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These efficiency ratings are manufacturer list numbers and will more than likely be lower than the actual return. These manufacturer numbers mirror the mileage ratings of the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s numbers are received through tests that take “typical” driving style, driving area, vehicle condition and maintenance, fuel, vehicle style and engine break-in into consideration. Also keep in mind that the numbers below are the vehicles in their standard form and will change varied upon transmission, engine, and drive systems. They are listed in order of average (“combined”) fuel mileage because it is not fair to list them by their highest number. Some will surpass it, but some will not even reach it. By doing it this way you get a truer reading which is lower if inaccurate, not higher. Ties in efficiency were broken first by engine size, then GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), and finally payload rating.

-Full-Size Trucks-

#1: GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado 1500
MSRP: $18,425/$18,515
Standard features: 4.3L V6, Manual
Fuel Efficiency: 15 [City]/20 [Highway]/17.5 [Combined]

I myself am very impressed with GM’s effort on their new half-ton. I drive a 2008 Silverado 1500 WT, which is as standard as a truck gets with the exception of the automatic transmission, and I absolutely love it. It’s a company vehicle for my father’s plumbing business that does all it’s supposed to and more. When I calculated the combined mpg off GM’s specifications I was fairly surprised. I say this because I very rarely drive on the highway and am getting 21 mpg consistently. A durable, strong, beautiful and comfortable truck that even in its barest of features leaves you with plenty of options to make your ride enjoyable. Out of the many cars and trucks I have driven in the past, this is one of the most outstanding and smoothest riding vehicles of all which is quite an impressive feat for a truck. The GMC Sierra is very similar holding the same basic components. The biggest difference is its simpler body style which many potential buyers find more aesthetic than the Silverado’s more complex appearance. Both models have the best V6 and V8 fuel efficiency of any full-size pickup.

#2: Dodge Ram 1500
MSRP: $23,050
Standard features: 3.7L V6, Manual
Fuel Efficiency: 15/20/17.5

The 2008 Dodge Ram is a nice “well-rounded truck” (Edmunds.com) with plenty of power, comfortability and handling. Since the mid 1990’s the Dodge Ram has been the “style-hog”, sometimes earning most of their sales on that pitch only. However, the new Dodge Ram has finally put its power where its mouth is and equals its beauty with its muscle.

#3: Chevrolet Avalanche
MSRP: $34,335
Standard features: 5.3L V8, Automatic
Fuel Efficiency: 14/20/17

The Chevrolet Avalanche turned the eyes of many auto buyers when it first hit the road in 2002. Balancing its capability to transfer both passengers and cargo, it has earned its name as one of the more flexible and handy vehicles of its time. Many of its owners are very pleased with their purchase and note its smooth ride, comfortable cabin and versatile engine as definite pros. If this type of versatility sounds good to you, this just might be your vehicle.

#4: Ford F-150
MSRP: $17,700
Standard features: 4.2L V6, Manual
Fuel Efficiency: 14/20/17

For years the F-150 has been THE name in trucks. The new 2008 model has gained reputation for having a nice ride, good handling and an attractive array of cab configurations. On the other hand, it has been plagued by critics for having poor performance, little interior room and few options.

#5: Cadillac Escalade EXT
MSRP: $55,790
Standard features: 6.2L V8, Automatic
Fuel Efficiency: 12/18/15

The Cadillac Escalade EXT is very similar to its sister vehicle the Avalanche. Of course it is a great deal heavier than the Avalanche and naturally holds a bigger engine. The interior of the Escalade is a little more aesthetically pleasing especially in the gauge cluster, and seems to have more sturdily built seats.

#6: Toyota Tundra
MSRP: $22,390
Standard features: 4.0L V6, Automatic
Fuel Efficiency: 13/17/15

The Toyota Tundra is no doubt one of the biggest up-and-comers in the truck world. Similar to the Dodge Ram, it is known for being a nice well-rounded truck, but has too many cheap plastic components inside the cabin. Also, the 5.7L V8 has horrendous fuel efficiency at a rough 12 mpg. When compared to the GM models of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra it is locked in a dead heat. But it does hold quite the advantage in build quality over the F-150.

#7: Nissan Titan
MSRP: $25,330
Standard features: 5.6L V8, Automatic
Fuel Efficiency: 12/17/14.5

The Nissan Titan is one of the newer full-size vehicles and unfortunately it shows. Though it does have quite a powerful engine, it has a loud exhaust system, is not as comfortable and smooth riding as its competitors, has poor mileage, and is quite limited in cab and drivetrain options.

#8: Lincoln Mark LT
MSRP: $38,615
Standard features: 5.4L V8, Automatic
Fuel Efficiency: 12/16/14

The Mark LT is similar to its sister truck, the Ford F-150. It is the successor of the Blackwood, another full-sized truck by the luxury automaker. The Mark LT is definitely more practical and use-worthy, but does not hold up well in its class. It does not have quite the power of the Chevy Avalanche, Cadillac Escalade EXT, Dodge Ram or Toyota Tundra, but it is exceptionally smooth and quiet. Its weight, about three tons, and its handling are its biggest cons.

-Mid-Size Trucks-

#1: Ford Ranger/Mazda B-Series
MSRP: $14,330/$16,185
Standard features: 2.3L I4, Manual
Fuel Efficiency: 21/26/23.5

The Ford Ranger is the most affordable truck on the market today, and it is very easy to see why. While it does have phenomenal fuel mileage and a powerful 4.0L V6 engine, it lacks greatly in cabin space, ride quality, handling and braking ability, interior design and modern features. Though it is well worth the money because of efficiency and power, it is clear to see why it is so cost friendly when comparing standard features with its top competitors.

#2: GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado/ Isuzu i-290
MSRP: $15,570/$16,050/$17,799
Standard features: 2.9L I4, Manual
Fuel Efficiency: 18/24/21

The Chevrolet Colorado, similar to its sister truck the GMC Canyon, is your typical mid-size truck. It is very affordable, gets good gas mileage and high crash test scores. It one of the nicer interiors in its class, but does not have quite the same power or towing capacity. The Japanese truck manufacturer Isuzu no longer produces their own products in North America. They now rely on GM engineering in order for placement on the American market and do so with only slight variation on options.

#3: Nissan Frontier
MSRP: $16,530
Standard features: 2.5L I4, Manual
Fuel Efficiency: 19/23/21

One of the better choices in mid-sized trucks, the Nissan Frontier has ample power, a nice highway ride, a fair amount of interior space and convenient bed features. It does, however, rely on plastic for much of its interior, its options are rarely available individually, and is not available in a regular cab.

#4: Dodge Dakota
MSRP: $21,160
Standard features: 3.7L V6, Manual
Fuel Efficiency: 16/20/18

Perhaps the best choice in its class, the Dodge Dakota has turned heads and lived up to its name which in the Lakota Sioux’s language means “friend”. Yes, in many ways this is a man’s best friend with good build quality, reliability, performance and the best interior design. So far it is being named not only the best American mid-size truck, but also the superior choice in its class.

#5: Mitsubishi Raider
MSRP: $20,490
Standard features: 3.7L V6, Manual
Fuel Efficiency: 18 [Combined]

The Raider has yet to live up to its expectations as few of its owners are truly happy with its performance and build quality. Fuel mileage is typically not what is promised by the dealer and transmission issues such as clunking seem common. It has very poor power and no pickup on acceleration and many consumer reviews note that if they could choose again they would have picked a cheaper full-size truck such as the Chevy Silverado or the Ford F-150 which would have yielded comparable to better fuel mileage.

#6: Toyota Tacoma
MSRP: $15,170
Standard features: 2.7L I4, Automatic
Fuel Efficiency: 16/20/18

Seems like every day the television is plagued by advertisements for the Tacoma, but is it really as good as they claim? True truck experts say no. Sure it is better than many mid-size trucks, but is still edged out by the Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota in motor and ride noise. It is praised, however, for its powerful V6, solid build quality, and acceptable interior.

#7: Honda Ridgeline
MSRP: $28,500
Standard features: 3.5L V6, Automatic
Fuel Efficiency: 15/20/17

The Honda Ridgeline just may be the most overpriced truck of all-time. Though its owners are usually quite pleased with their purchase, experts say it does not live up to Honda’s capabilities. Fuel economy is one of the worst in its class; it has an uncomfortable rear seat, no alternative engine to choose from, and has poor forward and rear driving visibility. Pros include car-like handling, comfortable interior, good cargo space, excellent safety ratings and dent-resistant bed. The cost is much higher than the return, and the interior is no better than some of the nicer cabins in its class.

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