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Toyota Tacoma Real World MPG Numbers



  • 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.
  • bigdave5bigdave5 Posts: 2
    I just purchased a 2010 Tacoma Pre-Runner V-6 SR5 with the TRD package and off road wheels. The first two tanks of gas averaged nearly an even 20 mpg. I am very pleased and impressed by this. It helps to have an easy foot, too. It is the PERFECT truck for me. I lov emy Taco'.
  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315
    Dave: I have an 08 Tacoma Pre-Runner V-6 SR5 with the TRD package and average 21mpg in the summer and 19mpg in the winter. I don't think there is another truck out there that has the capabilities of this truck and get this good of gas mileage.
  • crowwaycrowway Posts: 1

    I'm interested in finding out whether you went ahead with a purchase of a 4cyl 5spd Prerunner. If so, what type of MPG have you been experiencing? I've been thinking along the same lines, as I'm looking for a daily driver for commuting and wonder about the MPG of this model. Don't need 4wd for this application as I have another truck that meets that need. Any feedback is appreciated.
  • gypratgyprat Posts: 3
    edited July 2010
    I average 22 MPG 80% - highway, 20% city driving. It gets 23MPG at moderate freeway speeds. Don't know how they managed to get 26MPG that was posted on the sales sticker. My 98 Grand Cherokee averages 20-21 MPG going the same route. But the Jeep has 6 cyl engine and it's 4X4. And the Jeep's speedometer/odometer is right in the money. Toyota's speedometer shows 75MPH when the real speed is 67MPH. I'll need to check the odometer accuracy with a GPS. There is a good chance the odometer shows more males than actualy driven. In that case the actual MPG is even worse than what I posted above. All japaneese vehicles I owned did that. BTW, there is an action law suit against Kawasaki for cheating with Odometer accuracy.
    I already had more problems with my new Toyota then with my12 year old, 200,000 mile Jeep. It seems nobody makes quality vehicles anymore.
  • 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?
  • vtdogvtdog Posts: 163
    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?
  • 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.
  • 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).

  • 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.
  • dwarfl0rddwarfl0rd Posts: 12
    edited April 2011
    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.
  • uk_evvuk_evv Posts: 2
    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?
  • i get about 20 to 22 with 33" tires and 3 inches of lift
  • jhm53jhm53 Posts: 1
    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 ??
  • 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.
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