At Birchwood Toyota, we’re lucky enough to offer two fantastic Toyota trucks in Winnipeg: the full-sized Toyota Tundra and the mid-sized Toyota Tacoma. Both are arguably the best pickup trucks on the market in their respective classes, delivering go-anywhere capabilities along with the durability and reliability that you expect from a Toyota. Read on to find out which of these Toyota trucks best meets your needs.
Tundra competes in the full-sized pickup truck market, while the Tacoma slots into the mid-sized category. What does that mean in practice? Well, the Tundra is available with up to a 2.47 metre (8.1 foot) bed in Double Cab configuration, while the Tacoma tops out at 1.83 metres (6 feet) for its longest bed in either of its cabs.
Let’s discuss those cab styles while we’re on the subject. The Tundra offers two cab styles, the Double Cab and the CrewMax. Both feature four doors but the Tundra CrewMax has a substantially larger cabin.
By comparison, the Tacoma offers the Access Cab, which has a rear-hinged half door to provide access to the rear seats, and the Double Cab, which has four full-sized doors.
On the inside, headroom and front seat legroom are nearly identical in both trucks. But the back seat is where the Tundra stands out, with its largest CrewMax cabin offering almost 10 inches more rear legroom than the largest Tacoma cabin. If you regularly transport adults to work sites (or taller teenagers to basketball games), the Tundra CrewMax wins that comparison hands-down.
As mentioned earlier, the Tundra offers the longest available bed. However, the Tundra CrewMax model sacrifices some bed length in exchange for its longer cabin, with a 1.68 metre (5.5 foot) bed. If you can spare the rear seat legroom, the Tundra Double Cab and both models of the Tacoma offer longer beds than the Tundra CrewMax.
The Tundra’s longest bed can hold 2,294 cubic litres (81 cubic feet) while the Tacoma’s longest bed holds 1,331 cubic litres (47 cubic feet), so the Tundra holds a huge advantage there.
Engines, Payload, and Towing
The Tundra offers a pair of engines, both V8s. The 4.6-litre V8 produces 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque, while the 5.7-litre V8 cranks out 381 hp and an earth-moving 401 lb-ft of torque.
The Tacoma also offers two engines. The 2.7-litre 4-cylinder produces 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5-litre V6 generates 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. So its Tundra stable-mate clearly offers much more grunt.
This means the Tundra tops out at 784 kg (1,730 lbs.) of payload and 4,626 kg (10,200 lbs.) of towing capacity. By comparison the Tacoma’s maximum numbers are 734 kg (1,620 lbs.) of payload and 3,084 kg (6,800 lbs.) of towing capacity. So while payload numbers are similar, for towing heavier loads, you’d definitely want the largest V8 in the Tundra.
The Tundra is clearly more of a workhorse, whether for towing heavy loads or transporting adults or taller teenagers. However, the Tacoma is pretty close to the Tundra in payload capacity so if towing isn’t a major need, you might want the smaller and more fuel-efficient Tacoma. For off-road adventures, the smaller Tacoma can get you onto trails that its larger Tundra sibling would have trouble with.