Used Toyota Tacoma

When looking into buying a new or used Toyota Tacoma, it helps to know a little background. The history of the Tacoma is actually quite intriguing, and there is much to learn. The Toyota Tacoma holds a stellar reputation as being a quality, tough truck built to last. The Tacoma was first produced in 1995 with a lineup that included two four-cylinder engine choices as well as a V6; it was Toyota’s desire to compete directly with Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge.

The Tacoma was introduced as a smaller pickup truck that was as good as their American counterparts. Toyota’s goal was to improve ride quality, handling, safety, and comfort; they also wanted towing capacities that compared with competitors. During this time, the truck market was growing as people were driving trucks for everyday use as opposed to just using them for work purposes. The Tacoma was specifically designed for casual driving. Since the Tacoma was a safe choice, had a better ride quality, and was reliable, it wasn’t difficult for it to win over the hearts of American drivers.

The first-generation Tacoma (1995-2004) offered a regular or extended cab configuration with the three engine options. The base models offered either a 2.4L four-cylinder or 2.7L four-cylinder, while the top-tier models offered a 190 hp 3.4L V6. First-generation Tacoma models gave drivers the choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic, with many buyers opting for the four-wheel-drive option.

A blue 2016 Used Toyota Tacoma is parked off-road in tall grass.

The Second Generation Toyota Tacoma

The second-generation Tacoma (2005-2015) was much larger than the previous models; it was also considerably more powerful. The larger and more powerful Tacoma was available in 18 different configurations, this included two engines, three cab sizes, four transmission choices, and two bed lengths. This ensured that buyers could get exactly what they desired from a pickup truck.

While the original Tacoma was wildly popular, Toyota simply wanted more from the second-generation models. The first-generation Tacomas were not known for off-roading, but this changed with the second-generation models. Toyota added features including Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Down-Hill Assist Control (DAC) to Tacomas with the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) package, thus securing a new group of drivers.

Toyota also made significant cosmetic changes with the second-generation models. There were changes in the way the headlights, bumpers, grille, and hood looked compared to previous models. The updated look wasn’t the only change; Toyota added a touchscreen as well. In fact, each year, Toyota was adding new features to the second-generation Tacoma.

A dark blue 2015 Used Toyota Tacoma is shown from a lower angler facing uphill in front of a blue sky.

Third Generation Tacomas

The third-generation (2016-present) Tacoma was unveiled with a whole new look heavily influenced by the Tundra and 4Runner. The bigger Tacoma enjoyed a chiseled and aggressive look projector-beamed headlights and a larger grille. Of course, Toyota still wanted to maintain off-road power to target the younger drivers seeking a pickup for weekend adventures, so the 4.0L was shelved for a more fuel-efficient, yet more powerful 3.5L V6. The Tacoma’s interior went through changes as well; a sleek dash was introduced as was newly-designed seats. Third-generation Tacoma owners enjoyed choosing between 29 different configurations.

Recent years have seen even more changes with the Toyota Tacoma. In 2017, Toyota added the TRD Pro, which offered cosmetic updates, a suspension lift, a wider track, and a larger anti-skid bar. The TRD Pro was all about off-road ability. The 2018 Tacoma offered more standard safety features that included automatic high beams, a sway warning system, and pedestrian detection.

Based on two cab types, the 2019 Tacoma is available in 32 model combinations. Drivers enjoy quieter rides thanks to the multi-layered acoustic windshield, enhanced door seals, and a sound-absorbing headliner. 2019 Tacomas also boast an improved rear suspension, which makes for an even more comfortable ride. The biggest changes for the 2020 Tacoma have to do with safety features, but there is an updated grille and multimedia system to enjoy as well.

How Much Will a Tacoma Tow?

A tan 2019 Used Toyota Tacoma is towing a side by side on a dirt road in the desert.

In order to answer questions about the towing capacities of the Tacoma, it works best to break it down by year, trim, and engine type. The 2010 Tacoma with a 2.7L engine that has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs; this includes the Regular Cab trim as well as the Access Cab and X-Runner. The Access Cab and Double Cab models with the 4.0L V6 boasts a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, 6,500 lbs with the addition of the tow package.

The 2011 Regular, Access Cab, and X-Runner with a 2.7L engine can tow a maximum of 3,500 lbs. Without the tow package, the Access Cab and Double Cab with a 4.0L V6 can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The addition of the tow package allows these models a towing capacity of 6,500 lbs.

All 2012 Tacoma trim models with either the 2.7L or 4.0 V6 engines have a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. The Access Cab and Double Cab with the tow package bump up towing capacity to 6,500 lbs.

With the 2013 Tacoma, the maximum towing capacity is 3,500 lbs. for the Regular Cab and Access Cab with the 2.7L engine. The X-Runner with the same engine boasts a towing capacity of 3,300 lbs, while the Double Cab with the 2.7L can tow up to 3,400 lbs. The Access Cab and Double Cab with the tow package can tow an impressive 6,500 lbs.

All trims on the 2014 Tacoma with the 2.7L engine can tow a maximum of 3,500 lbs. The same holds true with all 4.0 V6 engine models. The Access Cab and Double Cab with the 4.0L V6 and with the tow package can tow up to 6,500 lbs.

With the exception of the 2.7L Double Cab, all other 2015 2.7L and 4.0L V6 Tacomas, regardless of the trim, can tow 3,500 lbs. The 2.7L Double Cab can tow a maximum of 3,400 lbs. With the tow package, the 4.0L V6 Access Cab and Double Cab will pull up to 6,500 lbs.

The 2016 Tacoma with the Access Cab and 2.7L engine can tow up to 3,500 lbs, as can the Double Access. Both the 2WD Access Cab and the 4WD model with the 3.5L V6 boasts towing capacities of 6,800 lbs. And 6,500 lbs, respectively. The 3.5L V6 Double Cab 2WD has an impressive towing capacity of 6,700 lbs, while the 4WD model can tow up to 6,400 lbs.

In 2017, Toyota offered both a 2.7L I-4 and V6 for the SR Access Cab, SR Double Cab, and SR5 Double Cab, each with a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. The SR Double Cab and SR5 Double Cab with the 4.0L V6 and tow package boosts the maximum towing capacity to 6,400 lbs.

2018 Tacoma models with the 2.7L allow a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. Tacoma models equipped with the 3.5L V6 boast towing capacities from 6,400 lbs to 6,800 lbs depending on trim options.

Entry-level 2019 and 2020 Tacomas with the 2.7L engine can tow up to 3,500 lbs. The amped-up 3.5L V6 equipped for towing duties will tow a maximum of 6,800 lbs.

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