Most trucks exist to tow and haul, not sip fuel, but some can deliver reasonable or even excellent mileage with reasonable driving. Below are a handful of trucks with some of the best MPG offerings:
Ford Maverick (37 MPG)
Ford has been selling its Mavericks hand over fist ever since they debuted, and for a good reason: The Maverick provides reasonable utility alongside daily driveability, capable of towing up to 4,000 pounds with the right equipment. Even with a bed full of cargo, it never loses its car-like driving dynamics, and with its hybrid version, owners can get a combined 37 MPG.
Ford F-150 Hybrid (25 MPG)
Though you might sacrifice some MPG compared to the Hybrid Maverick, you’ll gain some serious power with the F-150 Hybrid. It still gets a combined 25 MPG, and it can achieve that number whether driving through the city or rolling down the highway. You also get Ford’s excellent twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 and a hybrid system that gives you 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque.
The F-150 is not only more fuel-efficient than competing hybrid full-sized body-on-frame trucks, but it matches their power, too, which means you can still use it to do “trucky stuff,” such as towing RVs or boats, loading up the bed with lumber, and braving rough terrain, all while still get MPG numbers that are better than most cars.
Ram 1500 (23 MPG)
The Ram 1500 continues to receive excellent marks for driveability and ergonomics, but it can also wow you with its fuel economy, too. Its V6-powered version still produces a reasonable 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, giving it enough pep to tow 7,730 pounds. If you’re looking for a daily liveable alternative to the Maverick but with more capability, the Ram 1500 is an excellent choice.
GMC Sierra (21 MPG)
While a four-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive, full-sized pickup might sound like a recipe for snail-like speeds, that’s not the case with the GMC Sierra. Its 2.7-liter turbo 4 engine provides a respectable 310 hp, a fantastic 430 lb-ft of torque, and up to 9,200 pounds of towing capacity! If you don’t need all four wheels to receive that power, you can get up to 22 MPG on highways and 19 through cities. On top of all that, getting a GMC Sierra also entitles you to a higher level of luxury, room, and features than what you’d get out of a Ford Maverick.
Rivian R1T (70 MPGe)
Let’s end with one of the more compelling options for an electric truck: the Rivian R1T. It gets the equivalent of 70 MPG combined and can tow up to 11,000 pounds. The real star of the show, however, is its 835 horsepower, which gives the Rivian supercar-like acceleration: It only takes about three seconds to get to 60 mph!
Economical, Yet Useful
You don’t have to choose between utility and economy. No matter what you’re looking for in a pickup truck, whether you need to carry some 2x4s out of Lowe’s or tow a 25-foot boat, you can do so without emptying your nearest gas station every time you fill up.
Summary: Trucks aren’t known for sipping fuel but rather for towing and hauling stuff and people. Still, there are pickup trucks that can return excellent MPG and still perform remarkably well.