The Toyota Tacoma is all about power and practicality—but fuel economy is a weakness for all pickup trucks, and the Tacoma is no exception. Want a truck that gets the job done, on-road or off, without any fuss or fanfare, and with one of the only surviving manual transmissions in the business?
2022 Toyota Tacoma fuel economy
Let’s break it down: the table below shows EPA fuel economy ratings for all the common Tacoma configurations.
In older Tacomas, the same fuel economy ratings hold largely steady over the years. For instance, the popular 4x4 configuration with the base 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission has gotten the same standard 20 mpg combined since 2016, while 2012-2015 models with the same configuration and a four-speed automatic transmission had a slightly weaker combined fuel economy of 19 mpg.
So Toyota Tacoma fuel economy has improved since previous generations—but not by much.
Toyota Tacoma fuel economy vs. the competition
Nobody shops for a mid-size pickup truck with fuel economy foremost in their mind, so the Tacoma’s low numbers might not be a serious drawback. But how does the Tacoma’s fuel economy compare to other trucks in the mid-size class?
To get a fair comparison, let’s look at the EPA-rated fuel economy for each truck with the base engine, 4x4 drivetrain, and automatic transmission (the only option on most modern pickups). See how the Tacoma measures up in the table below.
To put it simply, none of the leading competitors in the mid-size pickup class have worse fuel economy ratings than the Tacoma. Even the Honda Ridgeline, the only truck in the class with a V6 as the standard base engine, gets better gas mileage on the highway and a better combined rating than the four-cylinder Tacoma.
How to optimize fuel economy in a Toyota Tacoma
If you own a Toyota Tacoma—or you’ve got your heart set on one—you might be groaning at these gas mileage numbers. But there’s good news: even in a truck with fuel economy as poor as the Tacoma’s, there are a few easy ways to maximize gas mileage and avoid overpowering fuel expenses.
Use these simple hacks to keep fuel economy high, even in a Tacoma:
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