What is the Gas Mileage of a U-Haul Rental Truck?

How much fuel will it take to move with a U-Haul® truck?

Since fuel costs aren’t included in the U-Haul® rental fee, it helps to know what gas mileage to expect from each size truck. Compared to most cars’ average of 24.2 miles per gallon, moving trucks will get fewer MPG — but how much less? Learn what to expect for U-Haul fuel efficiency and U-Pack’s® alternative for moving without a rental truck.

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Gas pump made of leaves, showing the gas mileage of a U-Haul.


U-Haul truck gas mileage 

Most U-Haul trucks average 10 miles per gallon, but exact mileage will vary based on truck size, towing, driving style and the weight of your belongings. The chart below shows the average miles per gallon (according to U-Haul’s website), the tank size and miles per fuel tank for each truck. 

Note: Listed MPG and miles per fuel tank are estimated for empty trucks. 

Truck Size MPG Tank size (gallons) Driving distance per tank (miles)
10-foot 12 31 372
15-,17-, and 22-foot 10 40 400
26-foot 10 60 600


Estimate the fuel cost for a move using this rental truck fuel calculator.  

What else might affect gas mileage in a U-Haul?

U-Haul’s estimated MPG are for empty trucks, so the more you load a truck, the less fuel efficient it can get.  

Here are some other factors that can decrease fuel efficiency during a move: 


The added weight of a tow trailer decreases U-Haul gas mileage because it takes more power to move a heavier load. If you plan to tow a trailer or car carrier behind the truck, expect lower gas mileage and higher fuel costs. 

Driving style

Quick acceleration, heavy braking and using the heater or air conditioner can affect the gas mileage.


Driving in mountainous areas can reduce fuel economy because the truck must work harder to pull the load up hills. 

Vehicle maintenance

Things like dirty air filters or under-inflated tires can lower fuel economy. Check with your U-Haul dealer to ensure the vehicle is in proper driving condition before hitting the road.

Suggested reading: See how fuel costs can add up during a move

Want to move without paying extra for fuel?

With U-Pack, fuel is included with your price. You can travel in your more fuel-efficient personal vehicle and won’t have to pay to fill up a heavy rental truck on the way to your new home. For more information about how to move without a rental truck, leave us a comment below or call U-Pack at 844-362-5303844-594-3077.  

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