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Old 10-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Tacoma vs. Tundra fuel mileage

Anyone here have experience with both the Tacoma and Tundra 4x4s on fuel mileage? The specs show the Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab gets only 1 more mpg than a Tundra 4x4 Access Cab. Any real world experience to share?

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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I don't have specific numbers, but a buddy has a 2010 Tundra. I seem to get marginally better numbers runnng empty. Once the truck is loaded or a trailer hooked up he does better. He also has a ton more power on tap.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:08 PM   #4
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I went from supercharged 2011 dbl cab with 33s got about 16-18 with that I now have 2012 tundra dbl cab 5.7 same tires getting 14-17 so a tiny bit less but even though the taco had sc this truck is still much quicker. I like them both, loved my taco but tow a 33' trailer often now and needed the lager truck.
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A friend of mine has a stock 2001 tundra and he said he gets about 17 MPG
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I had an 09 Tacoma that got consistent 20mph. I now have a 2012 Tundra with the 4.6L that gets 18mph running around and 20-22 on highway.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:33 AM   #7
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I had a 2011 Crew Max Rock Warrior that got 15 mpg, my 2012 Tacoma double cab I am getting around 16.5 mpg. Granted I have a lead foot!
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Have had three 2nd gen Tundras, the 5.7's will get around 14 to 17 mpg, that was a 2wd. 4x4 4.6 dc when stock, STOCK, I would get 18.5 ish. All 3 trucks were powerfull and towed great, like the Tacoma better.
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Have had three 2nd gen Tundras, the 5.7's will get around 14 to 17 mpg, that was a 2wd. 4x4 4.6 dc when stock, STOCK, I would get 18.5 ish. All 3 trucks were powerfull and towed great, like the Tacoma better.
Not to hijack the thread, but why? I'm curious because I've considered a Tundra for my next truck, but honestly don't have a good reason other than it being bigger and plusher.
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My friend and I both got 12s around the same time, he has the TRD auto tundra with the alloys and tire setup, I got the Taco with 5 sp man, 16in steel wheels and 4 cyl. Around town I get over 21, he gets 15. Highway I get 22+ and he get 17+. We have had them since july.

Now around town he DOES pull a trailer around from job to job, I don't. You might an mpg or so to the tundra around town. So some difference. Depends what you need the bigger truck for. The tundra is like an office space for him... a place for hanging files and computer setup, etc... its cool for a contractor.
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I have owned both in various configurations all 4x4s & all stock.
They all seem to get the same mileage.
My 06 DC SB V6 4.0 auto Tacoma avg 16-17 mixed driving. 20 on trips.
10-11 towing an enclosed trailer.
My 11 DC Tundra V8 4.6 auto avg 16-17 mixed driving. 20 on trips.
13-14 towing the same trailer same conditions.
I do have 17" RW BFG KOs on the tundra. I ran 245s Goodyear Silent Armors on the tacoma.
This is in Vermont.

My 04 Tundra (1GEN) V8 4.7 I got the same too fwiw.
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Thanks everyone for the quick responses. I'm looking at an '05-'06 DC long bed Tacoma 4x4 or an '05-06 Access Cab Tundra 4x4. The primary purpose is to haul 3 motorcycles which I know will be a challenge with the Tacoma. I would defintely need a long bed but don't see very many available on the market!

I don't have any plans for mods but would be curious if anyone here has installed a peformance tune to improve mpg?

Thanks again!
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