Toyota Tacoma: Towing & Off-road Capabilities

The Toyota Tacoma is worth its weight when it comes to towing and off-road capabilities. Whether you’re wanting to tow a boat, trailer, or camper on your next adventure, the Toyota Tacoma has the muscle, build quality, and tech to get it done.

The Tacoma has a 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake and VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence), with 159 to 278 horsepower depending on which version you get. There are three different models of the Toyota Tacoma; the SR, the TRD Off-Road, and the Limited. All three come with free maintenance plans and 24-hour roadside assistance. 

The towing ability on a truck is very important, and Toyota knows this, that’s why each model of the Tacoma has a Class-IV towing hitch receiver, ATF cooler, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4- and 7-pin connector with converter, and trailer-sway control. The Tacoma has a tongue load of 640 pounds, and a towing capacity of 6,400 pounds. 


To help navigate the rough stuff, the Tacoma has coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension and stabilizer bar; leaf spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers and stabilizer bar for all models except the TRD Off-Road, which has TRD-tuned off-road suspension with Bilstein 118 shocks. Each model of the Tacoma has variable-assist power rack-and-pinion steering and power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes; rear drum brakes with tandem booster and Star Safety System. Each model of the Tacoma also seats five people, so you can bring the whole crew with you on your adventures. 

When towing or off-roading safety can be a concern, and once again Toyota engineers have you covered with this IIHS Top Safety Pick award winner. Some of the many safety features that are included: Toyota Safety Sense, pre-collision system with pedestrian Detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. The Star Safety System includes vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist  and smart stop technology. Driver and front passenger advanced airbag system, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and front and rear roll-sensing side curtain airbag, and driver and front passenger active headrests are all standard. 

If you’re looking for a truck that’s safe, looks sleek, and is great for both work and play, the Toyota Tacoma is for you. If you’re interested in a test drive or have any questions, we invite you to contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you.