How much can the 2008 Toyota Tacoma tow?

In your article on the 2008 Toyota Tacoma, you state that "When properly equipped, a Tacoma can tow up to 6,500 pounds." What is needed to be properly equipped?

Tom B., Newport News, Va.

Tacomas with a 6,500-pound towing capacity are V-6 models with an optional towing package. The towing package includes a 130-amp alternator, heavy-duty battery, seven-pin trailer hitch connector with converter, auxiliary engine oil cooler, auxiliary transmission cooler plus a Class IV hitch. With the towing package, the gross combined weight rating is 11,100 pounds.

The package is combined with a more expensive option package, however, and isn’t available by itself. You can build your Tacoma at, found here. Although you asked about the 2008 Tacoma, 2009 Tacomas are hitting dealerships and they can be built at as well. You can also read about the 2008 Toyota Tacoma’s road test by our friend’s over at, here.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on September 25, 2008 in I'm Just Wondering , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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