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2022 Toyota Tundra fuel economy: Real-world numbers with the i-Force


What is the 2022 Toyota Tundra fuel economy like? Good question. Lots of new owners are reporting crazy low MPGs, which seems weird after we were able to beat the advertised fuel economy recently.

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When manufacturers tout fuel economy numbers we all shake our heads and say, “Yeah, right!” because we know those tests are done at very steady speeds in controlled environments. Once you buy the truck, you find out that your foot is either made of lead or the truck’s computer doesn’t know how to, well, compute. Or at least it can seem that way. This is why Publisher Tim Esterdahl likes to take vehicles out on the road in different locations across the country to test the real-world MPG.

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In this video, Esterdahl was in the snowy Midwest, and he’s testing the 2022 Tundra with different fuel qualities, different drivers and different road conditions. For a while, the roads are pretty bad and he has to turn on the 4-wheel drive. After a while, he switches to premium fuel to see what difference that makes for the 2022 Tundra fuel economy. Next, he lets Managing Editor Jill Ciminillo drive (or she takes over, more likely), and finally, he takes the truck to get a lift kit and running boards installed and tests the fuel economy again after that.

So, where does that leave us? You’ll have to watch the video below to see what Esterdahl learned about the 2022 Tundra fuel economy with the i-Force twin turbo V-6 in some real-world conditions.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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  1. Don August 20, 2022

    1st like all makes of new truck, they all need a face lift, the front ends are UGLY on all the new trucks
    2nd Idaho is full of mountains… I am from the Rockies and everyone here is complaining about how horrible the toyota’s are in the mountains with or without a load for fuel economy


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