Tacoma vs Tundra: Performance
Performance is key when you’re trying to decide on a pickup truck. The similarity between the Toyota Tacoma vs. Toyota Tundra is that no matter which truck you pick, you’re getting a high-powered engine. The difference between them is the number of options to choose from.
Under the hood of the Tacoma, you’ll have three engine options:
- 2.7L 4-cylinder engine; produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque
- 3.5L V6 engine; generates 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque
- 3.5L V6 engine with Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wider Intake, and Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Exhaust; generates 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque
The Tundra only offers one engine option, but it is more powerful than the engines in the Tacoma. The Tundra has a 5.7L V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. So, if you like to have options, go with the Tacoma. If power is your thing, go with the Tundra.
Toyota Tacoma vs Tundra: Capability
In both the Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Tundra, you’ll find tons of capability features that’ll allow you to do different things. If you like off-roading, the Tacoma may be better for you, as you will have an available Crawl Control system at your disposal, as well as a Multi-Terrain Select system that has different modes that are designed to help you conquer the terrain you’re on.
The Tacoma also has an available Multi-Terrain Monitor, which lets you see obstacles in front of and around you. All you have to do is press a button, and the cameras on the Tacoma will do the rest.
If you need to tow more weight, the Tundra will be up your alley. Next, we’ll outline the maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped) between the Tundra and the Tacoma.
- Toyota Tacoma: Maximum towing capacity of 6,800 pounds
- Toyota Tundra: Maximum towing capacity of 10,200 pounds
Because you’re towing so much more weight in the Tundra, you’ll want to make sure you have technology and capability to make sure whatever you’re towing doesn’t rattle around wildly. The Tundra offers an available Integrated Trailer Brake Control and standard Trailer-Sway Control to prevent this.
Toyota Tacoma vs Toyota Tundra: Technology
Drivers love technologically advanced vehicles, and the Tacoma and the Tundra aren’t short on technology features. Starting with infotainment, both vehicles come standard with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and wireless Bluetooth® capabilities. They’re both also compatible with Amazon Alexa for added convenience.
The Tacoma and the Tundra also come with a variety of amazing safety technology features to help keep you protected in every situation. Thanks to Toyota Safety Sense™ P, a suite of standard safety features, both trucks come with:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Protection
- Lane Departure Alert
- Automatic High Beams
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control