From a number of years of towing with a number of different tow vehicles I have learned it's not as much the engine or transmission as it is the BOX you are Dragging behind you! If you are going to tow a Big Box no matter what you tow with you're not going to get great mileage. We have a Big Box, a Lance travel trailer that weighs in at 6000 lbs. After much research we purchased a Tundra DC with the 4.6L, with the towing package to tow our trailer. We wouldn't be maxing out the towing capacity towing our trailer like we were with our Tacoma. It gets the best, all around mileage, of most the V8's trucks out there, Toyota are unbeatable for dependability and we got it at a great price.
Back to the theme of this thread; Our Tundra is our daily driver, which means 95% city/highway and 5% towing. So far we're getting 15-17mpg combined, 19-21 highway and 12-15mpg towing. The 4.6L DC Tundra has met all of our expectations and is a perfect fit for us and our lifestyle. Hope this helps the discussion.
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Wow .so were in truck high school now.we all on this forum made the decision to buy a great truck no matter what the engine size as far as I'm concerned buying a 4.6l tundra is still better than the other three Chevy ford and dodge.
I have a 2012 DC with the 4.6 up to 10K miles on it and I have no regrets. Over that most of the driving is a short commute to work but I sprinkle in a few 300mi round trips at 85mph and I get 14 or so normal commute and around 19 on the highway trips. Not ideal but I certainly won't complain with the power to performance ratio I feel the 4.6 gives me. The fact I can tow anything is really just a bonus
My mechanic (ex-Toyota mech) was my research tool and he said unless I had specific requirements he would always buy the 4.6
As for the fuel economy comparision between a 4.6 and 5.7 :-|
My opinion...Really? You bought a pickup truck with a V8...who cares? I have been a pickup guy since I was 16 and haven't noticed very much improvement in gas mileage over that time. You want good gas mileage in a V8 drive 50-60mph highway and don't take it in the city.
For reference my old 1976 (360) /1985 (318) dodges got nearly identical mileage as my 2012 Tundra but the Tundra is way nicer to drive
To sum up 30+ years later a V8 is still a V8
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I was in Hawai 3 months ago and a small sign on the pump stated 10-20% fuel economy drop if you use ethanol gas. They did have regular unleaded which I used in the rental.
BMW and Lexus had fuel related issues with 100,000 cars each. What few dealerships that took a fuel sample found was up to 18% ethanol content. What I am suggesting is that there are too many different types of fuel across the country and some improperly mixed ratios for any comparison.
There is less ethanol content in Premium compared to regular and if you aren't happy with your current mpg try it and see if you get better results. I think ethanol is the enemy of all infernal combustion engines but thats just me. Another gov mandated disaster that I won't get into. I don't own a Tundra yet but will fairly soon and wanted to share this if it helps. Some get worked up on the mpg comparo carmageden but try to take it with a grain of salt. Unless you both fill up at the same pump it will be pretty much impossible to draw any solid conclusion.
My first post, hope not to pis too many off when some are on a roll. I don't own a Tundra yet but posted on your site, No offense intended. I'm here to see which one I want.
Just have 1500 miles on my 2013 4.6 DC 4x4 and got 16.4 mpg on last fill-up with around-town driving. Haven't had a chance to do much highway driving yet.
This is about the same I got with my V6 Tacoma so I'm pretty happy!
Anyone got any reports with filling up with non-ethanol gas?
I know that some FastTrac stations offer non-ethanol premium around here (Syracuse). http://pure-gas.org/?stateprov=NY
Just completed a 260 mile trip hauling a fully gassed Lund Explorer 1700 and a flll bed & 3 people. From SE WI to the UP at 72mph most of the trip averaged 14 mpg on the head. 2010 DC 4.6. Not bad and very comfortable trip with the family.
FWIW - I too get around 18 empty in mixed conditions (mountains, plains, city, hwy, etc.), and about 12 towing a 4500lb camper with my 4.6L (w/tow) pkg in Colorado. I have about 6000 miles tallied so far.
I love my truck - she's not much in the way of technical advancements nor top performance in any category, but she's simple and simplicity is elegance. No buyers regret here - plenty of fun in this small package.
2013 DC, 4.6L, NFab Prerunner, ARE Topper
Avoid the hills. I was towing a small popup this week, and got about 15 while in NH. On flat ground it went up to 17 but I was doing 65 and sometimes a bit faster. On the return leg I'm pushing 19 but keeping speed to 60 max. The big problem is going fast enough to keep from downshifting in the hills, even on the interstate. You wouldn't think going from 1500 rpm to 2000 would matter that much, but it seems to.
I was seeing 20 on my rural driving on the last couple of tanks. A far cry from the 17 I was getting initially. Some sort of learning going on? Beats me.
Towing 3300 empty & loaded up to 4000 in weight on the trailer.
I'm throwing about 40 bucks a day in it running around.
Its paid for so I'll see how long it will hold up being a Lt truck, doing Hd work.
2010 DC Longbed, Work truck package, 4.6
Just got back from a 1,200mile trip in the 4.6L V8 Tundra, NH to DC. Family+popup camper, small one, guessing around 2,000lb of people+trailer+stuff, at most above and beyond the 5,400lb curb weight of the truck (so maybe GCWR of 7,500lb). Got about 18mpg going down as I needed to make time (65mph average I'd say), almost 20 coming back as I drove for mpg (stuck to 60mph on highway and 50 off)--and a pathetic sub-16 in some suburban driving (sans trailer) going from campground to the Metro. 18.5mpg overall. Last couple of tanks prior to our trip had been 20.7mpg.
I've consistently averaged around 15mpg thus far through about 3,500 miles on my new 2013 4.6 DC 2WD. The best I ever did was 17.8mpg all highway. I calculate my fuel economy by using miles since last fill up as measured by my trip odometer and the total number of gallons required since last fill up. I do not top the tank off- first time the pump shuts off, I'm done refilling. I have not been impressed with my truck's fuel economy so far.
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