U-Haul’s large trucks are serious gas guzzlers, a fact that many of its clients have learned to accept. In fact, gas mileage is among the primary considerations when making your choice in a U-Haul moving truck, as well as the size and number of your belongings, the distance of your move, and the gas prices.
Below, we made estimates of the gas mileage of the different sizes of U-Haul’s moving trucks and cargo vans. Keep in mind that these are estimates and, thus, the actual gas mileage (i.e., as stated in miles per gallon) will differ depending on several factors. These factors include the road conditions and grades, the weather conditions, and the vehicle’s condition and speed, as well as the weight of the load.
8-foot Pickup Truck
With a fuel tank capacity of 34 gallons, the 8-foot pickup truck is U-Haul’s most popular rental because of its compact size, easy maneuverability, and good gas mileage. On good road conditions, it can reach up to 19 miles/gallon (mpg).
This is also a great choice for local moves (i.e., short-distance moves), as well as for studio apartment and one-bedroom moves. Most college students also prefer it since it can accommodate up to 1,980 pounds, about a single bed and several boxes.
10-foot Cargo Van and Truck
With a 26-gallon fuel capacity, the 10-foot cargo van has a decent 10 mpg gas mileage. This is more fuel-efficient, as well as suitable for studio and small apartment moves with its 4,000-pound holding capacity. This is equivalent to several boxes, a queen-sized bed, and a few small furniture.
The 31-gallon capacity 10-foot truck has a better gas mileage at 12 mpg. This is a box truck with a holding capacity of around 2,800 pounds, which can include a few small beds and mattresses as well as several boxes.
The 15-foot, 17-foot and 20-foot trucks have higher fuel capacity, of course, but their gas mileage are similar to the 10-foot cargo van – around 10 mpg. These also have higher loading capacity, thus, their popularity among people with larger homes or more belongings.
The 26-foot truck, the largest in the U-Haul fleet, also has a 10 mpg gas mileage while its fuel tank capacity is at 57 gallons. This has a 7,500-pound holding capacity.
You have two choices in refueling the moving vehicles, both while travelling and before returning it to the local pickup station. First, you can choose the EZ-Fuel service, a great option for local moves. Second, you can refill its tank on your own; check that the truck will be returned with the same fuel level when it was first dispatched to your care.