Last post on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM
You are in the Toyota Tundra
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Tundra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Truck
Jun 26, 2007 (9:07 pm)
Just got a Tundra 5.7L 4x4 standard cab two days ago . Traded in a 2002 F150 4x4 4.6L .I drive alot back and forth between my jobs as a general contractor . In the F150 I would get 15.-15.2 mpg consistently . Out on the highway in cruise I could get 18 -18.4 . Today I bought my second tank of gas for the Tundra and calculated my mileage for the first time , driving the same route as I did in the Ford . I will say that my gas guage has the same problem that others have mentioned . It reads alot lower than it is . As a result I told myself as I was pumping gas not to be dissapointed if I only got 12mpg or so . The truck was new and not broken in yet . Imagen my surprize when the pump clicked off at 13.7 gallons even though it seemed to be down close to a quarter tank . The result ? 18.36 mpg ! To say I was delighted would be an understatement . This is suburban driving . 5 miles , stop shut off engine , 15 miles ,5 stoplights , speed from 25-50 , get on the highway ,60-70 for 20 miles , stop at store , you get the picture . Lots of trips between 5-25 miles long at all speeds . In the Ford I would get city mileage . I did not expect the Tundra to do that well , but there it is . I was babying it . Can't wait to see what it will do on a road trip .
#16 of 65 Re: Tundra Real World MPG [viper9]
Jun 29, 2007 (5:11 am)
Second tank 17.41 mpg . Same route .
#17 of 65 Tundra real world MPG
Jun 29, 2007 (1:27 pm)
I have 5500 the last tank avg was 18.3 MPG that was combined highway and back roads. most tanks before that have been in the 17 plus MPG. Haven't been on any long trips yet but will be interesting to see if I can do better on long highway trips. I am very pleased with the MPG's and overall quiality of the Tundra.
#18 of 65 DC 5.7L 4x4
Jul 08, 2007 (1:03 pm)
Have 1200 miles (broken in) just finished a 100+ mile highway trip steady at 65mph got 21.2 mpg with the air on. Beats my '05 Tacoma 4.0L which got 18. Geting 18 around town when driving conservatively, gotta admit I've floored it a few times for some heart pumping fun, glad I got the 5.7.
#19 of 65 My Tundra Crew Cab, 5.7, 2007 MPG 2x4 TRD-OffRoad
Jul 10, 2007 (12:37 pm)
I drive approximately 60 miles one way to work.
About 55 of those miles are on the I-15 freeway.
I drive between 65-75 miles per hour.
I have had my truck for less than 2 months and have around 6000 miles on it.
I have been averaging about 15.5mpg!! (Not 20!)
I even went so far as to reset my trip gauge... freeway drive conservatively at 70mpg or less trying to coast and not put any foot into the gas and I was able to bring the mileage for the 50 mile drive on the freeway up to 17.8mpg.
I think the more realistic driving pattern is around 15-16mpg on this truck.
I love my Tundra... it is not Prius.
If you want a truck like this ... know that you are getting a truck that is a truck and with that you get Full Size Truck gas mileage. Despite the creative 15city and 20highway sticker they placed on it in the dealer lot.
You won't ever see 20mpg and they must have had a downhill with the wind at the back of the truck day of testing at the Tundra facility on the day they made that sticker. ha ha!
Note: This Truck Rocks!!
#20 of 65 Re: Tundra Real World MPG [nj123]
Jul 14, 2007 (4:22 am)
Purchased a 2007 DC/4x4/5.7 about 6 weeks ago. Currently have 1800 miles. Recently completed an 1100 mile round trip from KY to VA and back. Averaged 18.3 for the trip. Best tank was 19.26. Back and forth to work I'm getting around 17 (combined highway and city). Just completed my first short trip with a 5500 lb. boat and trailer. Averaged 10.5 for this trip (about 75 miles). Very pleased so far and mileage has improved a little with break-in.
#21 of 65 Towing and mpg [tent2tt]
Jul 19, 2007 (4:07 pm)
As far as towing goes, your mileage will be better in a diesel than gas if you're towing frequently. As far as your choice of vehicles goes-
TOYOTA- no 4Runner, no Tacoma is going to pull 5,500 all day long without being severly taxed. Your mileage would be single digits because the motor would be in it's power band the entire time pulling. The Tundra would do it easily with a drop in mileage of maybe 3-4mpg.
NISSAN- I wouldn't do the Frontier. I've read posts where towing yields 8-9mpg. That goes back to that little engine working it's heart out. (I am referring to the V6)
DODGE- I'm not a Dodge fan but my brother has a 1/2 ton and that thing pulls/tows with the best of them. He gets around 10mpg when pulling a 6,500 trailer loaded. Now you throwing a 2500 Cummins diesel into the game is like Jerome "The Bus" in a pee wee league football game, no contest.
#22 of 65 Re: What about the Tundra MPG when towing? [tent2tt]
Jul 20, 2007 (5:31 am)
I have an 02 Tundra with the V8 and 4x4. I tow a 16 foot stock trailer about 5000 miles per year. The weight of the trailer loaded is just shy of 6000 pounds. I have checked it on a truck scale. That said, I get around 10 mpg average when towing. I get about 16 when not towing. The trailer barely fits under a 9 foot door on the machine shed. It is not aerodynamic in any way. I have frequently considered making the upgrade to a diesel .If you calculate my towing distance per year, the thought quickly passes. It would never even come close to breaking even. If I towed the majority of my driving miles then I would probably upgrade. My trailer has electric brakes and the truck has a set of timbrens on the rear springs.If you utilize some common sense there is not any drama.Thanks.
#23 of 65 Brand new Tundra 2nd tank Economy.
Jul 22, 2007 (11:07 pm)
If you drive on low traffic roads and want to coax the MPGs out of this truck it can (in my case anyhow) deliver 22.0 MPG (US gal.) on relatively flat ground (hills, but no major mountain climbs). I was usually at the speed limit (55) but had to go slightly above and below to get the truck beyond the 18.0 EPA mark. I found that the throttle position was the key, gaining speed downhill and using as much coasting as possible uphill. That being said, the tundra is a rocket of a truck and most drivers will be happy to get the 16-17 highway with a heavier foot. I am on the company dime when i drive and rent my truck for a mileage rate. I turned 160 dollars above fuel expenses over 440 miles and added 2 hours at the most to the time. I am happy to take it a bit slower for the extra cash, no tickets and taking the time charged to clients/contractors for obeying posted limits(against the law for em to complain that a driver takes to long provided the speed limit/hour matches the distance). That and the roads to some of my job sites are about as bad as can be and front ends tend to go out really quick taking jumps at 80 plus.
As to whether I will try to shoot for 22.0 (currently the best i could pull off with real effort, and not likely to be reproduced as a rule) or just set the speed to 55 and get 18-19 MPG is going to take some time to work through.
Either way this truck dominates my companies old 2001 Chev silverado HD in the fuel department. It would rarely yield more than 350 miles on the same tank, often less.
Love the truck, and i really can't fault anyone for only getting 15-17 on the highway because its a lot of fun hammering past the other half tons (did it a fair bit in the demo) but i am not ragging my engine till its been broken in.
#24 of 65 First 3000 miles
Jul 31, 2007 (9:02 pm)
Just went over 3000 today . I have recorded and calculated my mileage every tank . The truck (RCLB 4x4) had about 75 miles on it when I got it so for the 2928.3 miles that I recorded I used 174.6 gallons for an average of 16.78 mpg . This is on my daily route as a general contractor . Alot of 35-55 mph stuff . No real city driving but no extended highway either . I'm extremely pleased with the combo of performance and economy . I drove my f-150 '02 4.6ltr on the same route and could barely average 15 .