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Truck Gas Mileage

Pickup truck gas mileage is ripe for improvement. With today’s most fuel efficient small pickup trucks only reaching the mid-twenty mile per gallon (MPG) range on the highway, it’s clear that there’s much work to be done. At one point in time, not all that long ago, America had a domestically produced 45 MPG pickup truck. Decades later, the best truck gas mileage we can do is roughly half that amount. It’s sad but true.

One basic change could be made to improve our trucks gas mileage results: replace the gasoline engines with diesels. But as of this writing, not one manufacturer has committed to selling a small pickup truck with a diesel here in the United States. The problem, in many ways, is related to our country’s lack of a coherent energy policy that would put diesel fuel on the same footing as gasoline. Per gallon pricing is the barrier … and the opportunity.

It’s only possible to improve gas mileage to a certain point with conventional gasoline engines. Diesel truck mileage trumps the gassers handily, when comparing the equivalent models from Ford, Chevy, and Dodge (although the numbers are never published for the larger trucks).

While GM’s hybrid pickup trucks hold promise, reaching higher mileage will require a significant investment in batteries. Until battery availability increases and battery prices decrease, it may be fairly difficult to justify the acquisition costs.


Truck Gas Mileage – Small Pickup 2WD

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO 2WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (M5) Manual 18 24
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO 2WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO 2WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 17 23
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO CAB CHASSIS INC 2WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO CREW CAB 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO CREW CAB 2WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 17 23
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO CREW CAB 2WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO CREW CAB 2WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (M5) Manual 18 24
2009 FORD RANGER 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 16 21
2009 FORD RANGER 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M5) Manual 15 21
2009 FORD RANGER 2WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L5) Auto 19 24
2009 FORD RANGER 2WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 21 26
2009 GMC CANYON 2WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
2009 GMC CANYON 2WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (M5) Manual 18 24
2009 GMC CANYON 2WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 17 23
2009 GMC CANYON 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
2009 GMC CANYON CAB CHASSIS INC 2WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2009 GMC CANYON CREW CAB 2WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
2009 GMC CANYON CREW CAB 2WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (M5) Manual 18 24
2009 GMC CANYON CREW CAB 2WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 17 23
2009 GMC CANYON CREW CAB 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
2009 MAZDA B2300 2WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (L5) Auto 19 24
2009 MAZDA B2300 2WD 4 cylinder 2.3 liter R (M5) Manual 21 26
2009 NISSAN FRONTIER 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 15 20
2009 NISSAN FRONTIER 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M6) Manual 16 20
2009 NISSAN FRONTIER 2WD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (L5) Auto 17 22
2009 NISSAN FRONTIER 2WD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 19 23
2009 SUZUKI EQUATOR 2WD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 19 23
2009 SUZUKI EQUATOR 2WD 4 cylinder 2.5 liter R (L5) Auto 17 22
2009 SUZUKI EQUATOR 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 15 20
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TACOMA 2WD 4 cylinder 2.7 liter R (M5) Manual 20 26
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TACOMA 2WD 4 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 19 25
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TACOMA 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M6) Manual 15 19
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TACOMA 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 17 21

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Truck Gas Mileage – Small Pickup 4WD

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO 4WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (M5) Manual 17 23
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO 4WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (L4) Auto 17 23
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 16 22
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO CAB CHASSIS INC 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO CREW CAB 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 CHEVROLET COLORADO CREW CAB 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
2009 FORD RANGER 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M5) Manual 15 19
2009 FORD RANGER 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 14 18
2009 GMC CANYON 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 GMC CANYON 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 16 22
2009 GMC CANYON 4WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (M5) Manual 17 23
2009 GMC CANYON 4WD 4 cylinder 2.9 liter R (L4) Auto 17 23
2009 GMC CANYON CAB CHASSIS INC 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
2009 GMC CANYON CREW CAB 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
2009 GMC CANYON CREW CAB 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 MAZDA B4000 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 14 18
2009 MAZDA B4000 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M5) Manual 15 19
2009 NISSAN FRONTIER 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M6) Manual 15 19
2009 NISSAN FRONTIER 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 15 19
2009 SUZUKI EQUATOR 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 15 19
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TACOMA 4WD 4 cylinder 2.7 liter R (M5) Manual 17 22
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TACOMA 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M6) Manual 14 19
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TACOMA 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 16 20

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Truck Gas Mileage – Standard Pickup 2WD

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 6 cylinder 4.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter R (L6) Auto 13 19
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter E (L6) Auto 10 14
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (L6) Auto 14 19
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 10 15
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 15
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO 2WD HYBRID 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (AV) Auto 21 22
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO XFE 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 15 21
2009 CHEVROLET C15 SILVERADO XFE 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 11 16
2009 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP 2WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (M6) Manual 16 20
2009 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP 2WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2009 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter E (L5) Auto 9 13
2009 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 14 19
2009 DODGE RAM 1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L5) Auto 14 20
2009 DODGE RAM 1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 14 19
2009 DODGE RAM 1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter E (L5) Auto 9 13
2009 DODGE RAM 1500 PICKUP 2WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
2009 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 14 20
2009 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC 2WD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter R (L6) Auto 15 21
2009 FORD F150 FFV 2WD 8 cylinder 5.4 liter E (L6) Auto 10 14
2009 FORD F150 FFV 2WD 8 cylinder 5.4 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 FORD F150 PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 FORD F150 PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter R (L6) Auto 15 20
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter E (L6) Auto 10 14
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (L6) Auto 14 19
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 10 15
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 20
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 11 15
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 6 cylinder 4.3 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter R (L6) Auto 13 19
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA 2WD HYBRID 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (AV) Auto 21 22
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA XFE 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 11 16
2009 GMC C15 SIERRA XFE 2WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 15 21
2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER PICKUP 2WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (M6) Manual 16 20
2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER PICKUP 2WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 20
2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter E (L5) Auto 9 13
2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER PICKUP 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 14 19
2009 NISSAN TITAN 2WD 8 cylinder 5.6 liter R (L5) Auto 13 17
2009 NISSAN TITAN 2WD 8 cylinder 5.6 liter R (L5) Auto 13 18
2009 NISSAN TITAN 2WD 8 cylinder 5.6 liter E (L5) Auto 9 13
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TUNDRA 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (S5) Auto 15 19
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TUNDRA 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (S5) Auto 14 17
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TUNDRA 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 14 18

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Truck Gas Mileage – Standard Pickup 4WD

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 6 cylinder 4.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter R (L6) Auto 12 19
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter E (L6) Auto 9 14
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (L6) Auto 13 18
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 10 15
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 10 14
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2009 CHEVROLET K15 SILVERADO 4WD HYBRID 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (AV) Auto 20 20
2009 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter E (L5) Auto 9 12
2009 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 14 19
2009 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2009 DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (M6) Manual 15 19
2009 DODGE RAM 1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 13 18
2009 DODGE RAM 1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter E (L5) Auto 9 12
2009 DODGE RAM 1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (L5) Auto 13 18
2009 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC 4WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 13 19
2009 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC 4WD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter R (L6) Auto 14 19
2009 FORD F150 FFV 4WD 8 cylinder 5.4 liter R (L6) Auto 14 18
2009 FORD F150 FFV 4WD 8 cylinder 5.4 liter E (L6) Auto 10 13
2009 FORD F150 PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2009 FORD F150 PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter R (L6) Auto 14 19
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter R (L6) Auto 12 19
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter E (L6) Auto 9 14
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (L6) Auto 13 18
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L6) Auto 14 20
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L6) Auto 10 15
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 19
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter E (L4) Auto 10 14
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 8 cylinder 4.8 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD 6 cylinder 4.3 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA 4WD HYBRID 8 cylinder 6.0 liter R (AV) Auto 20 20
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA AWD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter E (L6) Auto 9 14
2009 GMC K15 SIERRA AWD 8 cylinder 6.2 liter R (L6) Auto 12 19
2009 HONDA RIDGELINE 4WD 6 cylinder 3.5 liter R (L5) Auto 15 20
2009 HUMMER H3T 4WD 8 cylinder 5.3 liter R (L4) Auto 13 16
2009 HUMMER H3T 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2009 HUMMER H3T 4WD 5 cylinder 3.7 liter R (M5) Manual 14 18
2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER PICKUP 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (M6) Manual 15 19
2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER PICKUP 4WD 6 cylinder 3.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 14 19
2009 MITSUBISHI RAIDER PICKUP 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter E (L5) Auto 9 12
2009 NISSAN TITAN 4WD 8 cylinder 5.6 liter R (L5) Auto 12 17
2009 NISSAN TITAN 4WD 8 cylinder 5.6 liter R (L5) Auto 12 17
2009 NISSAN TITAN 4WD 8 cylinder 5.6 liter E (L5) Auto 9 12
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TUNDRA 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (S5) Auto 13 16
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TUNDRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter E (S6) Auto 10 13
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TUNDRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 13 17
2009 TOYOTA TOYOTA TUNDRA 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 13 17

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2 comments ↓

#1 ricardo on 06.10.11 at 8:26 am

thoughts please about installing the GForce chip. Good or bad

#2 Lewis Parsons on 07.22.12 at 9:17 am

I have a 1988 gmc 1 ton with singles. It has a fairly new 350 GM motor a 3 speed auto. What should the fuel mileage be on it? City and hiway? I get 5 to 6 miles on the big road and 2 or 3 miles in town. I want to sell it and buy a ford F-150 with a 4.2 v-6. I had one and loved it.

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