Pickup

For many hybrid owners, the full-sized pickup truck represents all that is wrong with the American vehicle: big, overpowered, and thirsty for fuel. But the reality is that pickups are immensely popular—mostly because many Americans need the hard-working hauling and towing capacities of a hybrid truck. An entirely new generation of hybrid trucks is in the works. Version 2.0 of the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid hit showrooms as 2009 models. The two-mode hybrid system going into trucks increases fuel economy by 25 percent to 18 in the city and 20 highway—far from Prius territory, but respectable for a three-ton truck with a 6.0L V8 powerplant under the hood. Dodge Ram Hybrid will use the same two-mode powertrain as the GM trucks, and is expected to get roughly the same fuel economy. And recently, auto companies have begun exploring the potential for a “lifestyle” pickup: a smaller, more fuel efficient unibody hybrid truck that offers a car-like ride combined with modest towing and hauling capabilities.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
2014 Ram 1500 HFE With Stop-Start System Overview

2014 Ram 1500 HFE With Stop-Start System Overview

With new sheet meta for the first time since 2009, an industry first stop-start system, and industry first 8-speed transmission, the RAM 1500 HFE offers decent fuel economy for a non-hybrid.
MPG Stop-Start $29,805 Now
2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid

2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid

The GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck’s gasoline V8 engine and electric motors provide a not-insignificant 33-percent increase in overall fuel mileage.
21 MPG Hybrid $40,300 Now
2013 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

2013 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

The two-wheel drive (2WD) versions of the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid proudly trumpet the crucial stats for full-size pickups.
21 MPG Hybrid $39,900 Now
Ford Transit Connect Electric

Ford Transit Connect Electric

The all-electric small service truck with car-like driving dynamics could be the first commercial vehicle with a green halo.
MPGe Electric $23,660 Discontinued
Dodge Ram Hybrid

Dodge Ram Hybrid

Chrysler's hemi-powered hybrid system applied to the Ram pickup.
MPG Hybrid $0 Discontinued
2008 Ford F-150 E85

2008 Ford F-150 E85

Ford's best-selling pickup truck offers flex-fuel capabilities.
11 MPG E85 Ethanol $22,100 Now
2008 Chevrolet Silverado E85

2008 Chevrolet Silverado E85

America's prototypical pickup is a natural fit for E85.
13 MPG E85 Ethanol $29,400 Now
Phoenix Motorcars Electric Sport Utility Truck

Phoenix Motorcars Electric Sport Utility Truck

This all-electric truck offers a 1,000 pounds of payload capacity and 120-horsepower performance.
MPGe Electric $45,000 Discontinued