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Old 03-02-2021, 12:03 AM   #1
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Recommendation on Purchasing the best compact Towing Truck with Best MPG?

I have been doing some research online and I found out that the RAM 1500 have the best MPG but not so much compact.

Any recommendation? or things I need to look for? I prefer the truck to be compact and small enough but still have the power to tow 5000lb with no issues. Saving gas is a big factor. Should I go with a truck with diesel?

Any advice on what truck to purchase?

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Old 03-03-2021, 01:37 PM   #2
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Look at the new Ranger 4 door. Rated at 700# tongue weight 7000# towing capacity WITHOUT a WDH! High power turbo 4 cylinder.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:54 PM   #3
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Look at the new Ranger 4 door. Rated at 700# tongue weight 7000# towing capacity WITHOUT a WDH! High power turbo 4 cylinder.
thank you .. will look at the ranger 4.
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Probably not what you want to hear, but a truck that fits your criteria literally is a Honda Ridgeline AWD. it’s right up there with the best gas mileage of gasoline pickups, is a good riding daily driver crew cab, and it tows 5000 pounds.

If you want a little more towing capacity, look at the Ranger.
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Just my two cents, a lot of people have thought they wanted to stay small and purchased a smaller rig and tow vehicle, only to find out a year or so later they wanted a larger rig which also meant new vehicle again, so from a grumpy old man myself just a word of advice.
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Probably not what you want to hear, but a truck that fits your criteria literally is a Honda Ridgeline AWD. its right up there with the best gas mileage of gasoline pickups, is a good riding daily driver crew cab, and it tows 5000 pounds.

If you want a little more towing capacity, look at the Ranger.
Currently driving a Tacoma. I need something similar to this compact truck with a higher towing capacity.

I'm thinking about Tundra but the gas mileage just not good. Doing research the next thing is RAM 1500 but that thing is huge. Just wanted to see what other are driving that look nice, compact and get alot of gas out of it.
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Just my two cents, a lot of people have thought they wanted to stay small and purchased a smaller rig and tow vehicle, only to find out a year or so later they wanted a larger rig which also meant new vehicle again, so from a grumpy old man myself just a word of advice.
Yeah. I have noticed that. You can't have a compact truck without alot of towing capacity. So a Tundra & Ram 1500 size truck is what I'm looking at
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Look at the new Ranger 4 door. Rated at 700# tongue weight 7000# towing capacity WITHOUT a WDH! High power turbo 4 cylinder.
I think the ranger 4 fit my budget and the size is good and the MPG is good. Thank you for the recommendation..
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Probably not what you want to hear, but a truck that fits your criteria literally is a Honda Ridgeline AWD. its right up there with the best gas mileage of gasoline pickups, is a good riding daily driver crew cab, and it tows 5000 pounds.

If you want a little more towing capacity, look at the Ranger.
I nixed the Ridgeline because of Honda's anti-WDH view. And the new version is just plain ugly. At least the original version looked like a truck.
Plus the OPs Tacoma is a WAY better towing machine than the Ridgeline.
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If you don't need the extra seats a half ton with standard cab and short bed is pretty compact.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:00 PM   #11
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I nixed the Ridgeline because of Honda's anti-WDH view. And the new version is just plain ugly. At least the original version looked like a truck.
Plus the OPs Tacoma is a WAY better towing machine than the Ridgeline.
I only mentioned the Ridgeline because I actually have a 2nd generation Ridgeline and I tow a small camper with it that doesn’t need a WDH. I think it looks better than most pickups and it rides and handles very well. But to each his/her own.

I think the Ridgeline is a light truck for people (like me) that don’t want a traditional body on frame RWD truck.
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I was considering a Ford Ranger also, but ended up opting for a F-150 STX with 5.0 engine and tow package, including 36 gallon fuel tank, integrated brake controller and backup pro assist. The Ranger on paper looks good, but it only has a 18 gallon gas tank. When towing youd be lucky to get 13-14 mpg and with a small tank youd be filling up more often, which can be a problem in remote locations finding gas stations. My F-150 gets same gas mileage as a Ranger when towing and has a monster range with the big fuel tank and a greater tow rating than a Ranger.
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If you're leaning towards diesel, Chevrolet's Colorado has a 2.8L Duramax diesel & depending on your choice of trim level and other options, has a towing capacity of up to 7,700 lbs. The GMC Canyon has the same specs. & advertise 18mpg city/26mpg highway.
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I was considering a Ford Ranger also, but ended up opting for a F-150 STX with 5.0 engine and tow package, including 36 gallon fuel tank, integrated brake controller and backup pro assist. The Ranger on paper looks good, but it only has a 18 gallon gas tank. When towing youd be lucky to get 13-14 mpg and with a small tank youd be filling up more often, which can be a problem in remote locations finding gas stations. My F-150 gets same gas mileage as a Ranger when towing and has a monster range with the big fuel tank and a greater tow rating than a Ranger.
Thank you for this vaulable information. I didn' tknow the F 150 STX have a 36 gallon fuel vs the 18 gallon on the ranger.. My tacoma only have a 21 gallon also. So yeah the F 150 STX is good. Same mileage.. I"ll be looking into F 150 STX.. thank you again
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Thank you for this vaulable information. I didn' tknow the F 150 STX have a 36 gallon fuel vs the 18 gallon on the ranger.. My tacoma only have a 21 gallon also. So yeah the F 150 STX is good. Same mileage.. I"ll be looking into F 150 STX.. thank you again
I believe that you have to get the Max Tow package, to get the 36 gallon fuel tank. And that's for all F150 trim levels, not just the STX.
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I believe that you have to get the Max Tow package, to get the 36 gallon fuel tank. And that's for all F150 trim levels, not just the STX.
Maybe now but not in the 12th gen. I have 36 gal tank, TBC, tow morrors, and 3.55 axles but not max tow.
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I have been doing some research online and I found out that the RAM 1500 have the best MPG but not so much compact.

Any recommendation? or things I need to look for? I prefer the truck to be compact and small enough but still have the power to tow 5000lb with no issues. Saving gas is a big factor. Should I go with a truck with diesel?

Any advice on what truck to purchase?

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Have you looked into the Chevy Colorado with the Duramax Diesel? or the GMC counterpart with the Turbo Diesel?
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There is also the F150 diesel to consider. If you only need 2 doors or the extended cab version, they are pretty compact.
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There is also the F150 diesel to consider. If you only need 2 doors or the extended cab version, they are pretty compact.
I need the crew cab so family can seat in the back seat..
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Thank you all for the info. But one thing I need to consider is also the price range. Should I lease the car or purchase it? My budget for a truck is around $35-$40K? is that possible to get one with the requirement i'm asking?
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