Is the Tacoma enough truck?

roving1

Well-known member
Don't you love the domestic brand fanboy morons who troll the toyota threads to try to force people to eat the same sh!t they swallowed so everyone has the same aftertaste that they do!
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My current vehicle fleet consists of 2 Tacos and a Sentra SER SpecV. But that comment is so immature and so fanboyish in the other direction I pretty much threw it into the pay no attention to anything you say ever again pile lol.
 

bkg

Explorer
Don't you love the domestic brand fanboy morons who troll the toyota threads to try to force people to eat the same sh!t they swallowed so everyone has the same aftertaste that they do!

Don't follow the sh!t trail they are laying down, follow what you think is best for you and don't look back, it doesn't matter what gets you there as long as you get there!
Fanboys come in all shapes and sizes. There are just as many Toyota fanboys (apologists) as there are (insert brand here.)
 

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jasmtis

Member
Someone needs to read the OP again.
I think the point that we've effectively beaten to death and continually gotten side tracked on the way to:

Do you want a medium sized truck with respectable stock capability, a good aftermarket and don't plan on carrying more than a thousand pounds of stuff or tow more than a few thousand pounds on a regular basis? Yes! The Tacoma is probably enough truck for you.

Do you want to be able to carry and tow more than the Tacoma can and/or want more cab space and the ability to spec more luxury features than are available on the Tacoma? No.. The Tacoma is probably not enough truck for you.
 

battleaxe

Captain Obvious
If you're gonna take a dump on the Tundra, at least compare it fairly.

Avg econ:

Fuelly Data (no years selected, just V8 gas)
Tundra V8 (5.7) - 15mpg
Ford F150 V8 - 14mpg
Dodge Ram 1500 V8 - 14mpg
Sierra 1500 V8 - 16mpg
Nissan Titan V8 - 14mpg

*Before anyone jumps on the data, I do recognize that this is a ballpark. No filters aside from engines were used. If you observe some user error or manipulation, it's still a close race even at 10% discrepancy.

I'm just tired of hearing "The tundra is such a pig on gas" News flash... It's a full size, they all suck on gas.
 

Buliwyf

Viking with a Hammer
I see 17 all day long on stockish 5.0, f150's. 19 with older 4.6's.

Even my 6.2L F250 Superduty does better than 15mpg. I calculate my vacation fuel allowance at 13mpg to be safe. Real safe. The problem with economy #'s, is they aren't quantifying load properly. # of stops, # of hills, # of cars interrupting my cruise control.

I wish they'd do a test on flat ground out in the desert for 50 miles on each truck. And then test again a week later for a repeatable result.

I think I can get 11-12 with my 11,000# gas F350 work truck! It's reporting 8.7 right now, and it has 4 hours of idle time on it today. LOlz.
 
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DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
Statistically then you're dragging up the mean @Buliwyf. If what you say is true then there must be some F150s getting 11 MPG. Both of you and the 11 MPG would be beyond the standard deviation and variance if the sample set is just 17 and 15 of them are within 12 to 16 the distribution would have to be otherwise equal to get a variance of 3. Given a normal distribution on 17 points statistically those are far outliers, which would be considered erroneous data.

Fuelly isn't scientific but it's decent. It lists 17.5 MPG for all models based on 8 million miles using the year 2008. They have 154 million miles tracked for 8,654 trucks used for all years of Tacoma and I believe the 1st gen would move that up to the 18.5 they show for all 1995-2019. When I filter it for just 2008 V6 (169 trucks) and Access Cab (brings it down to 30 trucks) it's 16.5 MPG and that's pretty much spot on.
 
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jasmtis

Member
If you're gonna take a dump on the Tundra, at least compare it fairly.

Avg econ:

Fuelly Data (no years selected, just V8 gas)
Tundra V8 (5.7) - 15mpg
Ford F150 V8 - 14mpg
Dodge Ram 1500 V8 - 14mpg
Sierra 1500 V8 - 16mpg
Nissan Titan V8 - 14mpg

*Before anyone jumps on the data, I do recognize that this is a ballpark. No filters aside from engines were used. If you observe some user error or manipulation, it's still a close race even at 10% discrepancy.

I'm just tired of hearing "The tundra is such a pig on gas" News flash... It's a full size, they all suck on gas.
I think the complaint with the Tundra is that the other half ton trucks have options for more modern turbocharged, hybrid and small-displacement diesel powertrains while in the Tundra you're stuck with two V8s developed over a decade ago. Yea it doesn't cost Ford anything to keep the 5.0 around for people who still think a truck needs to have a V8 but the 2.7 and 3.5 are much more popular options and the Tundra doesn't have anything to compare with those. I know that N/A V8s tend to exceed EPA estimates in the real-world and anything with a turbo usually fall short of estimates which is a whole separate discussion but the major complaint with the Tundra is the lack of an option for a more modern powerplant so it can't be compared fairly.
 

DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
@jasmtis, you make a good point. I wonder why Toyota didn't keep the 1GR/manual option for the Tundra. That seems like it would have been good for CAFE numbers and gave a low cost work truck option, too.



Excuse me while I just say this.





DIESEL


It's already in the arsenal, I mean you can get Cruisers with the petrol V8s or the 4.5L V8 diesel and the Tundra shares some of the drivetrain stuff. If only I ran Toyota.
 
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ITTOG

Well-known member
I average a little over 17 on my 2007 tundra. That is a 50/50 mix of city/highway.

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DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
@jasmtis, the Taco has the engine bay length for a bank of 4 and the width for a V, so yeah! But I imagine pretty heavy. So I'd settle, the 1KD would be acceptable.
 

Clutch

<---Pass
After swapping on some Cooper HTP's have been averaging 19.1 the last 3 tanks. And that has been loaded pulling my 5X8' moto trailer.

Speed has been 50-65 mph depending which road I am on.

Isn't much gain from the 17 I normally see...but that is a pleasant surprise.

For how small this truck it is...it "should" get closer to 30...but it is what is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

That gain will go down here in about a month when I throw my winter studs on, and winter blend fuel.
 
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Dalko43

Explorer
If you're gonna take a dump on the Tundra, at least compare it fairly.

Avg econ:

Fuelly Data (no years selected, just V8 gas)
Tundra V8 (5.7) - 15mpg
Ford F150 V8 - 14mpg
Dodge Ram 1500 V8 - 14mpg
Sierra 1500 V8 - 16mpg
Nissan Titan V8 - 14mpg

*Before anyone jumps on the data, I do recognize that this is a ballpark. No filters aside from engines were used. If you observe some user error or manipulation, it's still a close race even at 10% discrepancy.

I'm just tired of hearing "The tundra is such a pig on gas" News flash... It's a full size, they all suck on gas.
The issue isn't that the Tundra is inherently less efficient than the other v8 gasoline trucks. The issue is that the Tundra only gives you a gasoline v8 option, while most of the other 1/2 ton makers are offering more efficient engine options, or are about to do so.

Truth be told, the Tundra's fuel economy isn't all that abnormal compared to the domestic v8's, especially when you consider that the truck's gearing (4.30) is noticeably lower than what's offered on the other 1/2 tons.
 

Clutch

<---Pass
Excuse me while I just say this.

DIESEL


It's already in the arsenal, I mean you can get Cruisers with the petrol V8s or the 4.5L V8 diesel and the Tundra shares some of the drivetrain stuff. If only I ran Toyota.
Are you going to pay for it? ;)


The days of "cheap" and "diesel" are long gone...


Whole point of wanting better fuel economy is to save a little money on fuel. And before anyone gets their lederhosen in a bunch and spouts off about "range" and all that non-sense. Range is simply un-needed in the US market. But, what about buying cheap fuel in one area so you don't have to buy more expensive fuel in another? May I refer you to "cheap" and "diesel" no longer go together, again... :)
 
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