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hunter_58
05-29-2008, 12:00 AM
What is the best new small truck out there, that gets the best MPG, and what does it get in MPG?
About how much does it cost?
My father wants one to drive instead of his larger truck.


Thanks

rjcruiser
05-29-2008, 01:51 AM
I'd imagine that it is a 4 cyl ford ranger, chevy s-10, toyota tacoma or dodge dakota. Check msn autos for more info and specs.

yellowhammer
05-29-2008, 05:57 PM
I have a 2007 Silverado,4wd,crew cab,4.8 liter V-8.It gets over 20 mpg on the interstate.A friend had a 2006 extended cab Silverado with a 5.3 and got over 20 mpg also.My mileage beats my friend`s Colorado on mileage.

mhayes
05-29-2008, 09:16 PM
colorado is not the way to go. The four and Five cyl. engines just are not the right mix. Dakota has a great 6 cyl fuel motor. If you are doing more hwy I would go with the 4.7l v8. It will get upwards of 19 mpg. The 4 cyl Ranger is a good choice also. I am partial to the American manufacture's but toyota does have high teens to twentys also. You have alot of choices right there in Gainesville drive around and look at a few. Please By American!!
:flag::flag::flag:

Gaswamp
05-29-2008, 09:46 PM
Ford Ranger narrowly beats Toyota Tacoma.

Gaswamp
05-29-2008, 09:47 PM
this one gets over 40 mpg

http://www.mpgomatic.com/45_MPG_Pickup_Truck.html

Mel
05-29-2008, 11:43 PM
You'll be better off getting the V6 in a Ranger than a 4 cyl. I test drove a 4 cyl/auto Ranger and its just a dog. You wind up pushing it too hard to stay with traffic that the mileage just isn't there. Also a manual shift will get better mileage than an automatic.

hunter_58
05-29-2008, 11:54 PM
Thanks for all the info !!!!!!

short stop
05-30-2008, 12:04 AM
colorado is not the way to go. The four and Five cyl. engines just are not the right mix. Dakota has a great 6 cyl fuel motor. If you are doing more hwy I would go with the 4.7l v8. It will get upwards of 19 mpg. The 4 cyl Ranger is a good choice also. I am partial to the American manufacture's but toyota does have high teens to twentys also. You have alot of choices right there in Gainesville drive around and look at a few. Please By American!!
:flag::flag::flag:

I have a 2005 Chevy Colorado - 5 cyl , 230 hp
I guess your speaking from no experince here by never owning one .
I get 21 mpg and have driven mine from Fla - Wis
--- I love my truck ,
I have a coworker who purchased his 4x4 colorado 6 months prior to mine ---and let me drive his sevral trips and he gets same mpg

My last trip to KY this Spring , I took my leaseman from Ga - Ky so he could show me the farms Im hunting on . When we got back , he went and bought a Colorado as well .

Jody Hawk
05-30-2008, 08:50 AM
Mine's not new but I bought a used 1999 Toyota Tacoma with a 4 cylinder engine and manual five speed transmission and I'm getting 28 mpg. I've been checking my miles between fill ups. Plus, you just can't beat the quality of a Toyota. What good is the Ford Ranger's gas mileage when it's in the shop every time you turn around?::ke:

Tim L
05-30-2008, 03:21 PM
I used to have a little Ford Courier that got around 30 MPG...Hopefully Detriot will come out with something similar soon.

cpowel10
05-30-2008, 04:49 PM
I have a 03 Ranger with a 3.0 V6 and a 5 speed auto tranny. I get around 20-21 everyday (including in town driving). I get around 22-22.5 on interstate trips. Its an "edge" model, so the normal ranger that is lower to the ground will probably get better. I really like the Ranger!

I HAD a 98 S10. It was a 2.2 inline 4 cylinder with a 4 speed auto. It got around 20 mpg, and would get around 22-24 on highway trips. I hated the truck (long story) and the mileage wasn't as good as you would think, especially with the lack of power.

Wiz
06-01-2008, 02:47 PM
I was looking at trucks in 2005 couldn't decide between the Colorado or Sierra models. The labels on each showed very little difference in fuel economy at the time (1 mpg more for the colorado on the highway). Since this was the 1st year of the 5 cylinder, I decided to go with the Sierra (5.3 liter) 4WD until the 5 cylinder could prove itself.

The first year I was getting 24 mpg on the highway and 20 around town. It has dropped a bit though and now I get about 20 on the highway and 18 around town. I suspect the decent mileage I get is due to driving style and better power to weight ratio.

My work truck is a Chevy Silverado (4.8 liter 4WD) and it get about the same fuel economy.

RGRJN
06-01-2008, 10:46 PM
My last tank up here was 31mpg on my 2006 Mazda/Ranger.My son was using it to go to/from Dahlonega to Nashville. He claimed he was getting between 30-35 mpg. Said it took him not quite a 1/2 tank of gas to get there. It is a little underpowered, but I was taught that's what the gears are for.

Joe

bassfishga
06-03-2008, 08:37 AM
PAID OFF. Yeah, just gas and insurance.
You can also check mpg here: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/byclass.htm
Select year 2008 or 2007 or etc... and Class "Pickup Trucks"

I see somebody likes their Chevy Colorado. I am just looking right now for a small truck with good mpg's.

firebiker
06-03-2008, 10:35 AM
I have a 2007 Silverado,4wd,crew cab,4.8 liter V-8.It gets over 20 mpg on the interstate.A friend had a 2006 extended cab Silverado with a 5.3 and got over 20 mpg also.My mileage beats my friend`s Colorado on mileage.

Holy Cow, you must throw it up in neutral and coast a lot :whip:
mine is lucky to get 13 MPG its a Chevy 4X4 extended cab V-8:banginghe

Derek
06-04-2008, 08:18 AM
I have a 96 reg cab 5 spd toyota tacoma with 4 cyl engine....I put a set of $500 dollar Michelin tires on it to replace the crap Good Year that were on it when I bought it 3 yrs ago...gas mileage went from 24-25 to 28-30 on a consistent basis..a good set of tires will help to.

bassfishga
06-04-2008, 08:48 AM
I have a 96 reg cab 5 spd toyota tacoma with 4 cyl engine....I put a set of $500 dollar Michelin tires on it to replace the crap Good Year that were on it when I bought it 3 yrs ago...gas mileage went from 24-25 to 28-30 on a consistent basis..a good set of tires will help to.

Same type of tire? Highway tire, Off-Road tire, AT tire, street tire? :huh:

Bird Hunter 21
06-04-2008, 01:50 PM
I have a 2007 Silverado,4wd,crew cab,4.8 liter V-8.It gets over 20 mpg on the interstate.A friend had a 2006 extended cab Silverado with a 5.3 and got over 20 mpg also.My mileage beats my friend`s Colorado on mileage.

I owned a 2000 reg cab chevrolet Z71, 5.3 L motor, factory tires and wheels, had it for 100,000 miles and the best gas mileage I ever got was 17 mpg. 90 % of the time it was 14 mpg no matter how you drove it. I have never seen or owned a 4x4 that got better than 17 mpg on average. They just dont make one.

dslary
06-04-2008, 02:43 PM
I bought a new 2005 Titan crew cab. I'll never buy another for several reasons ranging from quality of paint to a greedy customer service organization.

Derek
06-05-2008, 08:06 AM
it is just a highway tire I guess....it has an 80k warrenty. I think it is a Michelin Harmony.

bobman
06-05-2008, 08:46 AM
I have michelin harmonies on my 2001 tacoma also, I get 24.5 mpg in mixed driving and 27 mpg hwy at 70 mph. Has not changed in 230,000 miles and I check it almost every tank.

2.4 liter 4cyl automatic trans

very good truck but not comfortable if trip is over a couple hours

jimmy_mac
06-05-2008, 08:50 AM
I have a 2004.5 Dodge 2500 with Cummins and I get 19-20mpg in town and 24-25mpg on the road. Even when I am towing a 7500lb travel trailer I get 17mpg. and I got a truck that will pull almost anything.

yellowhammer
06-07-2008, 01:16 PM
Lotta difference between what was built in 2000 and 2007.If you own a tv and watch it,you,as we speak ,can see the ads for my truck advertising the gas mileage at 20+ mpg.I am not being dishonest.Why would I want to impress anyone with gas mileage?I ain`t trying to sell the truck.I`m not even a Chevy fan.I only bought it because it was the first US truck to come out with the 100,000 warranty.I also got it for the same price that I was going to have to pay for a Tacoma.I had no idea that the gas mileage would be so good.I`ve owned 10 4wheel drives since 1972 and never thought I`d see 20 mpg in a v-8.By the way,this truck is the worst-pulling 4wd(in the mud) that I`ve owned.

jj4301
06-07-2008, 09:22 PM
I have a 2006 Ford Ranger 2wd with the 4.0L V6 Automatic. I average 20.8 mpg/ city and highway. On the other hand, I have a 1984 Jeep CJ7 that has a transplanted 1983 F150 302 V8 that gets about 6-8mpg city and about 9-12mpg on the highway. Of course that is with 3.55 gears in a 9inch and a lead foot.

mschw04
06-09-2008, 11:22 PM
I have a Colorado. 5cyl. 242 hp. 20 to 20.5mpg everyday driving (75-80mph on 400) 22-24 on trips to deer camp. 17-18 pulling 4,000 pounds. 2wd - crew cab.

misguided
06-10-2008, 10:49 AM
i have also been looking around at what truck might get me decent mileage. my f350 only gets about 12 nowdays,:cry:, and my s10 more in the 17 range- with no power. not to knock anyone but it seems hard to believe that so many of these are getting such high mileage- i mean several seem to be even higher than the manufacturer sticker and we all know they are gonna lie and put it higher than what you really get in most cases. i have talked to lots of folks and looked at lots of vehicle specs and only found 1 claiming more than 25mpg. i work with a guy with a 2500 cummins that claims to get 26. i told him the only way i'll believe it is to let me drive it for a week. i'm concerned a lot of these folks don't know how to check their mileage. prob going by the stupid little display they have in them now, :) but i do know the new chevys do get good- low 20s. my gfriend has one and even with 20s( i hate 'em) on it it does pretty good. guess that is my best choice. maybe she'll give me hers and she can have my accord.

jimmy_mac
06-11-2008, 07:02 AM
I think the key to diesel getting good fuel mileage has to do with a couple of things. 1st. the rear end or gear makes a huge differance and 2nd. any mods done. Like mine I have an Air-rade cold air intake, Bullydog monitor and a Bullydog trippliedog programmer. I have more Hp and more torque than a stock truck, therefore I get better than average fuel mileage.

mountainpass
06-14-2008, 09:19 AM
I have a Tundra V6 Manual 8 foot bed and get 20 all the time. I am saddened that the Manual Transmission is on it's way out. Full size Chevrolet (no manual), Full size Toyota (no manual), Full size Nissan (no manual or V6), 2009 Full size Ford (no manual), so Dodge is the last one with a manual. I just like choosing my own gears.

boneboy96
06-14-2008, 11:42 AM
95 Chevy Z-71 ext cab 4x4 5.7 L V8 12-14 highway...8-10 in 4x4 or towing w/ air on!

whitworth
06-14-2008, 01:04 PM
definition of oxymoron -a figure of speech combining seemingly contradictory expressions.


If you really, really need to haul a lot of stuff, the cost of gasoline is less significant.
If you're really, really hurting with the price of gasoline, maybe it's because you only rarely need a pickup truck to haul stuff.

I haven't owned a pickup truck in decades. Owned that one because I just about was hauling stuff every day.

I only rarely need a truck to haul stuff. And the rental cost is a lot cheaper than the insurance for a full year. Plus the savings on the gasoline or diesel.

I know a small contractor, who has a huge pickup truck with four doors and six wheels. He uses it in construction every work day, hauling materials and taking a couple of workers to the job site. Fuel costs are a part of doing business for him.

Many pickup drivers can't justify costs in the same manner. It may be bitter, but it's the truth.

mschw04
06-15-2008, 10:35 AM
yesterday hit a new low for mpg with my truck. hauled several trailer loads of firewood across deer camp, hauled 350 gallons of water across camp, hauled 6,000 pounds of rock, flattened one armadillo :bounce:, and it idled for at least an hour while everything was being unloaded. (used my trailer to carry all the goods - multiple trips) Then brought home the 4 wheeler (had the vertical ramp on trialer), while carrying 4 people in the truck and a bed full of stuff above the rails. Drove about 75 on the way home with the ac running. I got 14.7 mpg for all of that. This is the first time I did a trip with the gate in the vertical position (I usually take it off and stow it next to the 4 wheeler. I really noticed the increased resistance with the gate up. I wonder how many mpg that cost me. Colorado 5 cyl, 2wd, crew cab. No complaints - got a lot of work done on those 11 gallons of fuel :)

Horns
06-15-2008, 11:41 AM
My new 2008 F-250 extended cab work truck has the 5.4 liter gas with 3.73 rear end. It gets about 12.8 mpg. I'm glad I don't pay for the gas!

gogzhero1
06-18-2008, 11:07 PM
Ok .... So what v-6 truck could pull a 20' boat comfortably and NOT suck down the gas?

mschw04
06-21-2008, 02:03 PM
another trip to camp. This time with 1200# fertilizer in the back. 21.0 mpg on the way there - haven't checked the return trip yet. Colorado 5cyl 2wd 08.

whitetaco02
06-21-2008, 05:49 PM
Ok .... So what v-6 truck could pull a 20' boat comfortably and NOT suck down the gas?


05-08 tacoma

Redbow
06-21-2008, 05:52 PM
Dodge Dakota club cab, 3.7 V6, around 21mpg on the road!

Ours has plenty of power with the V6!

ga41
06-23-2008, 12:24 AM
05 GMC Sierra EC 2wd 4.8 Ltr avg 20mpg overall, MPG did go up when I replaced the crap General's with Yokohama

Stan in SC
06-25-2008, 10:24 AM
Several months ago I bought a 2006 Colorado with the 4 cyl.Best riding truck I ever had.Enough power and about 26MPG highway and 22 city.

mickbear
06-26-2008, 10:24 AM
07 ranger 4x4 3.0 V6- -- all around 20 MPG--tows my Triton 170MAG W/115 Merc just fine.I had a 07 F150 4x4 reg cab V8 bought it new and keep it 6 months and got rid of that thing,the max mpg was 14! if i hooked the boat to it it got about the same mpg as my motorhome!

bassfishga
07-08-2008, 02:27 PM
Well I did it. I still have my 15 mpg Dodge Ram 1500 but picked up an old 1990 Mazda B2200 to drive back and forth to work 26 mpg.
Why buy a new truck? I just decided to go old and keep my bigger truck.