There are many reasons why someone would want to purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle, not the least of which being that fuel-efficient vehicles are good for the environment and can also save you money because you won’t have to shell out for gas every other day. The idea of a fuel-efficient truck might seem to be an oxymoron, as trucks are generally considered to be “gas guzzlers,” but fuel-efficient trucks do exist, and they can save you money while also providing the benefits that only a large automobile can. Trucks are good for anyone who needs to haul a lot of cargo and/or people, whether for their personal life or their career. You need to be able to manage your hauling needs in a tough vehicle that won’t break the bank, fuel-wise. Below is our list of the top ten most fuel-efficient trucks of 2015. We’ll give you descriptions of the truck’s features, specs on its fuel economy, and both exterior and interior advantages. Let’s get started!
#10: GMC Sierra
The GMC Sierra gets 18mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, which is an excellent ratio for a truck. The Sierra has an EcoTec3 engine that is 5.3 liters and is a powerful V8. This EcoTec3 engine is one of the most powerful engines in its class, and the Sierra’s status as a midsize truck is bolstered by the V-8 power it provides. The engine is direct injection, which means that gas is injected directly into the chamber of the cylinder. This method allows for a heightened compression ratio and, as a result, a more powerful vehicle. There is also an Active Fuel Management, which activates and deactivates half of the eight cylinders in order to make sure that driving conditions are evenly regulated. Additionally, the GMC Sierra has Variable Valve Timing, which facilitates a different valve timing in response to a different engine RPM. This helps amplify fuel efficiency for the truck by creating a balanced driving experience. The Sierra is also technologically advanced, with an eight-inch-diagonal touch screen and an Intelli Link system that is seen on many different GMC vehicles, allowing you to have full access to pretty much any media you desire.
#9: Toyota Tacoma
This is slightly less fuel efficient than the Sierra, but its ratio of highway to city gas mileage is better. The Toyota Tacoma gets 21mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, which is still an advantageous ratio for a truck of the Tacoma’s size. The towing capacity is between 3,300 and 3,500 pounds and it gets 159 to 136 horsepower, depending on the engine the Tacoma has. The Tacoma’s slogan is “Built for an endless weekend,” because of its durability. This model has been around since 2013 and is good for small to midsize towing jobs. Toyota has consistently been one of the best-reviewed brands in the auto business. Both the exterior and the interior of the Tacoma are built with precision, with a sculpted outside, plush inside, and a massive grille. The Tacoma has a 3.5L, V-6 direct-injection engine, and there’s an Atkinson-cycle version that gives you an extra boost of power. This powerful engine also allows you to tow large cargo weight. The Tacoma has Crawled Control as well, which is specially designed to handle your off-road adventure with aplomb.
#8: Nissan Frontier
Nissan is better known for its smaller cars, but it actually does produce a fuel efficient truck. The Nissan Frontier gets 23mpg on the highway and 19 on the city, as well as a 152 horsepower. It has four doors and four seats. There is a V-6 engine available that gives you 281 pounds per square foot of torque. The Frontier is an excellent truck if you’re looking for a light-duty pickup that can be extended to fit your needs. It comes with a sliding bed extender, step rails, and other adjustments that are available depending on your purchase. The Frontier also comes with Sirius XM Radio, an anti-lock braking system, and an advanced bag air system, making this a dependable truck.
#7: Ford F150
The Ford brand is one of the trusted and most-respected in the industry. Ford trucks are known for being resilient and tough, and the F150 is no exception. The F150 has been highly rated in many different auto review publications because of its manageability and ease of use. The Ford F150 gets 19mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, and it is rated a 9.2 out of 10 in the Kelley Blue Book, a well-known consumer review site. The KBB’s rating is based on fuel economy and efficiency, as well as just the general experience that people had with the truck. The F150’s aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame make it one of the safest cars; the F150 has a 5/5 rating from the NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). It has a 12,200-pound towing capacity. The F150 has one of the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings because of its 2.7L Eco Boost engine. The F150 is a light-duty pickup with an equally light fuel cost, but don’t let that trick you into thinking that the F150 is anything but tough.
#6: Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevy Colorado gets 27mpg and has a 305 horsepower, which is a high rating for a midsize pickup. There is also 4G LTE Wi-Fi available with the Colorado, as well as an eight-inch touchscreen. The Chevy My Link, as it’s called, is an example of a nice juxtaposition between the tough, heavy-duty capability of a truck and the high-technology precision that is usually associated with smaller-size vehicles. The Colorado combines both, allowing for a well-rounded truck experience. The Colorado has a 3.6L V-6 engine as well as a 2.5L V-4 engine. In 2016, there will be a long-anticipated 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine that will boost the fuel efficiency even more. The Colorado has an interesting feature that increases its fuel efficiency: Available Active Aero Shutters. These shutters open and close behind the grille of the truck. They help reduce aerodynamic drag, increase aerodynamic efficiency, and just improve your vehicle’s overall fuel consumption. There is also a Spark Ignition Direct Injection and a deceleration fuel cutoff that serves the same purpose: reducing how many times you have to stop for gas.
#5: Chevrolet Silverado
The logo of this truck is “Ready for the long haul” because of its dependable, long-lasting capabilities. The Silverado, which comes from the trusted Chevy brand, can tow up to 12,000 pounds maximum. This towing capacity awarded it a “Best in Class” ranking from the company.It gets 24mpg on the highway, which is lower than a couple of the other trucks on this list, but the 420 horsepower more than makes it a fuel-efficient car, as that combination of horsepower and gas mileage is rarely seen, particularly in a truck. The Chevrolet Silverado, as the company says, “Pairs brains with brawn” by balancing technology and agility with powerful inner mechanics. The Silverado comes with Active Fuel Management (which balances your fuel consumption with the performance of your vehicle at the time), Direct Injection (a function that helps heighten the compression ratio), and Continuously Variable Valve Timing, all of which serve to balance power with capability, adjusting your fuel economy to match the needs of your driving. The Silverado gets 460 feet per pound of torque with a 6.2L Eco Tech engine and an eight-speed transmission.
#4: 2015 Ram 1500
The Ram 1500 has a crew cab, regular cab, and quad cab, depending on the variation that you choose. It gets up to 395 horsepower and also has a fuel economy of 29 miles to the gallon on the highway (21 on in the city). The Ram 1500 is a light-duty pickup truck (as opposed to other versions of the Ram that appear on this list). It has a turbo-diesel V-6 engine, but a V-8 one is also available. The Ram 1500 has an eight-speed automatic transmission as well as an optional four-corner air suspension. These specs all add up to make the Ram 1500 one of the most high-performing and durable fuel-efficient trucks in its vehicle class. While there is no direct injection in the V-6 engine, there is one in the V-8. The interior is designed with comfort and quality in mind, and the seating can hold up to six people. The Ram 1500 gets, depending on the version you have, up to 8,640 pounds worth of towing capacity.
#3: Ford F250
The Ford F250, the second one in the series (the first we’ve listed a few spots earlier) is the most fuel efficient truck when you consider all the capabilities of the truck in combination with the fuel economy. The F250 gets “Super Duty Mileage,” which refers to the 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 Turbo Engine. It has a 440 horsepower, 860 feet of standard torque, and is B20 biodiesel capable. The “Best in Class” rating that the F-Series has gotten is for fuel efficiency and economy, and these tests are based on suburban drive tests. It gets approximately 15mpg in the city and 21 on the highway. The F250 is part of the “Super Duty” series, which is based on toughness and dependability. It can tow up to 12,500 pounds, which is an impressive amount for a mid-size truck.
#2: GMC Canyon
This truck is smaller-size and easy-to-maneuver. It was rated as one of Auto week’s top cars for 2015 because of its handling and specs. It has added a Duramax diesel engine that is designed to save you major money on fuel. The GMC Canyon gets 31 miles per gallon in a pickup, and an extended cab is possible to take this up with the cargo capacity of a larger truck. You also get 22 in a city. The Duramax 2.8L engine also gets 181 horsepower at 3400rpm with 369 feet of torque at 2000rpm. The Canyon is B20 biodiesel capable with a six-speed auto transmission. The Duramax is a hybrid of the previous Duramax V-8 engine, which was revolutionary when it came out. Although this truck isn’t large, it has a trailering capacity of maximum 7,000 pounds. It has one of the largest cargo sizes for trucks of that size. The technology is also impressive, with the GMC Canyon containing Apple Car Play for the newest model and an eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen. You can plug in your smartphone info the USB port and project your phone’s navigation using the Canyon’s Intell Link Display.
#1: Ram 2500
The Ram 2500 is the second Ram on this list; this one is a just heavier duty and for the durability, it gets a good fuel economy and is very fuel efficient. It was rated the “Best in Class” for gas-powered heavy-duty trucks. It gets 410 horsepower and gets 429 pounds of torque. There are several different trims that are available: the Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, and the Laramie, each with its own specific style and visual effect. The maximum towing capacity is a whopping 17,510 pounds and a payload of 3,610 pounds. This intense, heavy-duty machinery gets 25mpg, which, despite being less than the other trucks on this list, is very impressive when compared to the truck’s capabilities. The towing capacity and fuel economy can’t be beaten in this vehicle, particularly in the combination, as trucks are generally thought of to be less fuel efficient the more weight they are able to tow. This is not the case for the Ram 2500. This truck also has a 5.7L HEMI VVT V8 engine, which contains Interactive Deceleration Fuel Shut-Off (IDFSO). IDFSO shuts down the valve in order to improve performance. Overall, this is a powerful, dependable truck with a good fuel economy for the towing capability.
Hopefully, this list has helped show you the top ten fuel efficient trucks on the market for 2015. Driving fuel-efficient vehicles is both good for the environment, and reducing fuel intake will save you some change, too. Fuel prices fluctuate occasionally, and it helps to have a truck that is consistent with its fuel consumption. Fuel efficient trucks’ gas mileages and towing capacities have to be balanced, and these vehicles on this list do that most efficiently.