The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 list of Most and Least Fuel Efficient pickup trucks was released a couple of days ago and Ford is claiming victory. Ford grabbed two wins for being the most fuel-efficient with the F-150 and Ranger being the least thirsty in their respective categories.
The company’s new V-6 truck engines appear to be popular with Ford claiming that they made up 35 percent of the sales in four months. With the situation in the Middle East making everyone nervous about fuel prices, a powerful and efficient V-6 would certainly make sense to me.
The EPA’s findings showed that the F-150 has a combined mileage of 19 mpg (17 city and 23 highway). Second was the Toyota Tundra at 18 mpg with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in third at 17 mpg. Nissan’s Titan came in as the thirstiest at 15 mpg combined, something that I can attest to because it hasn’t changed since I bought my 2004. But I still love it anyway.
Even Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 fared well, getting a combined 17 mpg and best-in-class 21 mpg on the highway for 2011 two-wheel-drive models. Toyota also got a combined 17 mpg and 20 mpg on the highway with Chevrolet coming in third at 16 mpg at 19 mpg on the highway.
In the compact trucks, the Ranger led the way, squeezing 22 miles out of a gallon of gas around town and stretching out things to 27 mpg on the highway. According to Ford, this outdoes the nearest competitor by 3 mpg highway and 2 mpg city. Toyota’s Tacoma fared among the worst.
Undoubtedly, all truck manufacturers are looking for ways to try to sneak more economy out of their vehicles. It’s a tricky proposition because truck owners love their power and the second they feel like a pickup lacks grunt to tow a trailer or pull a stump, they’re going to gripe loud and long about it. That’s not something a manufacturer wants to have to defend itself against.