Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks for 2011

Just as there are sedans and crossovers to suit a wide range of shoppers, so, too, are there pickups to suit almost every stripe of truck buyer. Those who need a truck to double as a daily driver will find quite a few models offering the requisite levels of comfort and refinement. There are rugged workhorses for those who want a truck that can shoulder the biggest loads. And shoppers seeking a truck that offers some semblance of frugality at the pump will find that they've got a few options. Heck, the segment even includes a couple of hybrids.

The fuel-efficiency charge is led by these 10 models. Our rankings were determined by looking at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. We used the EPA's combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. The rating for each vehicle below is expressed in mpg as a city/highway/combined ratio.

The Chevy Silverado 1500 Hybrid and the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid are tied in 3rd; they share the same fuel economy because they're platform-mates. Other platform-mates on the list include the Nissan Frontier and Suzuki Equator (tied for 4th place), and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (tied for 5th).

  1. Ford Ranger

    1. Ford Ranger


  2. Toyota Tacoma

    2. Toyota Tacoma


  3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

    3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

    20/23/21 (tie)

  4. GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

    GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

    20/23/21 (tie)

  5. Nissan Frontier

    4. Nissan Frontier

    19/23/21 (tie)

  6. Suzuki Equator

    Suzuki Equator

    19/23/21 (tie)

  7. Chevrolet Colorado

    5. Chevrolet Colorado

    18/25/21 (tie)

  8. GMC Canyon

    GMC Canyon

    18/25/21 (tie)

  9. Ford F-150

    6. Ford F-150


  10. Toyota Tundra

    7. Toyota Tundra



  • polyglot7 polyglot7 Posts:

    Why doesn't somebody make a small pick-up truck anymore? You still see old El Caminos and Rancheros on the road; they served the purpose. Holden in Australia makes a similar vehicle; why can't they make a left-hand drive version for this market? Somebody, like China or India, may come in and seize this untouched market segment. Wake up and pull your head out, Detroit!

  • bambam13 bambam13 Posts:

    Notice how except for hybrids the Ford F-150 is the "Best in Class" for full sized trucks but it is 6th on this list. Pretty poor for Edmunds not to sort these trucks into their respective classes.

  • meko21 meko21 Posts:

    Too bad you title is so mis-leading. You should have included EPA top ten rated trucks. As EPA goes by weight/class to pick what they will rate I'd say that this story could have just been a link to the EPA site. It would have been nice if you had really rated trucks, instead of these Tonka toys.

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