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Trucks may not be known for their fuel efficiency, but if you shop the right used truck, you can find a model that gets you where you need to go without breaking the bank at the pump. Let's look at some of the best used trucks for gas mileage.
According to the EPA, the 2019 Ford Ranger is one of the most fuel-efficient midsize trucks. If you're looking for a used truck with good gas mileage, you should consider it. Rear-wheel drive versions of the Ranger with the 2.3L EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder engine can get up to 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. This engine produces 270 horsepower and has a significant amount of gutsy power. It quickly accelerates when you step on the gas and can even tow up to 7,500 pounds.
The 2019 Ford Ranger comes in three different trim levels. It starts with the XL, which has the basics if you're looking for a work truck. The XLT adds some extras, including the Ford Co-Pilot360 collection of advanced driver aids and a 4.2-inch center touch screen with the Ford SYNC infotainment system.
The Lariat is the top-level Ranger. This model has LED headlights and taillights, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and leather upholstery. It upgrades the center screen to an 8-inch touchscreen and adds the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
You can find a used 2019 Ford Ranger at a price range of between $20,500 and $42,378.
The Ford Maverick burst onto the compact truck market in 2022 with its hybrid powertrain and is easily one of the most fuel-efficient used trucks you can find. The hybrid setup consists of a 2.5L four-cylinder gas engine and electric motors that combine to generate 191 horsepower. The Ford Maverick can get up to 42 mpg in the city when equipped with this powertrain. Head out on the highway, and you'll get up to 33 mpg.
The Maverick stands out from other small pickup trucks with its simple interior space and boxy cab. The higher-end models have simulated leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat. If you get one with the Luxury Package, you'll also enjoy a spray-in bedliner, a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel.
A used Ford Maverick ranges in price from $24,700 to $43,998, depending on the trim level.
The Toyota Tacoma has a legendary reputation regarding dependability and fuel economy. Since it's been around since 1995, it's easy to find these used trucks for sale when looking for a truck with good gas mileage.
A used 2018 or 2019 Toyota Tacoma comes with either a 2.7L four-cylinder gas engine with 159 horsepower or a 3.5L V-6 that gets 278 horsepower. The four-cylinder with rear-wheel drive can get up to 23 mpg on the highway, and the V-6 is just as impressive, with an estimated EPA rating of 24 mpg on the highway with four-wheel drive. If you need to use your Tacoma for towing, the V-6 with the available tow package can pull up to 6,800 pounds.
You'll love driving the Tacoma with its host of features in the cabin. These used trucks have a 7-inch touch screen, Toyota's Entune multimedia system, and a JBL stereo. Some higher trims have a wireless charging pad, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power-adjustable and heated front seats.
Depending on the trim level and model, you can find a used 2018 Toyota Tacoma for $20,530 and $34,995.
The Ford F-150 is a popular full-size truck for many reasons. Its features appeal to all types of drivers, including those who want to maximize their gas mileage. The 2018 Ford F-150 with the Power Stroke 3.0L four-cylinder diesel engine can get an impressive 25 mpg combined. It gets up to 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city, which is excellent for a full-size truck. These numbers apply to the rear-wheel drive models. The Ford F-150 can tow up to 11,400 pounds when equipped with this engine and rear-wheel drive.
When you find a 2018 Ford F-150, depending on the trim level, you'll get a cabin filled with tech and convenience features. Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system works with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has USB ports and Bluetooth, which makes it easy to connect to your phone. Added features, such as dynamic parking and a hitch assist system, make this one of the best used trucks for maneuverability.
Used Ford F-150s range from $13,299 to $99,988 in price.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado arrived with a 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder diesel engine. It generates 181 horsepower and gets up to 369 lb-ft of torque. This diesel engine is more powerful than the gas engine available with the Colorado and smoother and stronger when towing. When shopping for a used truck with good mpg, you'll want to take a close look at the Chevrolet Colorado. The diesel engine can get up to 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive. It gets 23 mpg combined if you have four-wheel drive.
The 2016 Colorado offers some tech upgrades that make driving fun and convenient. It has an 8-inch touch screen and the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. It works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can easily connect your phone and access all your apps and contacts from the touch screen.
When equipped with the diesel engine and the tow package, you can pull up to 7,700 pounds with this midsize truck. Even with a trailer hitched to the back, it returns better fuel mileage than the gas V-6.
It's time to start shopping for the best used trucks. Contact us at Planet Ford Dallas or visit us in Dallas, Texas, to see our large selection of Ford models and used trucks from other manufacturers. Our helpful sales team can answer any questions you have about features, power, and equipment and get you out on the road for a test drive. Stop by today and upgrade to a new-to-you fuel-efficient used truck.