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Old 10-23-2015, 10:00 AM   #21
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The greatest fabricaters of truth are politicians and people stating fuel mileage! When I fill up and reset my mileage and mpg gauge and start down a down hill on the interstate my mpg's go all the way up to reading 28. I know that is not my true mileage because in 10 miles of regular driving it regulates itself to about 15/16 highway, no trailer. Could I say I am getting 28? yes I could, but I am not a politician.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:25 PM   #22
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I have a 2014 Tundra w/5.7L. I do love it. In my opinion, the only downfall on this truck is the poor MPG's (compared to other 1/2 tons). In my opinion, this truck had everything else "better" than what the other truck manufacturers where offering at that time. Trade-offs I guess....

I get about 13.5-14.5mpg consistently as my daily driver. Towing goes down to 9-10mpg, which is pretty typical of most 1/2 tons towing.

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Old 10-23-2015, 01:49 PM   #23
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I get about 13.5-14.5mpg consistently as my daily driver.
This more in line as to what my buddies report for daily driving mileage. No doubt they're great dependable trucks as is the Tacoma, but the daily driving mileage is tough to swallow compared to the big 3 half tons. Nothing changes for 2016. Same mileage estimates for the same old 5.7 litre work force engine. While bullet proof, Toyota trucks always seems a bit behind the big 3 for mileage and technology features.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:36 PM   #24
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My buddy I car pool with has a 13 tundra 5.7 rock warrior.Real world he got 1 mpg better than my 13 Silverado 5.3.I drove one week he drove the next type car pool setup.Very nice truck.The only downfall I've seen is tank size I believe his total tank size is 22 Gallon will my Silverado was 26 gallon.I could drive the whole week on one tank of gas,with the gas light sometimes coming on while driving home Friday.He has to fill up Thursday on the way to work.
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:00 PM   #25
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I log every gallon of gas and every mile driven, also if towing or not towing. My tundra has a 26 + gallon tank, I have reached a high of 23 mpg, driving in Colorado, Elizabeth to be exact. Much was two lane roads with speed limits of 50 - 55, into light city traffic. Towing over 13,000 miles I average 10.3 mostly in Colorado mostly mountains, some flat. This was my first "foreign" vehicle I have ever owned...and I would buy it all over again. Much better fit and finish than any of my Chevy, Ford or Chrysler products. I do drive "easy". No jack rabbit starts, no hard breaking etc... when towing I tend to drive about 58 as it is the best mpg range. I have a 6 speed transmission also. I LOVE my Tundra, can't say I have ever "loved" a vehicle before.. liked a lot, but not loved. I'm sure all vehicle are good, and what is important to me may not be important to others. Here in Arizona, I am getting 16.5 to 17. 3 over the last 3 tanksfuls in city driving...
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:02 PM   #26
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After owning 3 Chevrolet Silverado's over a 20 year period I bought a 2015 Tundra and I love it. All my Chevys were rock solid great trucks and I never had any problems with them, but the Tundra just felt great the first time I drove it. After 9 months of ownership I am still happy. Mileage is only part of the cost of owning a vehicle. One out of pocket service charge can completely wipe out fuel mileage savings. Many manufacturer's mileage claims are for their 6 cylinder models. Chevy and Ram are using variable displacement technology to increase their 8 cylinder mileage. Look at the forums and you will find many users are seeking ways to turn that feature off. When running on all 8 cylinders, especially when towing, I doubt you will find much difference in fuel economy.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:14 PM   #27
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I also love my Tundra. They have timing chain which does not have to be adjusted or replaced. My previous Tundra a 4.7 litre 2006 had 86000 miles when traded and never had any repair made. Still had original brake pads. It worked hard to pull the 26BH up hills.

My current trailer is about #6800 loaded. Between #900 and 1000 on hitch.
Pulls great, I am sometimes a tad over my payload, but not my rear axle weight rating.

It is the only vehicle we own now that we are retired. It is comfortable; overall mileage is 15-16. Up to 18 mpg on trips without trailer. 9-10 mpg with trailer.
I have a cap on it which has increased mileage by 15% when towing. As wags999 does, I keep records on my mileage.

I hope this truck lasts the rest of my driving life.

Having said all this, I would not want to pull a trailer over #7500 GVWR with it.

Tundra has the quality that may be lacking in some other pickups.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:40 PM   #28
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The greatest fabricaters of truth are politicians and people stating fuel mileage! When I fill up and reset my mileage and mpg gauge and start down a down hill on the interstate my mpg's go all the way up to reading 28. I know that is not my true mileage because in 10 miles of regular driving it regulates itself to about 15/16 highway, no trailer. Could I say I am getting 28? yes I could, but I am not a politician.

Agreed lol. Everybody gets great mileage and tows anything they put behind it. They never know its there. If you love your truck that's all that matters. If you don't own a diesel don't tow with one or you will know what your missing. They really aren't much more either... If you have to have a one size fits all truck (daily driver and tow rig) I understand it's a tough choice...

OP if you want a Tundra get one. My brother has one and my father in law has a sequoia. They are nice vehicles. They bought what they liked and even though they don't have anything to tow, they could...
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:24 AM   #29
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I stated above about gas mileage and I agree with SouthCo, if you want a Tundra get it! I use mine as a daily driver and to pull my 23rb. I have a 7.3 diesel dually that I pull my horse trailer and hay trailers with and it is great and I could use it all the time camping too, I just prefer driving the Tundra.
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:07 AM   #30
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The 5.7 is a beast. The guy who diss'd the rear end ratio knows little about the trucks, it has at least two overdrives so while it may have high numerical (low) diff ratio to get the truck moving and provide power, on the top end it has overdrives so it can cruise like a truck with a 3.23 or similar rear end.

I have 4.6 and its a bit down on torque - it revs like crazy and can accelerate really well, but has a harder time holding 65 in wind and hills than I'd like.

Heard the 5.7 passes everything but the fuel station. Smaller tank doesn't help either. Mine's about 18 gallons.

I will say the brakes are really good, the frame and hitch are incredibly stiff and strong, but the leaf springs a bit weak in back to give folks a ride.

I installed TRD rear sway bar (easy) and it doesn't hurt to stabilize loads.
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