10 Small Trucks With Best Gas Mileage

The 10 small trucks with best gas mileage include American-made favorites from Ford and Chevrolet as well as a selection of pickups from Japanese manufacturers. Allowing customers to haul small loads, these compact trucks won't break the bank in fuel costs with each averaging between twenty and 25 miles per gallon.

  1. Ford Ranger Boasting 22 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway, the two-wheel drive Ford Ranger leads the pack of small trucks in best gas mileage. The 2010 model performs the best among model years, combining for 24 miles per gallon or an average fuel cost of $1,689.
  2. Mazda B2300 Based on the same basic platform as the Ford Ranger, the Mazda B2300 comes in second in fuel economy among small trucks with 21 miles per gallon city and 27 highway. For a combined miles per gallon of 23, the Mazda B2300 two-wheel drive would cost the average driver $1,762 in fuel costs.
  3. Toyota Tacoma Coming in third with a combined miles per gallon of 22, the Toyota Tacoma can go 21 miles in the city and 25 on the highway using a single gallon of gas. The compact truck averages around $3 in gas per 25-mile driving distance with a full range of 416 miles on its 21-gallon fuel tank.
  4. Chevrolet S10 An American favorite, the Chevrolet S10 two-wheel drive pickup truck is comparable in fuel economy to the Toyota Tacoma with as much as nineteen miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. The 2001 model running on gasoline is the most efficient of the model years, costing average drivers around $1,843 in gas annually.
  5. Nissan Frontier The third Japanese-made small truck to reach the top ten in its class for gas mileage, the Nissan Frontier two-wheel drive averages around $3.21 in fuel to drive 25 miles or around $1,928 per year. With a city miles per gallon of twenty and highway miles per gallon of 24, the Frontier combines for 21 miles per gallon in fuel economy.
  6. GMC Sonoma A sister model of the Chevrolet S10, the GMC Sonoma mimics the S10 in fuel economy, getting gas mileage of nineteen miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. With just over $3 to travel 25 miles, the Sonoma consumes roughly 15.6 barrels of petroleum each year.
  7. Isuzu Hombre Also very similar to the Chevrolet S10 and GMC Sonoma, the Isuzu Hombre holds its own among small trucks, combining for 24 miles per gallon. Reaching maximums of 22 miles per gallon city and 27 miles per gallon highway, the two-wheel drive Hombre can cost the average driver around $1,689 a year in fuel costs.
  8. Chevrolet Colorado Slightly larger than other small trucks with the best fuel mileage, the Chevrolet Colorado tops out with eighteen miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. Featuring a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine, the Colorado also adds around 9.20 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
  9. GMC Canyon Averaging around eighteen miles per gallon city and 24 miles per gallon highway, the GMC Canyon performs very closely to the Chevrolet Colorado, sharing a platform with the model as well. With comparable gas mileage in both automatic and manual versions, the Canyon sets drivers back around $1,935 in annual fuel costs.
  10. Isuzu i-280 Guzzling gas slightly faster than the Hombre, the Isuzu i-280 extended cab still performs well enough to compete with the top small trucks in gas mileage. Combining for 21 miles per gallon, including eighteen miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway, the i-280 can also travel around 370 miles on a single tank.



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