Toyota Tacoma vs Toyota Tundra

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Toyota Tundra

2017 Toyota Tundra

Drivers throughout Shelby and Mt. Holly in the market for a pickup truck know there are quite a few different models to consider. Among the different options, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma and 2017 Toyota Tundra both have countless desirable specs and features to consider. Both models are offered at affordable prices and offer an available TRD Off-Road package, four-wheel drive, and Toyota’s Entune™ touchscreen interface. However, there are other important factors to consider before making up your mind, including the fact that the Toyota Tacoma is a midsize pickup and the Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup. With that in mind, we at Toyota of Gastonia wanted to highlight a few important distinctions in this helpful comparison.


Whether you choose go to with the 2017 Toyota Tacoma or the 2017 Toyota Tundra, you can look forward to the option of rear-wheel drive (RWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), as well as the option to upgrade to a robust TRD Off-Road performance package. Elsewhere, though, there are some notable differences, including your choice of engine types:

  • Toyota Tacoma – The base engine on the Tacoma is a 2.7L four-cylinder that produces 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. With this setup, the max towing capacity is 3,500 pounds. Go with the available 3.5L V6, and watch performance bump up to 278 hp, 265 lb-ft of torque, and a max towing capacity of 6,800 pounds.
  • Toyota Tundra – The base engine on the Tundra is a 4.6L V8 that gets 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. With this setup, the Tundra can tow up to 6,800 pounds. An available 5.7L V8 increases output to 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, which is enough for the Tundra to tow up to a robust 10,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Fuel Economy

With its base 2.7L four-cylinder engine, the 2017 Tacoma achieves an EPA-estimated 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg city. Fuel economy with the available V6 is slightly higher, coming in at an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg city.

With the 2017 Tundra’s base 4.6L V8 engine, you’ll look forward to an EPA-estimated 19 mpg highway and 15 mpg city. The available 5.7L V8 upgrade provides comparable efficiency, topping out at 18 mpg highway and 13 mpg city.


It’s important to take pricing into consideration when weighing your options for a new pickup. Both of these trucks are relatively affordable, although the Tacoma might prove the best choice for those on more of a budget:

  • Toyota Tacoma – MSRP from $24,120*
  • Toyota Tundra – MSRP from $30,020*

Test Drive Both Pickups at Toyota of Gastonia

Ultimately, it comes down to driver preference. Both the 2017 Toyota Tacoma and 2017 Toyota Tundra have their own respective advantages. Luckily for pickup lovers from nearby Mt. Holly all the way out to Shelby, we have both models on sale in the new Toyota lineup here at Toyota of Gastonia. Visit us today at 4821 Wilkinson Boulevard in Gastonia, NC, or contact our sales team if you have questions about either of these two commanding pickup options.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $835 for Cars, $900 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1195 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $995 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. Actual dealer price will vary. Actual dealer document fee may vary.