Originally Posted by meanstreakdev
Thanks everyone for your help. I wanted to make sure that it wasn't something wrong with the truck? I just can't believe this Tacoma eats more fuel than my 07 Tundra DB with the 5.7l
If you're using 4WD, it's not uncommon. I believe I averaged about 14-15mpg using 4WD through snow up in the local mountains on my 05 Tacoma 4x4. The ECU always injects a bit more fuel when accelerating to provide power (then returns to stoich under cruise), so constantly accelerating and decelerating wastes gas, as does excessive idling, and braking at the last moment. I usually slow down enough to coast through lights as they turn green, since accelerating from a dead stop requires the most gas and power (damn physics).
I bet if you had a TRD S/C, you'd achieve a bit better MPG as the engine wouldn't have to work as hard (much like the 5.7L 3UR in your Tundra). But, it's just too expensive.
The 5.7L in the Tacoma, now there's an idea.
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