Video: Diesel vs Hybrid vs V6 vs Turbo – And The Most Fuel Efficient Pickup Truck Is …

Hyundai vs Nissan vs Ford vs Ram.

2022 most fuel efficient pick up truck mpg ram cummins ford hybrid nissan hyundai

As the fuel prices continue to climb, we find out which pickup truck is the most fuel-efficient. We do this in typical TFLtruck fashion. We compare every size and classification of pickup trucks, and four different engine types against each other on a long 160-mile loop. This real-world MPG comparison includes a 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz with a small turbocharged gasoline engine, a 2022 Nissan Frontier with a naturally-aspirated gas V6, a new Ford F-150 with a new twin-turbocharged gas/electric hybrid powertrain, and a 2022 Ram 2500 HD with a large turbocharged diesel I6 engine.

The results may not be as obvious as you may think. Although the Ram HD Cummins diesel is a large and heavy pickup truck, the standard-output 6.7L I6 engine under its hood is known to get good fuel economy. The big turbo-diesel is known for being efficient on the highway at steady speed driving. This truck has a payload rating of over 2,200 lbs and a towing rating of 20,000 lbs.

The full-size “half-ton” Ford F-150 Hybrid is also a fairly large pickup, but its sophisticated 3.5L twin-turbo V6 with an electric motor and a 10-speed automatic transmission can get exceptional economy under the right conditions. Our driving loop is a total of 160.9 miles. It uses a long section of Interstate I-76 northeast of Denver, Colorado. However, there is still a fair amount of lower-speed driving through several small towns. This F-150 XL has a payload capacity of 1,700 lbs and a tow rating of 11,000 lbs.

The midsize Nissan Frontier is powered by a 3.8L gas V6. It’s more lightweight than the F-150 and the Ram. Although this is a Frontier PRO-4X off-road model with slightly more aggressive all-terrain tires.

Finally, the compact Santa Cruz is a whole new type of pickup truck. It’s a unibody-based vehicle that shares many components with a Hyundai Tucson. It has a smaller 2.5L turbocharged I4 gasoline engine.

Spoiler Alert: you can see all of the surprising results in the table below.

2022 pickup truck mpg results most efficient

You can see all the details in the video below as Roman, Nathan, Kase, and I put these pickups through their paces.