Best Fuel Economy for 2015 Full-Size 4WD Trucks | Edmunds

Best Fuel Economy for 2015 Full-Size 4WD Trucks


You can't please all the people all the time. And in 2014, some readers were definitely not pleased with our list of the most fuel-efficient trucks. The gripe was that the list only showed the trucks' two-wheel-drive versions with base engines. Some asked: What about the fuel economy for trucks' four-wheel-drive versions? In other words, the trucks most people really buy. We heard you, and present a different kind of list for 2015.

It's true that most truck shoppers opt for four-wheel drive (nearly 75 percent of buyers so far this year for the 2015 Ford F-150, for example). So that's what this list ranks. V8s also are crushing V6 models in terms of 2015 sales to date. So in addition to showing fuel economy for the four-wheel-drive trucks with the more fuel-efficient V6 engines, we also show you what to expect at the pump if you opt for a V8.

You won't see a breakdown based on cab type, bed length or optional axle ratio, however. Those variables are not treated as separate cases on an EPA window sticker. A longer, heavier configuration with a high-numeric axle ratio for maximum towing will be less efficient than a lighter version with standard low-numeric gearing, but the official published fuel economy will not show a difference.

Finally, because the market for light-duty full-size trucks is small, we're listing all the available 2015 vehicles in that category here, ranked from best to worst combined fuel economy.

2015 Ram 1500

2015 Full-Size 4WD Trucks

Edmunds Rating: A
Review highlight: The 2015 Ram 1500 is a top contender in the full-size pickup segment, thanks to a winning combination of strong powertrains, a class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission, a smooth ride and a well-trimmed cabin. The Ram is also the only light-duty truck to offer a diesel engine option.

Fuel Economy:
3.0L turbodiesel V6: 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway). To date, Edmunds' long-term test 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is getting an average of 21.7 mpg.
3.6 L V6: 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway)
5.7 L V8: 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway)
5.7L V8 (six-speed): 15 mpg combined (13 city/19 highway)

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Full-Size 4WD Trucks

Edmunds Rating: B
Review highlight: The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 may not look all that different, but those familiar lines disguise what is unquestionably the most sophisticated and capable version of this best-selling pickup ever to hit the road. Ford's groundbreaking use of an all-aluminum body has trimmed about 700 pounds from the truck, which allows the use of a downsized engine lineup without any loss of capability.

Fuel Economy:
2.7L turbocharged V6: 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway). To date, Edmunds' long-term test 2015 Ford F-150 is getting an average of 16.5 mpg.
3.5L V6: 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway)
3.5L turbocharged V6: 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway)
5.0L V8: 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway)

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2015 Full-Size 4WD Trucks

Edmunds Rating: B
Review Highlight: A wide range of body styles, an impressive interior and a lineup of powerful and fuel-efficient engines make the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado a top pick in the full-size pickup class.

Fuel Economy:
4.3L V6: 19 mpg combined (17 city/22 highway)
5.3L V8: 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway). In Edmunds' 116-mile mixed-driving loop, our test vehicle got 20 mpg combined.
6.2L V8: 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway)

2015 GMC Sierra 1500

2015 Full-Size 4WD Trucks

Edmunds Rating: Not rated, but mechanically similar to the Silverado 1500.
Review Highlight: A wide range of body styles, a comfortable and quiet cabin and a lineup of powerful, fuel-efficient engines make the 2015 GMC Sierra a solid pick in the full-size pickup class.

Fuel Economy:
4.3L V6: 19 mpg combined (17 city/22 highway)
5.3L V8: 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway)
6.2L V8: 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway)

2015 Toyota Tundra

2015 Full-Size 4WD Trucks

Edmunds Rating: B
Review Highlight: The 2015 Toyota Tundra remains a capable workhorse among full-size pickups, and one of the few that is very serious about off-road performance. Unfortunately, its powerful 5.7-liter V8 lags behind its American rivals in terms of fuel efficiency because it lacks direct fuel injection.

Fuel Economy:
4.6L V8: 16 mpg combined (14 city/18 highway)
5.7L V8: 15 mpg combined (13 city/17 highway). In Edmunds' 116-mile mixed-driving loop, our test vehicle got 16.6 mpg using its standard 4.3:1 final drive.

2015 Nissan Titan

2015 Full-Size 4WD Trucks

Rating: Not rated
Review Highlight: Although the 2015 Nissan Titan will likely meet your basic requirements for a full-size truck, it lags behind newer rivals in key areas, including fuel economy, interior quality and equipment availability. A full redesign is on the horizon, but it's not here yet.

Fuel Economy:
5.6L V8: 14 mpg combined (12 city/17 highway)

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