I have a 2011 Tacoma DCLB 4x4 4.0L.
Prior to the Tacoma I had a 5.7L Silverado and a 3.0L Vulcan Ranger. Either one got better than 18 MPG on the highway if I was lucky.
I am surprised with the Tacoma that I have consistently been averaging a little over 18 mpg. just going back and forth to work which is about a 12 mile trip each way on secondary roads. My last fill up I averaged 18.78 mpg. For a midsize pickup I don't feel that is bad at all, especially for a 4x4.
I am looking forward to an 8 hour trip on the interstate to see if I will do even better with the Tacoma.
The only changes I have made are using synthetic oil and installing an AFE Pro Dry S air filter. I do have nitrogen in the tires, but I don't think that will make a drastic difference in mpg.
Just curious for those that say they aren’t getting great mpg. is it because of bigger tires, modifications for off road etc.? Or is it that the newer generation gets better mpg than the prior generation?
I'm just curious as to what others are getting as I have seen some posts where some say they are only getting 15 mpg. Possibly I'm lucky?