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Pretty soon I am having to move my Tacoma from non daily driver/wife's truck to road warrior status as I am Sales Manager for a large aftermarket parts manufacturer here in Texas. I need new tires at least on the front of my Tacoma here soon. I currently have Cooper ST's 255/85 16 and while they look great on the truck, it saps power, they are loud and do the MPG's no favors.

I'd like to have a little over size tire for looks and I know the 265/75 gives me a range of tread options to cut down on road noise.

1)Does anyone have any history of going from a 255/85 to a 265/75 and seeing a increase in MPG?
2)What kind of MPG difference is there between a 265/75 and the factory 265/70?

Truck is an 01 Dcab with a V6 and is 4x4.
 

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1. Dunno someone might have input on that but i did go from 305/70R16's down to 265/75R16's and saw maybe 1mpg. due to the weight of the wheels and tires.

2. Will be almost the same, you wouldn't really see much of a difference unless your running super heavy M/T 265/75R16's.
 

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If you're worried about MPG, just get another set of cheap rims (OEM), and put some all-season tires on there in the stock size. I lost about 2MPG going from P-series 265/70/16's to LT-series 265/75/16's. Most who go up to 33's report another 2-4MPG loss.

In my old 01 DC, I was getting about 21MPG (highway) with stock tires. Going to 32's, I was down to 19MPG.

Looks wise, 265/70's didn't look any different than 265/75's. For me, anyway.

If my Tacoma were a daily driver, I'd have a commuter set of wheel/tires and play set.
 

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My taco had 255/85/16s when I bought it and I put 265's (load E's) on like your looking into. I am currently getting 18-19 mpg without ac driving in town. Hwy I see about 20 mpg if I stay under 70. I don't remember exactly what I was getting with the 255's but the change was minimal and my current driving situation has significantly changed. I do like the wider tires for the mud I usually see if going off road here in central and east Texas.

The wifes 4 runner gets 20-21 mpg hwy with the automatic and 4wd and stock 265/70/16s. I rotate my own tires and can tell you there is a huge difference in weight.

If your doing a lot of hwy I'd almost say stay with the 255s as it makes your final drive higher. Remember to adjust your trip miles to compensate for the larger tires when calculating fuel. Even adjusting the ~2% for 265/75s usually means at least .5 mpg difference from what I've seen.

Oh yea, my truck is a standard if that makes a difference. 4 runner is automatic.
 

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I switched from P265/70/16 Geos to LT265/75/16 Grabber AT2's and am noticing minimal fuel difference.....maybe .5-1 mpg..

My commute during the week is 6.5 miles round trip 5 days plus short in-town errands and with that I just got 22 mpg's...

My '02 is an Extra-Cab 2.7 4 cyl. with automatic...Stock 4.56 gears...with a toolbox filled with both "Office Supplies" for my Mack and my off-road needs...

Recent road trip with a 50/50 mix of Class 6 roads and paved roads brought 23 mpg's....

Hopefully this helps and the "REAL" reason I jumped up to the 75 series....I got one hell of a deal on a complete package;wheels & tires from a TW member....;)...I had just ordered new 265/70's until these showed up:cool:
 
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