Used Toyota Trucks
If you are in the market for a pick-up, then used Toyota trucks are some of the best options available. Whether for work or leisure, off-roading or heavy hauling, Toyota offers something for everyone. And, since both the Tacoma and Tundra have been top sellers for many years, buyers can be assured that they are getting tried and tested products that consistently receive positive consumer reviews.
Rating and review organizations such as J.D. Power, Consumer Reports, and Edmunds, have all ranked Toyota trucks amongst their top picks – and for good reason. Toyota vehicles offer many benefits to used pick-up truck buyers, including:
- High quality and solid construction
- Best in class safety features
- Dependability and reliability
- Utility and practicality
- Variety of cab styles, trim levels, and other options to suit every need or preference
- Good resale value
Tacoma or Tundra?
When purchasing used Toyota trucks, the main question is: Tacoma or Tundra? Both vehicles are excellent options, but which one is best for you will depend on a number of factors, such as:
- Personal preferences in size and drivability
- What the truck will be used for – leisure, heavy-duty, off-road/rough terrain, etc.
- How much you are willing to spend
- Amount of passenger room needed
- Power train options and available packages
Knowing what you want in a pick-up truck will help you decide which choice is best for your needs. Although both the Tacoma and Tundra are equipped with the appealing Toyota name and all the benefits that this label offers, there are also some significant differences that must be considered when making a purchase. By comparing the two trucks, you can get a better idea of which one is the better option for your purposes.
While not exhaustive, this list looks at some of the main factors that you will want to consider when choosing between the Tacoma or the Tundra:
- Size: The Tacoma is a mid-sized/compact pick-up, while the much larger Tundra is a full-sized half-ton truck. The later models of both vehicles were increased in size, making the newer versions of the Tacoma very similar in size to that of older model Tundras. Therefore, if size tops your list of priorities, keep in mind that older models are smaller than the newer ones.
- Interior Room: The Tundra has more head and leg room and a wider cabin, making rear seating more comfortable for adults.
- Passenger Room: Depending on model and trim level, the Tacoma seats up to 5 passengers, whereas, the Tundra has room to seat 6 adults comfortably.
- Fuel Mileage: The Tacoma typically delivers a combined fuel economy of 17-20 miles/ gallon, while the Tundra gets about 14-16 miles/gallon.
- Resale Value: According to the Kelley Blue Book, the Tacoma is one of the best vehicles for holding its value. Though not as high as the Tacoma, the Tundra also has a good resale price, although this has seen a slight decline due to rising fuel costs.
- Driveability: The Tacoma is narrower and has a much smaller turning radius, making it easier to park and maneuver.
- Power train options: The Tacoma is available with either a four cylinder or a 4.0 liter 236 hp V6 engine. The bigger Tundra is equipped with a 4.6 liter V6 or one of 3 powerful V8 engines ranging from 278-381 horsepower.
- Towing Capacity: The Tacoma ranges from 180-266 lb-ft of torque and is more than sufficient for towing lighter equipment such as small boats or lawn mowers. For heavier hauling, the Tundra is the better choice, offering between 278-401 lb-ft of torque and able to pull about 400 lbs more than the Tacoma.
- Off-Road Terrain: The Tacoma is more maneuverable and nimble, making it much easier to handle in off-road situations.
- Body Styles: Both the Tacoma and the Tundra offer 3 body styles and 3 bed lengths that can be mixed and matched to suit the individual buyer's needs and preferences.
- Luxury Options: While the Tacoma is available with many extra amenities, the Tundra offers more luxury options.
- Ride and Handling: Although off-road suspension and other options can affect the quality of ride, generally the Tacoma will feel more "car-like", while the Tundra will deliver the ride and handling expected from a full-sized truck.
- Cost: The Tundra will be more expensive to purchase than the Tacoma, although some good deals can now be found due to high fuel costs.
- Safety: Both the Tacoma and Tundra have excellent safety features and are considered to be two of the best vehicles in crash test ratings.
- Reliability: As with most Toyota vehicles, these trucks have higher than average reliability and a very long lifespan.
Whether it is the bigger, bolder Tundra, or the smaller, more maneuverable Tacoma, used Toyota trucks are always a good investment. With Toyota's emphasis on comfort, reliability, safety, and utility, you really can't go wrong.
Since Toyota trucks hold their value well, you can expect to pay a little more for used models. Protecting your investment with an extended warranty is always a good idea, especially since you will likely have your Toyota pick-up for many years to come.