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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update for February - Holding at 18 MPG

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

A few weeks ago I belatedly reported on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma's fuel economy for its first month of service. Now I'm back with the second month.

Not much changed.

In February we drove about 1,000 miles and averaged 18.0 mpg. That's a slight improvement over January (17.8 mpg) but still below the EPA's combined driving estimate of 20 mpg. Incidentally, we recorded new best (20.3 mpg) and worst (16.8 mpg) lifetime fill-ups this month.

One of the comments from "5vzfe" on that January update was: "Does the EPA treat the TRD Off-Road to its own individual fuel economy test?" I wondered that myself when I wrote the previous update. There have been instances where a particular vehicle trim level earns a slightly lower or higher mpg rating than the rest of the line. But the EPA website and our vehicle's window sticker do not delineate for the TRD Off-Road.

I will note that most of our long-term test vehicles end up with averages somewhere between EPA city and EPA combined. And we've yet to take our Tacoma on any fuel-economy boosting road trips. So there's still plenty of opportunity for an upswing in the months ahead.

Worst Fill MPG: 16.8
Best Fill MPG: 20.3
Average Lifetime MPG: 18.0 mpg
EPA MPG Rating: 20 Combined (18 City/23 Highway)
Best Range: 349.0 miles
Current Odometer: 3,321

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,321 miles

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