Toyota Tacoma Gas Mileage (Ultimate Guide)

The Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling compact pickup truck of all time, thanks in part to its rugged looks, excellent reliability, and high resale value.

But what about the Tundras fuel economy?

In this article, we’ll answer some of the most common questions people have about the iconic Tacoma’s gas mileage.

Are Tacomas Good On Gas?

Most people don’t buy Tacoms because they are good on gas. If you’re thinking about buying a Tacoma, you’re going to have to make peace with the fact that your gas mileage isn’t going to be great.

If you compare the gas mileage of the Tacoma (20 mpg city, 23 mpg highway) to an economical family car like the Toyota Camry (28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway) then Tacomas look like they are terrible on gas.

However, if you compare a Tacoma’s gas mileage to other compact pickups, like the Honda Ridgeline (18 mpg city/24 mpg highway), Chevy Colorado (20 mpg city / 30mpg highway), or the Ford Ranger (21 mpg city / 26 mpg highway), their gas mileage doesn’t look so bad.

Which Toyota Tacoma Has The Best Gas Mileage?

Tacoma MPG has remained pretty steady over the last decade, with most models achieving between 19 and 23 mpg combined (city and highway)

That said, according to FuelEcomony.gov the 2013 Tacoma (2WD) has the best gas mileage of any Tacoma in the last 10 years, achieving 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

2WD Tacomas have the best MPG because they don’t include heavy 4WD drivetrain components.

If you’re looking for a 4WD Tacoma, then the 2022 Tacoma offers the best gas mileage in the last decade, achieving 19 mpg in the City and 22 mpg on the highway.

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How Does A Tacomas Gase Mileage Compare To Other Pickup Trucks?

Let’s take a look at how Tacoma’s gas mileage compares to other popular pickup trucks…

Tacoma vs Tundra Gas Mileage

The most efficient 2WD Tundra gets the same gas mileage as the Tundra in the city (20 mpg) and on the highway (24 mpg)

The most efficient 4WD Tundra gets slightly worse gas mileage than the Tacoma in the city (18 mpg vs 19 mpg). However, the Tundra gets better gas mileage than the Tacoma on the motorway (24 mpg vs 22 mpg)

Tacoma vs F150 Gas Mileage

The most efficient 2WD Ford F150 gets better gas mileage than the Tacoma. The f150 gets up to 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the 2WD Tacoma only achieves 22 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

The most efficient 4WD F150 gets the same gas mileage as the Tacoma in the city (19 mpg) but gets better mileage than the 4WD Tacoma on the highway (24 mpg vs 22 mpg)

Tacoma vs 4runner Gas Mileage

The most efficient 2WD 4Runner has much worse gas mileage than the 2WD Tacoma in both the city (16mpg compared to the Tacomas 20mpg) and the highway (19mpg compared to the Tacomas 24mpg)

The most efficient 4WD 4Runner also gets worse gas mileage than the most 4WD Tacoma. While the 4WD Tacoma gets 19 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, the 4WD 4Runner only gets 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.

Tacoma vs Silverado Gas Mileage

The most efficient 2WD Silverado gets the same gas mileage in the city as the Tacoma (20mpg) while the getting slightly less on the highway (23 mpg compared to the Tacomas 24 mpg)

The most efficient 4WD Silverado beats the Tacoma for gas mileage in both the city (22mpg compared to the Tacomas 19mpg ) and on the highway (26 mpg compared to the Tacomas 22mpg)

Toyota Tacoma vs Chevy Colorado Gas Mileage

The 2WD Chevy Colorado gets the same gas mileage as the 2WD Tacoma (20mpg) in the city. However, when it comes to the highway, the Colorado gets significantly better mpg (30) than the Tacoma (24)

The 4WD Chevy Colorado gets the same gas mileage as the Tacoma in the city (up to 19 mpg) but the Colorado gets more mpg on the highway (up to 24 mpg compared to the Tacomas 22 mpg)

How Big Is a Toyota Tacoma Gas Tank?

Most Toyota Tacomas in the last decade have had a gas tank size of 21.1 gallons. Every Tacoma model (regardless of trim spec) has the same gas tank size.

How Much Does It Cost To Fill Up A Toyota Tacoma?

The cost to fill up a Toyota Tacoma depends on the state you are driving in, the type of fuel you use, current fuel prices, and even the garage you buy it from.

At the time of writing this article, the AAA listed the price of a gallon as  $4.098, meaning it would cost $86.46 to fill up a 21.1 gallon Tacoma tank.

How Far Can A Toyota Tacoma Go On A Full Tank Of Gas?

The average Tacoma has a 21.1-gallon gas tank and achieves 20mpg in the city, and 23mpg on the highway. Therefore, the average Tacoma should be able to travel 422 miles if driving in the city, or 485.3 miles if you are driving in the city.

That said, most people will not get anywhere near this as factors such as traffic, hills, weather, and aggressive driving will all reduce the number of miles you can get on a single tank.

How Far Can A Toyota Tacoma Go On Empty?

Most Tacomas will have between 20 and 30 miles left when the fuel light comes on. That said, the distance that your Tacoma will go on empty depends on a number of factors such as driving habits, terrain, and how well your tires are inflated.

The distance to the empty dashboard gauge is usually calculated by looking at the average MPG you got on your last tank of gas, so if you were driving inefficiently just before your light cam on, you are likely to get fewer miles.

You can squeeze out more mileage when running on empty by driving slower and doing your best to reduce both your breaking and revs.

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How To Improve Gas Mileage On A Toyota Tacoma

Here are a few ways you can improve gas mileage on your Toyota Tacoma.

  1. Make sure that your Tacoma tires are inflated according to the maximum recommended PSI (usually 38-39psi)
  2. Don’t drive too fast, 60-65mph is ideal for fuel-efficiency. Use cruise control when driving on straight roads to maintain an efficient speed.
  3. Try not to floor it when accelerating. Keep your revs under 2000 RPMs. Consider installing a throttle controller like Pedal Commander, which many Tacoma users have credited with improving their mpg.
  4. Remove as much unnecessary weight as possible from your truck.
  5. Experiment with premium gas. Some people swear that 89 octane gas more than pays for itself when it comes to mpg.
  6. Try using full synthetic engine oil during your next oil change. Many Tacoma owners have had good success increasing mpg with this.

9 Reasons Your Toyota Tacoma is Getting Poor Gas Mileage

Tacomas aren’t exactly known for their excellent gas mileage. However, some owners find that their Tacoma isn’t getting the mpg that it should be.

Here are X common reasons your Tacoma is getting bad gas mileage:

  1. Low tire pressure (should be 38-39psi)
  2. Driving too fast (try to cruise at 65mph)
  3. Revving too much (try to keep them just under 2,000 rpm)
  4. Overloaded (try removing excess weight)
  5. Your Tacoma needs an oil change (try using full synthetic)
  6. Your air filter needs to be cleaned
  7. Your throttle body needs to be cleaned
  8. You live in a hot climate (air conditioners wreak havoc on mpg)
  9. You’re driving on rough terrain (hills, dirt tracks, using 4×4 etc)

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