2020 Toyota Tacoma followed by a Tundra in the desert

How does the towing capability of the Tundra compare to the Tacoma?

2020 Toyota Tacoma vs Tundra towing capability

Are you interested in the current lineup of Toyota trucks? Of course you are! Who wouldn’t be! With strong designs and a laundry list of features, both the Tundra and the Tacoma are great options for the big jobs. But how much can each one tow? Find out as we look at 2020 Toyota Tacoma vs Tundra towing capability?

Which Toyota truck is bigger?

If you haven’t spent a ton of time around Toyota and their trucks, then you may not instinctively know which one is bigger, more powerful, and more capable. The smaller truck is the Tacoma and the larger truck is the Tundra. If you need an easy way to remember, just think that Tacoma is a decent-sized city, but tundra describes a much more prevalent and larger feature on the earth.


2020 Toyota Tundra color options


2020 Toyota Tundra black towing a trailer

What is the max towing capacity for the 2020 Tundra and Tacoma?

Let’s start with the larger and more capable Tundra. The Tundra can tow up to 10,200 pounds when properly equipped. For this truck, properly equipped means the SR trim with a double cab and the 5.7-liter V8 with a standard bed and a 4×2 drive configuration. If that configuration doesn’t suit you, then know that you will at least have 9,200 pounds of towing capability.

When it comes to the Tacoma, you get to enjoy up to 6,800 pounds of maximum towing when properly equipped. In this case, properly equipped means either the SR, SR5 or TRD Sport trim equipped with a V6, an automatic transmission, and a 4×2 drive configuration. The lowest available max towing on any configuration of the Tacoma is 3,500 pounds and that’s with the 4-cylinder engine.


2020 Toyota Tacoma cab options


2020 Toyota Tacoma gray back view with bed loaded

What is the max payload capacity of the Tacoma and the Tundra?

If you need to factor payload capacity into your purchasing equation, the Tundra has a max payload figure of 1,730 pounds when properly equipped (with a minimum of 1,520 pounds). The Tacoma has a max payload capacity of 1,620 pounds when properly equipped (with a minimum of 1,120 pounds).