We Brits are adopting this iconic type of vehicle invented in 1925 by Henry Ford.
Their popularity on UK roads is ever increasing. However, we still feel a little timid when selecting, at least compared to our cousins across the pond!
Traditionally known for their large size and impressive torque, pickups got a bad name for their terrible fuel consumption figures.
However, in the early 2000s, manufacturers had to develop new technologies to improve fuel consumption due to increased pressures on emission regulations. Engineers had to achieve this while maintaining payload, power, and towing capacity. Ultimately this is what made them more attractive to drivers globally.
As a result of this, we thought we would cover arguably the 3 most fuel efficient trucks in the UK market.
We feel the honour goes to these workhorses mentioned below:
The fuel efficiency of pickup trucks is typically measured in miles per gallon (MPG) in the UK. Essentially, this is the distance a vehicle can travel on one gallon of fuel.
According to the UK Department for Transport, the average combined fuel economy for pickup trucks (in the UK) is around 29.4 mpg (8 L/100km). Town fuel economy is around 25.5 mpg (9 L/100km) and motorway fuel economy at about 33.5 mpg (7 L/100km).
Note: These are average figures. Actual figures will vary depending on several factors, such as driving habits, weather conditions, terrain, and cargo load!
It’s all good and well to name the 4 pickup models that we think have the best fuel consumption rating. But a more interesting question is, how do these comparable models stack up against each other?
The fuel efficiency of the Ford Ranger varies depending on the engine and drivetrain configuration. In this example, we look at the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with 10-speed automatic transmission and 4×4 drivetrain:
The fuel efficiency of the Toyota Hilux also varies depending on the engine and drivetrain configuration. In this example, we look at the 2.4-litre diesel engine with 6-speed manual transmission and 4×4 drivetrain.
The Isuzu D-Max is available with a 1.9-litre diesel engine with 6-speed manual transmission and 4×4 drivetrain or a 3.0-litre diesel engine with 6-speed automatic transmission and 4×4 drivetrain.
We feel the latter is a fairer comparison against the other 3 models.
As is often the case in the automotive industry, it’s challenging to make an exact like-for-like comparison due to differences in configuration.
To make matters even more challenging, just because a vehicle has a better overall combined fuel efficiency, doesn’t necessarily mean it performs better on fuel on a specific configuration (such as driving in the snow while 4×4 is activated or going off-road for example).
So there will be some level of discrepancies, depending on what conditions you use your truck on the most.
No matter the pickup you have, there are several tips for improving its range. These tips don’t differ much from what you would do with a car.
Nonetheless, we feel the following are some great pointers to consider:
Close windows at high speeds: Opened windows create drag and reduce fuel efficiency (especially at high speeds). It’s estimated that driving at 70 mph with open windows reduces fuel efficiency by as much as 10%.
Engineers are working hard in developing cutting-edge technologies to improve fuel mileage for these off-roading vehicles. Here are 5 wonderful ways manufacturers are tackling this problem:
These are a few examples of the many technologies available on pickup trucks.
As manufacturers are constantly researching and developing new features and technologies to improve fuel efficiency, it’s only likely we will see further advancements coming soon. This brings us to the next section!
In regards to the future of fuel efficiency for these motors, things look very promising. We can’t claim to know what engineers will bring in the future, and manufacturers don’t easily share advancements in technology with the public (at least not until the vehicle is released).
Having said that, we do know a few things that will likely soon be incorporated. For example:
Our team of experts is always helping businesses get on the road with our pickups at competitive rates. We have a wealth of knowledge on these vehicle types given their widespread popularity here in the UK.
We, therefore, dedicated an informational page on this topic to help answer any questions you may have.
If you are still unsure about anything, give us a call and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.