6 Pickups with the Best Gas Mileage for 2013

by Stephanie Lezotte

Yesterday’s gas-guzzling pickup trucks have come a long way. Advanced engineering has brought hybrid engines and fuel-efficient technology to some of the most rugged trucks, allowing drivers to save money at the pump and to be somewhat more environmentally conscious without sacrificing the hauling capacity of a pickup.

According to EPA fuel economy data, the most fuel-efficient 2013 pickup trucks with the best gas mileage numbers are manufactured by six companies: Toyota, Chevy, GMC, Nissan, Dodge, and Ford. Among these six manufacturers, dozens of models and trims are offered with an MPG combined rating of 17 or better, with the best model being the Toyota Tacoma 2WD manual transmission that gets a combined MPG of 23.

We looked at 50 pickup trucks to provide you with this comprehensive list of the six most fuel-efficient 2013 trucks and notable others. Our list includes regular gasoline 4-to-8-cylinder engines and hybrids. All models listed come standard with an automatic transmission unless otherwise noted.

toyota tacoma pick up truck

2013 Toyota Tacoma 4-cylinder (manual 5-speed)

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma dominates the EPA fuel economy rankings, with its most fuel efficient trim being the 2WD manual 5-speed transmission. Both Regular and Access rear-wheel drive cabs offer a combined MPG of 23 and come with a standard 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine with 159 horsepower plus 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard safety features include multi-reflector halogen headlamps, daytime running lights, anti-lock braking system, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, Smart Stop technology, eight airbags, side impact door beams, tire pressure monitor system, and emergency locking retractor seat belts.

Standard convenience features include power locks and doors, fiber-reinforced sheet-molded composite inner bed, deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats, four fixed cargo bed tie-down points, 6.1” display, iPod auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, and 15” to 18” steel or alloy wheels. The Toyota Regular cab can seat three and has a curb weight of 3,250 pounds and towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Its max payload is 1,350 pounds. The Access cab can seat four and has similar capacities. Both come with a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and 2-year/25,000 mile complimentary roadside assistance and maintenance plans.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 23
  • MPG City: 21
  • MPG Highway: 25
  • Tank Size: 21.1 gallons
  • Base price: $17,625

We also wanted to mention several other Tacoma trims that get 17 combined MPG or better:

  • 2WD 4-cylinder automatic 4-speed (21 MPG)
  • 4WD 4-cylinder automatic 4-speed (19 MPG)
  • 4WD 4-cylinder manual 5-speed (19 MPG)
  • 2WD 6-cylinder automatic 5-speed (19 MPG)
  • 2WD 6-cylinder manual 6-speed (18 MPG)
  • 4WD 6-cylinder automatic 5-speed (18 MPG)
  • 4WD 6-cylinder manual 6-speed (17 MPG)

silverado hybrid pick up truck 2013

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 8-cylinder Hybrid

The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado is one of two hybrid models to make our list. The Silverado Hybrid comes with a 6.0-liter 8-cylinder, 332 horsepower engine with either 2WD or 4WD in two trims: 1HY and 2HY. It offers an impressive 367 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard safety features for both trims include traction control system, stability control system, anti-lock braking system, daytime running lights, six airbags, Solar-Ray deep-tinted glass, and tire pressure monitoring system.

Standard convenience features include Bluetooth, power windows and locks, regenerative braking system, adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, side heated mirrors, locking tailgate with EZ lift, and 18” chrome-clad aluminum wheels. The 1HY 2WD hybrid model has a curb weight of 5,573 pounds and a max payload of 1,527 pounds. Its towing capacity is 6,100 pounds. The 2HY 2WD hybrid model comes with additional luxury features such as leather seating surfaces, power-adjustable pedals, and navigation system with Bose sound system. The Silverado Hybrid comes with an 8-year/100,000 limited hybrid warranty, 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and complimentary roadside assistance for 5-years/100,000 miles.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 21
  • MPG City: 20
  • MPG Highway: 23
  • Tank Size: 26 gallons
  • Base price: $41,135

Chevrolet offers four Silverado non hybrid models that get 17 combined MPG or better:

  • XFE 2WD 5.3-liter 8-cylinder automatic 6-speed (18 MPG)
  • 2WD 5.3-liter 8-cylinder automatic 6-speed (17 MPG)
  • 2WD 4.3-liter 6-cylinder automatic 4-speed (17 MPG)
  • 4WD 5.3-liter 8-cylinder automatic 6-speed (17 MPG)

gmc hybrid pick up truck 2013

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 8-cylinder Hybrid

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is the second and final hybrid pickup to make the list of most fuel-efficient pickups. This hybrid offers a 6.0-liter, 8-cylinder engine with 332 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque. Both its 2WD and 4WD versions get a combined MPG of 21 and come in two trims: 3HA and 3HB. Like the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, the Sierra’s 3HB trim includes additional luxury features. Standard safety features for both trims include anti-lock braking system, StabiliTrak control, daytime running lamps, 2 airbags, child-proof rear doors, and tire pressure monitoring system. Standard convenience features include Bluetooth, 18” chrome-clad aluminum wheels, EZ-Lift locking tailgate, outside heated mirrors, Solar-Ray deep-tinted glass, cruise control, driver information center, dual-zone climate control, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows, and adjustable steering wheel. The 3HE 2WD trim has a curb weight of 5,573 pounds and a max payload of 1527 pounds. It has a towing capacity of 6,100 pounds. The Sierra 1500 hybrid comes with an 8-year/100,000 limited hybrid warranty, 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and complimentary roadside assistance for 5-years/100,000 miles.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 21
  • MPG City: 20
  • MPG Highway: 23
  • Tank Size: 26 gallons
  • Base price: $41,555

Other notable GMC Sierra 1500 non hybrid models that are highly fuel efficient:

  • XFE (Xtra Fuel Economy) 2WD 8-cylinder (18 MPG)
  • 2WD 8-cylinder automatic 6-speed (17 MPG)
  • 4WD 8-cylinder automatic 6-speed (17 MPG)
  • 2WD 6-cylinder automatic 4-speed (17 MPG)

nissan frontier pickup truck

2013 Nissan Frontier 4-cylinder (manual 5-speed)

Nissan offers two 2013 Frontier manual transmission trims that get a 21 MPG combined rating: the S and SV Extended Cab. Both 2WD pickups have 2.5-liter engines with 152 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard safety features on both models include anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, six airbags, vehicle dynamic control, active brake limited slip, front and rear crumple zones, front-seat active head restraints, and tire pressure monitoring system.

Standard convenience features include 15” steel to 16” aluminum-alloy wheels, locking tailgate and cargo bed light, UV-reducing solar glass, and rear privacy glass. The four-seater Frontier S has a curb weight of 3,708 pounds and a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. Its payload is 981 pounds. The Frontier comes with a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 21
  • MPG City: 19
  • MPG Highway: 23
  • Tank Size: 21.1 gallons
  • Base price: $17,990

These other Frontier models get a combined MPG of 17 or better:

  • 2WD 6-cylinder automatic 5-speed (18-19 MPG, depending on engine type)
  • 2WD 6-cylinder manual 6-speed (19 MPG)
  • 4WD 6-cylinder automatic 5-speed (17 MPG)

dodge ram pick up truck 2013 model

2013 Dodge Ram 1500 HFE 6-cylinder

The 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 High-Fuel Economy (HFE) rear-wheel drive regular cab pickup offers a combined MPG of 21. Its 2.6-liter 6-cylinder engine offers 305 horsepower with 269 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard safety features include electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring display, anti-lock braking system, tinted glass windows, halogen headlamps, trip computer, seat belt alert, and six airbags.

Standard convenience features include remote keyless entry, full-size spare tire, speed control, theft deterrent system, automatic headlamps, heated powered side mirrors, adjustable steering wheel, locking tailgate, complimentary SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription for one year, iPod auxiliary jack, USB port, and 17” aluminum wheels. The Ram 1500 HFE has a curb weight of 4,572 pounds and payload capacity of 1,430 pounds. Towing capacity is 7,200 pounds. The 1500 HFE comes with a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and complimentary 5-year/100,000 mile roadside assistance.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 21
  • MPG City: 18
  • MPG Highway: 25
  • Tank Size: 26 gallons
  • Base price: $28,510

Dodge offers three other non HFE Ram 1500 models with a combined MPG of 17 or better:

  • 2WD 6-cylinder automatic 8-speed (20 MPG)
  • 4WD 6-cylinder automatic 8-speed (19 MPG)
  • 2WD 8-cylinder automatic 8-speed (17 MPG)

ford f 150 pick up truck 2013

2013 Ford F150 FFV 6-cylinder

Three Ford F150 2WD FFVs (Flexible Fuel Vehicle) trims get 19 MPG combined: XL, STX, and XLT. These models have a 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine with 302 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Standard safety features include roll stability control, trailer sway control, tire pressure monitoring system, six airbags, a rollover sensor, halogen headlamps, spare tire, SOS Post-Crash Alert System and rear solar tinted glass.

Standard convenience features include display center, adjustable steering wheel, capless fuel filler, lift assist and key lock removable tailgate, manual door and window locks, four cargo box tie-down hooks, and 17” steel or aluminum wheels. The three-seater F150 FFV has and a towing capacity of up to 6,700 pounds, depending on the trim.  The XL has a payload of up to 1930 pounds, depending on wheel base. The F150 FFV comes with a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and complimentary roadside assistance for 5-years/60,000 miles.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 19
  • MPG City: 17
  • MPG Highway: 23
  • Tank Size: 26 gallons
  • Base price: $23,955

Other Ford F150 models with a combined MPG of 17 or better:

  • 2WD 6-cylinder automatic 6-speed (18 MPG)
  • 4WD 6-cylinder automatic 6-speed (17-18 MPG, depending on engine type)
  • 2WD FFV 8-cylinder automatic 6-speed (17 MPG)

honda ridgeline pick up truck 2013

2013 Honda Ridgeline 6-cylinder

The final pickup that gets 17 combined MPG is the 2013 Honda Ridgeline. This four-wheel drive pickup has a 3.5-liter engine with 250 horsepower, 247 lb.-ft. of torque, and comes in four different fuel-efficient trims: RT, Sport, RTS, and RTL. All include automatic transmissions and the same V6 engine.

Standard safety features include anti-lock braking system, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle stability assist, child-proof rear locks, traction control, electronic brake distribution, front seat active head restraints, and daytime running lights. Standard convenience features include dual-action tailgate, in-bed waterproof trunk, steel-reinforced composite cargo bed, iPod auxiliary jack, remote entry system, rearview camera, power windows and locks, adjustable steering wheel and front seats, cruise control, and 17” to 18” wheels. The Ridgeline RT has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and 1,537 pound payload. Its curb weight is 4,513 pounds. The Ridgeline comes with a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

EPA Fuel Economy Facts:

  • MPG Combined: 17
  • MPG City: 15
  • MPG Highway: 21
  • Tank Size: 22 gallons
  • Base price: $29,450

Anyone own one of these trucks? What kind of gas mileage are you getting in real life? Did you choose your truck based on getting the best gas mileage, or for another reason? Leave a comment!

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