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...and engines that can last 200-300k miles, etc.
You do realize that the Tundra is the only recommended full size truck on Consumer Reports due to reliability?

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My '07 Tundra DC with the 4.7 L engine has never gotten better than 13 mpg in town and maybe 16 - 17 on the highway. I like the truck, it's paid off but if I ever get a new truck it won't be another Tundra. This is definitely pickup truck country for work or play. All my friends with Fords or Chevys get at least 2 mpg better. I'm at 5,000' altitude which might make a difference but so are they. Anytime I leave town it is downhill so I'm fighting some steep grades on the way home. BTW, I have less than 35K on the odometer so I'll probably have this truck for a long time.

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I don't care. MPGs are just part of the puzzle I had an 05 Hemi Ram QCSB. Did CAI exhaust and programmer. Life time average of 21 MPG over 72k. Best was a 450 trip from NJ to the OBX avg was 26. Smart driving and throttle control. That truck has 3.92 tears.

Another reading the Tundra sucks on gas? They're too damn fun to drive


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I for one are looking forward to buying a Tundra, lower mpg or not. The AFM/DOD is too much a concern over the long haul for me,

The 4:30 gearing is another plus for me. If I lift it, no gearing changes needed.

A friend bought a 2016 Tundra supercab 5.7..... gets 19mpg highway, his 5.7 Hemi Ram gets less.

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Fuelly is where the real numbers are at. Mine is 12.3, but that's with 35s and no recalibration. It's probably closer to 13.4. Most of my driving is short trips in town with multiple stoplights.


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I thought that it was funny when I went to Key Largo in January I averaged 18 mpg driving up and down that one highway that goes everywhere and ow I'm back in Pittsburgh where I always get 12.5mpg driving the same way.

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My daily commute takes me about 30min each way to go 20 miles on secondary roads with about 20-25 stop lights to get to work. Reading is 15.0mpg and has hovered around 14.9-15 since last April when i picked it up. Seems like other Toyota SUVs, LC that i;ve owned are running around that mpg give or take 1 to 2. miles. Granted they have lasted 200k miles with out any huge needed service besides timing belt/water pump change. I'd take that vs being in the shop a few times a year for other issues that ive seen with other makes out there.

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My daily driving is a mix of interstate and local roads. Average around 14.something to 15, tops.

I took a drive from St. Petersburg to Orlando and topped out at 19.5 mpg. Granted, the only thing in the truck was me and a passenger.

Considering the 5.7L V8 goodness at my command, I don't think that's horrible mileage. Nothing to brag about, sure. But, I prefer to own a truck that starts when you turn the key.


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I think its unfair to compare and so quickly claim the Tundra is a gas guzzler compared to its competitors.

Compare power output for one thing and lack of high octane fuel requirement. Those getting 18-22 are not getting the same power output we have, and those make a little more power, require high octane fuel and dont get any better MPG then we do.

And try to find 1/2 ton truck owners not running the ECO wimp diesel getting over 18-19 consistently.

From what I find, our 5.7's are getting respectable REAL WORLD MPG compared to all the others.

If you really must nit-pick...averages of the masses found on Fuelly for example *might* be 1-2 higher. Is that a big deal for a truck? I think not.
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I average 14.5 hand calculated in 50% highway 50% stoplight driving. Thats with a heavy foot and a supercharger.

If I wanted gas mileage I would buy a Prius. I wanted a truck so I bought a Tundra.

I certainly wouldn't drive a lesser truck for 1-2 mpg improvement.

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I average 14.5 hand calculated in 50% highway 50% stoplight driving. Thats with a heavy foot and a supercharger.

If I wanted gas mileage I would buy a Prius. I wanted a truck so I bought a Tundra.

I certainly wouldn't drive a lesser truck for 1-2 mpg improvement.
Seriously, if people are that concerned with mileage, why get a truck? I am concerned with MPG's, but I have a Prius for that, and a Tundra for when I don't care about MPG's.


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You may pay a few more dollars in fuel costs but you save a ton on repairs and depreciation. A great deal IMO
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Always read the fine print when you read car ads too, often there will be a little symbol that directs you to the tiny font that says the advertised mpg is based on the lightest, most fuel-efficient model. The big 3 are always guilty of this...

Also, I'd much rather be paying for more fuel than paying for parts and labor!

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I think part of it also has to do with the front air dam ford/chevy hang off the front bumper. It reduces ground clearance up front by several inches. I know when my f250 busted its front air dam I lost 1-2 highway mpg. My suburban drags when I pull up too far on parking lot curbs.
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