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The up and down pricing on gasoline has some consumers shopping for cars that squeeze the most miles from a gallon while others could not care less. Still others are deeply concerned about the environmental impact their car may have. You can get a good handle on it all using an average of the EPA city-highway projected mileage numbers.

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Ford RangerMPG: 21 city/26 highway

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The two-wheel-drive Ford Ranger logs the best fuel economy in the pickup truck segment, 21 city/26 highway mpg, when it is equipped with the 143-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy is compromised only slightly, 19 city/24 highway mpg, when the four-cylinder is paired with the five-speed automatic transmission. The 207-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 is available in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Two-wheel-drive models achieve 15 city/21 highway mpg when equipped with the manual transmission and 16 city/21 highway when paired with the automatic transmission. Four-wheel-drive models get 15 city/19 highway mpg with the manual transmission and 14 city/18 highway mpg with the automatic transmission. Go »
Nissan FrontierMPG: 19 city/23 highway

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With a mild redesign for 2009, the Nissan Frontier will please pickup owners interested in fuel efficiency. The 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which comes only in two-wheel-drive, gets 19 city/23 highway mpg when paired with the five-speed manual transmission and 17 city/22 highway mpg when equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission. The 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 comes in both two- and four-wheel drive. Two-wheel-drive models get 16 city/20 highway mpg with the six-speed manual transmission and 15 city/20 highway mpg when equipped with the five-speed automatic. Four-wheel-drive versions achieve 15 city/19 highway mpg, when paired with either the manual or the automatic transmissions. Go »
Toyota TacomaMPG: 20 city/26 highway

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The Toyota Tacoma ranks among the best in fuel efficiency in the pickup truck segment. When equipped with the 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four cylinder engine and the five-speed manual transmission, two-wheel-drive models get 20 city/26 highway mpg, while four-wheel-drive models get 17 city/22 highway mpg. When the four-cylinder is paired with the four-speed automatic transmission, two-wheel-drive models get 19 city/25 highway mpg. When the 236-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 is paired with the six-speed manual transmission, two-wheel-drive models get 15 city/19 highway mpg, while four-wheel-drive models get 14 city/19 highway mpg. When the V-6 is mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, it gets 17 city/21 highway mpg for two-wheel-drive models and 14 city/19 highway mpg for four-wheel-drive models. Go »
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