The Toyota Tacoma is the long-time sales leader among mid-size pickups — a track record built on a reputation for rock-solid reliability and off-road adventure chops rather than the latest design. But it also offers towing capability sufficient to make it both a solid workday truck and weekend warrior.
The 2023 Tacoma’s maximum tow ratings — unchanged from 2022 — range from 3,500 pounds to 6,800 pounds. That might change for 2024: The pickup was last significantly updated for the 2016 model year, and a full redesign on Toyota’s new global body-on-frame platform is expected for the 2024 model year.
Toyota boasts that the Tacoma comes in “34 flavors,” but the nearly three dozen configurations in its seven trim levels are based on two cabs — the extended Access Cab and the double cab (aka crew cab) — as well as 5- or 6-foot beds, four-cylinder or V-6 engines, and six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available. All V-6 models include a Tow Prep Package that adds a Class IV receiver hitch, a transmission fluid cooler for automatic models, an engine oil cooler, a power-steering cooler, a 130-amp alternator, a 4- and 7-pin wiring connector, and trailer sway control.
The Tacoma’s maximum tow ratings below are calculated under the SAE International J2807 standard for trailer weight ratings. The maximum ratings under the standard are for ideal conditions, and real-world maximum towing capacities will depend on passenger and cargo load, and possibly additional equipment. More details are here on how to calculate the maximum for your specific truck and load.
With that in mind, here’s a quick guide to the rated towing maximums for the 2023 Tacoma’s engine and cab configurations.