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Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, Car Comparisons, Truck
#1389 of 1446 Re: Tacoma vs. Frontier [tent2tt]
Aug 15, 2007 (10:56 pm)
I have a 2006 Frontier NISMO 4x4 with ABLS, Sunfroof, and roof rack, with tow package. I have a 19' travel trailer that weighs about 3500 pounds with the fresh water tank full. With the weight of the passengers and the truck and trailer loaded with supplies, the weight is around 4300 pounds. I use a weight distribution hitch and brake controller while towing. The truck pulls the trailer like a dream. I was a little nervous about how well the truck would perform the first time I pulled the trailer on a 3 hour trip that had so many hills through the mountains. It didn't hesitate to get up the hills or keep up with traffic. I've made the same trip about 5 times this summer and I'm ipressed by my truck each time I do. The gas mileage is pretty much the same that you're getting, about 12-13 mpg while I'm towing, not bad. I love this truck, it is the best all around mid size truck out there. It's awesome off road and comfortable in town. Nissan hit one out of the ball park with this baby.
#1390 of 1446 Re: Tacoma vs. Frontier [joezee]
Aug 16, 2007 (8:21 am)
Thanks for sharing your experience... I feel even better hearing from others who are towing similar weights and have had good experiences. I was afraid we'd strain the tranny because people have said that the truck manufacturers totally lie about the tow capacities and that we should get a deisel or at least a Titan or Tundra for towing anything. But since we aren't towing all the time and wanted the best gas mileage we could get when not towing too, we went for the Frontier. It does seem to be very well-built and had no trouble towing whatsoever.
#1391 of 1446 Better gasoline mileage
Aug 22, 2007 (1:59 pm)
I have an '05 Frontier KC LE with an automatic transmission. I have added a Fold-A-Cover 4 panel bed cover, a Volant CAI, and a Flo-Pro dual in dual out exhaust system.
To tell you the truth the best mileage I ever got was when the truck was a few months old and I was driving it down to Bedford, TX to have the exhaust installed.
The trip computer registered a little over 27 mpg when I pulled into the parking lot at the muffler shop. The truck was completely stock and I drove between 65 mph and 70 mph.
I should have left well enough alone. I drove back to Oklahoma City on the same tank of gasoline and by the time I arrived back in OKC it was only registering a little over 21 mpg.
I did have a very stiff headwind on the way home and the trip is more of an uphill drive.
I recently took my Volant off since I had my engine covers painted and I like the look of it better with the stock intake system.
I drive my truck like the little old man that I am so I never really used the Volant's capability anyway.
I was averaging a little over 19 mpg with the Volant and now I am averaging about 20 mpg with the stock intake back on it.
This is mostly suburban driving with maybe 10% freeway driving. I also walk to most of the business that are within a mile of my house so that cuts out a lot of the short trips I would normally make.
From my experience I don't think any of the add ons will help your mileage enough to ever pay for themselves. It is the way that you drive that will be the largest factor in what mileage you get.
Drive easy and plan ahead and that will help you the most.
#1392 of 1446 Re: Better gasoline mileage [2005lekc]
Aug 22, 2007 (8:49 pm)
Thanks very much. Didn't want to waste $ on things that didn't work. Man, I can't believe you got 27 mpg at first...that's as much as my Nissan Altima got! Wow! We are happy when we get over 17 mpg with the NISMO Crew Cab 4 x 4! Will still get a tonneau cover for the practical usage, but won't expect any mpg improvements from it.
Aug 23, 2007 (6:27 am)
Yeah, I could not believe it either when I pulled into their lot. I had my digital camera along but didn't think to take a picture of it.
I do have pictures of it at 25 mpg and 26 mpg but these were just temporary reading and not for a sustained distance. Go to my photo album at www.picturetrail.com/okiescot.
The best sustained distance mpg I have had since then is 23 mpg and that was at speeds of 60-65 mph.
I have not had it on the road since I pulled the Volant back off of it though.
#1394 of 1446 Re: Fluke? [2005lekc]
Aug 23, 2007 (7:27 am)
Tried to check out your Picture Trail album, but it gave me an error message. Even without the pix, I believe you...just wish we could dupe that! Sheesh, that's superior. Bet Nissan Motorcorp would love to have you and your truck featured in a commercial!
#1396 of 1446 What happened?
Aug 23, 2007 (2:31 pm)
I am not sure what went wrong. I just used that url and it popped me right on the site of my albums.
You just click on the truck album and then scroll down until you find the dash pictures.
Aug 23, 2007 (6:26 pm)
Sounds like your truck is doing well and the pics are great. I have an 05 CC, 6 speed but not as nice as yours. How does the exhaust sound?
I get 21-22.5 pretty frequently (Southern Middle Tennessee). A buddy that has a truck identical to mine except color made a trip from Cincinatti Ohio to Tullahoma TN on 14 gallons of gas. That is about 25 mpg. He said that was 55 mpg through KY because he received a ticket for 80 in a 55 that cost him $150+. Going up he only got about 19 mpg. Speed makes a large difference.
#1398 of 1446 Exhaust system for "05 LE KC
Aug 23, 2007 (7:42 pm)
I don't have a way to record the sound but it has a very mellow almost V8 sound most of the time. If I really romp it hard it gets a little on the loud side and loses the V8 sound.
It is mellow up to between 1900/2000 rpm and that is 75 mph in my truck which is as fast as I ever drive anyway.
Yes the mph effects your mileage as much as anything. At 65 mph I was getting about 23 mpg and at 75 it dropped to 21 mpg.
If I would ever take the time to drive around 55 to 60 mph I think I could get 24 or 25 mpg.
The older I get the slower I drive.