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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: 4,277
    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: 4,277
    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.
  • apptunapptun Posts: 18
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 .
  • ltdan2ltdan2 Posts: 17
    i just got back from sturgis drove 3217 miles from n. ga. to s.d. & back averaged 14.7 mpg round trip. my truck has 5.7,longbed,4wd,loaded gear for 2 guys,slidein 8ft.truck camper [loaded wt.of camper1750 lbs]12ft. trailer,2 h-d tank ms.flatlands16.3 worst tank n. ga. over monteagle in tenn.12.7. impressed with perfor.&handling the whole trip,damn good for 1/2 ton truck ,frend on trip was a retired g.m. worker his statement was if gm didn't pay his nut for the rest of his life he would buy toyota! he's loyal to his employer of 35 yrs.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,175
    Just drove from Minneapolis to Chicago suburb and got exactly 20.25mpg. Was 90% expressway. :)
  • eric102eric102 Posts: 122
    Wow! 16.5 on my first tank, mostly city and medium speed rural. I'm surprised it did that well on a green engine with alot of time spent parked at idle playing with the gadgets. Never could do better than 12 with my old F250 diesel.
  • mikonmikon Posts: 7
    I have had 6 Toyota trucks dating back to 1981, still have four of them, latest is a 2006 Tundra Double-Cab Limited. All of them continued to improve on mileage up to 60,000 miles. IMPORTANT: After 10,000 miles, I switched to synthetic oil (Castrol Syntec, or Mobil-1 extended mileage) and achieved an average of 1.5 mpg increase on every one. That adds up to a substantial savings in gasoline cost.

    Regarding the new 5.7 liter Tundra in towing:
    Because the intelligent variable valve timing achieves >90% of peak torque over >60% of the RPM range, and the peak torque of 401 ft-lbs exceeds that of Ford, Chevy and Dodge (including the Ford F-250 and Chevy 2500 diesels, see the latest Consumer Reports write-up), the achievable mileage while towing any given load up to the vehicle's limit should be superior for the Tundra relative to its competition.
    Towing 2200 lbs with either my 2000 Tundra SR-5 or my 2006 Limited, I tend to forget the trailer is even there.
  • tank5tank5 Posts: 10
    Hi: I have a 2007 double cab with the 4.7 motor. In a effort to get better MPG I'm thinking od adding a 5" rear and 2" front lowering kit. I bellieve that this will increase MPG and experience with lowering kits or real world experience?

  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Don't think you will save enough to offset cost.
  • Trailerboats towing mpg 8.1 mpg at 65mph towing a Sea Ray 220 sundeck empty.

    In our “Double Nickels” scenario, we towed a Sea Ray 220 Sundeck completely empty, and covered its bow and cockpit to reduce drag. We made sure the boat and trailer were level with the truck, and checked that all the tires were filled to their recommended psi. We also never drove faster than 55 mph on our test route.

    In our “Speedy” scenario, we kept the same setup, but drove 65 mph instead of 55. This change in speed will answer whether it’s worth resisting the temptation to travel at the rate you are accustomed to when not towing.

    In our “Does It Matter?” scenario, we really messed with our rig. First we dropped the air in the Tundra’s tires to 25 psi, down from their original 35 psi. Then we took off the Sea Ray’s covers, and even latched the door separating the bow area from the cockpit for some extra wind resistance. Finally, we added 500 pounds of weight to the boat, in the form of a dozen 5-gallon buckets filled with water. The 220 Sundeck has a 50-gallon fuel tank, so this weight is the equivalent of driving with a full tank of gas and 200 extra pounds of gear.

    The Tundra’s computer confirmed what we experienced on our test route. In our “Does It Matter?” scenario, we achieved only 8.0 mpg, compared to 9.3 and 11.1 mpg for our “Speedy” and “Double Nickels” circuits, respectively. The actual numbers showed the trip computer was being a little generous, however. Our data, based on gallons burned and the miles we traveled, showed only 7.3 mpg for the “Does It Matter?” loop, 8.1 mpg for the “Speedy” scenario (an 0.8 mpg or 11 percent improvement), and 9.9 mpg for the “Drive 55” setup (a 2.6 mpg or 36 percent improvement).
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