Trucks aren’t exactly known to be eco-friendly, but if you’re shopping for one, you might want to pay attention to which ones are the best of the bunch.
The Automotive Science Group (ASG) has announced its most eco-friendly trucks according to segment, with the 2014 Ford F-150 Regular Cab (3.7L V6) and Crew Cab taking top honors of Best All-Around Performance in the Full-Size Regular and Crew Cab categories.
In the Mid-Size Extended and Crew Cab categories, the Toyota Tacoma was named Best All-Around Performance thanks to its 2.7-liter four-cylinder getting an EPA-estimated 23 MPG. Lastly, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 received Best All-Around Performance in the Full-Size Extended Cab category with its 4.3-liter V6 EcoTec 3 powerplant.
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The Silverado and Sierra 1500 also took top environmental accolades in all three Full-Size categories, earning ASG’s 2014 Best Environmental Performance Awards.
Noticeably missing is the Ram EcoDiesel’s 3.0-liter V6 with its class-leading fuel economy, but ASG doesn’t judge just on MPG alone. According to the group, the diesel motor’s combustion emissions were higher with each gallon of fuel consumed compared to the standard gasoline powerplants. The Ram 1500 with the 3.6-liter PentaStar V6 did however win ASG’s 2014 Best Economic Performance award in the Regular and Crew Cab Full-Size trucks category while the F-150 V6 won the Best Economic Performance award in the Extended Cab category.
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