Famously known in other countries as the Hilux, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma has proven over multiple decades to be a very popular and durable workhorse for the average American. The newest Tacoma sports a refreshed look for 2020 and a 3.5-liter V-6 found in a slew of other Toyota and Lexus vehicles, such as the IS 350. This specific 2020 Tacoma is equipped with four-wheel-drive, the TRD Off-Road Package, which includes upgraded shocks and wider tires, and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The EPA fuel economy number of this truck is 22 MPG, and our test returned just a over that number at 22.2 MPG during real-world highway driving speeds; much better than a half-ton or one-ton may get at a fraction of the price.
If a consumer were to use this truck for work over long distances, the Tacoma has a 21.1 gallon fuel tank which would provide a little over 464 miles of cruising range if stretched between stops. More on-road and fuel-economy-friendly variants of this truck are available, but 22 MPG is decent for this specification.
Daily Motor’s real-world highway fuel economy test consists of over 100 miles of consistent highway driving. We fill the car using the “three-click method,” meaning running the gas pump on super fast flow until it clicks, waiting ten seconds, running low flow until it clicks again, waiting another ten seconds, then running low flow one last time. The lowest octane fuel accepted by the vehicle’s manufacturer is used. We then drive 50 miles on public highway in one direction and then back in the opposite direction, attempting not to draft or drive aggressively. We set the cruise control at GPS-indicated 73 MPH in an attempt to achieve a moving average speed of 70 MPH over the entire test. Upon return to the gas station, we refill at the same gas pump as the initial fill using the same method. Miles per gallon is determined by dividing total miles traveled by fuel consumed. In cases where our observed figure differs greatly from the vehicle’s indicated figure and/or EPA’s estimate, we may recommend a number in between or plan to retest the vehicle.
Check out the video if you’d like to see the test in action!