Most economical pickup trucks

  • Pickups are more fuel-efficient with each new generation
  • Lots of new rivals coming in the next 18 months
  • Over 35 percent difference between worst and best from 36.2mpg to 44.1mpg

Also read: New pickups for 2015 and 2016

Due to their large engines, relative heavy weight and poorer aerodynamics, fuel economy is the largest contributor to a pickup’s total cost of ownership. The last 10 years has witnessed major improvements including a reduction in the size of engines and an increase in efficiences of the new diesels.

Only two of the ‘next generation’ pickups have been launched so far, and they take the two top spots in our rankings of the most fuel-efficient pickup. Operators should be aware, that this chart will witness some significant changes in the next 12 months and that all figures quotes are official claimed averages.

Over 12 months (assuming an average of 15,000 miles), the difference in fuel costs between the best and worst performers could be £583 (at £1.09 a litre).

8 – Great Wall Steed (32.8mpg)

Great Wall Steed

In bottom place is the Great Wall Steed. The Chinese pickup truck uses a very old chassis and engine, so ride and fuel economy fall well short of some of its newer rivals. Producing outputs of 138bhp and 305Nm, the 2.5-litre diesel from Great Wall isn’t exactly powerful either.

Read the Great Wall Steed review.

7 – Volkswagen Amarok (36.2mpg)

Volkswagen Amarok

Despite being one of the newest pickups on the market, the Volkswagen Amarok ranks very poorly when it comes to fuel efficiency. Volkswagen’s 2-litre engine is the joint smallest in this segment, but many argue that it is too small to propel such a big machine and its poor fuel economy is sign of an overworked engine.

Read the Volkswagen Amarok review.

6 – SsangYong Korando Sports (37.7mpg)

Ssangyong Korando Sports

Also sporting a 2-litre engine is the SsangYong Korando Sports. The Korando Sports is lighter and more streamline, which helps contribute to the slightly better fuel economy, and the engine offers a decent output of 154bhp and 360Nm.

Read the SsangYong Korando Sports review.

=3 – Isuzu D-Max (38.7mpg)

Isuzu D-Max Blade

Tied on third place is the Isuzu D-Max. The 2.5-litre diesel engine from Isuzu is the loudest and most utilitarian, but surprisingly doesn’t perform too badly when it comes the fuel efficiency. Producing 161bhp and 400Nm of toque, the Isuzu D-Max is more powerful than both the other power ratings for this level of fuel economy.

Read the Isuzu D-Max review.

=3 – Toyota Hilux (38.7mpg)

Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux has built up a formidable reputation over its near-50-year lifespan as a tough and dependable workhorse, but the 2.5-litre under the bonnet is quite fuel efficient too. However, only the 143bhp/343Nm engine can achieve 38.7mpg on the combined cycle; the 170bhp output can only reach a claimed 36.7mpg.

Read the Toyota Hilux review.

=3 – Ford Ranger (38.7mpg)

Ford Ranger

The entry-level 124bhp/320Nm 2.2-litre diesel on the Ford Ranger may feel slightly gutless but the 38.7mpg combined fuel economy is joint-third best in class. To meet the Euro-6 emission standard, Ford will be downsizing to a new 2-litre engine from 2016 in the new version of the Ranger.

Read the Ford Ranger review.

2 – Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 (42.8mpg)

Mitsubishi L200 Series 5

Unveiled in 2015, the Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 features a newly-developed 2.4-litre engine, tuned to 152bhp/380Nm and 178bhp/430Nm. The variable geometry turbo charger means that in addition to being more responsive, the new Mitsubishi L200 was the most fuel-efficient pickup on sale.. for just five months.

Read the Mitsubishi L200 review.

1 – Nissan NP300 Navara (44.1mpg)

Nissan NP300 Navara

Topping our pickup truck economy chart is the newest vehicle in the sector. The Nissan NP300 Navara arrives into UK dealerships in January 2016, and takes ride and comfort to a new level in pickups. The 2.3-litre engine, which has featured in the Nissan NV400 since 2011, has also been tweaked to give fantastic fuel economy.

Read the Nissan NP300 Navara review.