Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy Guide

Choosing the right drivetrain and engine configuration can help you maximize Toyota Tacoma fuel economy.
Written by Sarah Gray
Edited by Pat Roache
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The standard 2022 Toyota Tacoma has an EPA-rated fuel economy of 20 city/23 highway/21 combined MPG with the base 2.7-L inline four and 4X2 drivetrain. Any modifications to the Toyota’s powertrain configuration lowers the Tacoma’s already lackluster mileage.
  • The base 2.7-L inline four and 4x2 drivetrain configuration of the Tacoma earns the best mileage, while the 3.6-L V6 and manual transmission combination earns the worst.
  • The Tacoma’s competitors all earn similar or better fuel economy ratings.
  • There are several steps you can take to improve fuel economy in your Tacoma.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

The combined city/highway fuel economy of the 2022 Toyota Tacoma ranges from a dismal 18 mpg to a barely-better 21 mpg. Three major factors affect your Tacoma’s fuel economy rating: 
  • Engine size
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission. 
The table below shows EPA fuel economy ratings for all the common Tacoma configurations. 
Engine
Drivetrain
Transmission
EPA-rated fuel economy
2.7-liter inline-four
4x2
6-speed automatic
20 city / 23 highway / 21 combined MPG
3.5-liter V6
4x2
6-speed automatic
19 city / 24 highway / 21 combined MPG
2.7-liter inline-four
4x4
6-speed automatic
19 city / 22 highway / 20 combined MPG
3.5-liter V6
4x4
6-speed automatic
18 city / 22 highway / 20 combined MPG
3.5-liter V6
4x4
6-speed manual
17 city / 21 highway /  18 combined MPG
Other factors, like cab size and trim level, also affect gas mileage. For instance, the
Double Cab
TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro with a V6 and manual transmission drops highway fuel efficiency to just 20 mpg.
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Toyota Tacoma fuel economy vs. the competition

To get a fair comparison, let’s look at the EPA-rated fuel economy for the Tacoma and some of its competitors when equipped with:
  • The base engine
  • 4x4 drivetrain, and 
  • Automatic transmission. 
See how the Tacoma measures up in the table below.
Model
Gas mileage (city/highway/combined)
2022 Toyota Tacoma
19/22/20 MPG
19/24/21 MPG
19/24/21 MPG
20/24/22 MPG
18/24/21 MPG
The bottom line: 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.
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How to optimize fuel economy in a Toyota Tacoma

Use these simple hacks to keep fuel economy high and
save money on gas
, even in a Tacoma:
  • Go easy on the pedals: Aggressive braking and abrupt acceleration will cause your fuel economy to dip. 
  • Lighten the load: Try not to haul anything you don’t have to—extra weight will impact gas mileage.
  • Keep up with maintenance: Changing air filters, clearing spark plugs, and keeping tires full and aligned will all improve your Tacoma’s fuel economy.
  • Let the truck warm up: Cold-engine driving wastes fuel.
  • Avoid idling: turn off your truck if you’re going to be stopped for more than 10 mpg.
Luckily, the Tacoma doesn’t require premium fuel—Toyota recommends regular unleaded gasoline with a gas octane rating of 87. 
Pro Tip: Use cruise control to maximize both fuel economy and ride smoothness.
MORE: Recommended maintenance schedule for a Toyota
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