The 2011 Toyota Tundra mitigates its big V-8's low fuel economy with a V-6 option, but even that truck can't beat the domestic's best.
The base Tundra comes with a six-cylinder engine, an automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. It's EPA-rated at 16/20 mpg--and like other six-cylinder big pickups, it's a fleet-duty special mostly purchased by utilities and agencies.
Two different eight-cylinder engines can be specified in the mass-market Tundra. With its 4.6-liter V-8, an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the Tundra checks in at 15/20 mpg. Adding on four-wheel drive drops the figures to 14/19 mpg.
The top-line Tundra with Toyota's powerful 5.7-liter V-8 earns an EPA rating of 14/18 mpg in 4x2 trim. With a 4x4 drivetrain, this Tundra's fuel economy only musters 13/17 mpg.Toyota has said in the recent past, that all its vehicles would be available as hybrids by 2020. There's still a decade left to go, so the lack of a hybrid option on today's Tundra isn't surprising. No diesel option is offered, either.