In the past, pickup trucks' key function was towing and hauling. Today, they've become do-it-all vehicles that often end up on long commutes. This ushered in a new demand for fuel-efficient trucks that's only become stronger as fuel prices continue rising.
So, what trucks can navigate the Canadian roadways with a trailer in tow while still delivering low fuel-consumption rates? We evaluated all the pickups available in Canada to find the best trucks for fuel economy that are still functional pickups.
While the entire Chevrolet Silverado 1500 lineup isn't necessarily fuel efficient, its optional 3.0-litre six-cylinder Duramax diesel engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission thrusts it to the top of our list. It delivers a healthy 8.8 L/100 km combined in 2021, but the 2020 and 2022 models' consumption increase to 8.9L/100 km combined. This makes the Silverado one of the most fuel-efficient pickups in Canada to date.
All this comes while delivering 277 horsepower and a stout 460 pound-feet of torque. This power helps it easily tow up to 9,500 pounds.
The RAM 1500, like the Silverado 1500, isn't overly fuel efficient across its lineup, but its diesel engine raises it near the top. With its 3.0-litre diesel six-cylinder engine, the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel's combined consumption rate ranged from 8.9L/100 km to 9L/100 km, depending on the truck's year and configuration.
This full-size pickup's engine also delivers outstanding power with 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque on tap. This power and the RAM's rugged chassis combine for a 12,560-pound towing capacity.
Sticking with the diesel theme, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's cousin, the GMC Sierra 1500, enters our list with its iteration of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine. In the Sierra 1500, this setup delivers a combined fuel-consumption rate of 9.1L/100 km.
Like the Silverado, this engine delivers 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, which helps the Sierra reach a 9,000-pound tow rating.
The Ford F-150 isn't the first hybrid truck, but it is the most electrically dependent hybrid made to date. This pickup pairs a 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine and an electric motor for a 9.3L/100 km combined fuel-consumption rating.
This setup also combines for incredible power, as it delivers 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. This power helps the F-150 Hybrid tow up to 12,700 pounds.
Full-size trucks aren't the only ones that offer fuel-efficient usefulness. Midsize pickups not only offer a smaller, easier-to-manage footprint, but they also deliver great fuel economy. The midsize Chevy Colorado is a leader in this area, as its 2016 to 2018 models with the optional 2.8-litre diesel engine delivered 9.4 to 10.1L/100 km fuel-consumption rates.
This engine delivered just 181 horsepower, but its torque reached 369 pound-feet, giving it plenty of starting power to get a heavy load moving. With this setup, the Colorado could tow up to 7,700 pounds.
The Chevy Colorado has a GMC cousin in the 2016-2018 GMC Canyon, which also had the optional 2.8-litre diesel engine. This midsize truck's fuel consumption mimicked the Colorado at 9.4 to 9.6L/100 km.
The Canyon also matched the Colorado’s 181 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque, and 7,700-pound towing capacity.
The Ford F-150 pops back onto our list with its 2018-2019 variant that boasted a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. This unit delivered a healthy 240 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Plus, this powertrain helped it tow up to 11,400 pounds.
What we're here for, though, is the fuel economy. This diesel-fueled pickup delivered up to a respectable 9.5L/100 km fuel consumption rating.
A thrifty hybrid Maverick all-wheel-drive (AWD) with a projected 5.9L/100 km fuel consumption rating is coming soon, but it's not out yet. That said, the standard Maverick with its 250-horsepower 2.0-litre engine is relatively thrifty in its own right, delivering up to 9.6L/100 km fuel consumption rating without resorting to pricey diesel fuel.
With this peppy four-cylinder engine and the optional tow package, the Maverick AWD can tow up to 4,000 pounds.
Jeep recently returned to the midsize pickup segment with its Wrangler-based Gladiator. In 2021, it offered a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that reduced its fuel consumption to just 9.8L/100 km combined.
On top of being fuel efficient, this EcoDiesel six-cylinder was quite powerful, delivering 260 hp and 442 pound-feet of torque. This engine and the Gladiator's rugged construction allowed it to tow up to 6,500 pounds.
The Toyota Tacoma has long been one of the most popular midsize pickups on the market, and for a good reason. Not only is it capable off road, but it's also fuel efficient with its base 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine with the five-speed manual transmission delivering 10.2-10.9 L/100 km in fuel consumption.
The RAM 1500 pops back on our list without the diesel engine. Instead, this is the mild-hybrid RAM 1500 HFE eTorque model that combines a 3.6-litre V6 engine with a small electric motor to deliver a 10.4L/100 km fuel consumption rating.
This setup combines for 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.
When searching for the most fuel-efficient trucks, start your search at Clutch. We have a wide range of pickup trucks with great fuel economy that will fit your needs.
Plus, all our vehicles have been through a 210-point inspection and reconditioning process to ensure they're ready for the road. We back this up with a 90-day or 6,000-km warranty in case something goes wrong.
After completing Clutch's 100% online truck-buying process, we deliver the pickup to you -- no need to set foot in a showroom. You then get a 10-day 750 km test-own period. If you don't love your fuel-efficient truck from Clutch, you can return it for a full refund or exchange it for another vehicle.
Come check out our vast inventory of pickup trucks and find the fuel-efficient pickup that meets your needs.