Things That Kill Fuel Efficiency
To be clear at the very beginning. Fuel Economy is a measure of how far vehicle can travel with one gallon of fuel. It’s measured in miles per gallon (MPG). Opposite to fuel economy is Fuel Consumption that represents the amount of fuel consumed in gallons per 100 miles.
Here are the most common things that influence truck fuel consumption
1. The old truck that gave its best
– If your truck is produced in late 80’ don’t expect to achieve fuel economy declared by the manufacturer. Old engine with half a million miles or more on the odometer usually means trouble with reliability.
2. Truck size
– small and medium-sized trucks usually have better fuel economy the heavy-duty counterparts. Compare Honda Ridgeline and Ford Super Duty. Lighter trucks use less fuel.
3. Engine and transmission
– Powertrain suffered significant technological changes over the years. Use of new, light-weight materials for engine components and chassis decreased vehicle weight. Less weight means better fuel economy. To gain better fuel efficiency and power output, Ford developed new gearbox for new full-sized trucks that has 10 automatic speeds.
4. Fuel type
– diesel trucks
have better fuel economy, period. See the first four spots on our list, and you’ll get it. Read this handful guide to learn differences between diesel and gas trucks
, and decide do you need to buy a diesel if you don’t haul and tow big things.
5. Driving habits
– driving at inconsistent speeds, rapid acceleration, and speeding decrease truck fuel efficiency. Drive smarter and smoother!
6. Business or pleasure?
If you use the truck as an everyday commuter or lifestyle vehicle you probably can achieve manufacturer declared MPG numbers. In cases, you tow a trailer or haul heavy things don’t be surprised to see much worse fuel efficiency.
7. City or Highway?
Constant accelerations and braking in jammed city streets are a real terror for your fuel economy. Constant speed on the highway is much pleasant and fuel friendly environment for any vehicle.
8. Location & weather condition
– if you live in sunny California, fuel consumption, due to the optimal temperature, is going to be better compared to those who drive the same truck in cold Duluth, Minnesota.
There are undoubtedly even more factors we can add here, like truck upfit, tire profile, maintenance, and other.