September MPG Update - Undramatically Unchanged - 2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Toyota Tacoma: September MPG Update - Undramatically Unchanged

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 20, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

The last time I spent significant time with our 2016 Toyota Tacoma was back in May of this year. I wrote the fuel update for the month and wrapped it up with: "I do like our Tacoma, but the expectation of getting dramatically better fuel economy than a full-size truck probably isn't going to be realized during this test."

Commenter bohio replied with: "... ya think? How about restating the objective to getting even slightly better fuel economy, because 'dramatically' is — aside from being the wrong choice of words — not easily defined. Would a 2 mpg improvement over the F150 or a Tundra be 'dramatically' better?"

Fair enough. Sure, I'd take 2 mpg better. But as you can likely guess, our Tacoma's fuel economy hasn't budged over the summer.

Currently, the Tacoma's posting a lifetime average of 18.3 mpg. Back in May, it was 18.2. If there's a silver lining, it's that we posted a new fill-up high this month of 21.3 mpg.

Incidentally, the EPA has posted its estimate for the 2017 Ford F-150 with the updated twin-turbo, 375-hp 3.5-liter V6 and 10-speed automatic: 19 mpg combined (17 mpg city/22 mpg highway).

Worst Fill MPG: 15.7
Best Fill MPG: 21.3
Average Lifetime MPG: 18.3
EPA MPG Rating: 20 Combined (18 City/23 Highway)
Best Range: 362.7 miles
Current Odometer: 14,135

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,135 miles

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