Chevy Colorado Has Impressive MPG Performance
For the longest time, shopping for a truck simply meant looking for a vehicle that could last a long time, tow a considerable amount and offer durability in all sorts of conditions. When the price of gas started to skyrocket though, engineers from all of the leading auto manufacturers decided to look towards improving the fuel economy as well (with a bit of assistance from new fuel regulations put out by the government). I recently went looking for a new truck, and while I did want a truck with an extended cab and suitable towing, fuel economy
really proved to be one of the deciding factors. After all, with the amount I actually drive my truck, I want to save money whenever possible. For anyone else in a similar situation, this is a list of the top 10 trucks based on fuel economy.
10. 2015 Toyota Tundra
The American auto industry has long dominated the truck landscape, as Americans buy more trucks than any other vehicle type in the country. Due to this though, foreign automakers have started to increase the kind of trucks they offer, and Toyota has started to do the same. The 2015 Toyota Tundra is able to obtain a serviceable 16 miles per gallon in the city and 20 on the highway. It does have some nice performance under the hood though, including a 4.0L V-6 that can put out 270 horsepower using the five speed automatic transmission.
9. 2014 Honda Ridgeline
With an entry from Honda into the listing of top 10 best gas mileage trucks, this option is able to gather 15 miles per gallon in the city, which is actually one less than the Toyota Tundra, but it reaches 21 miles per gallon on the highway. If it really came down between this truck or the Tundra based on gas mileage, it would really just depend what kind of driving is done the most. Regarding the engine though, it does feature a smaller 3.5L V-6 that putts out 250 horsepower using a five speed automatic transmission.
8. 2015 Nissan Frontier
Most truck owners are not just purchasing a truck to have a truck, but they want it to perform well in poor conditions tow a boat to the lake and to hall gear to a worksite. Due to this, it really doesn't matter what other drivers buy, it just needs to feel right to the individual spending the money. This truck gives 19 MPG in the city and 23 on the highway while featuring a smaller 2.5L I-4 engine that produces 152 horsepower.
7. 2015 GMC Sierra 1500
While seventh on the list, this truck actually has a larger engine than the other three trucks above it. The EcoTec3
4.3L V-6 produces 285 horsepower in a six speed automatic, yet it still provides 18 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. This actually averages out at the same as the Nissan Frontier, only with 133 more horsepower, so this receives the higher nod.
6. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500
are basically the same truck an come with the same engine. So, for anyone looking for a new truck, it is worth looking at both of these to see which minor alterations stand out the most.
5. 2015 Toyota Tacoma
This truck is a smaller
offering with a 2.7L I-4 (159 horsepower) engine with a five speed manual transmission that can put out 21 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. If fuel economy is the most important buying feature, I'd say look at this one.
4. 2015 Ram 1500
The truck has a lower 17 MPG in the city and the same 25 MPG as the Tacoma, but this one is rated higher due to the better engine. It has a 3.6L V-6 that produces 305 horsepower with an eight-speed automatic. In order words, it has the same MPG as the Tacoma but with almost 150 more horsepower.
3. 2015 Ford F-150
This is the most popular vehicle in the United States and a solid purchase for any truck owner. It offers 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway, all with a solid 2.7L V-6 325 horsepower engine. You can't go wrong with those numbers in a truck.
2. 2015 GMC Canyon
The first American truck on the list with an I-4, this truck produces 200 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission. It does produce 20 MPG in the city and 27 on the highway though.
1. 2015 Chevrolet Colorado
Again, the Colorado
is basically the Chevy version of the Canyon with the exact same engine and the exact same fuel economy, it just has a few minor differences in internal features.