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Old 08-19-2018, 02:36 PM
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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...
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If you judge Toyota’s strictly on mileage you won’t be a loyal customer.

That at being said,if you judge them on reliability and longevity, you will be a lifelong proponent.

Two Toyotas in my garage with a total of 400k miles. Both with not much more than regular maintenance items. RAV4 got some new transmission electronics at about 150k due to a TSB. Toyota covered parts and labor on that one. We drive our vehicles into the ground as they say and Toyota has not let us down
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My wife wants out of her Toyota, it has 249k+ miles...I cannot blame her. It has been rear ended, and is starting to have a lot of cosmetic issues.

It has been very dependable for us! Hard to justify getting rid of it.
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This is a long time Toyota issue. It was compounded with the introduction of the little liked 3.5 which makes it's peak horsepower and torque high in the RPM range.
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:15 PM
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I had a 17 double cab 4x4 trd off road with v6 and auto. It constantly got 21-23 mpg while it was stock. Not sure what is going on with yours. The 3.5 needs rpm to “feel” anything, not a great choice for the Tacoma. Once I changed my driving habits, it had plenty of power.
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Had a '17 TRD Sport 4x4 with 6' bed. Seen a consistent 19.5 around town and 22.5-23.0 highway (all numbers calculated at fill up). Slightly worst than the '17 F150 FX4 I currently own. I just wish the Tundra was competitive in this department. Its hard to argue the reliability of Toyota vehicles. They are simple by comparison of other manufactures which I feel helps them maintain their reputation.
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Why did you buy two of them?
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Had a '17 TRD Sport 4x4 with 6' bed. Seen a consistent 19.5 around town and 22.5-23.0 highway (all numbers calculated at fill up). Slightly worst than the '17 F150 FX4 I currently own. I just wish the Tundra was competitive in this department. Its hard to argue the reliability of Toyota vehicles. They are simple by comparison of other manufactures which I feel helps them maintain their reputation.
Uhh I have no idea what changed but I have a '15 Tundra 4x4 with 6' bed. 12MPGish city and the best I've seen was like 16MPG all highway. I think I was downhill with a tailwind. Calculated at fill up. I drive like a grandma. Your numbers are way better than I have ever heard of a Tundra getting.
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I have a 2013 Tacoma V6 4x4 and the best I have seen on the highway is 17.5mpg. Hell my 4 wheel drive 7.3 Excursion gets 19-20 mpg on the highway!!
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Lordy even my '07 Jeep Hemi with all terrain tires gets 17 on the highway, and that's pushing out 330 hp and 375 ft lbs of torque.
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Personally I think Toyota missed the mark with the latest gen. The ride quality is junk compared to the GM twins or the Ridgeline. The engine only makes power at high RPM, so it sounds like it's being overworked all the time, and get's adequate MPG at best.
Sure they have legendary reliability and good off-road performance, but most modern cars will last 200k these days, and who really needs a TRD Pro?
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I had a 2014 Toyota Tacoma, Reg Cab/Short Bed, 4cyl, 5-spd and the best mpg I got was 20, with an average of 18. My 2016 F-150 2.7 EB has averaged 20 mpg, with an all time high of 28 mpg, doing 55 mph on a secondary highway. The Ford will out tow the Tacoma, has 100x the power of my old Tacoma and requires the same maintenance. I did not see the attraction to the Tacoma and am glad I sold it.
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Uhh I have no idea what changed but I have a '15 Tundra 4x4 with 6' bed. 12MPGish city and the best I've seen was like 16MPG all highway. I think I was downhill with a tailwind. Calculated at fill up. I drive like a grandma. Your numbers are way better than I have ever heard of a Tundra getting.
I believe he was referring to the Tacoma with his mileage numbers before bringing up the Tundra.

If you look at any midsize truck and base your decision solely on fuel economy and/or price they rarely make sense. Their purpose is more for people who just don’t want a full size truck. Whether it be for size constraints or if they want something more maneuverable for off roading. They have a place in the market. A lot of people just miss the mark on what their real purpose is.


At any rate, I’m not sure why would buy 2 of something when the complaints should have been experienced during the text drive.
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Although an SUV, our 4.0L 4Runner gets the same highway fuel economy as our Ram 1500 Hemi. We generally take the pickup on trips because it's more comfortable and has more features.
Around town, the smaller engine Toyota has a bit of an advantage but not much. Amazing how far technology has come on a big 4x4 V8 truck.
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I think the size of trucks these days is just absolutely gigantic. If you don't need to haul a ton in the bed and you don't trailer heavy stuff then why bother getting a half ton? I have an old half ton and it's a pain in the ass in the city and I'm only hauling skiffs and homeowner crap in the bed once in a blue moon. People buy Tacomas not for fuel mileage but because they're cool adventure mobiles. You can fit some mountain bikes and firewood in the bed, tow a 3k trailer just fine, manuever offroad nicely, and do it all in one of the most reliable trucks. I had a friend who put a lot of highway miles on one. He drove almost 300k miles with nothing other than a power steering pump failure and routine maintenance. They're hard to beat IMO and that's why they have such mass appeal to a lot of guys.
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If you only keep your trucks for 30k then Toyota probably wouldn’t appeal to you. Tacoma’s are pretty simple and don’t break much. Maybe a platinum ranch fancy boy truck would work better for you
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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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Originally Posted by jtav2002 View Post
I believe he was referring to the Tacoma with his mileage numbers before bringing up the Tundra.
Correct. The fuel mileage numbers were referring to a Tacoma that'd i'd owned.
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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.
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My wife wants out of her Toyota, it has 249k+ miles...I cannot blame her. It has been rear ended, and is starting to have a lot of cosmetic issues.

It has been very dependable for us! Hard to justify getting rid of it.

It has been rear ended, and is starting to have a lot of cosmetic issues.

Your wife, or the car?
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