Best Gas Mileage Trucks for 2024
Our analysis of the trucks with the best gas mileage ranks them based on the highest mpg and most fuel-efficient drivetrain for each vehicle.
The best gas mileage midsize truck is the Jeep Gladiator (24 combined mpg) and the best gas mileage full-size truck is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (26 combined mpg). Topping the list for the best gas mileage small and compact trucks is the Ford Maverick (25 combined mpg), while the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ranks first for the best gas mileage 6-seater trucks (26 combined mpg).
Similar gains in fuel economy ratings have been achieved across all truck configurations, including high performance V8 and turbodiesel engine options. Hybrid powertrains have also migrated to the truck segment, delivering better fuel economy specs than traditional engines. The Ford F-150 hybrid boasts a combination of a 3.5-liter ecoboost V6 engine, electric motor, battery pack, and 10-speed automatic transmission to achieve 25 mpg in both city and highway driving. The F-150 hybrid manages that number while supplying over 400 horsepower, more than 500 pound-feet of torque, along with a maximum towing capacity over 12,000 pounds.
The Toyota Tundra also offers a hybrid powertrain, and full-size truck shoppers can expect wider hybrid availability in future model years. These hybrids will represent the most fuel-efficient truck configuration going forward, likely replacing diesel engine options due to their superior torque ratings.
But even with hybrid technology powering full-size trucks, the best fuel economy in the truck segment comes from smaller models. Midsize pickup trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and GMC Canyon typically deliver 20 or more mpg with their four-cylinder engines, even without the help of hybrid technology. These models still provide impressive payload and off road capabilities, and in crew cab form they can carry up to five adults in relative comfort.
Truck buyers looking to ditch gasoline altogether can consider fully electric models like the F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T. The Ford F-150 Lightning offers over 400 horsepower and more than 700 pound-feet of torque, along with a maximum range between 200 and 350 miles (depending on configuration). These models cost considerably more than an equivalent gasoline truck, and while their electric motor torque is great for pulling, their range suffers when towing or hauling a heavy load.
How We Rank These Cars
The iSeeCars "Best Gas Mileage" lists rank cars, trucks and SUVs based on the highest mpg and most fuel-efficient drivetrain for each vehicle.
Along with the Best Gas Mileage scores, the lists show additional iSeeCars scores because we believe other factors should be taken into account to find the best overall vehicle. If there is a tie in mpg between vehicles, we use the overall iSeeCars Score to break the tie.
The overall iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.
Vehicles are scored in three categories:
Reliability | 33.3%
The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.
Value Retention | 33.3%
The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.
Safety | 33.3%
The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).