2018 Toyota Tacoma


2018 Toyota 4Runner Blue


2018 Tacoma


2018 4Runner
6,800 Pounds

Towing Capacity

5,000 Pounds
Up to 5

Seating Capacity

Up to 7
Up to 25 mpg*


Up to 21 mpg**

2018 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Trying to decide between an SUV and a pickup truck? There’s no better way to focus your decision than by comparing the 2018 Toyota Tacoma to the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. Both are at the top of their respective segments, but they differ in terms of:

  • Engine Output
  • Towing and Payload Capacities
  • Available Comfort Features
  • Passenger and Cargo Space

Performance and Capability

Muddying the waters of comparison is the fact that both the Toyota Tacoma and the Toyota 4Runner are very capable backcountry performers, with respective TRD trims offering features designed for off-road exploration.

2018 Tacoma


2018 4Runner
3.5L V6


4.0L V6


265 lb-ft


278 lb-ft
6,800 Pounds


5,000 Pounds

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma isn’t quite as speedy or agile as the 2018 Toyota 4Runner, but it tows up to 1,800 pounds more.


2018 Tacoma


2018 4Runner
4 or 5

Passenger Capacity

5 or 7
Not Available

Power Adjustable Seats

Not Available

Ventilated Front Seats


As a pickup truck, the Toyota Tacoma is available in multiple body configurations that affect interior and cargo dimensions, but it doesn’t offer the cabin space and versatility of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner.

What it does offer is that valuable cargo bed, which is available either five- or six-foot configurations. You can pile in up to 47 cubic feet of cargo without disrupting passengers, but the real advantage comes with its 1,620-pound payload capacity — the Toyota 4Runner isn’t rated to carry nearly as much.

Which One is Right for Me?

By now, you should have a pretty good idea of which model speaks to you. In case you’re still scratching your head, here are the keyp oints:

  • 2018 Toyota Tacoma: Ideal for towing and carrying heavier loads, especially cargo you don’t want in the cabin.

  • 2018 Toyota 4Runner: An ideal family vehicle that provides added interior space and stronger comfort features.

2018 Toyota 4Runner Camping

Find Your Tacoma or 4Runner at Our Naperville Showroom

Drivers from Aurora, Oak Brook, Joliet, and beyond know they can turn to Toyota of Naperville for help with every automotive quandary. Contact us today for some personal advice, or feel free to apply for financing online.

* 2017 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
** 2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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