Two of the most powerful and versatile vehicles on the automaker’s line-up, the Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Tacoma, are at it again in the 2019 model year. One is technically an SUV while the other is a truck; one has a new trim level while the other does not; both have top-tier features; and both have similar engine specs. These are all of the factors that we’ll be exploring in our 2019 Toyota 4RUnner vs Tacoma comparison.
As you saw just a moment ago, these two brothers are practically neck and neck with one another. So, how does one decide between them? For some prospective customers, it all begins beneath the hood of each vehicle. The base engine of the 4Runner is a V6 while the Tacoma starts out with a peppy four-cylinder one. For our purposes, we’ll be comparing the available V6 of the Tacoma to the standard one in the 4Runner.
Main Differences – 2019 4Runner vs Tacoma
Every model of the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is brought to life by the roar of a V6 engine that generates up to 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. 2019 Toyota Tacoma models with their equivalent engine, on the other hand, are awoken by 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Needless to say, these power ratings are practically the same.
What is not the same, however, is the maximum towing capacity of each vehicle. While the 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 pounds behind it, the Tacoma adds an extra 1,800 pounds. Those who need as much towing capacity as possible are sure to appreciate this clear-cut advantage of the Tacoma.
Meanwhile, those who have a soft spot for style—and a weakness for blacked-out vehicles—are sure to take notice of the new Nightshade Edition of the 2019 4Runner, which is completely blacked-out via custom exterior and interior design features. For this, the Tacoma has no answer.
Last but not least, both vehicles can be equipped with a 15-speaker premium JBL audio system, which provides drivers everywhere with an unmatched quality of sound, music, etc. In short, whatever you may be looking for—power, capability, style, or a top-of-the-line sound system—you can most certainly find it in either the 2019 Toyota 4Runner or 2019 Toyota Tacoma.