GM Midsize Pickups Are Gas Mileage Champs


If you are looking for the gasoline powered pickup truck with the highest fuel economy in America, the new Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon is the truck for you. According to AutoBlog their mpg rating of 18 city, 26 highway and 21 combined beats all other gas engine pickups sold in America. Those numbers apply to 2 wheel drive models equipped with the 305 hp, 3.6 liter V-6 engine mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission.

To put it all in perspective, here’s how the others stack up.

Full size pickups:

  • Ram 1500 4×2 with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic is rated 17/20/25 mpg.
  • Ford F-150 4×2 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and six-speed auto delivers 16/18/22 mpg.
  • Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 4×2 with 4.3-liter V6 and six-speed auto nets 18/20/24 mpg.

Mid size pickups:

  • Nissan Frontier 4×2 is rated 16/18/22 mpg.
  • Toyota Tacoma 4×2 is rated 17/19/21 mpg.

If you need a truck with four-wheel drive, deduct about 2 miles per gallon all around.

Here’s one interesting tidbit from GM. The Canyon/Colorado will soon offer a Duramax diesel engine, a first for midsize trucks for the American market. And don’t forget that the Ram 1500 with EcoDiesel power is the highest rated full size pickup of all, featuring 28 mpg highway, 20 mpg city and 23 mpg combined.

The upshot of all those numbers? Pickup trucks have come a long way in a short time. I remember when most truck owners were forced to drive 12 mpg gas pigs. That’s progress.


Steve Hanley

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