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Rookie - need info in purchase/mpg

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Recurvehunter, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Oct 30, 2011 at 7:56 AM
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    Recurvehunter

    Recurvehunter [OP] New Member

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    First post - please forgive me if i'm in the wrong spot (and kindly direct me to where i shoudl be). Am looking to purchase a acoma (prob a prerunner - used for sure)

    Will use the truck for 25mile (1way) commute (i.e. 50mile/day) and light hunting/hauling and want to make sure i optimize mpg - i HAVE reivewed the modifications that can be made to improve fuel economy. I mainly wanting to know about the initial purchase.

    1. where can i get info on the typical mpg (for different models/engiines,etc)
    2. is a4cyl better than a 6 cyl
    3. am assuming a pre-runner woudl be better mpg than 4x4 - correct?
    4. does manual get better gas mileage than auto?
    5. how confidnet can i be that i'd be able to get at minimum low 20's (90% highway) with a prerunner?

    Appreciate any help folks. I'm 39 and have only owned 2 cars my whole life - i tend to completely wear out whatever i buy and so i investigate to the nth degree. Apologies for being a bit long winded
    best regards
    matt G
     
  2. Oct 30, 2011 at 8:23 AM
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    4Wheelin4Banger Longtime Toyman

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    1. where can i get info on the typical mpg (for different models/engiines,etc)
    Search TW several threads about it.
    2. is a 4cyl better than a 6 cyl
    For MPGs yes. For towing no.
    3. am assuming a pre-runner woudl be better mpg than 4x4 - correct?
    Not noticably and a 4x4 less likely to get stuck while hunting.
    4. does manual get better gas mileage than auto?
    If you know how to use it
    5. how confidnet can i be that i'd be able to get at minimum low 20's (90% highway) with a prerunner?
    4Banger manual using cruise control, no probem. I get around 19 to 20 MPGs city and 23 to 24 MPGs highway with a 3 " lift.
     
  3. Oct 30, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    Welcome to TW :wave:
    since we're in the second gen section, i'm going to assume you're looking for a truck made years 2005+.
    anyways, these trucks burn fuel like a full size pick up, but some people claim 20+ mpg's in there v6 trucks daily driving so it's probably possible. get a scanguage to watch your driving habits unfold. proclaimed/proven auto's get better MPG than manual in these things. and i'd also assume a 4x2 gets better mpg, probably based on weight? not sure.
     
  4. Oct 30, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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    Goober

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    You can also go to http://www.fuelly.com/car/toyota/tacoma/gas%20l4/truck to see what people are posting for the 4 cyl. If you drive 90% highway you will easily get low 20's with at 4 cyl. I do 85% highway on my daily commute, 32mi round trip and I regularly get 20.5mpg in my v6.
     
  6. Oct 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM
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    thanks for the replies. as a follow up - can someone give me a quick answer on "what's a scan guague" and "how's it work' and "what's it cost? Not too technical - just the basic concept and is it worht it.
    thanks again
    mgreen
     
  7. Oct 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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