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A story of 2 trucks

Me and my neighbor bought our trucks 1 month apart. him a 2015 sierra extended cab with the evolution package and mine a 2015 tundra sr5+ (5.7) crewmax. To make it even better, we both run BFG AT KO2's, his 20" and mine 17", but that is pretty insignificant as they are pretty close to factory height.

We both tracked our trucks with fuelly, and heres what we got.

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average mpg(us) 12.1
best mpg(us) 16.0

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average mpg(us) 13.3
best (16.5)

I must say I am very surprised. Only thing that would make this story better would be if I had another neighbor with a ford (well i do, but he didn't track it haha).

In comparison of driving, I would say my tundra does more sustained highway at 75mph, and more very short city trips (I live 1.5mi from work,and .5mi from picking up kids afterschool and home)

I would say the sierra does a bit less sustained highway but at a slower 60mph and probably less short city trips.

Both trucks logged right around 16k mi.

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How does the repair visit count look?


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This sounds right for real world, but every so often a new member complains about their actual Tundra MPG's compared to posted MPG's of other brands only to discover as a whole they are all equally as terrible.

Big trucks and lift kits + heavy aftermarket wheels/tires don't help.


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How does the repair visit count look?
haha, I was assuming this would come up. The GMC has been in twice for warranty, one recall and a leaking headlight assembly. needs to go back for some other rubber gasket on the hood, i don't know the details on that one yet. Also had a highway speed shimmy in it right from new that he took in 3 times and finally they did find after balancing the wheels twice.

Tundra has had 2 oil changes... that would only be 1 if I was in the USA!!! (Why canadian trucks require oil changes with synthetic twice that they do in the usaI do not know).
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Excellent! I think you're leaving some mpg on the table though to be honest.

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Excellent! I think you're leaving some mpg on the table though to be honest.
I wish you were right... i've tried 87 octane, 91 octane, driving hard, driving easy... not warming up much in the winter... not much seems to improveit, but lots seems to hurt it

Winter here really hurts MPG likely due to the winter blend fuel.

Our 87 octane contains 10% ethanol here, and 91 0%
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Oh tell me about it. I literally tbought i had a leaking fuel tamk when it was below zero out. It was ridiculous watching the fuel gauge drop so fast. And I was driving very light footed.
I can usually maintain 14.5-15.3 around town with only short 5mi freeway trips. 90% suburban city mostly though.
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not a relevant story. you drive different routes, different distances, and I'm sure different warm up and time idling. different gas, different driving styles, different everything.
The only thing relevant is I think your 12.2 mpg is really low due to all the short trips.
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Here in Mi, my winter was 12ish average. Not great. Worse than the 2010 by 1mpg...

Now that it has warmed up, and I reset it, about 13.7, including some tire burning and general asshated driving over the last day or two.

All considering not bad for me.


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I always track my fuel economy, but unless it's drastically lower than I feel it should be I gave up caring years ago. I bought a truck for a reason and it isn't to get 20+ mpg. The best thing I think Toyota has done is implement the 38 gallon fuel tank. Knowing I can pretty much guarantee 500 miles on a tank of fuel is nice peace of mind.

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So are both trucks 5.7?
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not a relevant story. you drive different routes, different distances, and I'm sure different warm up and time idling. different gas, different driving styles, different everything.
The only thing relevant is I think your 12.2 mpg is really low due to all the short trips.
I didn't post this to start an argument, and I didn't post it to complain about fuel mileage. It is not irrelevant actually. If I had data to back it up, I would have thrown in my 2014 GMC Sierra work truck that sits right at the same mileage as the two i mentioned in the original post. Only problem with that truck is I don't faithfully track the fuel mileage.

So, that's 3 trucks, 2 basically the same, all 3 varrying conditions, and they are well within 5% of each other on fuel mileage.

The reason I say it is not irrevelant is because I also stated the best MPG of the 2 tracked trucks over 12,000mi, and they were within 2% of each other. Pretty amazing, given what you said about different warmup/idling/fuel/driving style.
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So are both trucks 5.7?
No one was a completely different truck, GMC Sierra 5.3L

And obviously completely different rear end and transmission gear ratios.
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Im going to follow this. Will be trading my Sierra for a Tundra.


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I went from a 2014 Silverado to a 2017 Tundra.

I don't keep MPG on my farm but I do keep track of fuel usage.
I keep cattle and horses so I'm always hauling something and have a trailer of some sort on the hitch. I also fish in a regional tournament trail so every weekend I'm driving with my 21 foot bass boat.

I burn 11 gallons more gas PER MONTH in the Tundra with the 5.7 than I did in the Chevy with the 5.3. I'll gladly sacrifice 3 gallons of gas a week.

I will say though that the Chevy rides better and is quieter. Driving an empty truck on the highway the Chevy has much much better gas mileage. However my Chevy had a recall and was in the dealer constantly.

The tundra works better if that makes sense. If you hook a trailer up to the tundra, you don't see the MPG fall off like you do with the Chevy.

If I were just a casual truck user where I were doing more family/grocery getter stuff during the week and then towing a boat or whatever on the weekend, I'd pick the Chevy.

As a user of a Tundra daily, pulling 8k-9k pound trailers consistently like I do now, I'll choose the tundra hands down.

Not trying to start a Chevy vs Tundra war in a Tundra forum, but I'll say this.

Both trucks have their strengths and weaknesses. For me and how I use it, I'll choose another Tundra.
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