Prowess and Practicality: The Most Fuel-Efficient Chevy Trucks

November 10th, 2023 by

A white 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 is shown from the side while driving through a worksite.

Among the most common factors drivers look for when choosing their next vehicle is fuel consumption. For the residents of areas like Millbrook, this is typically a top priority due to its relative isolation. With a small population and a considerable distance from a major metropolis, having transportation that can go farther for less is undoubtedly ideal. Here at Ruge’s Chevrolet, we’re dedicated to providing fuel-efficient vehicles to our friends and neighbors—so if you’ve been looking at Chevy trucks for sale in Millbrook, we’d love to show you our selection, which includes the following…

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 (2WD)

This nameplate has been Chevy’s flagship pickup since it debuted in the 1999 model year. The Silverado 1500 has long been celebrated as one of the best trucks on the market—and what’s more, it’s helped pave the way for the diesel engine to have somewhat of a renaissance.

While gasoline is the most common fuel used by the auto industry, Chevy and its Duramax diesel engine have proven that diesel is still a viable fuel source. When equipped with a 3.0L diesel engine, the 2WD version of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 possesses a fairly admirable fuel economy. Testing conducted by the EPA showed a 27 MPG combined rating (averaged from figures of 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway). Drivers can expect to travel up to 648 miles between fill-ups, allowing them to go much further for less.

2018 Chevy Colorado (2WD)

There once was a time when the domestically produced compact pickup truck did not exist. Even after its invention, this segment was predominantly dominated by imports from Toyota and Nissan. Chevy helped change this with its S10 pickup in the early 1980s. While the S10 is no longer in production, the Colorado has proven to be a worthy successor and has gone on to outperform many of its key rivals, including the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Ford Maverick.

To get this model’s best fuel efficiency, we recommend you look into a 2018 Colorado. This model year is when the Colorado still had an optional diesel engine that allowed for a combined fuel economy of 25 MPG (based on figures of 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway). You’ll be able to go over 500 miles on a full tank, and its six-speed automatic transmission provides admirable performance whether you’re traveling on or off the pavement.

2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 Hybrid

The prospect of an all-electric truck has just recently become a reality, and the revolutionary boldness of outfitting a pickup with both a beefy V8 and hybrid technology was a keystone step along the way. The skeptics were certainly silenced back in 2009 when Chevy brought to market a hybrid version of their flagship pickup. This alternative Silverado 1500 combines powerful performance with an ecologically friendly powertrain that provides exceptional fuel economy.

Its 6.0L V8 offered 332 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. While only in production until the 2013 model year, drivers reaped the benefits for some time, getting a combined 22 MPG (based on figures of 21 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway). With an average range of 572 miles on a full tank, finding one of these models for a reasonably low price can afford you the fuel economy and performance that so many aspirant truckers look for today.

A white 2023 Chevy Colorado WT is shown from the front on a job-site after leaving a dealer that has Chevy trucks for sale in Millbrook.


2023 Chevy Colorado (4WD)

Consider your extracurricular activities for a moment, as there’s a possibility you favor adventures far from civilization, like camping. If off-roading is in your wheelhouse—and four-wheel drive is a necessary means to facilitating these journeys—how do you manage fuel costs with a drivetrain known for its indiscriminate consumption?

Well, one of the most recent versions of the Chevy Colorado would be ideal. Not only do you have the drivetrain to handle the most inhospitable of terrains, but its turbocharged four-cylinder engine is performance-oriented without guzzling fuel like there’s no tomorrow. A combined fuel economy of 21 MPG (derived from figures of 19 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway) and an average range of 449 miles on a full tank mean you’ll have plenty of adventures without overpaying at the pump.

2023 Chevy Silverado 1500

Having just shined a light on one of the most recent versions of the Colorado, it’s only fitting that we do the same for its older sibling, the Silverado 1500. However, it’s a slightly different case, considering not all drivers need the clout (or want the heft) of such a truck. If you’ve got a keen eye for your budget and prioritize your passengers’ safety, we can’t recommend the 2023 Silverado 1500 enough.

The base 2.7L High Output Turbo I-4 will get you 19 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway in rear-wheel drive (or 18 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway if you’re configured in four-wheel drive) while its available 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-6 will get you 24 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway in rear-wheel drive, or 22 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway in four-wheel drive.

Not only will you benefit from 624 miles between fill-ups, but your annual fuel costs should stay below $2,700 for the entire year. And with a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA in collision testing, you’ll have unshakable peace of mind—which is something you can’t put a price on.

A blue 2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST is shown from the front at an angle.

2024 Chevy Silverado EV

We wanted to end our examination with a bang, and we can’t think of one that’s better than the 2024 Silverado EV, slated for release later this year. Ever since its announcement in 2022, the excitement has been palpable, and the enthusiasm has been as electric as this Silverado’s powertrain.

Bearing a striking likeness to the Chevy Avalanche—which many bowtie brand aficionados and nostalgia buffs still hold dear—the Silverado EV will be able to travel 450 miles on a full charge in all-wheel drive. Chevy has also attested that this electric pickup shall perform at the same level as its petrol-fueled counterparts. At last, you’ll be able to harness the prowess of Chevy while bypassing the pump altogether.

Get the Best Deal on a Chevy Truck at Ruge’s Chevrolet

No matter what you’re looking for in a pickup, Chevy is the brand you can always put your faith in. Whether you’re a passionate off-roader who wants a vehicle that doesn’t guzzle fuel or you need something that can tow and haul like a champ but not burn you at the pump, there’s a Chevy truck that can serve you.

When it comes to working in your best interest, we here at Ruge’s Chevrolet are here to lend our assistance. Not only does our selection encompass the very best of the Chevy fleet, but we also carry several used models—from numerous brands—which represent the best of the industry’s trucks. Our sales team possesses detailed knowledge of everything we sell to help you make the best choice that will most positively impact your commute and extracurricular activities. Come see us today and experience the difference for yourself.