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Toyota Tundra Gas Mileage

The Toyota Tundra was introduced to America in 2000 as Toyota’s first full-sized pickup truck. It was redesigned for the 2007 model year to be significantly larger, in order to better compete with the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Dodge Ram.

The current Tundra is available with 5.7 and 4.7 liter V-8 engines, as well as a 4.0 liter V-6. While all three engines produce a generous amount of horsepower, their gas mileage just might be considerably less that what you might expect from a Toyota. In order to gain market share, Toyota would do well to offer a turbo diesel engine in the Tundra.

Check out our Toyota Tundra review:



Toyota Tundra Gas Mileage – 2000-2010

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2010 Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (S5) Auto 15 19
2010 Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter R (S6) Auto 15 20
2010 Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 14 18
2010 Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.6 liter R (S6) Auto 14 19
2010 Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 13 17
2010 Toyota Tundra 4WD FFV 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 13 17
2009 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (S5) Auto 14 17
2009 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 14 18
2009 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (S5) Auto 15 19
2009 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 13 17
2009 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter E (S6) Auto 10 13
2009 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (S5) Auto 13 16
2009 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 13 17
2008 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 14 18
2008 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (S5) Auto 14 17
2008 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (S5) Auto 15 19
2008 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (S5) Auto 13 16
2008 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 13 17
2007 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (S5) Auto 17 20
2007 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 16 20
2007 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (S5) Auto 15 18
2007 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 5.7 liter R (S6) Auto 14 18
2007 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (S5) Auto 15 18
2006 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M6) Manual 16 20
2006 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 16 19
2006 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 18 22
2006 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 15 18
2005 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (L5) Auto 18 22
2005 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 4.0 liter R (M6) Manual 16 20
2005 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 16 18
2005 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L5) Auto 15 18
2004 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 18
2004 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 20
2004 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 20
2004 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 15 18
2004 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 19
2004 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2003 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 19
2003 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 20
2003 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
2003 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 15 18
2003 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2003 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 19
2002 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 19
2002 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 19
2002 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 18
2002 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 15 18
2002 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2002 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 18
2001 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 18
2001 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 19
2001 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 20
2001 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2001 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 15 18
2001 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 18
2000 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 19
2000 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 15 18
2000 Toyota Toyota Tundra 2WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 19
2000 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 8 cylinder 4.7 liter R (L4) Auto 14 17
2000 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 18
2000 Toyota Toyota Tundra 4WD 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 15 18

Note: the EPA tweaked their testing procedure, starting with the 2008 model year, with the end result being that the 2008 MPG estimates are now lower than previous years. As always, YMMV.

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25 comments ↓

#1 John C. Coonradt jr. on 12.02.07 at 8:47 am

Dear Sir,

I have a 2007 Toyota Truck with 8 cylinder 5.7 liter Limited Edition.

The truck has only three thousand miles and I only get 13.5 to 13.6 miles per gallon city or trip. When will my milage get better, the dealer said the vehicle has not been broken in yet. How long does that take. I will soon be broke feeding it if this doesn’t happen soon.

Could the engine tune up be off, should i get it checked?

#2 John C. Coonradt jr. on 12.10.07 at 9:48 pm

When will the gas milage get better on my Tundra, I have Thirty Five Hundred Miles.I am getting 13.5 City 13.6 Highway. 5.7 Liter special Edition.

Jack

#3 mpg-o-editor on 12.11.07 at 3:19 am

The break-in period might have something to do with it. Ask your dealer if it’s okay to switch to a synthetic oil at the next oil change. Synthetic oil costs more, but does a better job of protecting the engine.

You might want to try going extra easy on the throttle to see if that makes a difference. I like to think of it this way … every time you stomp on it, your gas mileage will go down down down … it’s like feeding dollars into vending machine.

#4 newtonjumpy on 01.06.08 at 10:39 pm

The best my 5.7- 2007 Tundra double cab has done, is 16.2 MPG. It has 4400 miles and has been on the Highway 80% of the time.

#5 Me on 01.23.08 at 10:25 pm

Are you dudes for real? Its a 5.7l V8 what do you expect? Its gonna drink gas like an Irishman drinks Guiness on St. Patty’s day. You think the Tundra is bad…you should check out the 2008 Sequoia, its as if there is a hole in the gas tank.

#6 Jeff on 02.17.08 at 2:11 am

Seriously – what did you guys expect when you bought the 5.7L? Did you even look at those 2 BIG numbers in the middle of the sticker? It’s easier to see than the price. The best you can hope for is to get maybe 15 in the city. 13 is about right. If it’s hurting your wallet that bad, go buy trade it in for a Prius.

#7 DLL on 03.24.08 at 8:31 pm

LOL. That is what I was told my V8 was support to get and it gets 9.6m/g and hwy 11 I will buy ur truck in a heart beat. Like it was stated already is a V8. If you wanted something that got better gas mileage then you shoulf of bought a 4cy. My truck works for me right now but planning on downsizing due to cost of gas, I run dogs and have to have room for them so it must be a truck. wish the car makers would bring out a diesal 4cy-6 in a ranger/yoto or anything small

#8 ppp on 04.13.08 at 2:59 am

I have a 2003 Tundra 4×4 with a camper shell, 4.7L and get 16 twn and 20 hwy with stock p265′s or LT245-75/16. I might eek out 21 if im careful. Love the truck.

#9 Ken Lowe on 06.23.08 at 12:06 pm

My 2006 Tundra gets 17 city & 20 highway if I take it easy. I don’t think the larger engine will do much better.

#10 JT on 07.10.08 at 6:31 am

Uuuuuugh….
That’s why I searched for six months to find a 2002 2 cyl 4wd extra cab.

It actually only gets 18 city…..
But here’s the REAL point;

Accelerate as gently as possible. This is when you generate Horsepower and HP equals fuel consumption.

Also, the aerodynamics has HUGE effect on how easily the vehicle will slip through the air and the effect is much greater at highway speed. So the RIGHT “Ground Package” and/or cap could result in a one or two MPG gain.

#11 GreatV8 on 08.05.08 at 4:39 pm

This cracks me up!!!!! These are big, high horsepower V8 motors and most of the Tundras have 4.10 gear ratios. This is why they call them a truck, if you bought one thinking you would ever get 20 MPG you where dreaming. The only way to get 20 MPG (maybe) is to get a GM truck which shuts off 4 cylinders when power demand is low. But then you get GM’s trucks. I will live with my 15 MPG (2008 Limited, w/ TRD exhaust), just so I never have to drive another GM, Ford or Dodge, again.

#12 AK on 03.15.09 at 4:44 am

Just got my 08 tundra and its odd it reads average 14 mpg but the instant mpg reading is like 19 city @ 40mph and 14 hwy @ 65mph w/ 6′ lift on 35″ tires, i do have dual cat back exhaust. I thought hwy miles were better than city, its not that bad for what it is

#13 mpg-o-editor on 03.15.09 at 7:44 am

@AK – Stated city mileage is lower due to stops and starts, not because of overall speed. Gasoline is consumed rapidly while under acceleration.

With the big tires and lift, your Tundra must have a good bit of aerodynamic drag at 65 MPH. The trick is to find the optimal cruising speed. Try a couple of runs at different speeds, say 60 MPH and 68 MPH to see what that does to the instant MPG reading. I’d reckon that you’ll see a noticeable improvement in mileage when dropping down to 60 MPH.

Our standard methodology is to set the cruise control on 68 MPH to establish a baseline on our testing circuit.

#14 Lovin'5.7 on 04.07.09 at 2:33 pm

The new style Tundra is a beast with the 5.7 engine. My mpg is about 12-13.5 city and 16-18 hwy with a few times getting 19-20 on flat long NJ roads. I’m happy as a pig in @$%& with those numbers. Its a truck, with a ton of HP, what do you expect? I have the K&N air filter and dual exhaust, but I doubt they really help much. I also run synthetic and saw maybe a .5 mpg increase but who knows. At 27,000 miles, i’m happy with the truck completely. If you want better MPG, drive slower and accelerate like a grandma.

#15 Ed on 04.09.09 at 1:31 am

You guys all fell for that Toyota advertisement that starts out saying “You know your Toyota gets good gas mileage”. We all feel the Toyota’s get good mileage but if you actually fill your tank on the first step (slowest fill rate) of the stations fuel nozzle until it clicks off, write the mileage down, get on highway and drive using at least a half tank and then refill with the first step on the nozzle again, then do the math. Its not as good in gas mileage as you thought is it? Even the Prius will show on the car computer it is getting 48 mpg but the math will show 42 mpg. I don’t know why they don’t get in trouble for it. Most of the Camry’s through the 90′s didn’t get over 23 mpg in actual mileage. Did you know a 400 HP Corvette gets over 26 MPG on the highway? V8 Cadillac’s get even way better than that! Even full sized Ford’s get nearly 28 mpg on the highway. A 2006 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L A/T, with the A/C on, will average 33.7 mpg at 65 mph with two adults traveling with two suite cases in the trunk! These aren’t even the cars that get the really good gas mileage!
I know, I know! These vehicles don’t have that Toyota emblem in the grill.

#16 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 Review on 05.15.09 at 8:55 am

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#17 Ryan on 06.01.09 at 9:20 pm

Quick fix for better mpg, one easy and free mod is to take out the charcoal filter it is right after the air filter you cant miss it. i heard of 1mpg gain with that and frees up a couple ponies, also to delete your rear cats, no O2 sensors behind them. still have the front 2 (which i think is too much) but it cleans up the air i guess. the rear 2 are unnecessary and just kill MPG and power.
Cheers

#18 mpg-o-editor on 06.02.09 at 11:46 am

@Ryan – Deleting the rear cats is a sure way to invite trouble the next time your Tundra goes through state emissions inspection.

The easiest and cheapest way to get more MPGs out of the Tundra is to drive it with a light foot. Stomp on it when you need to, but lift off the throttle whenever possible and use all the inertia you can … :)

#19 Coury on 07.06.09 at 6:18 pm

Taking the rear cats off, will this throw the check engine light on?

#20 Tim on 08.01.09 at 6:08 pm

I am just about to trade in my 1999 Dodge 2500 4×4 V10 (8.0) Liter king cab Long bed SLT Larmie “BEAST”
310 hp/450 torque stock
Its been a great truck , but the MPGs is around 10.6/12
I want a 2007 Toyota Tundra, but really wonder if its worth it…I haul heavy loads daily and dont know if the Toyota is up for the challenge. A V8 with not much better gas mileage than my V10.
Hard to make up my mind…

#21 Dan on 05.08.10 at 10:14 am

Hey-does anyone have any mpg experience on a 4.0 V6 Tundra? Looking at an ’05 V6 and thought I might be able to save myself a few bucks at the pump. The V6 seems to have pleny of power for me. Just hauling my surfboards to and from the beach. Thanks!
Dan in San Diego

#22 Mark on 05.25.10 at 10:09 am

I thought the Toyota tundra would have gotten a little better milage myself, but its a truck plain and simple. If you want to go with a V6 Tundra…. not a good idea. Off the assembly line the truck will get up and go pretty good, but as the miles start to stack up in its older years the motor is under powered for the size of the vehicle. If you have to put your foot on the gas more often to get the weight of the vechicle out of the way you still end up spending the dollars at the pump with a V6. Also that motor has to work extra hard to move the weight around it putting extra wear and tear on the motor and ultimatley not holding up as well as a V8 overtime. Didn’t you ever notice how a V8 vehicle will almost always go the test of time and milage twice that of a 4cyl. Put the motor that is suppose to carry the load of the vehicle in it or you will burn the same gas over the long haul and get signs of old age on your motor twice as quick!

#23 Mike L on 09.07.10 at 4:45 am

I have a 2008 with 5.7 I can get 18 highway if i stay under 70 and 14-15 around town ! better then my 05 4.7L did!

#24 Drew Caughlin on 09.20.10 at 5:29 pm

2006 4.7 Tundra. Mileage is 2-3 MPG better on real gas. No ethanol. Ethanol is an environmental and economic joke. Also the plastic bug guard was incredibly noisy and takes 1-2 MPG.

#25 Mike Marx-Gibbons on 03.31.11 at 2:54 pm

I just bought a 08 5.7l Tundra. I love the truck, it definitely chugs gas though. It is my first real truck, and I have been using it to pull heavy loads. For whoever is second guessing Tundra’s ability to pull, it can pull your house down if you want it to.

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