Fuel economy isn’t typically the first concern for pickup shoppers. People look at trucks first for what they can do — towing capability, tech features and off-road chops. But with no end in sight for higher gasoline and diesel prices, better mileage might carry more weight for many shoppers. Here is a look at the best and the rest among 2022 pickup trucks for fuel economy.
Not surprisingly, the mileage leaders are hybrid and light-diesel trucks. Those powertrains generally — though not always — require some compromise on payload, tow ratings or other capabilities, and carry a price premium over the conventional gasoline versions of the same truck. Before you buy, you should do the math on how long it would take you to make back in fuel savings the extra you paid out for the truck. That will vary based on how and where you’ll use the truck, your annual mileage and the price of gasoline or diesel fuel.
Below is a list of the most fuel-efficient pickup trucks for the 2022 model year, ranked by the configuration of the truck with the highest EPA-estimated combined mileage rating. The trucks are categorized by size — a rough measure of overall capability as well as price for a comparably equipped truck. For the hybrids and diesels, we note the best-rated conventional gasoline engine offered.