Pickups

For many alternative-energy vehicle owners, the full-sized pickup truck represents all that is wrong with the American vehicle: big, overpowered, and fuel thirsty. But the reality is that pickups are immensely popular—mostly because many Americans need the hard-working hauling and towing capacities of a truck.

Although the first wave of hybrid trucks were met with indifference, the technology is poised to make a comeback with hybrid versions of the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 coming soon, while each of the big three have gradually implemented various fuel saving tech like cylinder deactivation, lightweight construction, automatic stop-start, efficient diesel and downsized turbocharged engines. And after shrinking almost to extinction, the smaller midsize segment is making a comeback, with the Ford Ranger returning on the heels of the return of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon joining the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma and crossover-based Honda Ridgeline, which will add a hybrid option in the near future.

Name Comb. MPG Technology MSRP Available
2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid

2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid

The GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck’s gasoline V8 engine and electric motors provide a 33-percent increase in overall fuel mileage.
21 MPG Hybrid $40,300 Used
2013 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

2013 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

The two-wheel drive (2WD) versions of the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid offer excellent efficiency for full-size pickups.
21 MPG Hybrid $39,900 Used
2016 Ford F-150 SuperCab Review

2016 Ford F-150 SuperCab Review

Ford's 2.7-liter EcoBoost powers the aluminum bodied truck to exceptional economy for a conventional large pickup truck.
22 MPG Turbo $37,005 Now