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I have many questions about what Iam buying, its a New 06' Frontier KC SE 6-sp. Ive drove several so far and have finally made a deal, but Iam kinda concerned about fuel mileage since Iam going from a 2005 Tacoma Prerunner SR5 5-speed 4cyl. Ive been averaging around 22mpg this winter and best is 24.5mpg to and from Ozzfest in Columbus OH. I put around 65 miles on one Frontier I dove, seemed to do allright on fuel, the guy said he only put 10 bucks in (about 4.1 gallons) and the needle was on E when he took it for gas, I drive fairly easy, I ran the RPM's to 4 grand twice while test driving just to feel the power it had, I waz very impressed it ran much better than the similar Tacoma's I also drove and werent crazy about. If anyone with a V6 6-speed Frontier has checked their mileage, chime in at anytime, Id like to hear what kind of mileage some of you are getting. Thanks D1live
 

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Well first off let me congratulate you for switching. I usually get 10-12 city and 17-19 freeway.
 

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I've only on my third tank on my 06 V-6 6sp. 1st(more highway than city) one was 17mpg and the 2nd was about 15mpg(more city than highway). I'm still in the process of breaking mine in I only got like 700mile on it.
 

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I have been averaging 16-17 MPG per tank. best so far is 19MPG and that was mostly highway. Worst I have seen is 15 MPG and that was on a heavy right foot.

There seems to have been a lot of concern with gas mileage lately. I don't mean to step on any toes here, but if you are buying a truck, gas mileage should not be a high priority. it's like buying a Ferrari and complaining about trunk space.
 

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I think the problem stems from all the empisis that is being put on more economical vehicles period. That and the fact Dodge and Chevy have come out with ways to improve gas mileage on their full sized trucks. Chevy claims numbers better than our so called mid-sized trucks! I know it's all rlative, but I was getting better gas mileage with my 4X4 V6 Explorer Limited than I am with my Frontier, and I know the Frontier weighs less (of course it also has 55 more HP too!).

:arrow: If you're looking for the Frontiers that will net you the best gas mileage, it's the 4X2 LE KC with the Automatic transmission, and the 4X2 SE KC with the 6-speed! The worse it what I'm driving, the 4X4 NISMO with an automatic, although I am getting 17.8 to 18 mpg now with the CAI and TBS :!:
 

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my first tank was 18 mpg and i'm a leadfoot... I bet i could get it to average 20-21 if i drove normal
 

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Just hit 2000 miles on my 06 with the 6spd and got just over 20mpg on a 240 mile road trip last weekend.
 

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I drive mostly city and get 14.4 and it hardly ever changes.
 

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I have a Nismo CC auto. I am getting 19-21 hwy and 17-19 city. Overall mixed driving I avg. 18-19 which I am very happy with. I get on it sometimes, haul stuff for work in the bed, etc. All I have is a magnaflow muffler. I might get an intake soon, but I do enough mudriding and my airbox is covered in mud now so I'm kinda worried about that. With these trucks, if you drive normal or slightly quick you will get good mileage. If you drive like a high schooler 24/7 then your numbers will suck. Thats how most cars are anyway. I say go ahead and sell the taco and switch.
 

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OH yea, I forgot to mention.. if you draft 18wheelers you get excellent mileage :lol: . I drafted one for about 10 miles once and averaged 29.2, lol. Drafted another one for 45 minutes straight and averaged 25.4 that trip.
 

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Drafting 18 wheelers is not a very safe practice. The operator of the semi cannot see
you if you are close enough to benefit from the draft. It makes them nervous if they know you are back there and they cannot see you. It might even make some of them
a little on the hostile side.

Just my opinion as an ex semi operator.

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Depending on the load and road conditions, a semi can stop pretty quickly with 18 wheels all brakeing at the same time! A quick stab on the brake pedel by the trucker could result in a not so attractive custom front grill! :wink:
 

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I picked up my truck yesterday, all I can say is WOW what a awesome truck, I got 200 miles out of the first half a tank, its been sitting around idoling alot too I think the gas mileage will be OK, looks good so far anyway. I didnt buy it as a economy car LOL, I was just hopeing it would be near 20mpg. Ill know more after the 1200mile breakin period, Ive seen 3500RPM once, I usally baby my vehicles anyway. MAN Iam GlaD I bought this truck, by the way I ended up getting Radient Silver SE 4X4 KC 6-sp. The 6-speed felt like it had 20 more HP over the Auto Tranny I drove, and I test drove the auto pretty hard, harder than the first 6-speed I tested. Iam a VERY VERY happy man at the moment, I think Ill take a drive. Thanks
 

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So does the NISMO 4x4 6speed get worse gas mileage than the XE 4x4 6speed? That's kind of what I've heard.
Won't bother me when I finally buy my 06 or 07 because at the rate I put the miles on (less than 10K a year) this will last me for many years down the road.

Waiting to hear if any changes are made for the 07 before I take the plunge.
 

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Had some minor problems, but too many for a new truck, so many Id have to start a new thread, but I wont because alot of first year models have minor problem which are usually fixed before the second year comes out. And I really wanted a Nissan to start with and couldnt get in my price range, I drove about 4 Tacoma and 3 Frontiers and loved the Frontiers 6cyl. 6-speed setup, and the Nissan rides and handles better, drive both atleast 50 or 60 miles before making that purchase, 20K+ is alot of money for a truck, my buddy just bought a decked-out F-150 that sticked for 41K, crazy, I like my truck much better :D Goodluck
 
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