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Toyota Tacoma vs. Toyota Tundra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Tacoma

$454
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Toyota Tundra

$586
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Tacoma Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 7 for midsize trucks. The average annual repair cost is $454 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. While repairs tend to be more severe than average, the number of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Tacoma.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Toyota Tundra Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 17 for fullsize trucks. The average annual repair cost is $586 which means it has average ownership costs. While repairs tend to be more severe than average, these issues occur less often, so major repairs are infrequent for the Tundra.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$454
inexpensive
expensive
$586
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.26
not often
very often
0.34
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
13%
not urgent
urgent
14%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(12)
4
(42)
3
(10)
2
(1)
1
(1)
The Toyota Tacoma ranks highest in electrical and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I've owned Toyota pickups my whole life. Great trucks! That is until I bought a 2008 Tacoma. I usually drive em until they have 250-300 on em. Seemed pretty routine when I traded in my 99 for a n...”
“I've owned Toyota pickups my whole life. Great trucks! That is until I bought a 2008 Tacoma. I ...”
5
(8)
4
(15)
3
(1)
2
(1)
1
(0)
The Toyota Tundra ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in body.
“Bought my 07 with 38,000 mi just turned 190,000 got to say it has been a great truck, although some of these issues i am reading about has happened to me. think sheet metal is a little weak on body...”
“Bought my 07 with 38,000 mi just turned 190,000 got to say it has been a great truck, although so...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Tundra are both pickups made by the same manufacturer. The Tacoma is a midsize body-on-frame pickup truck, and the Toyota Tundra is a full-size body-on-frame pickup truck. Both of these trucks come with rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.

There are significant engine power differences between the Tacoma and the Tundra. The Tacoma’s standard engine has 159 horsepower, with 278 horsepower optional. The Tundra’s standard engine has a higher 310 horsepower, with a 381-horsepower option.

But as different as the engines are, the load carrying and towing capabilities are strikingly similar. The Tacoma will tow up to 6,800 pounds and offers a maximum payload of 1,620 pounds. The Tundra can also tow up to 6,800 pounds, and has a maximum payload of 1,660 pounds. These two trucks of different sizes are very similar in these key metrics.

The primary differences between the Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota Tundra come down to size and power. If you’re fine with a midsize truck, the Tacoma will do most things as well as the larger Tundra. But if you need a larger truck with more interior space and more horsepower, the Tundra is the choice to make.

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