2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Highway MPG Test: Can an Off-Road Truck Get Good Mileage?

We recently ran the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro down the highway about 600 kms to pickup truck parts, and along the way we tracked the truck’s fuel economy.

The Tacoma is certainly not to meant to be an efficient cruiser, forgoing fuel economy for both power and off-road prowess. Unlike other versions of the Tacoma, the TRD Pro skips the front air dam and gets a suspension lift, neither of which is helping to save gas.

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Official ratings from the EPA on the truck stand at 18 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway, numbers we came close to but couldn’t quite match. That’s thanks to the nature of this engine, which makes peak power high in its rpm range. That means that maintaining highway speed requires lots of downshift, offering power but sucking up fuel.

Before revealing our fuel economy number, let us first talk about the Tacoma on a road trip. First of all, the seating position in this truck is not for everyone. Though many folks don’t have any issue with the driver’s seat, taller people (over 6′) will have to get used to where the chair is. Our best advice is to go drive one of these trucks extensively before you buy it.

Next up, adaptive cruise control has arrived on the Tacoma, and it makes long highway miles a breeze.

So how much gas did we burn? At the end of the day, we managed 19 mpg, higher than the city number but not at the highway number. Mind you, we did run the truck at 75 mph, so the speed certainly factors in.

You’ll have to watch the full video above to not only see our fuel economy, but also to catch the special guest cameo that arrived on the channel this week.