Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Pacific Northwest
According to Kelly Blue Book, the 2006 Toyota 4Runner V8 is rated at 16 MPG city and 19 MPG highway. The 2006 Commander V8 4.7L is rated at 15 MPG city and 19 MPG highway.
IF the 4Runner actually gets the rated mileage, it certainly going to be higher than the Commander. I've actually gotten 15-16 MPG city and nearly 19 MPG on the highway.
However, to get that kind of mileage requires a light touch on the gas pedal and moderate highway speeds. I usually cruise at 60-65 MPH with cruise control on.
In city driving, its necessary to do some expressway driving occasionally if you want to average anywhere close to the city EPA rating. The Commander (or at least mine) doesn't even get into high gear (5th) until the speed is up to 50 MPH. If most of your around town mileage is stop and go and seldom up to 50 MPH, you're going to get closer to 12-13 MPG.
I wonder how the 4Runner actually does in city traffic? Since most other vehicles have trouble getting EPA city mileage ratings, I wouldn't be surprised to see the 4Runner MPG about the same as the Commander (or at best maybe 1-2 MPG more.) Rumor has it that Jeep is going to be offering a diesel option in the future that will get better mileage.
For my money, one shouldn't buy ANY SUV for a only vehicle operation unless he/she needs this kind of rig for FULL time operation. I probably only pull my boat 10-15 days a year with mine. If history is any guide, our SUV annual mileage is 4000-5000 miles if that. A bonus in this is that they last longer.
I think I read somewhere that the EPA mileage rating for all cars is going to be changed to another system that is more accurate.
Last edited by cmd peej; 06-26-2006 at 12:27 PM.