2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Toyota Tundra in Tinley Park, IL

Toyota is known for making vehicles that offer exceptional reliability, and that definitely extends to their pickup trucks. The 2017 Tacoma and 2017 Tundra trucks deliver outstanding performance when you need it most and the comfort and convenience your daily grind requires. But which one is the better option for you? To help you decide, the product experts at Orland Toyota in Tinley Park, IL have put together this comprehensive comparison of the 2017 Tacoma vs. the 2017 Tundra.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Toyota Tundra: Engine & Performance

Power isn’t in short supply when you choose a Toyota pickup truck. Depending on how you plan on using your truck, though, one may be a better fit than the other. For example, if you and your family love taking vacations with your trailer or small boat, the new Tacoma may be a great fit with its maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. If you’re constantly hauling materials and equipment to the jobsite, the new Tundra could be the ideal choice with its incredible maximum payload capacity of 16,000 lbs. Key engine and performance specs are as follows:

2017 Tacoma

Toyota Pickup Truck

2017 Tundra

2.7L DOHC 4-Cylinder


4.6L V8

159 HP


310 HP

180 lb.-ft.


327 lb.-ft.

Rear-wheel drive; optional Four-wheel drive


Rear-wheel drive; optional Four-wheel drive

6-speed automatic


6-speed shiftable automatic

19/23 MPG

Fuel Economy (city/hwy)

15/19 MPG

3,500 lbs. (RWD/4WD)

Max. Towing Capacity

6,800 lbs. (RWD)

6,500 lbs. (4WD)

1,620 lbs. (RWD)

1,380 lbs. (4WD)

Max. Payload Capacity

16,000 lbs. (RWD)

14,000 lbs. (4WD)

2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Toyota Tundra: Interior & Design

You’ll find versatile design configurations in both of these Toyota pickup trucks. You can choose between two different cab options with the Tacoma — Access Cab or Double Cab, which seat 4 and 5 passengers respectively — and two bed options, 5.0 ft. or 6.1 ft. The Tundra offers three cab options — Regular Cab, Double Cab, or CrewMax Cab, which seat 3, 6, and 6 passengers respectively — and three bed options, 5.6 ft., 6.6 ft., and 8.1 ft. Explore additional interior and design features of these two trucks below.

2017 Toyota Tacoma Interior and 2017 Toyota Tundra Interior

                                                               2017 Toyota Tacoma Interior                                                                                                                                           2017 Toyota Tundra Interior

  • 6.1-in. touchscreen display
  • Fabric trimmed seats; 4-way adjustable driver’s seat and front passenger seat
  • Urethane tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls (Tacoma); Urethane tilt 4-spoke steering wheel with Bluetooth® hands-free phone, voice command controls, and column shifter (Tundra)
  • Air conditioning
  • Four front cup holders and four front bottle holders (Tundra only)
  • Available leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel
  • Available automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Available 7-in. high-resolution touchscreen with split-screen display

2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Toyota Tundra: Safety & Technology

Exceptional safety is a hallmark of Toyota vehicles, and the 2017 Tacoma and 2017 Tundra are no different. They both offer the Star Safety System™ standard, as well as an advanced airbag system. You’ll also enjoy a fully immersive infotainment experience thanks to the Entune™ Audio system with Entune™ Multimedia Bundle, which keeps you connected no matter where the road takes you.

Safety Features:

  • Star Safety System™ - Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology
  • Advanced airbag system
  • Integrated backup camera display
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • ToyotaCare featuring a no cost maintenance plan with roadside assistance (Tundra only)
  • Trailer-Sway Control (Tundra only)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (Tacoma only)

Technology Features:

  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Entune™ Audio with Entune™ Multimedia Bundle
  • Available wireless charging (Tacoma only)
  • Available Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite

* Entune™ Audio with Entune™ Multimedia Bundle includes AM/FM CD player, six speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod® connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, Siri® Eyes Free

* Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite includes all features listed above, as well as 7-in. high-resolution touchscreen with split-screen display, six JBL® speakers and one subwoofer, Entune™ App Suite, HD Radio® technology and Predictive Traffic and Doppler Weather overlay, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, Gracenote® album cover art

Price & Incentives

Performance and features aren’t the only factors to consider when deciding on a Toyota truck. Pricing is also important. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma has a starting MSRP of $24,575, and the 2017 Toyota Tundra has a starting MSRP of $30,500. Regardless of which model you choose, be sure to check out our Toyota incentives to see if you qualify for our great deals.

Schedule a Test Drive in Tinley Park, IL

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a powerful, reliable, and supremely comfortable Toyota pickup truck? Explore the new 2017 Tacoma inventory, new 2017 Tundra inventory, or both to find a model that meets all of your automotive needs. Then schedule a test drive at our Toyota dealership in Tinley Park, IL. If you have any questions, please give the Orland Toyota team a call at (708) 429-3900 or fill out our contact form.

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