In this article, we’re going to calculate the overall gas mileage of the newer 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road. The Toyota Tacoma I have for testing is rated at an 18 Miles per Gallon in the city and 23 Miles per Gallon on the highway.
Before beginning, I need to inform you that there are a few different variants of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma with varying gas mileage ratings and so I want to talk a little bit about the difference between those and then talk about whether or not I’m getting the EPA estimated 18 Miles per Gallon and 23 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage in my Tacoma.
Your gas mileage in a Toyota Tacoma is going to vary based on whether or not you get a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive variant of the Toyota Tacoma or an Automatic Transmission or a Manual Transmission variant.
In this article, I’m really going to focus on the Four-wheel drive variant of the Tacoma in which you get about a Mile per Gallon difference, if you go between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variant. But where is the Real Difference? The real difference is – is whether you get an Automatic Transmission or a Manual Transmission.
What it used to be is that you get much better gas mileage buying a vehicle with a Manual Transmission and but that’s changed with technology and what we’re really finding now is that Automatic Transmissions get far superior gas mileage in comparison to manuals in modern vehicles.
The Toyota Tacoma is offered in a manual transmission but you can only get it in a Short-Bed, so when I was looking at getting a Tacoma, I was debating between a Short-Bed and a Long-Bed, and then the automatic and the manual transmission and decided that I really wanted the long bed, so it gave me no option other than the Automatic Transmission.
I kind of prefer to drive a manual I think it’s kind of more fun to drive but then with the gas mileage difference, I had hard time justifying that so with the manual transmission on the Toyota Tacoma, the EPA rating is 17 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage in the city and 20 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage on the highway. If you jump up to the Automatic ,you’re gonna get 18 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage in the city and 23 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage on the highway.
So there’s a difference of One Mile per Gallon in the city and 3 Miles per Gallon on the highway, which isn’t all that significant but when you’re talking about 20 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage Percentage wise, that is fairly significant. So anyway, that would mean that this is rated at 18 in the city and 23 on the highway. What I found in the time that I’ve owned the vehicle is that in general I get right around 20 Miles per Gallon, so it is right there in the middle.
My driving is fairly mixed between city and highway but I haven’t gotten up to 23 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage at any point but every time that you refill the Tacoma it gives you tank average fuel economy and currently I’m sitting at 22 and a half Miles per Gallon on this tank of gas, which isn’t bad given that half of my driving’s been in the City and probably other half of its been on highway and so fairly impressive given the EPA rating to be achieving 22 or 25 miles per gallon.
Now I’ve got a small travel trailer that weighs about 3,000 pounds and when I was pulling that I was getting somewhere between about 10 and 12 or 13 Miles per Gallon, and that was all highway driving so definitely when you strain the vehicle with a heavy load, you’re gonna see a very significant gas mileage drop, not quite like what you might see in a larger V8 or something when you’re pulling a small load and it may not affect the vehicle as much. In this case, small engine pulling a small trailer – it’s a challenge for it.
Now, the gas mileage on the 2019 Toyota Tacoma I would say is ‘Average’. If you compare it to the Chevy Colorado, it’s about on par if you’re going with a gas engine variation but if you get the diesel Colorado, obviously you’re gonna get much better gas mileage, but we’re really kind of shocked that the Toyota Tacoma doesn’t get better gas mileage.
If you compare it to a lot of the full-size domestic vehicles, like Tundra, obviously it gets bad gas mileage it’s rated at about 14mpg and 17mpg of gas mileage, but if you start looking at the Ram 1500, the Silverado Sierra and the Ford F-150, gas mileage is pretty good. The Ram and the Silverado, they’ve got cylinder deactivation.
On the Silverado, you can get up to about 22 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage on the highway so it’s about the same as this, you go like 18mpg of gas mileage in the city and 22mpg of gas mileage on the highway. And then if you get the Ford F-150 with the EcoBoost, it’s the exact same story, you’re probably going to get the same or better gas mileage is what you would get in the Toyota Tacoma and so I do find that a little bit disappointing given that this is a small pickup, but the gas mileage isn’t a little better, but it is an improvement over the last generation of the Tacoma and despite the fact that the gas mileage isn’t amazing, I still really like the truck.
I just think that besides of all this it is a really nice truck and the other you know advantage I guess is given that this is just a basic naturally aspirated V6 compared to the other domestic automakers with a cylinder deactivation and Turbos. Hopefully, the maintenance is going to be far less long-term on this compared to those vehicles, so that might be really where you see a lot of that average.
Overall, I’d say that the EPA rating is actually fairly accurate. I find that typically I’m able to outperform the EPA rating consistently and I haven’t necessarily seen that on this truck. As I mentioned, I’ve been getting about 20 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage on average, and on this latest tank of gas I’m pretty excited about it getting close to 23 Miles per Gallon of gas mileage with a mix of city and highway driving.
This is the first time that I’ve really kind of exceeded that and I’m currently sitting just under half a tank so we’ll see how that average holds up over the course of the tank but it’s a good start. So one thing I would be curious to know is if there’s anyone reading this piece of content got the manual transmission to know where you’re sitting out with gas mileage on your Toyota Tacoma and to see if there’s really that much of difference between the manual and the automatic.
I was a little skeptical when I was searching for mine and really what swayed me into just getting the Automatic Transmission anyway was because the Manual Transmission was not available on the Long-Bed and that was really a priority for me, but had I been in the market for a Short-Bed or been okay with a Short-Bed, I would have been very tempted to go with the Manual Transmission just because I think it’d be more fun to drive and I would think that it should be possible if you’re shifting appropriately to get the same gas mileage that you’re getting in the Automatic Transmission, so I’d be curious if anyone has any input on that from their own experience whether or not they’re getting the same Toyota Tacoma gas mileage that I’m getting here with the Automatic, let me know in the comments below.