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Toyota Tacoma Real World MPG Numbers



  • gfunctiongfunction Posts: 1
    I'm also interested in this...

    Do Taco's (and other trucks) get 2WD-like gas mileage when they are operating in 2wd mode?
  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315
    now have 2000 miles, drove on Highway A/C + 75MPH got 21.0 MPG could not be happier with this truck. (2 wheel drive TRD prerunner Double cab)
  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315
    Sorry it is a Prerunner 2 wheel drive TRD 4.0 V6 Auto Double cab
  • tc99tc99 Posts: 1
    I now know that this is a problem but nevertheless I am guilty, I have been topping off my truck (Toyota Tacoma reg cab, automatic trans) and managing to get 23+ gals in an empty tank. After doing this the first time I noticed that I could drive 500 miles (21.7 MPG) between fuel stops. Being that I drive a lot and hate to stop at the gas station I began to make it a regular practice. This became an issue with the fleet manager so I cut back to 21 gals and about 460 miles between stops.

    My questions are,
    How much gas can you get in the same vehicle?
    What is the vapor recovery capacity that this extra gas is going into?
  • onoffroadonoffroad Posts: 17
    Best Motor was the 2.7 4cy. ! But not enought h,p. for the newer tacoma ! My Son and I have loved toyota trucks (He's a six and standar shift)! His 02 17 to19 mpg (4wd)! My 98 4wd 5 speed got between 17 to 21 and I didn't baby it ! Got 09 Frontier crew cab SE 4wd 6 auto ! Got 21.5 mpg first fill-up ! Break in 60,65,70,73 ! Now drive 65,Int.75mph ! AC on ! Best 22.6 mpg ! Avg. 20 mpg city/hwy ! Better ride ,more horses,tran.,mpg than 4cy. tacoma !!!
  • avalon02whavalon02wh Posts: 726
    Seems to me that the Toyota should put the new 2.7L/6spd auto from the Highlander into the Taco. Not only does the engine have 30 more horses, it also would likely increase the EPA mpg ratings to 21/28 from 19/25. The Highlander gets 20/27 mpg while weighing 3850 pounds. The Taco 4x2 access cab weighs 3590.

    A two liter diesel getting 140hp and 230 ft/lbs would likely push the Taco to 25/35 mpg. It would make a nice little stump puller too.

    This is all fantasy of course. I guess its back to the real world. :(
  • cpboy99cpboy99 Posts: 8
    I've had this truck for over two years now, it was totaled on Friday. But I wanted to post this for future Taco buyers/ After the first few tanks of gas, I realized that I was always getting over 20 mpg. After that, I stopped calculating. When getting gas I just multiplied by 2 to make sure I was over 20 mpg and moved on. So I'm getting 20-22 mpg average city & highway for my first 30k miles.

    Great truck, debating getting the same one as a replacement. Or going to the Access Cab 2.7L for a little more fuel savings. My guess is if my driving habits kept me on the high end for the Dbl Cab V6, then on the Access Cab base, I'll be in the 26-27mpg. Hopefully... comments?
  • superglidesuperglide Posts: 65
    I'm on Toyota pickup #8... had several variations, 4 and V6, 2WD 4WD, Prerunner, manual automatic, etc. This one is a 2007 2.7 5 speed Prerunner Access Cab. Best I've gotten is 25.9, worst I've gotten is 19.2. Best mileage is highway driving under 2500 RPM. Typical highway mileage is 23-25, but if I run over 80 it drops to 21. It needs a 6th gear to get better mileage at high speed. Over 2500 RPM it starts sucking it big time, though it has PLENTY of power. I think a 2.7 with a 5 speed automatic would get the best, but Toyota is clueless and could care less about gas mileage. They don't offer an automatic with a 4 cylinder in the Prerunner PERIOD, though the last series of Prerunners were ALL AUTOMATIC... go figure.

    The only pickup I've had that got better mileage was my 99 2.4 5 speed (not a Prerunner) which I got 28 highway with once. I think there's a penalty in aerodynamics with the Prerunner because it sits higher off the ground. I'd love to have a new Prerunner Access Cab with a 4.0 5 speed automatic and a scangauge to play with for awhile to see how good I could get out of the new V6 auto combination. I never got better than 22.5 out of the 3.4 4 speed auto Prerunner.

    I'm with avalon02wh in msg #338. If Toyota engineers just swapped a few parts around, they could make MUCH BETTER PRODUCTS... and bring us the diesel from the HiLux that they build in the rest of the world. And if they built one the size of my 1986 Xtracab, I'd be even happier !!!

    Amazing how many times I've whined to Toyota and GM about the stupid products they build... and all I ever get back is "We're sorry you don't like our product." So let them lose money and go bankrupt... why should I care?
  • I have an '06 Tacoma 4x4 with 33 on the 16 in rims, K&N filter, a full Borla Exhaust system, upgraded front rotors and a 2 in lift, now i'm getting about 15 miles to gallon ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO IMPROVE IT, total miles 62,000

  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    Removing your lift will improve your mileage somewhat.
  • Well I have 5000 miles on it now and averaging 21 MPG. I can run it around town or on a long trip and get about 21 MPG kind of weird that it does not do better on long trips but I am not complaining and plan on keeping this thing a long time.
  • I am thanking to all repliers for Re: Toyota gas mileage [simonkenton2] this topic I am interested in this topic.
  • in mtns of VA. getting 22-23 mixed (not much heavy traffic) and a best of 25.5 hiway. 68K miles. I've ordered a bed tonneau cover and expect it to add maybe 2 mpg. Sites say 10%, but that's pretty generic and general.
  • Well I hate to say this... but most of gas mileage is about aerodynamics... and weight... and friction.

    Ever notice that a Prius has little skinny tires and it isn't jacked up 3' in the air? It's called "less rolling resistance" and aerodynamics. Been there, done that. Big tires cost me 2 MPG. K&N and Flowmasters cost me torque, and no improvement in MPG. Jacking it up changes the aerodynamics so that 60 MPH is now like trying to move through the wind at 90 MPH.

    But it sure looks cool :shades:
  • I keep hoping someone will have hooked up a Scan Gauge to their Tacoma, so they can post results of what kind of driving behavior gets the best gas mileage on the 2.7 and 4.0 engines.

    I just drove a new Honda Fit the other day, which has a fuel economy gauge on the dash right in front of the driver. I think EVERY car sold in the US should be required to have one !!!
  • I have an '08 Base Cab 4WD w/30,000 miles. Consistently get 23 mpg in 2WD w/mix of drivng about 50% Hwy and 50% sibirban/city driving. Very rarely have it in 4WD (other than to keep the hubs lubed per the owners manual). Best I've gotten on long trip is about 25mpg, but that is driving at 65-75 mph.
  • mtrialsmmtrialsm Posts: 159
    2009 DBL-Cab, long bed. Just turned 20K miles. MPG 20-22 city/highway.
    Very pleased with results. Great truck. The bed cover didn't change MPG.
    TSB installed to cover load/handling. (new shocks and 4 rear springs).
  • I'm kicking tires on the new Tacomas to decide on my next Toyota. I really like my current Rav4 and am spoiled by its 25 mpg but my needs have changed and I'm ready to get back into a Toyota truck.

    I was just going to go with what I had in the past; a base 4cyl. As I checked out the specs I noticed the base 4cyl Prerunner is about the same money. The EPA MPG estimates CLAIM to be the same for both of these 2wd models but I'm not convinced.

    Even if you don't take the higher resistance caused by the larger mud and snow tires or by the higher profile of the Prerunner into account, I can't see how the Prerunner could even come close to the regular Base 2wd for MPG.

    According to 2 different published sources, the gear ratios inside the 5sp manual tranny are the same for both models. The only published difference being the Base 2wd has a 3.307 rear diff and the Prerunner has the 4.10 rear.

    I ran calculations for the 2 different rear diff ratios ( taking into account the difference in tire diameters) and I show that the Prerunner mill will turn approx. 200 rpm higher at (my) average highway speeds.

    Am I missing something? Did EPA miss something? Did Toyota find a loophole in reporting MPG specs for the Prerunner?

    As I said, I'm really spoiled by the 25 mpg I'm getting with the Rav4. When I priced the 2 models equipped as I want, there is almost no difference in price. The Prerunner comes equiped with options that I already want on the Base model and the extra payload capacity of the Prerunner sounds good for when I haul camping gear.

    Like most people I want to have my cake and eat it too but am not wanting to have a rude awakening if the MPG for the Prerunner in reality is significantly lower than advertised. I'm on a very fixed income and the MPG makes a big difference in my daily driving.

    I am a very conservative driver and am willing consider changing tires on a Prerunner to a compound that would improve highway mileage.

    So... I'm turning to you in hopes of getting some real world numbers for a Regular Cab - 4cyl - 5sd - Prerunner.
  • Ring and pinion ratio will have a dramatic effect on MPG with all other variables being as close to equal as possible ( driving habit, engine size, trans. type and internal ratios, vehicle weight, modifications).
    A shorter (numerically larger) ratio will increase mechanical advantage-increase low speed torque, but will cause the engine to rev at a higher RPM while cruising. A taller (numerically smaller) ratio will decrease mechanical advantage-decrease low speed torque, but will cause the engine to rev at a lower RPM while cruising.
    This can easily be demonstrated on a bicycle with multiple speeds/gears. Put the chain on the largest gear on the cassette on the rear wheel and on the smallest gear on the crankset. The result is all torque, no speed. You, as the engine, won't have to apply much force to get rolling, but will have to pedal at high rate to maintain any speed. Conversely. Put the chain on the smallest gear on the cassette on the rear wheel and on the largest gear on the crankset. The result is no torque,all speed. You, as the engine, will have to apply tremendous force just to get rolling. But once rolling, you can pedal at a slower rate.
    Changing tires will affect MPG to a degree. A taller tire will help to make the R&P ratio seem taller, slowing RPMs. But as tires increase in height, they also increase in width which will lower fuel efficiency. The contact patch will be larger creating more rolling resistance. Also a larger tire is heavier and more expensive. Additionally, the more aggressive the tread pattern, the more rolling resistance, noise, vibration present.
    Will the money saved on fuel offset the cost of five new tires(spare must be same size)?
    If you drive in more stop&go traffic, the taller ratio will require more throttle to get up to speed, decreasing MPG. If you drive on the highway, the higher engine RPM will decrease your MPG.
    I've tried to find the magic bullet for the same issues with my Jeep and have just given up. The Jeep fills the bill for me in terms of wants/needs, so I just accept it.
    Hope this helps.
  • I just bought one in Sept 09...have the exact same problem..hate the truck just because of the MPG...Did you figure out what your problem was?
    Thanks for the info.
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