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Deciding on 4x4 based on mpg

Old 06-22-2019, 08:39 AM
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Deciding on 4x4 based on mpg

So I'm looking into buying either an older pickup or a 1st gen 4runner. I had a 94 4Runner with a 3.0 and I got real sick of how sluggish and inefficient it was. I'm not big on rock crawling but I live on a dirt road in Flagstaff so snow and mud require 4x4. Since I do a lot of highway driving too I'm looking for the most fuel efficient body/engine combo. I know wheels/tires and engine maintenance will have a big effect on mpg, but what should my target vehicle be? Are regular cab trucks noticeably more efficient than extra cab? 22RE vs 22R?
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Old 06-22-2019, 03:59 PM
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What mileage were you getting with your 3.0? I average 18-20 highway which isn't bad for an older 4x4 IMO. I will 100% not argue the sluggishness, god damn I wish it had a little more pep especially over passes out here.
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22R-E, manual, MANUAL LOCKING HUB
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Old 06-22-2019, 10:31 PM
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22R-E, manual, MANUAL LOCKING HUB
Yup!
I just got 23mpg combined city/highway daily driving mine.
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How deep is your mud and snow? You might be better off with a unibody/crossover AWD SUV like a Subaru Forester or Outback. Much better mileage, better highway manners, and they handle well on snow. But if you have seriously deep mud/snow, then the higher clearance of the 4runner/pickup platform will be better.
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