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
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
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
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