2022 Toyota Tundra Owners Share Their Real-World MPG And It Is Really Showing Toyota’s Engine Improvements
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2022 Toyota Tundra Owners Share Their Real-World MPG, Showing Toyota’s Engine Improvements

Recent Toyota Tundra Facebook group members shared their everyday MPG average for their 2022 Toyota Tundra. Maybe the Hybrid Tundra might be the better buy.
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The 2022 Toyota Tundra is probably one of the best trucks to come out this year. Car and Driver rated the 2022 Toyota Tundra and gave it an 8/10. While the non-hybrid model is an extreme gas guzzler (13 city / 17 highway), it’s a worker’s truck and has tons of practicality. People like that it came in a hybrid and while still getting terrible gas mileage (20 city / 24 highway), it is pretty good for a pickup that size.

A recent post by Armen Hareyan on the Toyota Tundra FB Group on Facebook showed just how much MPG everyday 2022 Toyota Tundra driver are getting on their Tundras. He asked, “Hi guys, what's the real-world MPG you are getting on your Tundra truck? Please, also mention the year and the version. Thank you.” Let’s take a look at what some of the owners said.

Owner Mike Potter responded by saying, “2022 Limited 17mpg w/ 1500 miles.” He didn’t specify what type of driving he does on a daily basis but 17mpg on average is just the bottom-line city MPG that we see in Toyota’s rating.

Another owner, JT Kolt said, “22 limited, stock - 17.9mpg.” He gets a little more than the previous owner. Both have the Limited trim option, and both are stock. However, the reason for JT’s better MPG might be because of where he drives and how he drives. Mike might have a heavy foot or travel heavy.

2022 Toyota Tundra Owners Share Their Real-World MPG And It Is Really Showing Toyota’s Engine Improvements

Another thing to consider is how does the 2022 Toyota Tundra compare to older models? With more technology and weight added, surely it has to have either the same or worse MPG, right? Well, here’s the kicker, Mike Lewter commented on the post saying that he has a, “2016 DC 19-20 mph.” this is a 6-year-old truck that is almost a thousand pounds lighter than the 2022 Tundra yet still get’s lower MPG. The reason for this might be because of the two truck’s different drivetrains.

The 2016 models came with v8s while the 2022 Toyota Tundra is only available in a twin-turbocharged v6. This is a very interesting fact because the 2022 engine options make more power yet have a lower engine displacement compared to the older model. So, in theory, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is heavier, has a smaller engine, and is techier than its predecessors yet it gets better mileage. Really something to think about.

Here's another older one. Rene Menchaca said that her 2009 5.7 Liter gets 11 MPG average. Again, this year of Tundra had a v8 and was considerably lighter. Nicholas Czernek commented that his 2020 Tundra Limited got 15 City 18 highway. For that year, the Tundra was only offered in the 5.7-liter I-FORCE v8 which got 13 city / 18 highway. We start to see a trend with either a big engine like in the 2020 model, or we start to see trucks get bigger and heavier, but their engines get smaller or turbocharged. One of my community members has the 2022 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition which has the twin-turbocharged v6 and he told me that it feels like a high-powered v8.

I personally am not against going smaller in engine size as long as it doesn’t affect the performance of the truck. However, if Toyota could find a way to make these bigger engines more efficient, I think it’ll reach out to more v8 sentimental people.

So, what’s the real-world MPG of the 2022 Toyota Tundra? Anywhere from 13-17 in the city and 16-26 on the highway. With the current trend of small engines or big efficiency engines going on with the Tundra, we can predict that the next Tundra will either have a huge and efficient v8, or a twin-turbocharged v6 getting better MPG and more power. Nobody from the post had the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid so to see those daily numbers, stay tuned for a specific story on that.

So, what do you think? Would you get the 2022 Tundra or maybe wait till a better efficient one comes out? Let us know in the comments below.

Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.


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Comments

Sounds like this reporter does not know what he is talking about. The next Tundra is here there will not be a V8 in the future . Smaller engines and Turbo are here until an electric vehicle arrives . I have a 2020 with 5.7 liter engine. My average MPG is 16 around town. I have reached 18 on highway driving at 75 MPH.
Sounds like you may not know what you are talking about. Toyota is working on V8 Hydrogen engines that are much more efficient than gasoline and produce extremely small amounts of byproducts and waste. While not as efficient as electric, it may be suitable for a gas replacement.
Joe, clearly you don't know what you're talking about. Hydrogen vehicles are not and never will be production. Google the subject pls.
Steven, Toyota has the Mirai Hydrogen car that has been in production for several years now, and I believe Hyundai also has one in production. Everything you read online isn't true.
I have a 2016 Toyota Sequoia with the 5.7. I just got a full tune-up with throttle body, plugs, "everything" done. My mileage is now averaging 15.8. Even getting 24 MPG highway.
The reason why fuel economy results very so widely is because of how differently people drive. If you drive any pickup over 65 mph, fuel economy drops dramatically. If you drive a pickup a lot in a metro area with many start/stops, your fuel economy will be negatively affected. I drove a 2022 Tindra Crew Max 4x4 SR5 for 4,500 miles never going above 65 mph and averaged 20.9 mpg. Drove it another 3200 miles at speeds up to 75 mph, mpg dropped to 18.6 mpg. Did the same thing with a 2021 F150 4x4 limited, 3.5 Eco boost with very similar results. Remember a truck is a 6000 lb brick in the wind, the faster you drive it the lower the fuel economy, the harder you drive it, the lower the fuel economy, I don’t care what brand it is. BTW, the Tundra Hybrid gets only 2 mpg better then the non-hybrid. The hybrid has 583 lb-ft of torque, great for consistently towing heavy trailers.
I doubt we will ever see a V8 Tundra. Toyota engineers know better. The V6 turbo with better hp and torque was not place there for nothing. If people are not happy with what Toyota is doing with their cars/suv/trucks, Ford, Dodge, and Chevy are waiting for them. Some people make comments as if they know better than Toyota engineers. I’m glad they don’t work for Toyota, or else Toyota would go bankrupt.
My 2001 Tundra with 300k miles gets 16 city, 17 to 18 mpg highway depending on speed. Has Iforce V8. Once got 19.5 along a long stretch of I10 in W Texas @ 60 mph and a nice tailwind.. Run full synthetic oil in engine, trans and diff.
My 2011 Tundra 5.7 averages 15.4 mpg normal driving. 22 + highway. Stock motor and exhaust
Hi Rick, it's interesting how such an un-aerodynamic truck can get 22+ even on a gas hogging v8.
I had a 2004 Tundra Double Cab with the 4.7l V-8 for 17 years. The gas mileage was 12 city & 14 highway. Three times in 17 years I managed to get 16 Highway by not going over 70mph and extremely easy acceleration. In my 2021 1794 Edition Tundra I get 15 city and 18 Highway.
With just over 1k miles on my 2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 TRD Sport 4x2 Double Cab, my brakes squeal when I back out of my driveway. The 10 speed AT also appears to take longer to downshift when approaching red lights, etc. Would this create more wear and tear on the brakes?
My 2016 SR5 TRD off road gets 14.5-15.5 this time of year in Vermont. During the winter months it drops on the average of 2 miles per gallon. I’m driving 70 miles a day, 15 on secoundary roads with a mountain pass and the remainder on the highway. This is my fifth Tundra and third with the 5.7L V8 my first 2 were the smaller version (2003 & 2006) with the 4.6 L V8 and the mileage I got with those trucks was much better, winter 15.5-17.5. I know HP to weight ratio makes a big difference. When I heard that Toyota was going to redesign the tundra and go with a turbo charged motor I was sure they would use that 4.6 L V8 with twinn turbo’s. Maybe they tried, what a powerhouse that would have been coupled with the 10 speed, wow! Now I’m waiting to see what the hybrid will get for fuel economy, if it’s not considerably better it might be all for not. I understand the increase in torque to compete with the big 3 with diesels for hauling and towing but come on now those trucks should be pushing 30 mpg!
Hi Brian, The technology exists. Trucks can push 30mpg. I don't know what is stopping Toyota. Maybe they are anticipating for an EV?
I have a 2022 Tundra SR5 TRD Sport 4X4 Crewmax. easy highway driving at 60-65mph in 70+degree weather it can easily get 22.5mpg. Driving around town is about 18mpg. This is driving and accelerating at normal speeds. Put your foot in it and results will vary. This truck is showing to be easily 20-25% better on fuel in both city and highway driving than what my 2020 Tundra SR5 TRD Off Road 4X4 Crewmax would get under similar conditions. The additional torque especially in the low end on the 2022 is a nice bonus.
I have a 2022 tundra hybrid, 1793 with a Trd package, I’ve had about 6 Weeks Dr., 1000 miles and only averaging 15.5 miles per gallon with a combination of Highway in none aggressive city driving.