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Toyota Tacoma, Fuel System, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Truck
#358 of 367 1999 toyota tacoma sr5 reg. cab
Aug 22, 2010 (10:28 am)
I just drove my truck from rome ga. to college station tx. the average, yes AVERAGE is 28 mpg. hwy. is that normal? i wouldnt think so. lucky me huh?
#359 of 367 Auto better than manual MPG ???
Sep 21, 2010 (12:39 pm)
I am looking at new tacomas and saw that the EPA rating for an auto 4x4 is listed at 2mpg better in both city & hiway than the manual. Can this really be the experience of owners?
#360 of 367 Re: Auto better than manual MPG ??? [vtdog]
Sep 30, 2010 (5:37 pm)
I dont have first hand knowledge of the Tacomas, but for several other vehicles and makes, the autos are now getting better mpg than the manuals. This is mostly due for 2 reasons. First of which is most of the newer auto trannys are now coming out in 5, 6, and 7 speeds, whereas in the old days, you would mostly see 3 or 4 speeds in the autos. This allows for better fuel efficiency. The other factor is that the algorithms used in the auto trannys are so optimized, the shift points are set to get you optimal fuel economy, or optimal performance (depending on how you are driving at the time). In my case I have had both a '00 and '09 corvette with automatics. The '00 would never do better than 28mpg on the hwy, while in my '09 I've been able to sustain 33.7mpgs on long trips. The '00 vette only had a 4 spd transmission and the '09 has a 6speed auto. Also, at least for the later model vettes, the auto also gets better fuel economy than the manuals, just like you see here with the tacos. So based on my experience, I believe the autos on the tacos can have better fuel economy than the manuals.
#361 of 367 2010 Tacoma, 2x2, 2.7L, 4 Sp Automatic, Access Cab Mileage
Oct 04, 2010 (6:21 am)
I purchased my new 2010 two wheel drive, 2.7L four cylinder, four speed automatic, Access Cab back in July 2010. I immediately put a new fiberglass Leer canopy on it (Model 122 with the higher rear end). Other than this, there have been no modifications. I always use Chevron regular gas, as well as Mobil 1 syn. oil. Around town I consistently average approximately 24 mpg. Driving on US Highway 101 (Oregon coast) at 60 mph (70% flat road, 30% rolling to moderate hills) I consistently average 28.5 mpg. It should be noted that I am a conservative driver and I am certain this contributes to the excellent fuel economy I achieve. I wanted this pickup to simply haul cumbersome items (not extremely heavy items or towing) and it has proven perfect for this. It rides beautifully. It is extremely quiet. Incredibly comfortable for short or long trips. Has all the power I need. And, as I said, the fuel economy is outstanding for a pickup of this size. One note was that I found the back seats in the Access Cab to be inadequate (except for seating very small children). I removed the headrests as well as the lower seat cushions. Now the area behind the rear seats is far more useable (more space, and funtional). If you will not be transporting (small) people in the Access Cab area, than I would highly recommend you remove the head rests and seats. This pickup has been simply a pleasure to own and operate. My wife loves driving it more than our 2010 Prius (which we average approximately 52.5 mpg).
#362 of 367 07 Toy Access cab, 4cyl, man. trans. ac. fuel ec.
Dec 29, 2010 (2:11 pm)
After it broke in, about 8000 miles winter highway 26 mpg. city 20mpg. Summer highway 28.5, city 22 mpg. Use 87 octane with no ethanol, the ethanol kills the mileage by 25%. Best i ever got was on a trip up north to the selway river from southern Idaho, 30 mpg with the bed level full with a lot of weight, Some freeway but mostly thru mountain terrain at 60 mph. I don't do much city driving, mostly combined. Towed a trailer with dirt bikes and camping gear up into the central mountains of Idaho with the ac on and still got over 20 mpg. Great little truck with sufficient power and comfort.
Thinking about trading for Dbl Cab V6 4wd with auto trans. long box. What kind of fuel mileage is everyone getting.
#363 of 367 '11 Tacoma Double Cab long bed Auto
Apr 10, 2011 (5:00 pm)
I bought this in Feb of '11 and have less than 2000 miles on it. Around town and urban driving I get about 19 mpg on winter blend. Keep in mind the car is not broken in yet. I just took a 150 mile trip today and got 25.8mpg. My speed was from 55 to 70, but mostly around 60-63mph. I also have a trifold tonneau cover. I thought that would actually hurt my fuel economy. Earlier, I made a trip averaging 75-80mph and fuel economy was closer to 19-20 for that drive. The lowest I got was 18.3 around town on winter fuel. I'm VERY happy with the car and the fuel economy. Its as big as a suburban in length, but gets nice fuel efficiency. Also, we have a Sienna that gets 20-22 around town and 29-31 on the hwy, depending on speeds. Toyota makes a nice reliable car.
I hope once the Tacoma is broken in, I'll get some better fuel economy, though I doubt it based on the #s I get already.
#364 of 367 Re: TOYOTA TACOMA 4X4 4.0 V6 DOUBLE CAB MPG [grunt]
May 28, 2011 (3:55 pm)
I bought a 2008 tacoma 4X4 V6 double cab and I am averaging 18 mpg (combination of 50% highway and 50% city). The truck came with a bed cover and I was wondering if it would help the mileage if I took it out. Any thoughts?
Aug 11, 2011 (1:45 pm)
i get about 20 to 22 with 33" tires and 3 inches of lift
#366 of 367 2011 Tacoma Double Cab MPG
Feb 16, 2012 (9:34 pm)
My 2011 TRD 2wd 4.0 V6 is getting around 18-19 around town and 21-22 on the highway. I am considering a chip. Anyone out there getting increases in mpg with chips ??
#367 of 367 2009 Prerunner Access Cab 4.0-5A TRD Sport
Mar 02, 2012 (1:39 pm)
I have a Scan Gauge and have been using it on this truck and my previous Tacoma (2007 Prerunner Access Cab 2.7/5M). Ironically, the V6 auto gets about the same gas mileage as the 4 cyl 5 speed manual did. I think the worst tank I've ever gotten was 18+ (which included a LOT of stop and go traffic) and I just did a tank at 23.9, which actually included a LOT of town driving in Phoenix. Town mileage has more to do with how many stoplights you encounter, and highway mileage has more to do with speed and wind resistance. Driving across Phoenix on city streets, during certain times of the day when traffic isn't too heavy, I can often go several miles without hitting a traffic light, cruizing along about 40-50 mph... and when I look down at the Scan Gauge I notice that my "trip" is averaging between 25 and 30 mpg for 20-30 miles. The Scan Gauge resets and starts a new "trip" every time you turn off the ignition. Once I get out on the freeway though, if I drive 65-70 for long distances, the trip mileage rarely exceeds 24 mpg... and over 70, anything over 20 mpg is luck. Obviously wind resistance is the critical factor as you go faster. FWIW, I did have a vinyl toneau cover on the bed for a 2000 mile trip, and I don't think it helped at all.