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4cyl vs 6cyl Fuel Economy?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by JeanD, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. Mar 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    JeanD

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    Hi all,

    I'm a new member to this forum, although I've owned my '99 Tacoma (2WD, Xtra Cab) for 5 years. I loooooove my Taco! But I've moved and changed my life, and now I need a 4x4. I spent waaaay too much time this winter putting snow in the bed to get up to the ski hill. Our local mountain just gets dumped on - 13m so far this year!

    So I've been looking for a 4x4. I wanted essentially my truck (1st gen), but in 4WD. I have a line on one, haven't seen it yet. 2003 4x4 XtraCab, Manual, 140,000 km. 6cyl.

    I had it in my head that I wanted the 4cyl for fuel economy, but the numbers I've seen for the 1st gens don't seem that bad?

    According to the "book" (a friend read these out over the phone):

    6cyl - HWY 11 km/l, city 14.1 km/l
    4 cyl - HWY 10 km/l, city 13.1 km/l

    (Yes. Metric. Sorry!)
    That doesn't seem like it's that significant a difference? I would love to hear some real world numbers. My average in my 2WD is about 10 for all driving, which I've been pretty happy with.

    I won't be doing any major towing, but I work from home so aside from errands, the truck will be used to get me into the mountains. (And also for all the things I used my old Tacoma for - hauling lumber, topsoil, gravel etc.)

    The truck seems perfect otherwise, and these things are really hard to find, especially vehicles which haven't left Vancouver Island. If I go to see it, and like it, I need to be prepared to buy.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Mar 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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    SlimDigg

    SlimDigg Resident MMA Fanatic

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    My best is 20mpg all highway from the okanagan to vancouver via the coquihalla. I average in between 17-18mpg, mostly highway. V6
     
  3. Mar 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    x2468

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    you should prob help us help you by converting that to Mpg
     
  4. Mar 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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    I live in the cold weather, not as cold as you. I avg 14.6 MPG in solid city driving with my v-6 taco. In my oppinion I think they are pretty close between the 4cyl and 6cyl. this has been debated here before. I avg about 22 MPG on the highway.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. Mar 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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    JeanD

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    OK...
    According to fueleconomy.gov

    6cyl - 15 mpg City, 16 mpg Combined, 18 mpg Highway
    4 cyl - 16 mpg City, 17 mpg Combined, 20 mpg Highway

    Either way, the difference does not seem significant. Is that true in the real world?
     
  6. Mar 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    I avg. 20 - 23 city/hwy combined. 4cyc 5 spd 4x4 Reg Cab.
     
  7. Mar 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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    x2468

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    Thats the same I get. Altho it can dip to 16'5 sometimes.
     
  8. Mar 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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    vantaco

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    i get about 16mpg with a general mix of city/highway with an auto tranny

    v6 4x4

    just get the v6, if you ever need to tow/haul anything you'll be glad you did
     
  9. Mar 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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    Winter here and city only 16.6 V6 auto 4X4.
     
  10. Mar 25, 2011 at 1:19 PM
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    Just filled up and got 21.5,of course around here it is mostly hwy. although alot of slow down and speed up due to heavy 2 lane hwy. 01 ext cab v6 auto with a rugged cover folding tonneau cover. had a 98 4 cil. 5 spd. standard cab and got 23-24mpg
     
  11. Mar 25, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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    Pretty much what my experience is.

    My 2001 4Runner V6 was 16 city 20 highway

    My 2002 Taco I4 is 17city; no highway trip yet
     
  12. Mar 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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    i've been surprised at the tight range of fuel economy i get in a wide variety of conditions. see my sig for my details, but 18-19 mpg in mixed driving with a v6 4x4 since i got it last fall.
     
  13. Mar 25, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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    I think it's funny that 2nd gen owners post in 1st gen threads :rolleyes:

    My 01 D-cab V6 averages 16-17mpg. Not great and almost wish I had a 4 cylinder.
     
  14. Mar 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    I average 18.3MPG in my supercharged 2004 V6 5-Spd 4x4 Xtra Cab with 265/70R16 BFG ATs. All-time low is 16.1MPG. All time high is 20.6MPG.

    Note that the low was achieved during winter months, when I use 4WD more often and our fuel is "oxygenated" to reduce emisssions. (I've observed about a 10% drop in fuel economy in all three of my vehicles that corellates directly with "oxygenation" of their fuel.)
     
  15. Mar 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    i average about 21 mixed driving
     
  16. Mar 25, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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    Interestingly enough, I've found that I get the same or better mpg with a liberal use of the throttle than when I try really hard to coast and use a light foot
     
  17. Mar 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    I've got the 2.7 I4 and I got 22 with mixed driving. Didn't own it long enough without the camper top to run through a tank of gas to tell what difference that may make.
     
  18. Mar 25, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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    My V-6 gets 15 MPG. Pretty crappy I reckon.

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  19. Mar 26, 2011 at 8:48 AM
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    I average in town around 17 - 18 mpg and on the highway around 19 - 20 mpg. 4cyl 3RZ-FE, 5speed. I know if i had the V6 5VZ-FE pushing those tires i would be seeing around 14 MPG.
     
  20. Mar 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM
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    Just got back from Florida and averaged 22 mpg highway.
     
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