Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma (2022-2006)

The Toyota Tacoma maximum towing capacity for any 2022 model is between 3,500 lbs and 6,800 lbs.

The 4-Cylinder engine trims have significantly less towing power than the larger V6 engine.

This article will help you identify the towing capacity and GCWR of your Tacoma based on trim.

You should always check your manual and weight ratings (on the inside of the driver’s door) for the most accurate information before towing and make sure you are properly equipped.

The information taken from this article was compiled using this comparison tool and the ebrochure.

If you are looking for the weight of a Toyota Tacoma, read here, otherwise, continue reading.

Though I tried to make this information as accurate as possible, you should always check your manual or contact your local dealer to determine the appropriate towing capacity of your vehicle and necessary equipment.

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Towing Capacity by Engine

There are two main types of engines in the 2022 Toyota Tacoma. There is a less powerful, 2.7L 4-Cylinder and a 3.5L V6 engine.

2.7-L 4-Cylinder Engine

One of the engine options in the Toyota Tacoma is the 2.7L 4-Cylinder engine. This engine is the standard in 6 different types of truck trims and options which can be seen below.

TrimDriveCabBed Size
SR4×2Access6 ft
SR4×2Double5 ft
SR4×4Access6 ft
SR54×2Access6 ft
SR54×2Double5 ft
SR54×4Access6 ft
2022 Toyota Tacoma Trims with 4-Cylinder Engine

It is a less powerful engine at 159 hp @5,200 and 180 lb.-ft. @3,800.

In all of these models, the maximum towing capacity is 3500 lbs.

There is no option in the Tacoma to increase this value for your truck.

3.5-L V6 Engine

The V6 engine is the more powerful option of engine offered in the Tacoma.

This engine can tow up to 6800 lbs and on the low end, 6400 lbs.

This engine is in every type of Tacoma other than what is listed in the previous section. This engine is also offered in a manual version as well, but only for a few trim option levels.

Toyota Tacoma GCWR

What makes the Tacoma fairly unique is that the GCWR is the same for all trim levels.

The GCWR for the 2022 Toyota Tacoma is 11,360 lbs.

The GCWR is the maximum weight that a truck can have with a trailer.

This means that at any point in time, the scale of a truck plus a trailer should never exceed this amount.

This takes into account the weight of the passengers and cargo.

All of the values below are taken from the Toyota brochure.

Towing Capacity by Trim

Maximum towing capacity is calculated by taking the GCWR and subtracting the curb weight.

Find the curb weight of your Tacoma here if you want to do the calculation yourself!

However, you may notice that the numbers reported below are lower than the calculated value.

Because the Tacoma lists these towing capacities separately, I would take the values listed below.

Toyota likely takes into account an added safety factor for their users.

All values listed below are for the automatic transmission vehicles. These values are also only listed for conventional towing with a hitch. 5th wheel and gooseneck towing is not an option on the standard Tacoma.

SR

DriveEngineCabBed SizeTowing Capacity
4×24-CylAccess6 ft3500 lbs
4×2V6Access6 ft6800 lbs
4×24-CylDouble5 ft3500 lbs
4×44-CylAccess6 ft3500 lbs
4×4 V6Access6 ft6500 lbs
4×4V6Double5 ft6400 lbs
Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma SR

SR5

DriveEngineCabBed SizeTowing Capacity
4×4V6Double5 ft6400 lbs
4×24-CylAccess6 ft3500 lbs
4×2V6Access6 ft6800 lbs
4×24-CylDouble5 ft3500 lbs
4×2V6Double5 ft6700 lbs
4×2V6Double6 ft6600 lbs
4×44-CylAccess6 ft3500 lbs
4×4V6Double6 ft6400 lbs
Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma SR5

TRD Sport

DriveEngineCabBed SizeTowing Capacity
4×4V6Double5 ft6400 lbs
4×2V6Access6 ft6800 lbs
4×2V6Double5 ft6700 lbs
4×2V6Double6 ft6800 lbs
4×4V6Access6 ft6500 lbs
4×4V6Access6 ft6500 lbs
4×4V6Double6 ft6400 lbs
4×4V6Double5 ft6400 lbs
Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport

TRD Off-Road

DriveEngineCabBed SizeTowing Capacity
4×4V6Double5 ft6400 lbs
4×2V6Double5 ft6700 lbs
4×4V6Access6 ft6500 lbs
4×4V6Double6 ft6400 lbs
4×4V6Double5 ft6400 lbs
Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Limited

DriveEngineCabBed SizeTowing Capacity
4×4V6Double5 ft6400 lbs
4×2V6Double5 ft6600 lbs
4×4V6Double6 ft6400 lbs
Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma Limited

TRD Pro

DriveEngineCabBed SizeTowing Capacity
4×4V6Double5 ft6400 lbs
Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Towing Package for Toyota Tacoma

There is no longer a towing package listed for the Toyota Tacoma in 2022. Any truck with a V6 engine comes with what was previously known as the towing packing.

This includes:

  • Class IV Towing Hitch Receiver
  • ATF cooler
  • Engine Oil cooler
  • Power Steering Cooler
  • 130-amp alternator
  • 4-pin and 7-pin connector with converter
  • Trailer-Sway Control (TSC)

If you do not have the V6 engine, you must take extra precautions to make sure your truck is well equipped to tow.

What is the tongue load of a Tacoma?

The tongue load is the amount of weight that can be exerted on a trailer hitch.

For most trailers, this value is 10-15% of the total trailer weight.

Toyota specifies that for all of their engines, a tongue weight of 10% should not be exceeded. That means that a max towing capacity of 6800 lbs can only have a tongue weight of 680 lbs.

How can you make sure you don’t exceed this value?

In the case of towing with any truck, you should always make sure that your tongue weight never exceeds 15%, but if you have a Tacoma, it should not exceed 10%.

You can make sure of this by weighing the tongue weight of your trailer.

Not sure how? Check out What is trailer tongue weight? & How to Measure It

Believe it or not, there are scales that can read the tongue weight of a trailer up to 5000 lbs, which is listed below.

Towing Capacity of Toyota Tacoma by year

YearTowing CapacityPayload Capacity
2022 3,500 – 6,800 lbs1,095 – 1,685 lbs
2021 3,500 – 6,800 lbs1,095 – 1,685 lbs
20203,500 – 6,800 lbs1,120 – 1,620 lbs
20193,500 – 6,800 lbs1,120 – 1,620 lbs
20183,500 – 6,800 lbs1,120 – 1,620 lbs
20173,500 – 6,800 lbs1,120 – 1,620 lbs
20163,500 – 6,800 lbs1,120 – 1,620 lbs
20153,400 – 6,500 lbs1,175 – 1,500 lbs
20143,400 – 6,500 lbs1,175 – 1,500 lbs
20133,400 – 6,500 lbs865 – 1,535 lbs
20123,400 – 6,500 lbs865 – 1,535 lbs
20113,300 – 6,500 lbs880 – 1,510 lbs
20103,500 – 6,500 lbs995 – 1,570 lbs
20093,500 – 6,500 lbs895 – 1,570 lbs
20083,500 – 6,500 lbs865 – 1,620 lbs
20073,500 – 6,500 lbs875 – 1,640 lbs
20063,500 – 6,500 lbs875 – 1,640 lbs
Towing Capacity of Toyota Tacoma by Year Chart

Looking for more details on the towing capacity of a particular year? Check out each article below.

How to determine how much your Tacoma can actually tow

Typically towing capacity is calculated by subtracting the curb weight from the GCWR.

This means that the total weight of a truck plus a trailer at any point cannot exceed 11,360 lbs in this case.

The Tacoma, however, specifies different values than the GCWR.

The best way to ensure that you can determine the exact amount your Tacoma can tow is by checking the manual.

The manual should specify the specific GCWR of your truck and towing capabilities.

The information in this guide is simply a guide and should be used as such.

Toyota can help to answer specific questions you have about towing capabilities.

If you have a 4-Cylinder Tacoma, it is more important that you follow the guidelines in the Toyota documents due to the fact that the GCWR seems too high for this truck and the calculations for towing capacity do not align with the value.

The towing capacity reported in this guide provides to you the maximum value that your truck can tow, but with any cargo or passengers, the actual weight that can be towed will change.

If you add any passenger weight or cargo weight, you will need to subtract this from the towing capacity to determine the actual towing load allowed.

Don’t forget that you will need to consider whether or not your truck has exceeded its payload capacity with this load.

Does this confuse you? I run through an explicit example of how you need to know both the payload and towing capacity to determine if you have safe driving conditions.

Check out: How to Calculate Towing Capacity for more in-depth information.

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