Toyota truck class

Quick notes

-The main difference between Toyota Tacoma and Tundra is the size of the truck.

-Considered one of the toughest trucks, the Toyota Tundra is not known for horsepower and speed, but toughness and durability.

Both Toyota trucks have very similar styling. The main difference between the Tacoma and the Tundra is the size. Then the specs and capabilities. It’s a mid-sized truck versus a full-sized truck. Both are known for toughness and durability.

The Tacoma is considered one of the toughest trucks in the world. It was introduced in 1995 to replace Toyota’s previous pickup truck, aptly called pickup. Yes, that’s right. Toyota’s truck prior to the Tacoma was called the pickup.

So which truck is better? Let’s check out the specs.

Engines and power

The smaller of the two trucks is the Tacoma. It comes with a standard 2.7L 4-cylinder averaging 159hp or a 3.5 V6 with 278hp. The Tundra comes with a standard 4.6L V8 that brings an average of 310hp or a 5.7L V8 with 381hp.

Torque and towing capability

The Tacoma and the Tundra come with the option of 4×2 or 4×4 which makes them versatile and customizable for a driver’s specific purpose.

“The reality is that the Tacoma is the larger, more powerful truck.”

The Tacoma has a maximum torque of 265lb-ft versus the 401lb-ft of the Tundra. The means a maximum towing of 6,800 pounds for the Tacoma and 10,100 for the Tundra.

Gas mileage

The Tundra gets a maximum mileage per gallon of 20 miles. The Tacoma gets a maximum city mileage of 15 miles. That extends to a maximum of 23 miles per gallon on the highway, against the Tundra gets 19.

The mileage isn’t great for either truck, but that’s generally the cost of driving a truck and being able to access and utility that a truck provides.

“The main difference between Toyota Tacoma and Tundra is the size of the truck.”

Toyota Tacoma

The MSRP for the Toyota Tacoma is $25,550, which is available in 6 configuration levels. These are mostly drivetrain and cab specs to maximize truck utility for the driver.

The SR trim level features a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain, access cab or double cab, and a short or normal bed. The SR5 offers the same features. The TRD Sport offers a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain, access or double cab, a manual or automatic transmission, or a short, normal or long bed.

The TRD Off-Road provides the same options as the TRD Sport but comes with off-road styling trim. The Limited trim level offers a choice of a 4×2 or 4×4 double cab. The TRD Pro features a 4×4 double cab and the choice of either a manual or automatic transmission.

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“The Tacoma gets a maximum city mileage of 15 miles.”

Toyota Tundra

$31,420 is the starting price for the 2019 Toyota Tundra and it’s available in 6 different configuration levels. The SR trim level offers a 4×2 or 4×4 double cab along with a 6.5 or 8.1-foot bed. The SR5 features a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain, double can or crewmax, along with a 5.5 or 6.5-foot bed.

The Limited offers a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain, double cab or crewmax, and a 5.5 or 6.5-foot bed. The Platinum trim level offers a 4×4 or 4×4 crewmax with a 5.5-foot bed.

The special 1794 Edition trim level is similar to the Platinum trim and comes with a 4×2 or 4×4 crewmax. The TRD Pro features a 4×4 crewmax TRD and a 5.5-foot bed.

Which one is better?

That depends on what you need it for, but for me, unless you require something smaller, bigger is always better.

“Both are known for toughness and durability.”

When it comes to trucks and SUVs, they’re normally purchased for utility. Once you have a truck, you always have something you could have used the extra size or torque for. Towing larger items, carrying larger pieces of wood, or just the luxury of being able to make fewer trips.

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