Five Fuel-Efficient 2012 Pickups
These trucks are topping the rankings with their impressive gas mileage
The new year is well under way, and automakers' 2012 models are getting more and more attention on top 10 lists across the industry. As in recent years, fuel efficiency is a hot-button issue that can help sway a car shopper's final decision. And as smaller vehicles have been doing for years, pickup trucks are now starting to reduce their environmental impact, and the rankings prove it.
The U.S. Department of Energy wasted no time comparing new pickup trucks in their 2012 Most and Least Efficient Vehicles list. Here are a few models to achieve the "most efficient" ranking:
- Toyota Tacoma 2WD. This small pickup boasts a 21 mpg city and 25 mpg highway rating, for a combined rating of 22 mpg. Based on 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving, the Department of Energy estimates that Tacoma drivers will get 418 miles on a tank, and it'll cost them about $65 to fill the tank and $3.75 to drive 25 miles.
- Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid 2WD and 4WD. This Silverado's hybrid technology helps haul it to impressive mileage estimates, considering the fact that it's standard pickup size. Both the 2WD and 4WD get a combined 21 mpg rating. It'll cost you about $75 to fill the tank, and you can expect an annual fuel cost of around $2,300.
shopautoweek.com also released a ranking of fuel-efficient 2012 pickups. In addition to the Tacoma and the Silverado Hybrid, editor Angie Fisher highlights a few more:
- Nissan Frontier. Competing with the Tacoma in the small pickup truck category is the Frontier, which will get you a combined EPA rating of 19 mpg (for the five-speed automatic).
- Ram 1500. shopautoweek.com puts this one on their list of fuel-efficient standard pickups for its combined 16 mpg rating. The truck, equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, will cost owners about $3,216 annually in fuel.
- Toyota Tundra. Fisher reports that with a five-speed automatic transmission with select shift and a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine, the Tundra manages to get about 17 mpg combined. Drivers can expect roughly $2,861 in yearly fuel costs.
Whether you're looking for a small or a standard pickup, hybrid or non-hybrid, there are many trucks that boast fuel-efficient features. If you're considering buying a new pickup and have any questions about financing the purchase of a new truck, give us a call or stop by.