Over the years, the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma models have become well-known in the pickup truck industry. Known for their rugged good looks, off-road capabilities, and impressive power, there’s no doubt that these pickups stand out in a crowded segment. But, what exactly makes them different from each other? Here, we compare the fullsize 2018 Toyota Tundra and the midsize 2018 Toyota Tacoma to see how they differ, and how they’re the same.
Both the Tacoma and the Tundra offer two engine options under the hood, depending on what trim level you choose. For the Tacoma, these options include a standard 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine that puts out 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The second engine option is a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine that produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Both of these powertrains come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
For the Tundra, you’ll find more power under the hood with a 4.6-litre eight-cylinder engine that produces 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. A 5.7-litre eight-cylinder engine is also available, putting out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Like the Tacoma, these powertrains come paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Each of these models also has the option of supporting either a 4x2 drive system with rear-wheel drive or a 4x4 system with an on-demand, one-touch 4WD feature to give you better traction on the road.
Depending on what you’re looking to haul, it’s likely either the Tacoma or the Tundra will work for your needs. The Tacoma has a maximum towing capacity of 2,950 kilograms and a 450-kilgoram payload capacity. For the Tundra, these numbers grow to a max towing rating of 4,545 kilograms and 615 kilograms for payload.
Toyota offers TRD Off-Road models for both the Tundra and the Tacoma. These models are made specifically to help you take on tough terrain. They have a Multi-Terrain Select system, giving you access to a locking rear differential and Bilstein shock absorbers for a smooth off-road ride.
Test-drive both the 2018 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma at High River Toyota to see which capable truck is the right one for you.