Originally Posted by Shiplet
I bought a 2011 extra cab sr5 4wd 4 cylinder tacoma automatic thinking it would get better gas mileage than the 6-not true! I live in Ohio, and when there was snow on the ground my gas mileage was 12 mpg for the whole winter! Have less than 1500 miles on the truck, and the best has been 18.5 on the highway. Not only that the rear chrome bumper started rusting out the first month through the chrome. Have had at least 6 tacomas, and I am really disappointed in this one.
Just joined and that is your first post? I would give it a little more time. First, if your "winter blend" gas is as bad as ours, you will lose. Second it isn't even broken in yet. Give it to 5000 miles before you consider mpgs.
^That being said, I get around 18.5 in the winter and I am not easy on the flipper. About 20 is normal for me in the summer. The 10% ethanol has killed that some but close. I drive 97 percent of the time in city. On the highway I can get about 25 without cruise. I was able to get 20.1 pulling a pop-up on the highway. My numbers are not based on tankful, but fuel used divided by mileage. I say go for it if you want 4wd. But realize you will prolly lose some as there is added drag both in mechanics and possibly tire width. Where I live the 4wd 4 cyl Taco is my best option.
Oh and power wise, I think its great for a 4 banger. I would put it in a foot race against my old S-10 4.3l ZR-2 anyday. Wind it out and it goes for a little 4 cyl 4wd. Just always member it is a 4 cyl and payload make a BIG difference.