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Auto Vs Manual 2011 2.7 tacos

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by h50lholl, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Dec 3, 2010 at 6:49 AM
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    h50lholl

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    Going to look at the new 4x4 tacomas tomorrow. Leaning toward the 2.7 4 banger right now due to the higher MPG. We will see how I like it after a test drive.

    I know what the EPA sticker says but what are the differences in mpg in real world driving 4 speed auto vs. 5 speed man. Assuming the driver knows how to drive the manual fairly efficiently.


    I have seen this coved a lot with the 6 speed manual but not the latest 5 speeds.
     
  2. Dec 3, 2010 at 7:10 AM
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    back in the day the manuals would get better mpgs because the automatics were not as complex as they are now. Now most autos are right up there with the manuals because the computers in the autos know how to give you the best gear for gas and power.

    Its the same deal as with the six speeds that you've heard about.
     
  3. Dec 3, 2010 at 7:11 AM
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    I know have a 2.7 with the 5 speed manual and personally I think if driven efficiently you can get better mileage. My average is listed below in the sig. My previous Tacoma was a V6 with the auto trans and I averaged around 16 mpg. Personally I love the 2.7 and 5 speed combo. Gets good gas mileage without sacrificing too much power. I'm noticing a slight power loss now because I upgraded to the 265/75r16's which are bigger heavier tire than what came stock on my standard cab but it's still plenty for what I do.
     
  4. Dec 3, 2010 at 8:06 AM
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    The 4banger will be slower with the auto. The 4banger is a great engine, however its still a 4banger and it doesn't have much power to begin with. If you want to lift it & put bigger tires on it, you will like the option of downshifting when needed, not when the auto tranny decides to...

    I have 5lugger with 5speed, lift and 31's, stock 3.33 gears. It is slow...lol
     
  5. Dec 3, 2010 at 8:29 AM
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    I think the autos in the Tacomas get better mileage because in both cases, the auto is geared higher on the upper end, and the manuals seem to be geared lower.

    I know going down the interstate is when my gas mileage is the absolute worst. If I'm moving at an average pace with traffic, the engine is really cranking fast in 6th gear.

    I see other vehicles out there that still list the manual as getting better mileage.
     
  6. Dec 3, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    I wouldn't want a 4 banger with an auto tranny...I've been pretty pleased with my 5 speed. I actually haven't seen any automatics that have been able to pull the MPG's that I do...31 on the highway. Even if the gearing is different in the auto, you still can't control your shift points. Plus, I like knowing that the manual tranny should outlast the auto when the mileage starts to pile up.
     
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