We’re comparing the Tacoma and Tundra to ensure you get the right amount of truck. Find out which Toyota truck makes the most sense for you.
A sibling rivalry isn’t always just about who’s better, it’s about who is better at what. That’s why we’re diving deep into Toyota’s Tacoma and Tundra to bring you the very best analysis of what truck does the most of what you need. See what both trucks have to offer here to help you better decide if the extra money is worth it.
Also known as the Taco, the Tacoma is a midsize truck worth recognizing as it continues to be one of America’s most idolized pickups. Here are some quick stats to know about the Tacoma before we dive deep into the nitty-gritty.
The Tacoma is considered a midsize truck, weighing in at a little over 4,000 lbs., but it packs enough power for almost anything. The maximum towing capacity ranges from 3,500 lbs. to 6,500 lbs. depending on the trim level and drivetrain package you choose. The payload capacity ranges from 1,300 lbs. to 1,600 lbs., again based on the package you choose, which gives you a decent amount of weight to play with when loading up at the home development store or helping a friend move down the street.
With a departure angle of 23° and a ground clearance of 9.4 inches, you can imagine why Tacomas have established themselves as an off-road truck. Compare the Tacoma to a Jeep Wrangler, another off-road centric vehicle, and you’ll find a better departure angle on the Tacoma and only a slight decrease in ground clearance by 1.4 inches. Not too shabby for a vehicle that can do both work and play.
Overall, the Tacoma is a great option for those who don’t need to move a mountain but still want adventure and utility. Whether you find yourself lost in the desert or find yourself in big city traffic, the Tacoma may be your best bet at a rational adventure vehicle.
We live in a world where bigger is (most of the time) better and the Tundra is no different. This full-size truck has everything you need to get what you need done while maintaining reliability for years to come. Here are few of the details about the Tundra:
Obviously, there’s a big difference between a full-size truck and a midsize truck. The Tundra is a powerful hunk of metal that does impressive work on and off the worksite. The towing capacity sits at around 10,000 lbs. no matter what Tundra package you choose, so you won’t go without your toys, tools, or equipment. The payload is roughly 1600 lbs. max, which doesn’t outpace the Tacoma, but still provides its drivers with enough space to inside and outside the cabin to haul goods and passengers.
Though you don’t see Tundras in the backcountry often, the ground clearance, 10.6 inches, and the angle of departure, 17, are better than you’d expect. When you put it all together, the Tundra is more of a workhorse than a good time. It may be reliable, but its fuel efficiency only decreases with added weight in the bed or cabin. The Tundra is meant to be your sidekick when towing, hauling, or carrying heavy items, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense for anyone else who only does those things once in a blue moon.
You won’t find a loser between the Toyota Tacoma and its big brother the Tundra. There are big differences between the two, mostly in towing capacity and functionality, but they both offer their own unique benefits and utility. If you find yourself hauling heavy equipment or a trailer regularly, the Tundra is worth the extra seven thousand plus dollars. But if you’re interested in something that has reasonable utility, relatively decent gas mileage, and the option for adventure you should find yourself behind the wheel of a Tacoma. It’s as simple as identifying what you need and then choosing the truck that fits those needs best. Pretty easy, right?
Which one would you choose? The Tundra or the Tacoma? Let us know in the comments below!