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How do I Improve Gas Mileage on a Tundra?

by Tucker Cummings

If you have a Toyota Tundra, you probably are wondering how you can improve your gas mileage and save money on fuel costs each month. There are a few things you can do to ensure improved gas mileage.

Expected Tundra MPG

According to Toyota, the average mpg will vary slightly between each Tundra trim package. For 2011 models, the fuel economy was either 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway or 16 and 20.

Tire Pressure

When tires are under-inflated, the engine has to work harder to move forward, increasing the amount of gas used. The recommended PSI should be printed on your door, and although it might vary from year to year, it likely will be around 26 PSI for front tires and 29 PSI for rear tires.

Tailgate Up

As proven on a 2005 episode of "Mythbusters," driving your Tundra with the tailgate up reduces drag, allowing your gas mileage to improve.

Driving Style

Your mood and stress level can affect your fuel economy. If you accelerate slowly, you will burn less fuel than if you drive aggressively.

Clean Out the Bed

If the bed of your Tundra has become a handy place to store your tools and equipment, you might want to reconsider your choices. Driving around with extra weight in the cab or bed of the truck increases fuel consumption.

About the Author

Tucker Cummings is a freelance writer based in New England. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the Association of Professional Business Writers. Cummings is also a food writer and curates the blog, Brave New Breakfast.

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