Top 11 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks for 2012


Pickups are known for being rugged and versatile, but one benefit many people don't expect them to offer is fuel efficiency. However, this diverse segment features quite a few choices that are designed to treat you kindly at the fuel pump.

The 11 models listed below (we have an extra nameplate on the list due to ties) dominate the rest when it comes to fuel economy. We arrived at our rankings 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.

Note that the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are tied for 2nd place. These models share the same fuel economy because they're platform-mates. Other platform-mates on the list include the Chevy Silverado 1500 Hybrid and the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid (tied for third place) and the Nissan Frontier and Suzuki Equator (tied for fourth place).

  1. Toyota Tacoma

    1. Toyota Tacoma — 21/25/22

  2. Chevrolet Colorado

    2. Chevrolet Colorado — 18/25/21 (tie)

  3. GMC Canyon

    GMC Canyon — 18/25/21 (tie)

  4. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

    3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid — 20/23/21 (tie)

  5. GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

    GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid — 20/23/21 (tie)

  6. Nissan Frontier

    4. Nissan Frontier — 19/23/21 (tie)

  7. Suzuki Equator

    Suzuki Equator — 19/23/21 (tie)

  8. Ford F-150

    5. Ford F-150 — 17/23/19

  9. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    6. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 — 15/22/18 (tie)

  10. GMC Sierra 1500

    GMC Sierra 1500 — 15/22/18 (tie)

  11. Toyota Tundra

    7. Toyota Tundra — 16/20/18

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