Shopping for a powerful pickup truck opens up a wide variety of options. From heavy-duty beasts to light-duty models, the possibilities are endless. Toyota also has two great truck options in its lineup, including the Tacoma and Tundra. How do you know which model is right for you? It comes down to understanding what some of the most important factors in a truck are to you. Perhaps it's towing capability or a comfortable cabin? No matter what is on your wish list, it's essential that the perfect truck checks all those boxes.
Now if we look at the 2018 Toyota Tacoma and Tundra more closely, we see that both are very different in terms of power and capability. The Tacoma is a midsized model and is smaller than the 2018 Toyota Tundra. The Tundra, on the other hand, is a full-size truck and is larger and more powerful than the Tacoma. However, that doesn't mean that either model is better than the other. Each has its own unique strengths.
2018 Toyota Tacoma
2018 Toyota Tundra
|73.7 inches||Max. Bed Length||97.6 inches|
|6,800 pounds||Max. Towing Capability||10,000 pounds|
|1,440 pounds||Max. Payload Capability||1,620 pounds|
At the heart of the 2018 Tacoma is a 278-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine or a 159-hp, 2.7-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder. The Tundra is available with three engine options, including a 310-hp, 4.6-liter V8; 381-hp, 5.7-liter V8 and a 381-hp, 5.7-liter V8. Both models are also available with a TRD trim, which adds off-roading power and capability in addition to a variety of signature features. In fact, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is available with three TRD trims, including the TRD Pro, the TRD Sport and the TRD Off-Road. The 2018 Tundra receives some of the TRD equipment in an optional package.
Which Toyota pickup truck is right for you? Even if you have your eye on a full-size truck, the Tacoma will most likely be all the truck you really need. We especially recommend the Tacoma if you like the TRD trims, want the best fuel economy figures or you don't necessarily need over 6,000 pounds of towing power. Now if a full-size truck is on your wish list and you just enjoy the capability of a model this size, then the Tundra is the one for you. Its impressive towing and payload capability makes it a great choice. It's also a lot of fun to drive, thanks to its smooth, responsive handling.
Explore both models for yourself with a test drive at Le Mieux & Son Toyota today! Our award-winning team of experts can answer any questions you might have and help you find the perfect pickup truck. From all of us at Le Mieux & Son Toyota, we look forward to speaking with you!
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