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How to get better gas mileage

So, I'm about to go on a 4,900 mile road trip so I figured this would be a good time to do some better mpg modifications.
I have a stock 2006 Nissan Frontier 4.0L V6 4x4 with about 60,000 miles on it. I just went on a little trip and just set the cruise control for the speed limit (55 or 65) and the best I can get is 19mpg. It has a new air filter, new tires and the tire pressures are correct, so that's about it for now.

Does anyone have any hints on upgrades that will give me the best bang for my buck?
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Keep acceleration RPM under 2000. Cruising RPM at or below 2500. Coast to slow down instead of braking.
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so i heard those new prius cars are doing well.
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Lighter tires (p instead of Lt) helps.

For mine, I get about 21.5 mpg highway at 75mph. 2015 cc lb. I've recently aired up my tires to 38psig and changed my air filter to an aem, so well we'll see if those have any effect this summer.
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With gas around $2 gallon, there are no "bang for the buck" things out there. The comfort and cargo capacity my truck gives me far out weighs the MPG's it gets. My Dad and I can load up two guy's worth of a weeks worth of hunting gear, still have plenty of room to sit and drive 5 hours without feeling cramped. So I get 17mpg. oh well.
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With gas around $2 gallon, there are no "bang for the buck" things out there. The comfort and cargo capacity my truck gives me far out weighs the MPG's it gets. My Dad and I can load up two guy's worth of a weeks worth of hunting gear, still have plenty of room to sit and drive 5 hours without feeling cramped. So I get 17mpg. oh well.
Agree there are no bang for the buck mods to be had and even if we were looking at $3 or $4 gas, the same would probably be true.

Might be aerodynamics of a brick but my truck drops off on MPG anytime I'm cruising above 65 MPH. For my old job where 2/3 of the miles back and forth to work were on country two lanes with the cruise set on 60 - 65 I would regularly get 20 to 21 MPG except in the winter. At my new job where its the same distance but much more interstate driving at around 75, its dropped off to 18 - 19 MPG.

But here is the best way to improve mileage: Wait until there is a strong tailwind headed in the direction you want to go. A couple of summers ago, I drove from Buffalo, MN to Madison WI (mostly cruising down I94) and got over 24 MPG using this method.

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Drive like there is a raw egg between your foot and the skinny pedal.
If you like feeling power, apply elsewhere.
Squeeze the throttle instead of pushing it. Coast up to red lights.
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So, I'm about to go on a 4,900 mile road trip so I figured this would be a good time to do some better mpg modifications.
I have a stock 2006 Nissan Frontier 4.0L V6 4x4 with about 60,000 miles on it. I just went on a little trip and just set the cruise control for the speed limit (55 or 65) and the best I can get is 19mpg. It has a new air filter, new tires and the tire pressures are correct, so that's about it for now.

Does anyone have any hints on upgrades that will give me the best bang for my buck?
Buy a 2016 model. Mine gets 22 at those speeds. And I'm 4x4. Color me happy.

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Buy a 2016 model. Mine gets 22 at those speeds. And I'm 4x4. Color me happy.
yes! Spend tens of thousands to get 3 MPG!!
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