Top 5 Least & Most Fuel Efficient Trucks Counted Down [Video]

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Most and least fuel efficient pickup trucks

Fuel prices are on the rise and, with the hurricane that ravaged Texas, we expect to see a significant rise in prices around the country. Currently, according to AAA, prices are up about 30-cents nationally over last month with the highest priced fuel up 44-cents. Diesel is up as well.

We used the official EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) numbers to gain the best mpg recorded in midsize and half-ton pickup trucks. Remarkably, we’ve found our test numbers to be pretty close to most of the EPA numbers in many tests. That’s not to say that either of us (TFL or the EPA) are perfect. There are several factors that can change a vehicle’s mpg; we can only do our best to reproduce the same conditions each time we test.

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In this video, Andre and Nathan go through a top five list for the most efficient trucks and the top five least efficient trucks. While the EPA does not require mpg numbers for heavy-duty trucks (3/4-ton and 1-ton), we have several mpg numbers we discovered by towing.

With that being said, we opted to show you the worst mpg numbers of heavy-duty trucks towing maximum or near-maximum loads. The contrast between empty midsize, 2WD diesel trucks and heavy-duty 4WD duallys under load is fascinating. Not just because of the disparity between the two, but the reality of how fuel efficient all trucks have become.

Best MPG

5. 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid 2WD – 20 mpg

4. 2018 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6 – 21 mpg… which is the same as our tiny Nissan Frontier 4-cylinder manual!

3. 2018 Honda Ridgeline FWD – 22 mpg

2. 2017 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel V6 Diesel  – 23 mpg

1. 2018 GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado I4 2.8-liter Diesel – 25 mpg

Worst MPG

2017 Ford F-250 Gas towing 12,500 lbs – 8.6 mpg

2017 Ram HD 2500 Gas towing 12,500 lbs – 7.3 mpg

2017 Ram HD 3500 Diesel towing 22,800 lbs – 6.6 mpg

2017 Chevrolet HD 3500 Diesel towing 22,800 lbs – 6.4 mpg

2017 Ford F-350 Diesel towing 22,800 lbs – 5.7 mpg

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Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.