How Do the Tundra and Tacoma Differ?

July 13th, 2020 by

Finding the right pickup truck for your needs can feel like a challenge. The array of options available in the pickup segment can overwhelm, and even a single manufacturer may offer multiple truck choices. In this guide, we’ll highlight the main differences between the 2020 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma to help you make a more informed decision.


One of the main differences between the Tundra and Tacoma is the size. The Tacoma is the smaller of the two, fitting into the midsize pickup segment. The Tundra is a full-size pickup, so it has a larger cabin and bed to accommodate more passengers and cargo.

Power and Capability

With the Tacoma, buyers have two engine options. The first is the base engine, a 2.7-liter four-cylinder unit that makes 180 pound-feet of torque and 159 horsepower. The upgraded engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 that pumps out 265 pound-feet of torque and 278 horsepower. It pairs with your choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The max towing capacity of the Tacoma is 6,800 pounds, while the payload tops out at 1,620 pounds.

The Tundra has a more powerful 5.7-liter V-8 engine as its only option. It produces 401 pound-feet of torque and 381 horsepower, pairing with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The beefier engine allows for a higher towing capacity, which comes in at 10,200 pounds when properly equipped.

Now that you understand how they differ, you may be ready to move forward with a truck purchase. Visit Groove Toyota to take the Tundra or Tacoma for a test drive.

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