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Why am I getting such low MPG??

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by bwelles, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM
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    bwelles

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    I have a 2020 TRD offroad, and am averaging like 14mpg city and 15mpg highway. The only thing I've added is a Prinsu with a lightbar which shouldn't be affecting my MPG that much right? I don't feel like I hammer the throttle too much, I don't get it.
     
  2. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:02 AM
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    shakerhood

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    What MPG were you getting prior to installing those aftermarket items?
     
  3. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:04 AM
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    What tires are you running?
    What PSI?
    How fast do you drive?
     
  4. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:05 AM
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    bwelles

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    I installed them soon after I got the truck, so I don't really know. But either way it shouldn't be that low
     
  5. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:08 AM
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    FullyTorquedTaco

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    I was getting about 18 City 21 Freeway stock. After 3" Lift, 285's and a prinsu rack, im down to 12 city, 14 Freeway. Adding weight and wind resistance absolutely kills MPG. It sucks but its pretty unavoidable
     
  6. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:09 AM
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    I have a 2019 OD 4x4, lifted 2" no other real mods and the best I have ever got is 16.5 MPG, to get that I have to really baby it. I had a 2011 tacoma and it consistently got 18 MPG + driving the same route, same mods- lost low end torque and MPG. I am going to give OV tune a try once they get the s/w features added to the 2.0 release. I am really disappointment in Toyota, wife has a 3.5L in her RX350 and it has a ton more low end power.
     
  7. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:09 AM
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    Also, check your air filter. That makes a big difference on MPG if its clogged up
     
  8. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:25 AM
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    I’m surprised no one that has removed the air dam hasn’t complained about loss of mileage. But it could be they’ve done other mods at the same time so it wasn’t noticeable.
     
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  9. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:30 AM
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    I went mudding back in March and my engine is still pretty dirty, I wonder if it could be this...
     
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  10. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:30 AM
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    So with my truck stock other than 235 85 16 10 ply tires,at 42psi I'm getting like 16 avg now. I drive like a grand pa. The tire weight is a killer for me. Surprisingly, I got 20 mpg on a 250 mile two way trip at 65-69 mph but there was no wind and it was FLAT Mississippi delta highway all the way. I looked the other day and my computer says like 15.9 and its mix city and short runs on interstate. Could be better but could be worse too. Something else that I've learned is that cruise control will SUCK the gas bc it's always shifting down and getting up in RPMs trying to maintain speed. I do better manual pedal speed control especially on hills and definitely pulling my trailer or boat.
     
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  11. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:33 AM
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    they hover around 35-37
    my office is only like 2 miles from my house so usually no faster than 45. I don't do much highway driving, but I drove a 5 hour road trip this weekend and my MPG wouldn't get over 15.2 with cruise control set at 79mph
     
  12. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:34 AM
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    79 mph is gonna give you bad MPG. Ideal speed for top efficiency is around 60-65. You look like a grandpa on the road but at least you're saving dollaz
     
  13. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:35 AM
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    If driving highway speeds in to wind, I can easily see a 1-3 mpg drop, just something to consider. I'd think a rack with a light bar would be affected even more.
     
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  14. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:37 AM
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    hiPSI

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    When I did it dropped the mpg a tenth or so. I checked mpg for 42K, 25K after the air dam was removed. I checked it every fill up the right way. I then plotted it in excel for seasonal changes and winter gas. Overall, about a tenth.
     
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  15. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM
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    LOL please read the link below on why you get shitty mpg.
    Here, I'll give you a head start:
    short trips
    high speed
    mods

    Short trips kill you because the engine never warms up so fuel mix is high... think choke.
    High speed kills you because the truck is shaped like a brick
    Mods kill you because increased drag.

    There you go. You are welcome.
     
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  16. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM
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    We have a 2016 TRD auto and a 2019 TRD 6sp. 4X4. I can tell you the MPG will improve after about 7500Mi ........but not a lot.
     
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    Your short commute is killing your MPG. Truck barely warms up by the time you get there.

    Like others have said, heavy unaerodynamic truck and high speeds don't make for good MPG. Stay under 70 and they will improve
     
  18. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:45 AM
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    This seems accurate. I used to get 19-21 (and I have a V6 4x2) and I got a 6" Lift and 285s and I removed the air dam, and I get down to 15-16 mpg. I'm sure if I had a rack it would get down to as low as this guy too.
     
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  19. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:45 AM
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    StormRnr

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    I track mileage with the Fuelly app and it shows different numbers than the computer.

    Fuelly said 18.8 last fill up and the computer said something under 17.

    Truck is stock with a RTT and that tank included 10 or so miles of dirt road.

    -M
     
  20. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:46 AM
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    Arries289

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    "my office is only like 2 miles from my house so usually no faster than 45."......your engine/ECM is probably barely out of open-loop operations. You will always get worse mileage with that senario. The longer you drive between engine starts, the better the average mileage.
     

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