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The 16 Most Fuel Efficient Trucks for 2012

The 16 Most Fuel Efficient Trucks for 2012 By Cyndi Cohen
Published June 21, 2012
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Earlier this month, Credit Unions Online brought you the list of 2012’s Most Fuel Efficient Cars in addition to some budget/eco-friendly tips on saving fuel this summer. If you have yet to take the new vehicle plunge, and perhaps are in the market for something on the larger end, read on for some valuable info on this year’s fuel-efficient trucks and steps that truck owners can take to cut back on fuel intake.

With summer officially underway, a new fuel efficient truck, SUV, or van may be just what you need for those weekend trips to the beach, mountains, or camping; to haul materials for your summertime outdoor/home project; or even to cart the whole gang to the pool, baseball games, fireworks displays, or just out for ice cream.

List of the Most Fuel Efficient Trucks for 2012

The most fuel efficient trucks of 2012 as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are listed below. As with cars, the EPA also categorizes trucks by class, provides a vehicle description, and then assigns a fuel economy to each one. They estimate fuel economy by incorporating the effects of 1) faster speeds and acceleration, 2) air conditioner use, and 3) colder outside temperatures. Do keep in mind that this is a guide and the actual mileage you get will most likely vary slightly based on your driving habits, traffic conditions, and other factors.

EPA Class

Vehicle Description

Fuel Economy Combined

Small Pickup Trucks

Toyota Tacoma 2WD

4 cyl, 2.7 L, Manual (5), Regular Gasoline

22

Standard Pickup Trucks

Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 2WD

8 cyl, 6.0 L, Automatic (CVT), Regular Gasoline

Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 4WD

8 cyl, 6.0 L, Automatic (CVT), Regular Gasoline

GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 2WD

8 cyl, 6.0 L, Automatic (CVT), Regular Gasoline

GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 4WD

8 cyl, 6.0 L, Automatic (CVT), Regular Gasoline

 

21

 

 

21

 

 

21

 

21

 

Sport Utility Vehicles

Ford Escape Hybrid FWD

4 cyl, 2.5 L, Automatic (CVT), Regular Gasoline

32

Minivans

Mazda 5

4 cyl, 2.5 L, Automatic (S5), Regular Gasoline

Mazda 5

4 cyl, 2.5 L, Manual (6), Regular Gasoline

 

24

 

 

24

Cargo Vans

Chevrolet Express 1500 2WD

6 cyl, 4.3 L, Automatic (4), Regular Gasoline

GMC Savana 1500 2WD

6 cyl, 4.3 L, Automatic (4), Regular Gasoline

 

17

 

 

17

Passenger Vans

Chevrolet Express 1500 2WD FFV

8 cyl, 5.3 L, Automatic (4), Regular Gasoline

Chevrolet Express 1500 AWD FFV

8 cyl, 5.3 L, Automatic (4), Regular Gasoline

Ford E150 Wagon FFV

8 cyl, 4.6 L, Automatic (4), Regular Gasoline

GMC Savana 1500 2WD FFV

8 cyl, 5.3 L, Automatic (4), Regular Gasoline

GMC Savana 1500 AWD FFV

8 cyl, 5.3 L, Automatic (4), Regular Gasoline

14

 

 

14

 

 

14

 

14

 

 

14

 

Special Purpose Vehicles

Ford Transit Connect Wagon FWD

4 cyl, 2.0 L, Automatic (4), Regular Gasoline

24

 

Fuel-Saving Tips for Truck Owners

In addition to purchasing a fuel-efficient truck and following the basic fuel-saving guidelines, there are some specific things that truck owners can do to save at the pump.

  • Modify your truck to improve gas mileage. Changes like a cold air intake, a free flow exhaust system, and a computer programmer to modify the engine setup are all things that can help improve your fuel mileage. They’ll cost approximately $1,000 so you should determine if this makes sense for you financially and you’ll be getting a return on your investment. Calculate how much fuel you use in a year by taking a look at your current fuel mileage and the average number of miles you drive annually to see if making these changes is a smart move.
  • Install a bed cover on your truck. This can help your vehicle’s aerodynamics. This way air will flow over the cover and off the back of the truck, instead of into the bed, where it can push on the tailgate causing you to use more gas.
  • Keep your truck steady on the road. Avoid accelerating too frequently and over-using your brakes. Also, using cruise control when driving on the highway can help you remain at a more constant speed, in turn using less gas.
  • Use the right kind of gas in your truck. Stick with the type of gas recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer which will keep the system clean and running more smoothly.

And don’t forget, before going to the dealer for your new truck stop by your credit union first to inquire about a pre-approved auto loan. Not a member? Find a credit union so you can start saving money on gas and auto financing!

 

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