Originally Posted by Isaac M
We're considering upgrading our little Tacoma to a Access Cab 2WD Tundra for towing our 19' Scamp
. My only reservation is the gas mileage. We currently average 18 mpg towing all around the Northwest, so gas prices really don't factor in too much in our current travel decisions
I'd appreciate any feedback on Tundra gas mileage from those towing a fiberglass trailer with a Tundra. I just want to know what I can expect so I can understand the true cost of upgrading. Can you please include:
-Engine (V6 or V8)
-Transmission (manual or automatic)
-2WD or 4WD
-Type of trailer you tow
-Gas mileage when not towing
-Gas mileage when towing.
If you like the truck, buy it. It should do the job nicely without sacrificing mileage, provided you drive slower when towing than when not towing. Just about every TV we have ever used got about the same mileage when towing as when not towing due to the difference in acceleration and cruising speed (12-15MPH)
For instance our Ranger gets 17-20 @ 78MPH with hard acceleration and no trailer and about the same MPG with moderate acceleration while towing @ 63MPH.
Another consideration which is often overlooked is tires
, which can cause as much as a 3-4 MPG change. Example... I now have a Kuhmo tire which promises 85000 miles and delivers about 1-1/2MPG more than the BFGs which were removed. Of course any gain is often offset by a commensurate loss in handling and traction.
The Tundra should do alright since last I looked Scamp
still owned the mid-nineties 3.0L ranger which was used for decades to deliver Scamp 5ers.