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December 7, 2012

Green Thinking

2013 most fuel-efficient trucks

Fuel-efficient cars by body style

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city miles per gallon (MPG), followed by highway MPG based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2013 model year. (For details of the testing, see the notes below.)


Rank Model MPG:
overall
MPG: city/hwy Annual fuel cost* Additional info
1 Toyota Tacoma Toyota Tacoma 2WD 23 21/25 $2,300 regular gas; manual transmission, 2.7 liter, 4 cylinder
2 (tie) Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 2WD and 4WD 21 20/23 $2,500 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 6.0 liter, 8 cylinder
2 (tie) GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 2WD and 4WD 21 20/23 $2,500 hybrid; automatic continuously variable transmission, 6.0 liter, 8 cylinder
4 Ram 1500 2WD Ram 1500 2WD 20 17/25 $2,600 regular gas; automatic transmission, 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder
5 (tie) Toyota Tacoma 4WD Toyota Tacoma 4WD 19 18/21 $2,750 regular gasoline; manual or automatic transmission, 2.7 liter, 4 cylinder
5 (tie) Ford F150 Ford F150 Pickup 2WD FFV 19 17/23 $2,750 regular gas; automatic transmission with select shift, 3.7 liter, 6 cylinder;
5 (tie) Ram 1500Ram 1500 4WD 19 16/23 $2,750 regular gas; automatic transmission, 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder
8 (tie) Ford F150 Ford F150 Pickup 4WD FFV 18 16/21 $2,900 regular gas; automatic transmission with select shift, 3.7 liter, 6 cylinder
8 (tie) GMC Sierra GMC Sierra C15 XFE 2WD 18 15/22 $2,900 regular gas; automatic transmission, 5.3 liter, 8 cylinder
10 Toyota Tundra 2WD Toyota Tundra 2WD 17 16/20 $3,100 regular gas; automatic transmission, 4 liter, 6 cylinder

Notes:

*Annual fuel cost estimates are based on the assumptions that you travel 15,000 miles per year (55 percent in the city and 45 percent on the highway). Fuel cost estimates listed here assume fuel costs $3.49 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, $3.81 per gallon for premium gasoline, $4.01 for diesel and $.12/kWh for electricity. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov to calculate fuel costs based on current fuel prices and your driving habits.

Each model is allowed to appear on the list only once regardless of variations in its trim, options and/or specs. Lists are limited to 10 vehicles, with city mileage as the tie-breaker.

Note that the models featured on the research pages linked here may have slight variations to the models specified in this list.

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