Fuel economy and pickup trucks don’t often go hand in hand, but diesel engines work to make up for some of gasoline’s shortcomings in the segment—not to mention, offer oodles of torque in the process.
Pickuptrucks.com recently pitted three-quarter ton pickup trucks for an all-out comparison test but looked at fuel economy separately as well. The ratings were determined by unloaded ratings—that is nothing to fill up a truck’s payload or towing capacity—and loaded with a 10,000-pound trailer.
Unloaded, the Nissan Titan XD was a winner. It returned 19.3 mpg, though, the heavier Ram 2500 HD was a tick behind at 19.2 mpg. When fully loaded with the 10,000-pound trailer, the Ram was a clear winner after returning 13.1 mpg.
The average fuel economy stats put the 2017 Silverado 2500 HD in last place, outdone by 0.1 mpg.
- 2017 Chevrolet 2500 LTZ Midnight Edition (6.6-liter V8 Duramax): 15.1 mpg
- 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch (6.7-liter V8 Power Stroke): 15.2 mpg
- 2017 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve (5.0-liter V-8 Cummins): 15.4 mpg
- 2017 Ram 2500 HD Laramie Longhorn (6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder Cummins): 16.2 mpg
The Ram 2500 HD marks a one mpg difference over the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. Even though the Ram’s Cummins is pretty darn old, it’s still capable of returning respectable numbers.