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Old 08-23-2018, 06:00 AM
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I looked at Tacomas and Colorados. The Tacoma struggled with our hilly Connecticut roads. The Colorado is 305hp and plenty of power, more comfortable, more rear leg room in crew cabs and has rear disk brakes. So I bought one.
I leveled it, put bigger tires on and removed the front air dam. I get 22 his way and 18 combined.
If I lived out west, did a lot of offloading or kept the truck for 200k+ miles, I would have bought as Tacoma.
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Old 08-24-2018, 10:27 AM
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I am on my fourth Tacoma. My latest is a 2018 DCLB. I am averaging 23 mpg when not towing my boat(3100 pounds). Getting around 15 mpg when towing. My gen 2 with the 4.0l averaged 18 mpg per tank. Not sure what you are doing to get only 15.3 mpg.
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I looked at Tacomas and Colorados. The Tacoma struggled with our hilly Connecticut roads. The Colorado is 305hp and plenty of power, more comfortable, more rear leg room in crew cabs and has rear disk brakes. So I bought one.
I leveled it, put bigger tires on and removed the front air dam. I get 22 his way and 18 combined.
If I lived out west, did a lot of offloading or kept the truck for 200k+ miles, I would have bought as Tacoma.
Would like to see pics of that Colorado. Been going back and forth myself between these two for my next truck. I continue to read all of the draw backs of the new Tacos....but damnit they made them look so damn cool, that I can't seem t put them out of my head.

If they were gonna make them suck, they should've made them ugly too. But I guess they have to make them sell one way or another.
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Why did you buy two of them?
Needed to upgrade at both homes.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Nardiellojitsu View Post
Guess someone didn't do any research before purchasing. Mpg is known to be bad in toyotas trucks. Extremely reliable though so guess you can't have it all.
I actually did. I went by Toyota’s numbers. Someone on here said they are averaging 23 on a 2018. Must be the same guy who figures the numbers for Toyota...
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That is me averaging 23. Actually its more like 22.8. I drive mostly back roads and don't drive or accelerate too fast. It is a real number. My concern with going from a Gen 2 to a Gen 3 was the power and towing. I had read a lot of complaints. I have found that it has plenty of power. It just comes at a higher RPM range. Step on the gas and it feels underpowered until it hits 3000 rpm. Then it takes off. Pulls my 19 cc with no issues.
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I’ve heard the mileage comment many times from owners of the news Tacomas. Virtually no one is happy with it. The mileage you listed is pretty typical from what I hear.

I needed a new truck this spring and looked at the Tacoma hard. For the type and size of the vehicle they are just crazy expensive and they should get better gas mileage than they do.

I wound up buying a 16 F-150 that was a very low miles lease turn in. I’m very pleasantly surprised by the fuel economy from the little 5.0L V8.
I calculate mileage at each oil change interval (5,000 miles) and the first one was 19.7. The latest one is at 20.6. Not uncommon to see an average of 21-23 mpg on anything over a 70-80 mile trip.

The tacos used to be a bulletproof small truck that was great for point A to point B transport of 1-2 people.
I think Toyota has forgotten the value that represented and tried to turn it into a light duty 1/2 ton truck. That’s not the market that bought that truck in the past
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Originally Posted by snapperkid View Post
So I bought two new Tacoma’s. A simple 4 cyl 4x4 for KY and a loaded up 4x4 6 cyl for Texas. The 4 cyl is lucky to tank average 21 and the 6 cyl’s best has been 15.3 mpg. My 17 GMC Canyon averaged 20 and had way more power and rode so much better. I keep my cars and trucks till they show 30k so the 6 cyl won’t last long...
If you get rid of your vehicles that quickly, the Tacoma is a good choice with 70% resale value after 5 years. Nothing else comes close, except the 4Runner (69%) and the Jeep Wrangler (80%).
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I have a 17 V6 and am 20-22 unless towing. I rented a 4cyl crew cab in KW and was amazed at the mileage - was averaging 27 all week long! I agree that the 3.5 and the auto (this is my 1st auto trans ever) take some getting used to.
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I have a 17 V6 and am 20-22 unless towing. I rented a 4cyl crew cab in KW and was amazed at the mileage - was averaging 27 all week long! I agree that the 3.5 and the auto (this is my 1st auto trans ever) take some getting used to.
At 22mpg you are in the top 10% of owners. The 4cyl getting 27mpg puts you at the top 2%. Awesome job of hypermiling!

2017 Toyota Tacoma MPG - Actual MPG from 30 2017 Toyota Tacoma owners

Just think how much better you could get hypermiling a Colorado!

http://www.fuelly.com/car/chevrolet/colorado/2017
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I'm averaging about 22 in my '18 double cab v6 taco...but I don't push it that hard. 3.5 does make power but it's way up in the RPM band. Not sure what it's capable of so I can't really say if it's the Tacoma isn't the right application for this motor...or if it's the tuning that screws is all up.

I can tell you that mine is the worst driving vehicle I've ever owned. Mine has hesitation issues that my dealer is telling me are normal. Those didn't show up until a few thousand miles after I bought it. Then they went away when I had a software update applied. Now they are back. 8,500 miles and I can't wait to get out of it...
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I have a 2016 SR5 Sport Dbl cab 4x4 V6
It ​​ has been driven to PEI Canada and back 3x. 2200 miles one way in 3 days, the dogs and I. I do 5-7 mph over speed limit. Thank God for cruise control. Going by the mpg on the display, I get between 21 and 25 mpg. Attached are some screen shots over the years.
Around town is about 18/19










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take some pics When your almost out of Fuel not when it’s full and your going downhill.

im guess the 21mph might be legitimate, but the other pics showing higher mpgs also show full tanks of gas. If you take pictures when your almost out of gas it would be a more reasonable representation of mpg.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:17 AM
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The last one was for a Ford friend that teases me.

all others are legit highway. Worse area is north of Bangor , hills and speed limit is 75. Best mileage area is Roanoke to Harrisburg .
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take some pics When your almost out of Fuel not when it’s full and your going downhill.

im guess the 21mph might be legitimate, but the other pics showing higher mpgs also show full tanks of gas. If you take pictures when your almost out of gas it would be a more reasonable representation of mpg.
It doesn't reset the MPG at every tank fill!?!? His fuel level has nothing to do with it.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:15 PM
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[QUOTE=emartin00;11735774
Sure they have legendary reliability and good off-road performance, but most modern cars will last 200k these days,[/QUOTE]

I got an F150 and I doubt it will make it 70k, that being said I wish Toyota could turn the clock back to 98 model tacoma's, and those only got about 19mpg, but a lot of fun to drive.
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I'm currently looking at and comparing full size trucks and Toyota Tundra which I like, has the worst combined gas mileage of 15 mpg. The reason for this might be the 5.7 V8. Chevy 1500 has 5.3 with combined milage of 17 mpg. Ford has the smaller V6 but their milage is not that much better than Chevy. Having said that, I have 14 Toyota FJ Cruiser with 4.0l V6 and honestly I don't know what the mpg. is and I don't care, just drive it and fill it up.
Hopefully Toyota will get the message and address the gas mileage problem, that would definitely help selling more trucks.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:09 AM
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I think Tacoma’s are cool little trucks. Plenty of customizing to be done if that’s what you are looking for. Personally, I can’t see spending 1/2 ton money on a Tacoma. A sr5 with 4x4 cost as much as a well equipped ecoboost 4x4 supercrew f150. And it does nothing better. Gets worse mileage, doesn’t tow half of the F150, has half the room inside, etc. Another thing that has always annoyed me with the newer 4runners and Tacomas are the doors/dash/center console. I always felt like they are made of cheap plastic. When you close the door to a Tacoma...it just feels light, hollow and cheap to me. When you close the door to a 1/4 truck....it makes a solid thud...with a nice seal. I might be imagining things but this has always stuck out to me.


If Tacomas were $25k for a 4 door with 4x4 which is what I think they should be on the high end...I think more people would consider them. Just can’t justify $35-40k.
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bought a tacoma 4x4 in 2013 for $30k. drove truck for 3 years and 36k miles, and fire sold the truck to a dealer for $25k. dealer parked it on his lot for $29.9k and it sold in 2 weeks.

Thats why I like tacomas.
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It doesn't reset the MPG at every tank fill!?!? His fuel level has nothing to do with it.

I just guessed since it says “tank average” then it resets itself everytime you fill up the tank like my parents truck. Mine is a 2012 so it’s all hand calculated.
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They've always had, and likely will continue to have a cult-like following. Despite their sales, resale values remain through the roof. The dealer offered me more than I paid for mine on a trade towards a new one just the other day. I bought a base 4-cylinder, primarily because that particular motor is still manufactured in Japan. I keep my vehicles until the cost of a repair is higher than the value of the vehicle. I have a suspicion that this will likely be my last everyday vehicle. The mileage is of no consequence to me, as I drive around 5K miles per year. They're simply a great option for someone that doesn't want or need a full-size truck.
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