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Old 09-17-2011, 11:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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4.6 vs 5.7

ok guys i recently traded in a 2007 DC LB with 5.7 for a 2011 DC 4.6 SB and here is some honest comparison between the 2:

Power:
every day driving I barely notice any difference in power,I'm telling you this new engine got some power no doubt, now if you race from light to light yeah will be different but still i don't think you bought this truck for that purpose.In my case I have Infiniti G37 S and a Yamaha R1 in the garage so no problem there...

MPG:
Ok i'm commuting 30 miles a day and that is 90% freeway (65-70 mph) with a 5.7 i use to get around 17.5mpg and now with the 4.6 i get 20 mpg exactly so there you go, (please note that this would be manually calculated).

Conclusion:
overall i'm happy with my new truck and honestly if i was pulling something heavy like 7000 lb+ i would definitely go back with 5.7 otherwise 4.6 is fine for every day driving.

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Old 09-18-2011, 03:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I agree I love my 4.6 DC. Even with two dirt bikes in back its still got plenty of power. It also gives the average chevy half ton a run for its money ha ha.
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the 5.7 is the only way to go. you buy a truck for purpose, towing and power. not fuel economy imo

for speed i got a 1098 s and rc8r
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the 5.7 is the only way to go. you buy a truck for purpose, towing and power. not fuel economy imo

for speed i got a 1098 s and rc8r
That is what You bought a truck for. It sounds like the OP is very happy with his trade and I thank him for his honest comparision.

I have the V8 4.7 and wish I had the the 5.7.
I got a hell of a deal on my truck which is a RCSB which is what I was looking for but now, I have almost bought a crewmax several times.
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if you talking purely about 0-60 than yes 5.7 is a superior engine but 4.6 is no slouch either according to motor trend it propels from 0-60 in 7.9 sec which is comparable with silverado's 5.3 or F150's 5.4 times and the funny thing is that these 2 trucks are the best sellers on the market which proves that most people don't care for the speed when buying a new truck.

I don't think i'm going to have much need for heavy hauling ,and like OkSlim said at the time i was looking for the best deal , i love my new truck and i don't regret it a bit, lots of power for my needs. And Please don't let as have any more arguing ,I was just trying to write honest comparison since i've owned both. We are all here cause we love our trucks and more importantly we love to help others get the most out of owning a Tundra.
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ive never driven one so i cant compare, but i do haul stuff 24/7. so im gonna say for me the extra power is definitely needed. i bet my mpg would suffer a bit with a smaller motor.

to each his own, as long as your happy with what you got!
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my new tundra 4.6 vs my 04 4.7

I believe my new 2011 4.6 is faster than my 04 tundra 4.7 as i have timed 0 to 60 at about 7.5 secs but gas mpg is standing on 17.8, all around town freeway and street and 18.4 all highway with 1000 lbs in truck not towing. towing I got 17.9 with a 3200 lb boat. I also think the 6 speed is responsible for the power transfer and mileage, looks to me like toyota thought this out with the 4.6 I did read on one of the car mags that the heads, intake manifold and headers are off the 5.7 could not get dealer to verify this but they did say the 4.6 was within 3 secs of 5.7 in 1/4 mile
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I bought the 5.7L V8 because I wanted the power to haul and tow. I don't do either very often but when I do, I want to know that I have enough power to do so. I didn't buy my truck for fuel economy, I bought it because of Toyota's history of reliability and at 45k and 0 problems I'm very happy with it. The 4.6L would be ok for an all around truck for commuting and light duty hauling and towing, which seems like what most people use a truck for now is to drive to and from work so not many people really ever use the 5.7L's power.

IMO it don't matter which engine you get as long as you are happy with your purchase.
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my other opinion

Yes I agree the 5.7 will tow handier than the 4.6, probably. I think back to the time the chevy service jerk said that my 3/4 ton chevy conversion van had a hole 130hp and we were towing long distances then loaded to the gills with baby stuff and the rest of the crap. You are right, I will only counter that during the gas ripoff that we are expereiencing now i landed on this new 4.6 engine and its a good puller to and if I can eak out a few extra mpg thats good too. Thanks for the input.
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I haven't purchased my Tundra yet, but intend to in the spring. I am most definitely going
with the 4.6L if I find what I want. It will do all the chores that I want and do it handily.
I suspect that I may see a better outcome on mpg than my present 5.7 Chev. I like
a lot of others have issues with the reliability of parts on American's big 3.
Its time for a change.
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Thanks for the info on the two engines. Does the 4.6 still come with 4.30 gears?
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If you frequent a forum like this one, you may become influenced to buy a 5.7. Even with 5.7, we feel inadequate compared to supercharged ones. And so on. But if you think this out rationally, 4.6 is the right option for many of us. It has an excellent combination of power and economy.
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Thanks for the info on the two engines. Does the 4.6 still come with 4.30 gears?
4.6 with tow package comes with 4.10.
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4.6 with tow package comes with 4.10.
So what does a 4.6 without tow package come with? I assume the lower gear ratio contributes to better fuel economy on the highway...i.e. if we could put 3.73's or something in, it might be a little doggish off the line, but at highway speeds would be pretty fuel efficient.

I'm curious what kind of highway mpg the 5.7 guys are getting, who have 4.10 gears?
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That's were I was going Bad Dad. The gears have a lot to do with MPG. Comparing a 4.30 gear ratio truck with 3.73's+/- doesn't work.
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