When you want a 4x4 truck, you know that you’re not going to get the same fuel economy as a little light-duty crossover. When your truck has a big, hardy frame to handle heavy payloads and big trailers; an extra-sturdy suspension to handle challenging off-road conditions; and power running to all four wheels, gas mileage will suffer. What’s more, most of today’s true four-wheel-drive vehicles are big, presenting another fuel-efficiency hurdle.
The good news is, today’s advanced powertrains are turning even some 4x4 trucks into fuel-sippers. While promised electric trucks aren’t available yet, more trucks are employing diesel engines — which provide the dual benefit of excellent fuel efficiency and towing-friendly torque. Others have also improved their gas mileage by reducing weight, adding speeds to their transmissions, and tweaking their gasoline engines for enhanced efficiency. For today’s article, we’ve rounded up the 10 most fuel-efficient 4x4 trucks: six pickups and four highly capable four-wheel-drive SUVs. Let’s get started.