Judging from ads, you’d anticipate the activity of every auto barter buyer is all about towing huge trailers and activity on off-road adventures. Yet abounding owners now use their auto trucks as circadian drivers, so ammunition abridgement is added important than ever. Stricter emissions standards accept additionally put added burden on barter makers to advance mpg.
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The aftereffect is that trucks from the Detroit Three automakers are now decidedly fuel-efficient. Aback able with accessible agent engines, the full-size auto trucks from Ford, General Motors, and Ram absolutely beat their abate midsize counterparts. Ford has an F-150 amalgam on the way, and several automakers are developing electric trucks, but for now, agent dominates.
These are the best fuel-efficient trucks on auction today, but that account comes with a few caveats. The rankings are based on trucks’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accumulated ammunition abridgement ratings, as they are best adumbrative of real-world use. Fuel-economy ratings additionally alter based on how the barter is equipped; all trucks listed actuality get their best ratings with rear-wheel drive, rather than four-wheel drive.
With rear-wheel drive, the Silverado Duramax’s 27 mpg accumulated wins by a nose. The barter is rated at 23 mpg burghal and 33 mpg highway.
The Duramax agent agent acclimated in the Silverado is a 3.0-liter inline-six, which produces 277 application and 460 pound-feet of torque. It’s accessible alone with a 10-speed automated transmission, with the advanced advance of accessory ratios acceptable accidental to ammunition efficiency. The Silverado Duramax is rated to tow up to 9,300 pounds, although you’ll charge efficiency-sapping four-wheel drive for that. The Silverado is additionally accessible with gasoline engines with four, six, or eight cylinders.
The Silverado was aftermost redesigned for the 2019 archetypal year. Notable tech appearance accommodate a “transparent trailer” arrangement that uses cameras to let the disciplinarian “see” through a trailer, as able-bodied as a towing app with checklists and added appearance to accomplish the action easier. The Silverado additionally got adaptive cruise ascendancy for the 2020 archetypal year, continued afterwards the battling Ford F-150.
The GMC Sierra is about identical to the Silverado, but it’s hardly abaft the Chevy in ammunition economy. Able with the aforementioned Duramax agent engine, the Sierra gets 27 mpg accumulated and 30 mpg highway, with the aforementioned 23 mpg burghal as the Silverado diesel.
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Power achievement for the Duramax agent agent is banausic from the Silverado, and the agent is accompanying to the aforementioned 10-speed automated transmission. However, the Sierra’s best tow appraisement is hardly lower, at 9,100 pounds (again, with four-wheel drive). The Sierra gets the aforementioned array of gasoline engines accessible in the Silverado as well, but they can’t bout the ammunition abridgement of the diesel.
GMC is pitched as a exceptional brand, but in the accomplished that mostly meant GMC trucks had added chrome trim than their Chevy siblings. The current-generation Sierra is one of the aboriginal GMC models to absolutely analyze itself, alms the brand-specific reconfigurable MultiPro tailgate and CarboPro carbon-fiber burden box.
Ram was the aboriginal of the Detroit Three to action a agent agent in its full-size truck, but the second-generation Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is no best the best fuel-efficient barter on sale. However, the rear-wheel-drive model’s 26 mpg accumulated (22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway) is still appealing acceptable for a big truck.
As before, the EcoDiesel agent comes from Ram ancestor Fiat. Built in Italy, the 3.0-liter V6 produces 260 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, and is awash alone with an eight-speed automated transmission. The EcoDiesel can tow up to 12,560 pounds aback appropriately able — essentially added than its Ford and GM rivals. Ram additionally offers gasoline V6 and V8 agent options.
The Ram 1500 was aftermost redesigned for the 2019 archetypal year, accepting an accessible 12.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen for its Uconnect infotainment system. Additionally ambience the Ram 1500 afar from rivals is absolute advanced and coil-spring rear suspension, which offers a added adequate ride than best added trucks.
Even with lighter aluminum bodywork, the agent F-150 can’t absolutely bout the ammunition abridgement of its Detroit rivals. The best the Blue Oval can aggregation is 25 mpg accumulated (22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway).
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Ford’s 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 produces 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. The agent agent is accompanying to the aforementioned 10-speed automated manual acclimated in the Chevy and GMC trucks (the manual was accordingly developed by Ford and GM). Ford quotes best towing accommodation of 11,400 pounds for the Power Stroke, which sits in the F-150 calendar alongside EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline V6 engines and a abandoned naturally-aspirated gasoline V8.
The current-generation F-150 debuted for the 2015 archetypal year, and Power Stroke agent has been about aback the 2018 archetypal year. A redesigned F-150 is on the way as a 2021 model. The agent agent will return, but Ford hasn’t appear any blueprint for it. The next-generation F-150 will additionally get a PowerBoost amalgam option, but so far it doesn’t attending like the amalgam will beat the agent in ammunition economy.
Chevy’s midsize agent barter finishes abaft its beyond Silverado affinity with 23 mpg accumulated (23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway). The aforementioned ratings administer to the Colorado’s GMC Canyon sibling.
The current-generation Colorado dates aback to the 2015 archetypal year. Its Duramax agent agent is a 2.8-liter four-cylinder, which produces 186 hp and 369 lb-ft, of torque, acceptance the Colorado to tow up to 7,700 pounds aback appropriately equipped. Chevy offers gasoline four-cylinder and V6 agent options as well.
The agent agent can be had in the Colorado ZR2, which gets upgraded abeyance and a host of added changes for austere off-roading. However, the abject Colorado agent is the best fuel-efficient variant.
The gasoline-powered Ranger about matches the Colorado agent in ammunition economy. Both trucks get the aforementioned 23 mpg combined, but the Ford has a 1 mpg advantage in the burghal category. However, the Colorado beats the Ranger by 4 mpg in the artery category.
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The Ranger’s acceptable gas breadth is abundantly bottomward to its baby agent and efficiency-focused transmission. The 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four is accompanying to the aforementioned 10-speed automated acclimated in F-150, Silverado, and Sierra. The four-cylinder agent produces 270 hp and 310 lb-ft, giving the Ranger a towing accommodation of 7,500 pounds.
Ford brought the Ranger aback to the United States for the 2019 archetypal year afterwards about a decade away. However, the current-generation Ranger went on auction in added markets continued afore that, so it’s not absolutely a beginning design. Still, it has absorbing alley amenities for a barter and a appropriate bulk of tech, including Ford’s Terrain Management Arrangement for off-roading.
Like added types of vehicles, auto trucks appear in assorted sizes. But the admeasurement categories generally acclimated by automakers don’t consistently accommodate the accomplished picture. Here’s a quick bluff sheet.
Midsize auto trucks are absolutely the aboriginal trucks you can buy new in the U.S. appropriate now. Abate trucks (often declared as “compacts”) vanished from our shores years ago, although they are still accessible in added countries. Examples of midsize trucks accommodate the Toyota Tacoma, the Nissan Frontier, the Honda Ridgeline, and the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon twins. The Ford Ranger and the Jeep Gladiator are the latest entries in this booming segment.
This is the best accepted blazon of barter on the road, encompassing best-sellers like the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado 1500/GMC Sierra 1500 twins, and the Ram 1500. These trucks are sometimes referred to as “half tons,” a appellation which acclimated to administer to burden ratings for this chic of truck, but is now absolutely irrelevant. The appellation “full size” comes from the actuality that these are the better trucks classified as “light-duty vehicles” by the EPA, acceptation they’re absolute by the aforementioned fuel-economy rules as cars.
Full-size trucks aren’t the better trucks you can buy, though. Heavy-duty trucks like the Ford F-Series Super Duty, the Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500, and the Ram 2500 and 3500 are so big that they beat EPA weight ratings for commuter vehicles. Abounding owners still use these trucks as circadian drivers, although alone buyers who absorb a lot of time towing and carriage absolutely charge them. The “three-quarter-ton” and “one-ton” names appear from the aforementioned anachronous appraisement arrangement as the “half-ton” appellation for full-size trucks.
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