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Toyota Tundra Real World MPG Numbers

nj123nj123 Posts: 3
The dealers say that the 5.7 V8 gets 14/18 MPG on all of the cab sizes. Can anyone tell me what they are really getting out of their 5.7 tundras? Most importantly what is the highway mileage, i know the city is going to bad.


  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    No offense intended but if you have to ask you should look for a more economical vehicle or just keep the one you have.
  • bugchuckerbugchucker Posts: 118
    I can tell you on a recent test drive that the Tundra did 9.9 mpg. I was pushing the truck pretty good. The dealer told me to test the truck on this winding road. I don't think he expected to hit 50+ mph in the curves since the speed limit was 20. The Tundra's handling was excellent.
  • doggboysdoggboys Posts: 17
    I have 1600 miles on the 2 wheel drive 5.7 with the tow package and on the hwy I've been getting 17 consistantly with a tank getting close to 19.5. I haven't towed anything yet either and have been easy on the gas. I can see the mileage getting mildly better with each tank though. In reference, I traded in a 2004 4Runner with the 4.7 and was getting 18. The Tundra gas mpg is great with all things considered.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,173
    Wow, that's pretty respectable mileage. I'll be curious as to what some of my friends 4X4's get with the 5.7. I may end up borrowing one to move my sister into a new place next weekend so I am excited to spend the day with one of these beasts. I know I was overly impressed riding along on the test drive. :shades:
  • tundrahqtundrahq Posts: 5
    I've been looking at a couple of other forums out their and they both have members that are saying they're getting about 17mpg. That's pretty good for such a powerful truck IMHO. I've got links on my toyota tundra page and on my blog.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,173
    Thanks hq!

    I have your page bookmarked for future reference as well.
  • I have over 1100 on the 5.7, 4x4, mileage is 14.8. That is a close even mixture of town and highway. Also I love to stomp on it every chance I get, so I am sure it could be a little better. This thing accelerates like a sports car, Its really starts howling at 4000 rpms. I was climbing a steep mountain pass right about 10,000 elevation, punched it doing 70, and the beast hit 90 mph very quick, and still had plenty to go.
  • 4x4 TRD DC 7750miles
    I drive A LOT! I'm averaging about 1200 miles/wk now mostly driving in TN and KY. 75% of my driving is on Interstate running around 75 mph. I have not reset my fuel calculator in about 1500 miles and it is exactly on 17.0mpg. For the first 3000 miles it would avg around 16. If I stay off of the Istate, I can avg 18-19.

    17MPG is definitely a real world number if you drive like you have some sense. Hard take-offs are a killer. I have refrained from this completely since gas went to 2.50/gal.
  • Admittedly, I drive fairly aggressively. But in mostly highway driving (averaging probably 70-75 mph), with some city driving thrown in, the trip computer is reading 14.0 (haven't reset since new).

    I just checked out Under the 2008 testing procedure, they have the 5.7 pegged at 13/17, combined 14. So the new test may in fact be closer to reality than the old one.
  • dadoftaydadoftay Posts: 136
    I've been reading some of the posts and it breaks my heart to know I drive an '05 GMC Safari getting 16-17mpg and you cats are getting the same mileage from such a cool truck. I have a friend in the auto accessories market (they provided the leather installs when Toyota couldn't here in GA) and he says his guys drive the trucks back and forth to the dealers and the computer shows 12-14mpg and you know those guys are rompin' on the gas. I have to say, other than being jealous, I'm impressed.
  • tent2tttent2tt Posts: 46
    I am trying to find a reliable truck with as good gas mileage as possible that can safely tow a maximum 5,500 lbs hard sided (not fold-down) travel trailer (that's the GVWR fully loaded up + 2 passengers)without overtaxing the engine going up hill and while still getting decent gas mileage towing and around town (particularly around town), and that can handle rutted and washboard dirt roads. Decent gas mileage to me is at least 20 mpg when not towing. Vehicles I am considering are: The Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra, the Nissan Frontier and the Dodge Ram 2500 Turbocharged Cummins Diesel. I see that the short wheel base of the 4 Runner might be an issue and I noticed that several versions of the Tacoma have a GVWR tow rating of 6,500 lbs, but no one seems to be using them for towing trailers--why is that, if the tow rating is that high and it has a greater wheel length? Would it overtax the Tacoma? I have seen one posting about using a Tundra for towing loads, but the gas mileage on the Tundra looks awful when towing 8pmg?!--can anyone tell me what your real world mpg is when towing 5-6K lbs. with a Tundra? What are people using for towing travel trailers in the 5000-6000 lb. range? How does your vehicle do uphill and in challenging conditions? Is it true that I should get a Dodge Ram 2500 with Cummins Turbocharged diesel instead of a gas engine both for better power and better mpg? I have seen numerous posts on travel trailer sites by people saying that they can get 20mpg empty and 11-15 mpg towing (heavier weights than my prospective TT) in their Dodge Ram TCD with the Cummins engine, but the overall reliablility of the Dodge, Ford and Chevys seems very worrisome compared with Toyotas great consumer report ratings and reliability reviews. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  • tomktomktomktomk Posts: 7
    I have 900 miles on so far, 5.7, DC, 4x4.
    14 to 15 average, 18 to 19 on the highway/freeway.
    The average fuel mileage calculator seems very accurate and you become conscious of the current fuel mileage calculate graph, although I wish is was digital numbers rather than the bar graph.
    I have read on some other sites that mileage improves overtime.
    I get my tonneau cover next week, so we'll see if that improves the mileage at all.
  • viper9viper9 Posts: 3
    I have 5600 miles on my 5.7L dc and get around 15 mg around town and about 18 mpg on the highway
  • thorvaldthorvald Posts: 9
    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 .
  • thorvaldthorvald Posts: 9
    Second tank 17.41 mpg . Same route .
  • redjim58redjim58 Posts: 1
    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.
  • jcoukosjcoukos Posts: 6
    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.
  • mileskmilesk Posts: 2
    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!!
  • cs_dcs_d Posts: 1
    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.
  • dadoftaydadoftay Posts: 136
    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.
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