Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity 2011 (Payload and Charts)

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma maximum towing capacity is between 3,300 lbs and 6,500 lbs depending on the truck specifications.

Any trailer exceeding 1000 lbs must have its own brake system when using the Tacoma and should not exert a tongue weight over 10% of the total trailer weight.

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.

This article will help you identify the towing capacity and GCWR of your Tacoma based on your engine, cab size, bed size and trim.

The information taken from this article was compiled using 2011 the ebrochure.

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.

toyota tacoma towing capacity 2011

Towing Capacity by Engine

There are two main types of engines in the 2011 Toyota Tacoma. There is a less powerful, 2.7 L 4-Cylinder and a 4.0 L V6 engine.

2.7-L 4-Cylinder Engine

One of the engine options in the Toyota Tacoma is the 2.7L 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 3,500 lbs.

This engine comes standard on most 2011 Tacomas, but is not available on the X-Runner.

4.0 L V6 Engine

The V6 engine is the more powerful option of engine offered in the Tacoma. It can deliver up to 236 hp @ 5,200 rpm and 266 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm.

This engine can tow up to 6,500 lbs with the tow package.

Towing Package for Toyota Tacoma

Any truck with a 4.0 L V6 engine and 4×4 drivetrain is eligible to upgrade with the tow package.

The following are included in the tow package:

  • Class IV Towing Hitch Receiver
  • 7-pin connector with converter
  • Transmission cooler
  • Heavy-duty Battery

The towing package increases the GCWR of a Tacoma to 11,100 lbs.

Towing Capacity by Cab Size

In 2011, there were no trims available for the Tacoma except the Prerunner and X-Runner. Instead, the SR5, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Sport were the names of packages available on the Tacoma, rather than trims. This means that Toyota did not distinguish the towing capacity by trim, but rather by cab.

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.

2011 Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma towing capacity is 3,500 lbs for trucks with the regular cab.

DriveEngineTow PackageTowing Capacity
4×22.7 L/4.0 L3,500 lbs
4×42.7 L/4.0 L3,500 lbs
2011 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Access Cab

2011 Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma towing capacity is between 3,300 and 6,500 lbs for trucks with the access cab.

DriveEngineTow PackageTowing Capacity
4×22.7 L/4.0 L3,500 lbs
4×4/Prerunner2.7 L/4.0 L3,500 lbs
4×4/Prerunner4.0 Lx6,500 lbs
X-Runner2.7 L/4.0 L3,300 lbs
2011 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Access Cab

2011 Towing Capacity Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma towing capacity is between 3,400 and 6,400 lbs for trucks with the double cab.

DriveEngineTow Package Towing Capacity
4×22.7 L/4.0 L3,400 lbs
4×4/Prerunner (short bed)2.7 L3,400 lbs
4×4/Prerunner (short bed)4.0 Lx6,400 lbs
4×4/Prerunner (long bed)4.0 Lx6,300 lbs
2011 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Double Cab

Towing Capacity Chart from Manual

The owner’s manual has a listing of the GCWR and trailer weights for each model. Listed on pages 218 through 221 will find charts (shown below) that will give you the exact GCWR of your Tacoma.

You can find your code on your certification label on the inside of the driver’s side door as seen in the photo below. You will also have the engine type as well. I do know that the 2TR-FE engine is the 2.7 L and the 1GR-FE is the 4.0 L engine.

2015 tacoma certification label location

2011 Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart – Regular Cab

2011 tacoma towing capacity chart regular cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Regular Cab

2011 Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart – Access Cab

2011 tacoma towing capacity chart access cab
2011 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Access Cab

2011 Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart – Double Cab

2011 tacoma towing capacity chart double cab pt 1
2011 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Double Cab – pt 1
2011 tacoma towing capacity chart double cab pt 2
2011 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Double Cab – pt 2

What is the max 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 6500 lbs can only have a tongue weight of 650 lbs.

In addition, you should not tow above 1000 lbs on any 2011 Tacoma without a trailer with a braking system.

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

You can make sure of this by weighing the tongue weight of your trailer. There are multiple ways to do this, which I outlined in the article: What is trailer tongue weight? & How to Measure It

2011 Tacoma Payload Capacity

The 2011 Tacoma can carry up to 1,510 lbs in payload. Don’t know what I’m referring to? Check out: What Does GVWR Mean? GVWR Explained for Trucks and Trailers

Payload Capacity 2.7 L 4 cylinder

The payload capacity for the 2011 Toyota Tacoma with a 2.7 L engine is between 1,235 – 1,510 lbs.

DriveTransmissionCabPayload Capacity
4×2ManualRegular1,350 lbs
4×4ManualRegular1,435 lbs
4×2AutomaticRegular1,380 lbs
4×4AutomaticRegular1,380 lbs
4×2ManualAccess1,340 lbs
4×4ManualAccess1,395 lbs
4×2AutomaticAccess1,320 lbs
PrerunnerAutomaticAccess1,510 lbs
4×4AutomaticAccess1,375 lbs
4×2AutomaticDouble1,235 lbs
Prerunner (short bed)AutomaticDouble1,425 lbs
Payload Capacity Chart for 2011 Toyota Tacoma 2.7 L engine

Payload Capacity 4.0 L V6

The payload capacity for the 2011 Toyota Tacoma with a 4.0 L engine is between 880 – 1,430 lbs.

DriveTransmissionCabPayload Capacity
4×4ManualAccess1,305 lbs
PrerunnerAutomaticAccess1,415 lbs
4×4AutomaticAccess1,280 lbs
X-RunnerManualAccess880 lbs
4×4 (short bed)ManualDouble1,320 lbs
Prerunner (short bed)AutomaticDouble1,430 lbs
4×4 (short bed)AutomaticDouble1,295 lbs
Prerunner (long bed)AutomaticDouble1,375 lbs
4×4 (long bed)AutomaticDouble1,260 lbs
Payload Capacity Chart for 2011 Toyota Tacoma 4.0 L engine

How to determine how much your Tacoma can actually tow

Toyota states that under the right conditions and properly equipped the 2011 Tacoma can tow between 3300 and 6500 lbs. However, the exact amount that you can tow at any given point in time is slightly different.

Max towing capacity is calculated by subtracting the curb weight from the GCWR, which is essentially what is reported by Toyota, however, there may be other factors that will limit your capacity even more.

This means that the total weight of a truck plus a trailer at any point cannot exceed the GCWR (found in owner’s manual). The ebrochure lists that the GCWR is between 7,500-11,100 lbs for all trim levels, but the manual shows the varying ratings.

what is gcwr graphic

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 in the following article: How to Calculate Towing Capacity

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