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4 cyl. gas mileage

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by NORCAL Tacoma, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Sep 21, 2009 at 4:15 PM
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    NAAC3TACO

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    Check my sig. Fuelly updates my average mpgs. Cool site IMO.
     
  2. Sep 21, 2009 at 4:29 PM
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    My 2.4 gets 17-19 usually.
    Actually, it's pretty good considering it's all city miles within about 5 miles from home. Very short trips pulling a trailer most of the time. I'd have to step up to a diesel 2500 to get that kind of mileage towing without my taco
     
  3. Sep 21, 2009 at 4:29 PM
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    My 2.4 gets 17-19 usually.
    Actually, it's pretty good considering it's all city miles within about 5 miles from home. Very short trips pulling a trailer most of the time. I'd have to step up to a diesel 2500 to get that kind of mileage towing without my taco
     
  4. Sep 21, 2009 at 4:32 PM
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    Beastlytaco gets over 31 MPG!!!!
     
  5. Sep 21, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    It doesn't make a HUGE difference, but it certainly does make a difference. If you drive like there's an egg between your foot and the accelerator and short-shift (if you have a manual), you'll get significantly better fuel economy than if you floor it from a stop and shift at 5000 RPM's (my definition of a "jack rabbit start").

    I went from 24 to 26 MPG in mixed driving with my reg. cab manual 4-banger doing nothing but this ...and I wasn't driving that aggressively to start with. I went from accelerating fairly briskly (but nowhere near floored) and shifting at 3-4K RPM's - to being very gentle with the throttle and shifting at around 2K RPM's - just to see what kind of difference it would make and I picked up 2 MPG without even trying that hard. If you usually drive real aggressively and try this, you'll see an even greater improvement.

    SPEED makes a big difference with vehicles like these that have the aerodynamics of a barn. You'll get much better fuel mileage going 55 MPH on a rural highway (or even 65 on the interstate) than 75-80 on the interstate - but it'll take you longer to get there. Everything's a trade-off.

    Take it easy and let the hot-rodders go on around... it really won't kill you. You'll save gas money, tires, wear & tear on your drivetrain and brakes, avoid high blood pressure from road rage, and you won't have to worry about getting tickets. It's taken me a long time to figure this out. ;)
     
  6. Sep 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM
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    My 75 Year old Father putts around town. He doesn't have a lead foot.

    I was expecting the truck to get 18 - 19 MPG in strict city driving, but it doesn't look like that is going to be possible.

    I believe the bad gas mileage is directly related to the 2 -5 mile trips that my Father goes on with the truck around the city.

    My Mother has the same problem with her 1999 Civic. She only gets 24 - 25 MPG city because of her 2 -5 miles trips in the city.

    I let her borrow my 1995 Saturn for a week and the Saturn got the same city mileage as her Civic, 25 MPG.

    Last week, my Father took the 07 Tacoma on a 4 hour trip and he said the truck only got 23 MPG highway. Again, he doesn't drive with a lead foot on the highway and probably averaged 65 MPH.

    Again, I'm disappointed with 23 MPG highway. I was expecting 26 MPG.

    It's hard to track down MPG problems when a vehicle appears to run normally. It starts, idles, accelerates and runs normally. No rough idle, hesitations or check engine lights.
     
  7. Sep 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM
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    Ya on one tank of 9 gallons :rolleyes:
     
  8. Sep 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM
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    Sorry I realize this is intended for 4 cylinders, but my 5VZ-FE 5 spd consistently gets 20 mpg on the highway with 31 X 10.5s driving at around 70 MPH. Mileage does not appear to be impacted much by weather or how I drive.
     
  9. Sep 22, 2009 at 12:35 PM
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    I got a little over 26 last week with premium fuel on interstate to and from college.
     
  10. Sep 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM
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    yup i get 30. its not a big deal but i have the ultimate comback now for guys in HUGE trucks laughing at me.

    however, that may change a little after i get 17s on my truck :(
     
  11. Sep 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM
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    Got back Sunday from a 1500 mile trip to NorthCentral Arkansas. Along for the trip was 625 lbs of motorcycle and accessories. 200 lbs of luggage, 400 lbs of people, and up to a 125 LBS of fuel. My worst mileage on the trip was 22 MPG. One tank was 23 and the other 2 were 25 MPG. I was amazed that the truck was pretty much at it's max payload and still turned in these figures. Most of the interstate was at 70-73 indicated. One 200 mile stretch from Springfield MO to St Louis MO, was into a 20 MPH steady headwind. And the truck was not babied, many long steep hills were taken in 4th gear(manual) showing right at 3000 RPM. There is a nice torque peak right in this range and it pulled the hills real nice. The plain old 5-lugger carried the weight admirably and the sag factor was minimal. No dragging or bottoming out either. The 5 -luggers IMO do not need different rear springs. The stretch from ST Louis back to Kansas City got 25 MPG due to the 20 MPH headwind, becoming a nice tailwind, and a lot less hills to climb. Sorry to ramble on but wanted to inform that the 2.7L I-4 is very capable when presented max capacity loads and still returns good gas mileage.
     
  12. Sep 24, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    The company I work for just re-located to a new office complex last week and as a result, my commute just grew to 45-50 miles each way. I can go interstate all the way for 45 miles, or I can take 2-lane highways for 50 miles. The interstate route is more direct and the speed limit is 75, but it takes me through an area that is heavily congested and slows to a crawl every morning & afternoon - and accidents are common. The 2-lane highway route is five miles longer and the speed limit is 55, but there's hardly any traffic at all. They're straight as an arrow, but there are some pretty good hills. I decided to take the back-road highways - and I love it. I just allow about 10 extra minutes for the drive and lope along at 60 MPH and relax.

    I've been taking it easy on the throttle and shifting between 2K & 3K RPMs and at my first fill-up after driving this route, I calculated that I'm getting 28 MPG! Sweet! That's on regular unleaded - 87 octane - gas too. Truck is a bone stock 2009 reg. cab 2.7L 5-speed manual.
     
  13. Sep 24, 2009 at 4:47 PM
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    shouldn't make much of a difference....when i got my rims i noticed like 1/2 a MPG difference in the city but now ill get at least 26 mpg of the highway...and on occasion i'll get close to 29 MPG cruising on the highway...
     
  14. Sep 24, 2009 at 6:52 PM
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    whew, thats really good to know
     
  15. Sep 24, 2009 at 10:12 PM
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    haha yeah on the freeway i rev at like 1500 at 55...

    my tires are 29"
     
  16. Oct 18, 2009 at 7:10 AM
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    My 09 2.7L is getting 22-23 mpg in the city driving normal. Don't do much hiway driving.
     
  17. Oct 18, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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    With the colder weather here now in canada, I'm getting an average of about 20-21 mixed driving, hwy at about 65-70 MPH. 4 cyl. 4X4.
     
  18. Oct 21, 2009 at 7:53 PM
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    well in my 1995.5 i get 16-17 on the freeway putting premium in and thats driving 70 or below. oh and its the 2.7 4 wheel drive
     
  19. Oct 25, 2009 at 10:52 PM
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    Hey ive got a 2010 regular cab 4x4. the last 2 tank i got 23 with mixed driving and the last tank i got 20mpg but that includes at least 4 hours of offroading. Im wondering how bad my milelage will be when i trade in the 245/75s for 235/85s or 265/75s. Im leaning towards 235s i know pizza cutters but they work awesome on rocks and snow and pretty good in mud just not super deep stuff. 235s are the same weight as stock, narrower means less rolling resistance. Does anyone have info on how the 265/75 or 235/85 diameter 31.6" affects power and mileage. They are only 1 inch taller
     
  20. Oct 25, 2009 at 11:12 PM
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    Ha! I am considering the exact same thing! What tires were you loking at in 235/86 that were the same weight? All the ones I have found were only load range E, thus much heavier than stock
     

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