The vehicle's gas mileage is never tested in the real world--no wind resistance, no accessories. To top it off, simulated speeds are far less than the average driver drives--an average of 20 miles per hour for city tests and 48 miles per hour for highway figures.
Top Ranked Compact TrucksMost of these trucks are available in plenty of configurations, but expect to see 2WD, 4-cylinder trucks at the top of the list.
- Ford Ranger 2WD
The 4-cylinder, 2WD Ford Ranger truck is at the top of the EPA fuel economy rankings. Compare Ford Ranger Trucks
- Mazda B2300 2WD Trucks
The 4-cylinder Mazda B2300 is right there with the Ford Ranger when it comes to fuel economy. Compare Mazda Trucks
- Nissan Frontier 2WD
The Frontier is the next on the list, but the 4-cylinder truck's EPA ratings take a fairly good dip from the first two. Compare Nissan Frontier Trucks
- Toyota Tacoma 2WD
The 4-cylinder, 2WD Tacoma truck with an automatic transmission is next on the list, ranking pretty much alongside the Nissan in terms of fuel economy. Compare Tacoma Trucks
Two-wheel drive models of the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Isuzu rank next. The Colorado and Canyon are cousin-trucks with virtually identical EPA stats.
EPA ratings are helpful when you want to compare vehicles in a class, but don't count on them for an accurate projection of actual gas mileage.