When you think of environmentally-friendly vehicles, pickup trucks don’t usually come to mind. Trucks have a reputation for being gas hogs that leave a heavy carbon footprint. It’s the class of vehicles that brags about how much it can tow, haul, and climb. Let’s face it, engines made for hard labor are generally just not that fuel efficient. Fortunately, this is changing, thanks to new innovations in the pick-up industry. If you are trying to find a truck with reasonable fuel efficiency, here are four models that can get the job done with a smaller impact on the environment.
Ford has been making headlines with their full size F series truck with aluminum frame. The new model boasts an improved fuel economy of up to 20% and reduced carbon emissions up to 15%. Other eco-friendly points include rice hull reinforced plastic, seat cushions made from soybeans, and wheel liners made from recycled water bottles. It’s no wonder that the F-150 was awarded Best Environmental Performance for 2015 in the full size category by the Automotive Science Group (ASG).
The popular Toyota Tacoma continues to combine performance with economy. In the midsize category, the extended cab Tacoma was found to have the smallest carbon footprint by ASG for 2015. Its 2.7 liter engine can get you up to 23 mpg on the highway combined with a towing capacity of 3,300 to 3,500 lbs.
The Chevy Colorado recently returned to the market with new innovations that cut off fuel when braking and reduce aerodynamic drag. Estimated mpg is 26 on the highway earning it an EPA-estimated best-in-class. The 1,590 lb. carrying capacity along with a 305 horsepower engine also helped this midsize truck to earn Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award.
Dodge Ram 1500
In the diesel category, Dodge has lead the way with its EcoDiesel V6 engine. With an estimated fuel efficiency of 28 mpg on the highway and reduced CO2 emissions, it also has B20 biodiesel capability. This full size truck comes with all the power expected in a Dodge Ram with 9,200 lb. of towing capability and 240 horsepower.
Clearly, demand for more environmentally responsible vehicles has been heeded by the manufacturers. Environmentally conscious drivers now have a choice when it comes to pickup trucks. New innovations have proved that a truck may be rough and tough, but also a little gentler when it comes to our planet. The information for this article was provided by the professionals of Tonka 4-Wheel Drive Ltd., who offer truck accessories in Edmonton.
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Dixie Somers, based in Arizona, is the author of this article.
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