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4vs6

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by tlh178, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Feb 24, 2012 at 5:27 AM
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    tlh178

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    looking for input from 4 cyl taco owners. time to buy a new truck, just wandering how you guys like your 4banger. with gas shooting up, thinking 4 would be better on my wallet. i have a 02 taco w/ 6cyl and a 07 fjc w/ a 6 cyl. are the 4cyl motors like the 6s, like tons of miles and they keep on firing down the road. i have 275k on one truck and 180k on the fjc. can i expect the same with a 4cyl. i'm looking at one now that claims 28mph hiway and 24 city, do you guys see that kind of mph? thanks for your input!
     
  2. Feb 24, 2012 at 5:48 AM
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    Having owned a 2010 4-banger, and now a 2012 V6... they are both great engines.

    That said, the 4 is freaking bullet-proof. Not huge on power, but strong and reliable. You may be disappointed in the real-world MPG numbers, but you will still see several more MPGs than you would with the 6.

    My four banger hauled a heavy trailer thru the mountains of WVA once, interstate in the summer, and handled it fine.

    I do admit, I prefer my new 6cyl... smooooooth power, and still 18/gal. YMMV :)
     
  3. Feb 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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    No way you'll see 24/28 out of a 4cyl 4x4 unless you hypermile the crap out of it. A manual 5-lug 4x2 can put those numbers up though, provided you don't lift or put bigger tires on. The manual 4 cyl 4x4s gets about 15-20% better MPG than the automatic V6 4x4s (auto V6 gets better MPG than stick V6 in most cases). Saw that you got a 4cyl 4x4 regular cab with topper. If it's a manual, with BFG All Terrains, you should average around 21-22mpg. The V6 would be around 18-19 (at least my access cab is).
     
  4. Feb 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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    the 24/28 was on a different truck,04/reg cab w/ 2wd. was a dealer quote. i decided to go with a new 4x4 and get what i wanted.
     
  5. Feb 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM
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    If you go 4 banger I'd recommend the 5spd and keep it stock for good gas milage .
     
  6. Feb 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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    an 04 regular cab probably had the 2.4 instead of the 2.7. The smaller 4 cyl really did get good gas mileage. I have a 2011 reg. cab 2wd and the 2.7L has more than enough power to get out of it's own way, but you'll only win races against other 4 bangers. I get around 18-20 mpg around town and 25-26 on the highway. I got 28 mpg once, but that may have been a fluke. Way better gas mileage than the 13-15 mpg full size truck I had before.
     
  7. Feb 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    i just sold my 08 jeep commander that got 16 mph, if i can get 18/20 mph i'll be saving some gas money. this will be the 4th new toyota for me, well the ex wife is driving one of them. the other 3 are in my name. i have no plans on ever selling mine. these things are built like a tank and just keep on giving.
     
  8. Feb 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM
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    Love my 2.7L. Performs great off road, and has enough power for whatever else I ask of it.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM
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    Mine gets driven sensibly in harsh conditions (logging foreman--lots of dirt miles on load range E tires), and has gotten a little over 19mpg over 40 thousand miles. Guys doing similar stuff with their V6 get about 15, and with a 4.8L Silverado, I got 13. The fuel savings ($4000 for the year) makes half the payments.

    No regrets whatsoever.
     
  10. Mar 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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    the 2.7's are tanks! i've had mine for, going on 5 years now...three of those, the engine was mis-fireing in one of the cylinders. still got me every where i wanted to go...and i mean every where!!!! even through the local mud bogs (where they were running 454's and 460's) in reverse no problem. sounds harsh...but i won 150 bucks out of it. i've pulled out powerstrokes, duramax, cars, tractors...if you can get a hold of one i'd highly recommend it.
     
  11. Mar 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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    I have a 2007 Prerunner Access Cab SR5 with the 2.7L I4 and it has been bulletproof to date. I have about 116K on the truck and really haven't had any work done on the engine (or the rest of the truck for that matter).

    I probably average 21.5 MPG which isn't bad for a truck this size. There are a couple guys at work that have the V6 and they regularly see 18.

    As for power - no complaints from me for what I do. It will haul all the way up to the 3500lbs that they advertise. We tow a ski boat occasionally and there are no problems pulling it with this truck. If you are going to be pulling really heavy stuff all the time - get the V6. If you are going to DRIVE the truck and throw stuff in the back and occasionally tow heavy stuff, you should be fine with the 4cyl.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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    I average 23-24 mpg with my 2.7 access cab automatic, that's with little or no load and some hypermiling (coasting to red lights from a distance, shut off motor at long red lights, staying at or below 65mph, etc). It's a great motor for my purposes, I haul dirt bikes and camping gear regularly, and loads of wood occasionally. No problems. :thumbsup:
     
  13. Mar 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM
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    My 5 lug (when it was stock) could easily get 30+ MPG on the highway. For about 30k miles, I averaged 27 MPG combined (tracked every single mile). Now with larger AT's and colder weather, I've been averaging 22-23 all winter.
     
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