Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity 2018

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma maximum towing capacity is between 3,500 lbs and 6,800 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 trim.

The information taken from this article was compiled using 2018 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 2018

Towing Capacity by Engine

There are two main types of engines in the 2018 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 SR and SR5 trims.

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 package or modification to increase this value for the Tacoma.

The 2.7 L engine is the standard engine in the SR and SR5 trim levels of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.

3.5-L V6 Engine

The V6 engine is the more powerful option of engine offered in the Tacoma. It can deliver up to 278 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 265 lb.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm.

This engine can tow up to 6800 lbs and on the low end, 3500 lbs, the same as the 2.7 L engine.

This engine comes standard in every type of Tacoma trim other than the SR and SR5, but is available in all of them. 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 2018 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.

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

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR can 3500 lbs and up to 6400 lbs with a 4×4 3.5 L V6 engine with a double cab and tow package.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×2
Manual
2.7 LAccess3500 lbs
4×22.7 LAccess3500 lbs
4×42.7 LAccess3500 lbs
4×22.7 LDouble3500 lbs
4×43.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6400 lbs (tow package)
Towing Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR

SR5

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 can tow 3500 lbs and up to 6800 lbs with a 4×2 V6 engine with an access cab and a tow package.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×22.7 LAccess3500 lbs
4×42.7 LAccess3500 lbs
4×23.5 LAccess3500 lbs
6800 lbs (tow package)
4×43.5 LAccess3500 lbs
6500 lbs (tow package)
4×22.7 LDouble3500 lbs
4×23.5 LDouble3560 lbs
6700 lbs (tow package)
4×43.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6400 lbs (tow package)
Towing Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5

TRD Sport

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport can tow 3500 lbs and up to 6700 lbs with a 4×2 V6 engine with a double cab and tow package.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×4
Manual
3.5 LAccess3500 lbs
6500 lbs (tow package)
4×23.5 LAccess3500 lbs
6800 lbs (tow package)
4×43.5 LAccess3500 lbs
6500 lbs (tow package)
4×4
Manual
3.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6400 lbs (tow package)
4×23.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6700 lbs (tow package)
6600 lbs (tow package/long bed)
4×43.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6400 lbs (tow package)
Towing Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport

TRD Off-Road

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road can tow up to 6700 lbs with a 4×2 V6 engine with a double cab and tow package.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×43.5 LAccess3500 lbs
6500 lbs (tow package)
4×4
Manual
3.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6400 (tow package)
4×2
Manual
3.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6400 lbs (tow package)
4×23.5 LDouble6700 lbs (tow package)
4×43.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6400 lbs (tow package)
Towing Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Limited

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited can tow up to 6600 lbs with a 4×2 V6 engine with a double cab and tow package.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×23.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6600 lbs (tow package)
4×43.5 LDouble3500 lbs
6400 lbs (tow package)
Towing Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited

TRD Pro

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro can tow up to 6400 lbs.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×43.5 LDouble6400 lbs
4×4
Manual
3.5 LDouble6400 lbs
Towing Capacity 0f 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Towing Package for Toyota Tacoma

Any truck with a 3.5 L V6 engine has the Tow Package included. If you choose to select the 2.7 L engine, you will not have the ability to add the towing package.

The following are included in the tow package:

  • Class IV Towing Hitch Receiver
  • 4-pin and 7-pin connector with converter
  • engine oil cooler
  • power steering cooler
  • Trailer-Sway Control

The TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro are only available with the 3.7 L V6 engine so they come with the tow package standard.

Towing Capacity Chart from Manual

The owner’s manual has a listing of the GCWR and trailer weights for each model. Listed on pages 179 and 180 you 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 2GR-FKS is the 3.5 L engine.

certification label location 2020 toyota tacoma

Access Cab

2018 towing capacity chart manual access cab
2018 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Access Cab

Double Cab

2018 towing capacity chart manual double cab
2018 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity Chart Double Cab

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.

In addition, you should not tow above 1000 lbs on any 2018 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

2018 Tacoma Payload Capacity

The 2018 Tacoma has a single GVWR of 5600 lbs for all trucks. Don’t know what I’m referring to? Check out: What Does GVWR Mean? GVWR Explained for Trucks and Trailers

SR

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR can carry up to 1620 lbs with a 4×2 4-cylinder engine with an access cab.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×22.7 LAccess1620 lbs
4×42.7 LAccess1380 lbs
4×22.7 LDouble1505 lbs
4×43.5 LDouble1175 lbs
Payload Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR

SR5

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 can carry up to 1620 lbs with a 4×2 4-cylinder engine with an access cab.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×22.7 LAccess1620 lbs
4×42.7 LAccess1380 lbs
4×23.5 LAccess1540 lbs
4×43.5 LAccess1295 lbs
4×22.7 LDouble1505 lbs
4×23.5 LDouble1420 lbs
4×43.5 LDouble1175 lbs
1120 lbs (long bed)
Payload Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5

TRD Sport

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport can carry up to 1540 lbs with a 4×2 V6 engine with an access cab.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×4
Manual
3.5 LAccess1275 lbs
4×23.5 LAccess1540 lbs
4×43.5 LAccess1295 lbs
4×4
Manual
3.5 LDouble1155 lbs
4×23.5 LDouble1420 lbs
4×43.5 LDouble1175 lbs
1120 lbs (long bed)
Payload Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport

TRD Off-Road

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road can carry up to 1420 lbs with a 4×2 V6 engine with a double cab.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×43.5 LAccess1295 lbs
4×4
Manual
3.5 LDouble1155 lbs
4×2V6Double1420 lbs
4×4V6Double1175 lbs
1120 lbs (long bed)
Payload Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Limited

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited can carry up to 1370 lbs with a 4×2 V6 engine with a double cab.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×23.5 LDouble1370 lbs
4×43.5 LDouble1120 lbs
Payload Capacity of 2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited

TRD Pro

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro can carry up to 1175 lbs.

DriveEngineCabTowing Capacity
4×43.5 LDouble1175 lbs
4×4
Manual
3.5 LDouble1155 lbs
Payload Capacity 0f 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

How to determine how much your Tacoma can actually tow

Toyota states that under the right conditions and properly equipped the 2018 Tacoma can tow between 3500 and 6800 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 11,360 lbs for all trim levels, but the manual differs slightly.

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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