Vehicle Reviews:
Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity

The Toyota Tacoma towing capacity ranges from 3,500 to 6,800 pounds depending on your engine, transmission, drivetrain, and cab configuration. In this review, the team at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego has explored all these factors and how they’ll affect your towing capacity in the San Diego, Kearney Mesa, and El Cajon areas.

Engine Specs and Tacoma Towing Capacity

2019 Toyota Tacoma off road

The first thing to consider about the towing capacity of the Toyota Tacoma is the engine working under the hood.

The Tacoma makes two different engines available. The first is the 2.4L I-4 that delivers 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, you’ll reach a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

The second engine is the true workhorse here. It’s a 3.5L V6 that generates 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. With this, you’ll reach a maximum towing capacity of 6,500-6,800 pounds when properly equipped.

Transmission and Drivetrain

There are several powertrain configuration options to think about when choosing your Toyota Tacoma, especially if you plan to tow a lot of weight. In addition to having two engines to choose from, you also have a choice over your drivetrain and transmission.

Drivers who want maximum control over their driving will like that a manual transmission is available. This can be paired with the 3.5L V6 engine and can help you pull up to 6,500 pounds. This transmission is only available with a 4-wheel drivetrain (4×4), which helps to maximize traction on dusty or sandy roadways.

If you prefer the optimized performance of an automatic transmission, you can equip your truck with a 6-speed automatic. This transmission can be paired with either engine, and is also available with a 4×4 or 2-wheel drivetrain (4×2). With the 2.4L I-4 engine and an automatic transmission, you can tow 3,500 pounds regardless of your drivetrain. With the 3.5L V6 engine, you can tow up to 6,500 pounds with a 4×4 drivetrain and up to 6,800 pounds with a 4×2 drivetrain.

Towing Capacity and Cab Configurations

2019 Toyota Tacoma front grillThe final factor to consider when designing your Tacoma is the cabin.

This truck gives you the choice between two cab configurations. If you plan to bring passengers along, you’ll have more space to accommodate them in the Double Cab. This cab seats up to five passengers in total with the second-row bench seat. It also gives rear-seat passengers 42.6 cubic feet of passenger space. However, this will decrease your towing capacity by 100 pounds when equipped with the 3.5L V6 engine.

The Access Cab seats four passengers, but only gives them 28.1 cubic feet of passenger space. The trade-off, however, is an additional 100 pounds of towing capacity over the Double Cab.

Learn More About the Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity

If you want to get the most out of your Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity, we recommend the 3.5L V6 engine, a 4×2 drivetrain, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and the Access Cab. However, there are so many other ways to build this truck to your liking.

To learn more about how every configuration option can affect your towing capacity in the San Diego, Kearny Mesa, and El Cajon areas, come to Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego.

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