2023 Toyota Tacoma Performance

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2023 Tacoma Performance

The Tacoma is certainly not built for high performance, even with the specs set to max. The 278-horsepower V6 provides enough power to lug it around, moving it from 0 to 60 mph in around eight seconds. This is quite a bit slower than what rivals like the Ford Ranger are capable of, though. It's the torque that matters when it comes to doing heavy work, though, but the Tacoma falls behind competitors like the Ranger here, too. Again, you'll want to avoid the middling four-cylinder base engine, since it can only handle towing a mere 3,500 pounds. Properly configured and equipped with the V6, the Tacoma can haul a maximum of 6,800 lbs, as opposed to the 7,500 lbs of the Ford.

For towing purposes, the RWD drivetrain is the best option, but if you plan to go off-road, the four-wheel drive is a must.

2023 Tacoma Performance Photos

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2023 Toyota Tacoma Maximum Cargo Space
2023 Toyota Tacoma Cargo Room
2023 Toyota Tacoma Cargo Space

Engine and Transmission

Of the two engines available to the Toyota pickup, the first is rather unimpressive. Developing 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, the 2.7-liter four-pot moves the hefty Tacoma truck along, but not with any degree of haste. A six-speed automatic gearbox does duty here and both 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains are on offer. This engine is standard on the SR and SR5, while the upper trims get the V6 engine as standard. Displacing 3.5 liters, the stronger engine develops 278 hp and 265 lb-ft, and power is directed to your choice of the rear or all four wheels, though the TRD Pro and Trail Edition have the 4WD drivetrain only. The same six-speed automatic transmission is on offer here, too, but the TRD trims and Trail Edition can also be equipped with a six-speed manual.

If you only want the Tacoma for its looks, and never intend to put it to work, the base four-cylinder is passable, but if you ever want to tow or go off-road, then pass it over instead. The V6 unlocks the true potential of the vehicle, and it works best when paired with the manual gearbox instead of the clumsy six-speed auto.

2023 Toyota Tacoma Performance Specs:

Toyota Tacoma TrimsToyota Tacoma EnginesToyota Tacoma HorsepowerToyota Tacoma TransmissionsToyota Tacoma DrivetrainsToyota Tacoma MPG/MPGE
SR2.7L Inline-4 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
159 hp @ 5200 rpm
278 hp @ 6000 rpm
6-Speed Automatic4X4
RWD
20 MPG
21 MPG
SR52.7L Inline-4 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
159 hp @ 5200 rpm
278 hp @ 6000 rpm
6-Speed Automatic4X4
RWD
20 MPG
21 MPG
TRD Sport3.5L V6 Gas278 hp @ 6000 rpm6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
4X4
RWD
18 MPG
20 MPG
21 MPG
TRD Off Road3.5L V6 Gas278 hp @ 6000 rpm6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
4X4
RWD
18 MPG
20 MPG
21 MPG
Limited3.5L V6 Gas278 hp @ 6000 rpm6-Speed Automatic4X4
RWD
20 MPG
21 MPG
Trail Edition3.5L V6 Gas278 hp @ 6000 rpm6-Speed Automatic4X420 MPG
TRD Pro3.5L V6 Gas278 hp @ 6000 rpm6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
4X418 MPG
20 MPG

2023 Tacoma Gas Mileage

The exact gas mileage you get will depend on how you configure your ride. If you settle for the starter four-cylinder engine, you can expect 20/23/21 mpg city/highway/combined with the RWD and 19/22/20 mpg with the 4WD. The V6 is not only more powerful, but returns the same combined consumption figures, giving 19/24/21 mpg with RWD and 18/22/20 mpg with 4WD. However, those numbers apply to the V6 with the automatic gearbox. The least efficient setup uses the manual gearbox, which can only be paired with the V6 engine and four-wheel drive. In this guise, the EPA estimates fuel economy at 17/21/18 miles per gallon, with the Double Cab TRD Pro losing another mile per gallon on the highway. But, since it comes fitted with a 21.1-gallon fuel tank, the Tacoma can still traverse about 443 miles between pit stops in its most efficient configuration.

2023 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Capacity

Toyota Tacoma TrimsSRSR5TRD SportTRD Off RoadLimitedTrail EditionTRD Pro
Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)18/2218/2217/2017/2018/2218/2217/20

2023 Toyota Tacoma Trailering

Toyota Tacoma TrimsSRSR5TRD SportTRD Off RoadLimitedTrail EditionTRD Pro
Toyota Tacoma Maximum Trailering Capacity3,500 lbs.
6,400 lbs.
6,500 lbs.
3,500 lbs.
6,400 lbs.
6,500 lbs.
6,600 lbs.
6,700 lbs.
6,800 lbs.
6,400 lbs.
6,500 lbs.
6,600 lbs.
6,700 lbs.
6,800 lbs.
6,400 lbs.
6,500 lbs.
6,700 lbs.
6,400 lbs.
6,700 lbs.
6,400 lbs.6,400 lbs.
Engine2.7L Inline-4 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
2.7L Inline-4 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas3.5L V6 Gas3.5L V6 Gas3.5L V6 Gas3.5L V6 Gas
Transmission6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
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