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2018 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Starting Price: $32,425 (V6) | Price Yours

Above Average: Excellent durability and high resale, capable off-road TRD grade, max towing, standard driver assists

Below Average: V6 Double Cab costs significantly more than the competition, limited infotainment options

Consensus: The gold standard in midsize pickups continues to offer exceptional value coupled with numerous variations to suit just about any need or price point

 

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2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 

Starting Price: $36,545 | Price Yours

Above Average: Capability, excellent resale and reliability, choice of two V8 engines, luxury features

Below Average: Midpack towing and payload, no V6 or diesel engine option, no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, lacking some high-tech options available elsewhere

Consensus: A proven track record helps make it a resale value champ

 

The Toyota Tundra is like an oversized version of the smaller Tacoma pickup, offering all the value, reliability and style of its smaller stablemate, but with more power, more features and more capability. The Tundra’s standard V8 engine offers more power and towing ability than the Tacoma’s V6, but it also consumes more fuel and costs a fair bit more, especially as you move up the trim line. Both models offer an upscale Limited trim, but the Tundra goes a step beyond with the luxurious 1794 Edition and Platinum grades. So good is the Tundra that is was the recipient of the 2017 KBB Best Resale Value award. The Tacoma has won the same award in the midsize pickup category every year since the award was created.

Toyota Tacoma Advantages

Smaller size makes for easier maneuvering on and off road, lower price, better fuel economy

Toyota Tundra Advantages

Bigger bed, more powerful V8 engine options, 10,200-pound tow rating, more interior space, more luxurious amenities

Similarities

Being Toyotas, both the Tacoma and Tundra feature the Safety Sense P system that includes collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high beam control. The Entune infotainment system is the same in both vehicles. It is easy to use but lacking some features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility  

Final Recommendation

In a two-way race between the Tundra and Tacoma, it simply comes down to a matter of how much truck you need and how much money you’re willing to spend.  

  2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Toyota Tundra
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 4.6-liter V8
Horsepower 278 hp @ 6,000 rpm 310 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 265 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm 327 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission Auto, 6-spd Auto, 6-spd
Fuel Economy 19 mpg city, 24 hwy 15 mpg city, 19 hwy
Also Available 159-hp 2.7-liter I4 381-hp 5.7-liter V8
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
Max Seating Capacity 5 6
Wheelbase 127.4-140.6  inches 145.7 inches
Overall Length 212.3-225.5 inches 228.9 inches
Width 74.4-75.2 inches 79.9 inches
Height 70.6 inches 75.8-76.0 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 1,440 pounds 1,620 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 6,800 pounds 10,200 pounds
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