Update 1: 2011 Most and Least Efficient Pickup Trucks

2011 Most and Least Efficient Pickup Trucks

Update 1: March-17 2011 08:44 am PT
Corrected the MSRPs for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 XFE and GMC Sierra 1500 XFE.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has published its list of the most and least fuel-efficient pickup trucks. Here's a look at the rankings, plus we've dug a bit deeper.

Among small pickups, the Toyota Tacoma is ranked as having both the best and worst fuel economy ratings for models equipped with automatic transmissions. The two-wheel drive, 2.7-liter four-cylinder Tacoma achieves 19/25 mpg city/highway (21 mpg combined) at the high end, while the four-wheel-drive six-cylinder hits only 14/18 mpg (15 mpg combined) at the low end of the segment.

The Ford Ranger compact pickup with a five-speed manual transmission is rated a best-in-class 22/27 mpg (24 mpg combined).

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Among full-size pickups, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid and GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 6.0-liter V-8 half-ton twins have best-in-class mileage ratings at 20/23 mpg (21 mpg combined) for both two- and four-wheel-drive models. However, higher fuel-economy ratings don't necessarily make up for higher upfront purchase prices, which are approximately $3,000 more than comparable conventionally equipped 6.0-liter V-8 Silverado and Sierra pickups - or around 845 gallons of regular gasoline at $3.55 a gallon.

Since virtually all full-size pickups have conventional powertrains, we also took a look at those mileage figures.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 XFE and GMC Sierra 1500 XFE light-duty pickups that share the same 5.3-liter V-8 are rated at 15/22 mpg (18 mpg combined), while Ford has top honors for its all-new 3.7-liter V-6. The Ford F-150 with the 3.7 is rated at 17/23 mpg (19 mpg combined).

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor occupies the bottom slot in the segment, with a thirsty 6.2-liter V-8 that's rated at 11/14 mpg (12 mpg combined).

Comments

honestly think that the MPG's todays fullsize trucks get are impressive. I mean lets consider all things here and do a direct comparison of a new truck and a 25 year old truck.

Curb Weight

New 1/2 ton Truck = 4800lbs to 5900lbs
Old 1/2 ton Truck = 3700lbs to 4900lbs

Power

New 1/2 ton Truck = 300hp to 415hp
Old 1/2 ton Truck = 140hp to 210hp

Towing Ability

New 1/2 ton Truck = 6,000 to 11,000lbs
Old 1/2 ton Truck = 3,000lbs to 7,500lbs

Fuel Economy

New 1/2 ton Truck = 16mpg to 22mpg (avg)
Old 1/2 ton Truck = 10mpg to 15mpg (avg)

See, New 1/2 ton's have gotten heavier more powerful, more comfortable, safer and more capable than ever! Yet they are still getting 20% or better MPG than they were 20 years ago. I understand people want their 1/2ton's to get 30mpg avg's, but with the amount of capability people demand of modern day 1/2 ton trucks and with all the goverment mandates for Emission Control and Saftey (Which adds weight and chokes the engine) their is just no way that's going to happen.

I think over the next few years 1/2 tons will become a little lighter...Maybe even by as much as 1,000lbs weather or not this will effect their towing ability is still a question mark. But it will for sure help their fuel mileage out. I know Fords already talking about making the next gen F-150's frame out of Magnisum and using Aluminum to replace alot of parts that are normally made out of steel

However I must agree that the fuel econmy the smaller trucks are getting is really not acceptable, The V6 Tacoma is actually kind of shocking. All new engines in the 2011 F-150 (Hold for the 6.2L) get better mileage than the Tacomas V6. That's pretty sad. Small trucks should EASILY be making over 30mpg with todays technology.

@RJ: It's coming but I don't know when.

The simple fact is that GM has the best fuel economy of any full size truck period! Ford fans, stop your fricken lying! The 5.0 liter in the F-150 is rated at 19 miles per gallon on the highway vs 21 miles per gallon for the 5.3 liter V8. The 4 wheel drive ecoboost F-150 is also rated at 21 miles per gallon on the highway and only matches what GM already had with their old engine technology with the 5.3.

No other full size pickup can touch GM's 23 miles per gallon highway with the Silverado Hybrid and 21 miles per gallon city. I've had enough of these ford fans lying about fuel economy. Yes, the ecoboost matches the 5.3 V8 for highway fuel economy and it's a New engine. Is it a V8? Nope and nobody produces a V8 that matches GM'S 5.3 for fuel economy, NOBODY!

So to sum up, GM is the fuel economy leader and that is a fact you ford fans cannot dispute period. GM wins again! WINNING!

@Bob- True, the eco-boost only matches the 5.3 in mpgs but is much more powerful. With the way you word it and the stipulations you put forth, you are right. As far as just v8s go, GM does beat Ford for mpgs, albeit at the expense of having less capable engines. But Im going to use your logic here. When it comes to 5.0 litre engines, Ford beats GM in Hp, torque, AND Mpgs and that is a fact you GM fans cannot dispute, period! When it comes to having a V8 that is 5.0 litres Ford is the only one who has exactly 360 hp and 380 lb ft of torque! When it comes to 3.7 litre V6s in a truck Ford is the only one! It has been written, it has been done, so let it be chronicled in the annals of history!

@Bob, pushrod V8s with 2 valves tend to get better fuel economy than V8s with DOHC, but they also put out less power and torque. I think chain driven cams are more reliable than pushrods too. Though I might be the only person who has thrown a rod in a Chevy 350, and then right after, got in a 4 cyl and had the timing belt go. That was just my luck. If the Gen V V8s go to a DOHC design, expect the fuel economy to go down. Just like it did with the GM 3.6 DOHC that replaced the 3.8 12 valve. It just takes more energy to drive 4 cams and 2 extra valves per cylinder. I think fuel economy is important though, and I am happy with the performance of my 5.4, but I hate the fuel economy. The EcoBoost V6 and GM 5.3 are the leaders in economy. It's just that one has the performance I want, the other does not. I wish the EcoBoost had been out a few years just so I could get one a bit cheaper.

SOHC AND DOHC ENGINE ARE MORE DURABLE THAN PUSHROD ENGINES, LESS MOVING PARTS IN THE ENGINE AND NO VALVE FLOAT WHICH CAN LEAD TO BEND AND THROWN RODS. THE ASIAN AUTOMOTIVE MAKERS HAVE PRODUCED DOHC ENGINE FOR DECADES AND THEY ACHIEVE EXCELLENT FUEL MILEAGE WITH GREAT POWER. THE 5.3L IS BASE OF A CAR ENGINE THE LS SERIES WHICH WAS FIRST INTRODUCE IN THE 1996 CORVETTE. THE FORD 5.4L WAS ENGINEERED FROM THE GROUND UP FOR TRUCK USEAGE. THE ENGINE CAME EQUIPMENT WITH A LONG STROKE (4.12 INCHES) 90% OF TORQUE IS BELOW 2000RPMS. THIS LOW TORQUE ALLOW THE 5.4L TO BE USED AS THE BASE ENGINE IN THE SUPERDUTY.

@latony woods-True about the 5.4 being able to be the base engine in the SD. Want to hear a joke? A 5.3 in am HD Silverado. lol

@Benchimus, another funny thing is Ford when comparing the EcoBoost F150 for 5.3 half ton, they decided to also include the Vortec 6.0 3 quarter ton. Not only did the EcoBoost F150 beat that, the 5.3 half ton also beat the 6.0 in acceleration.

http://www.youtube.com/user/yourchattanoogaford#p/u/14/9hq05kIfQFc

@Alex- I have seen that before but never watched the whole thing.

Wow im shocked at how pour the Tacoma was on gas mileage! That's why all my friends had bought Tacoma in the past. I recently purchased a 2011 Silverado Crew Cab and absolutely love it. I think I get even better mileage than stated. Im always close to true 20-22MPG's. I traded my 2006H2 Hummer in for my Silverado because I was over getting 13MPG's. Shockingly it actually gets better MPG's than the Ford Raptor. Well if anyone out there is looking for a new truck I would say the 5.3liter V-8 Silverado is great on gas & has a ton of power. Personally I would rather go with Chevy's V-8 over Ford Rangers V6 anyday. But to each there own I just urge people to buy American keep our countries money in our country!

Rockytop4X4-

Good advice!

@Bob -

Ford Delivers Best Fuel Economy, Best Power, Best Capability And Best Value

"Chevrolet’s hybrid matches the 23 mpg on the highway from our 3.7-liter V6, but the Chevrolet hybrid’s suggested retail price is nearly $16,000 more than ours."

http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/story-156459.html

I don't buy that mileage rating for the Tacoma. Just check Fuelly.com and you will see over 900 tacomas tracking the mileage. Just looking at V6 Tacomas (586 vehicles) the average is 18-19 mpg combined. Only around 20 of the 586 trucks in the group are getting 15 mpg. (3.4%) I smell something here... Please don't quote your in-car mpg computer. I've yet to see any in car computer that is not optimistic by about 1-3 mpg regardless of the make.

My 1979 F150 with a 4 cyl Perkins 236 diesel I pulled from an even older a russian made combine gets 35 miles/gallon. It's not speedster but it goes the speed limit, and pulls like snot!

If I can make my own fuel efficient truck why can't these big companies?

have 2000 ford ranger reg cab 2wd standard,run nice work nice burn 10 mille-gallon why drive a quarter of a truck if burn like a alf ton truck

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My 1979 F150 with a 4 cyl Perkins 236 diesel I pulled from an even older a russian made combine gets 35 miles/gallon. It's not speedster but it goes the speed limit, and pulls like snot!

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@PUTC
Astonishing improvements since 2011. NOT in the FE but in the policing of the comments. This old Mike Levine story's comments section is loaded with spam and BS.

Recent comments are much better, but can we all agree on one thing?

The most efficient truck is the one that takes the most stuff from point A to point B on the same amount of fuel (or less) as the others.



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