2010 Chevy Colorado. This 2-door, 3-seat option can provide plenty of highway miles (25mpg), but the city miles are definitely lacking (18mpg).
There are plenty of trims at your disposal (16), which is everything from the Work Truck 4×2, to the 2LT 4×4 Crew Cab. The Work Truck offers a standard 4 cylinder, 2.9L engine, which is better on the overall mileage. When you pick the latter you’re looking at a more powerful engine (3.7L, 5 cylinders), as well as an automatic transmission.
This model can just do 16 mpg in the city as opposed to the 21 mpg performance on the highway. This vehicle is offered with standard safety features and is well known for the increased roominess that it provides.
Since there are still gas guzzlers out there you definitely have to be careful. So do your research and you will find the right choice for you. We recommend staying away from the 2009 Hummer, the Nissan Titan, and the Toyota Tundra, because they only provide 12-13mpg in the city.
If you don’t have to money to buy the best MPG pick up truck you can increase the fuel economy of your current pick up truck by using a truck bed cover and by simply changing your driving habits.