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Government rating for gas mileage.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jcayce, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Apr 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM
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    jcayce

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    Is this true?

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bestworstEPAtrucks.htm

    How can the Tacoma be the 'least' fuel efficient small truck?

    I wonder if that would have swayed my opinion two years ago? Wife and I are looking at getting rid of our Jeep Grand Cherokee (happily returning 18.1 mpg) for an Audi TDI A3 (40 mpg) and I came across the above website listing.
     
  2. Apr 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    Ranger Curb weight is 3120 lbs, Tacoma is 4190 lbs for the one quoted for least mpg
     
  3. Apr 22, 2011 at 5:32 PM
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    Something seems amiss on their site... Colorado's and Canyon's, according to friends, are averaging around 15 overall. Another friend who replaced a 2007 Tacoma double-cab auto with a 2009 access cab manual (both V6's) is reporting the manual getting less MPG and the tachometer showing approximately 800 RPM higher at 60 mph cruising.
     
  4. Apr 22, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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    SlurpeeBlueMetallic

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    Keep in mind they're talking about a 4x4 with 6-spd manual... taller gears than the auto. They might be an mpg off in each category but I've seen lots of folks reporting 14/15 city and 17/18 highway in that particular setup.
     
  5. Apr 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM
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    Yeah unfortunately the manuals do bad on the two ends of the spectrum. If you deal with a lot of stop & go, you burn a lot of gas. If you drive a lot of Interstate above 65 you burn a lot of gas. Where the manual does well is when most of your driving is mostly open rural (limited stop & go) and especially between 30-60. That seems to be the sweet spot for the 6-speed where people can do 20-22mpg mixed .. and maybe even more if they hypermile.
     
  6. Apr 23, 2011 at 4:24 AM
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    Sounds a tad flaky to me too... IIRC the Tacoma was rated best for MPG Consumer Reports in mid-size pickup group.
     
  7. Apr 23, 2011 at 4:30 AM
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    My friend's 4cyl, 5speed ranger was getting 15. Government ratings are usually screwed up somewhere. I'd look into a ranger site and see what real owners are sayin.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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    Remember that the Ranger is a compact, not a mid-size. I had a '99 B3000 (a Ranger in disguise) manual and my tank of 62L could get me 500 km hwy, or 400 km city.

    Frank
     
  9. Apr 23, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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    dexterdog

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    I average around 16 mpg with 4x4 double cab AT so I don't find it that far off. I do very little freeway driving of course.
     
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