Toyota Tundra Hybrid

Toyota Tundra Hybrid: Gas-Guzzling Problem Despite EPA Ratings

Typically, when a new truck like the Toyota Tundra Hybrid enters the scene, it’s anticipated to offer improved fuel efficiency. However, hybrid systems can sometimes enhance a truck’s performance without necessarily delivering better fuel economy. In the case of the formidable 2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid, it’s clear that this powerhouse brings impressive performance to the table, but it doesn’t shy away from consuming fuel.

How many MPG does the 2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid get?

The 2023 Toyota Tundra was expected to achieve an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 24 mpg on the highway. However, these figures may be affected when opting for four-wheel drive and additional off-road equipment.

Toyota Tundra Hybrid
Toyota Tundra Hybrid

For instance, the Tundra TRD Pro, which is heavier due to its off-road enhancements, has an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and up to 20 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the non-hybrid gas-powered Tundra achieves an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and up to 22 mpg on the highway.

In practice, many critics have found that the Tundra Hybrid’s fuel efficiency falls short of expectations. Actual fuel economy figures have been lower, with some reporting around 15.7 mpg in the city and no more than 20 mpg on the highway.

MotorTrend’s testing showed results ranging from 14 to 16 mpg in both city and highway driving. Car and Driver’s long-term testing has averaged around 14 mpg, and Fuelly reports an average of 17.3 miles per gallon.

While the difference might seem minor, it could significantly impact the Tundra’s estimated 750-mile range between fill-ups. In comparison, the Ford F-150 Hybrid has been meeting its EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway. It’s worth noting that there have been improvements compared to the 2021 Tundra, which achieved an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and up to 17 mpg on the highway.

How much power does the 2023 Tundra Hybrid have?

The 2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid employs the i-FORCE Max powertrain, which combines a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine with an electric motor, resulting in an impressive 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. In contrast, the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 389 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Both engine options are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with 4×4 capability and low-range gearing. The Tundra Hybrid boasts a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of approximately 5.7 seconds.

When properly configured, the Tundra Hybrid Max exhibits remarkable towing capabilities, capable of towing up to 12,000 lbs and accommodating a payload of up to 1,940 lbs. This represents a 17.6% increase in towing capacity compared to the previous generation.

On the other hand, the Ford F-150 Hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an electric motor and a battery pack, resulting in 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. It achieves a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of around 5.4 seconds and can tow up to 12,300 lbs while supporting a payload of up to 2,120 lbs.

How reliable is the Tundra Hybrid?

The 2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid currently holds a reliability rating of 70 out of 100 according to J.D. Power. Ratings falling between 70 and 80 are typically considered average, while those ranging from 60 to 69 are categorized as below average. As it stands, the Tundra Hybrid is just one point away from falling into the below-average category.

Interestingly, the 2021 Tundra earned a higher score of 86 out of 100, placing it in the above-average category. This suggests that the hybrid engine may not exhibit the same level of durability as the outgoing V8 engine.

On the other hand, the 2023 Ford F-150 Hybrid has faced issues related to premature battery failure, but this has not significantly impacted its overall reliability score, which stands at 86.

Despite the 2023 Toyota Tundra Hybrid offering improved fuel economy and greater power compared to its predecessor, it appears to be falling short in meeting its expected fuel economy ratings and maintaining its reputation for reliability.

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