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Scotty Kilmer Explains When To Buy a 4-Cylinder vs a 6-Cylinder Toyota Tacoma

Recently a popular car youtuber Scotty Kilmer made a video discussing different types of Toyota Tacoma truck engines and comparing 4-cylinder Toyota Tacoma trucks vs 6-cylinder ones.


One of Scotty's subscribers sent him a question saying should h buy a 4-cylinder Tacoma or a V6.

"I would say get a 4-cylinder Toyota Tacoma," said Kilmer. "My son looked at them all and he bought a 4-cylinder Tacoma because it was many many thousands of dollars cheaper than the 6-cylinder Tacoma. And the actual towing capacity and carrying capacity of the bed was not that different at all. Plus, the 4-cylinder Toyota Tacoma gets better gas mileage and he's really happy. He lives in Tennessee. He's really happy with his 4-cylinder Tacoma," said Scotty.

He also added that hauling also comes into the play when deciding between a 4-cylinder vs a 6-cylinder Tacomas.

"Now, if you were really into hauling really heavy stuff lets say a trailer and stuff, yeah, you would probably want to go with the V6 engine. However, the 4-cylinder Tacoma for most people is a better, all around better vehicle. Also, the 4-cylinder Toyota Tacomas cost a lot less," he added in the comment.

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I reached out to Torque News Toyota reporter Jeff Teague, another prominent Toyota Youtuber, known as ToyotaJeff and asked his opinion as well. Jeff's opinion is a little different. Here is what he wrote me.

"The majority of Tacoma owners will find their sweet spot with the V6 Tacoma engine. It has good power, is relatively smooth and quiet. And the V6 Tacoma engine can tow up to 6,800 pounds," wrote Jeff to Torque News.

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD offroad

"The 4-cylinder option is ideal for those customers who have a set budget at the lower end of the truck spectrum. You can get a 4-cylinder Tacoma for just under $26,000 starting price. It's a solid 2.7-liter engine, although a touch under-powered. It can still pull 3,500 pounds," he added.

In fact, check out one of his recent stories, discussing everything you need to know about 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road vs TRD Pro and 7 reasons to pull the trigger on a 2020 Toyota Tacoma.

What is your preference between a 4-cylinder Toyota Tacoma vs a 6-cylinder? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. See you in the next story.

Armen Hareyan is the editor of Torque News and you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.


Roderick Daigle (not verified)    July 18, 2021 - 6:43PM

In reply to by Jeff Teague

I agree with choosing the V6 engine. I have been in a predicament where I have needed to pull a double axle trailer which is not often. It is wise to go with larger engine and not need it rather than strain a smaller engine especially which causes more wear and tear if ever you need to haul a heavy load and get up to speed on a busy highway.

Brusco (not verified)    October 27, 2019 - 10:26AM

See while many people will compare MPG ratings and say that they get almost the exact same MPG... I would say that every time you start up a 4 cylinder and it sits idle you burn far less fuel .. Also let’s say you decide to keep this truck for 20 years.. the 4 cylinder will be much easier to work on .. and is lighter on brakes and tires.. but if you need to haul heavy then go V6.

Byron Brown (not verified)    November 9, 2019 - 3:13PM

I own a 2018 Tacoma Sr. It's a 4-cylinder. I have to drive it with the ECT button always on 4 better passing on highway, & better power. I have grown to like it more. But have added tons of modifications to other missing options. Door badge, fender flares, tow hitch,bak-flip bed cover,trd front grill,all terrain tires,speaker upgrades.. It's an access cab. Out the door for 23k.I have heard the engine is bullet proof, with a timing chain. I am happy with my purchase

Joshua celona (not verified)    May 27, 2020 - 1:44PM

I have a 2015 Toyota Tacoma 2.7L. I think the truck is great. I owned bear for 2 years now and i love this truck. It dose very well off-roading, and handles beautiful on every day drives. I know the V6 my have more horse power, but bigger dose not mean better.

Rhonda Cerecedes (not verified)    September 23, 2020 - 2:28AM

Thank you for the info! I want to own a Toyota Tacoma, 4 cyn. No off roading, no big tires, no hauling, simple as I can get! City driving for me! A cab cover, good sounds, smooth ride. Hard to get honest input these days. Advise???

jacqueline spa… (not verified)    March 9, 2022 - 1:03PM

In reply to by Rhonda Cerecedes (not verified)

I too am looking into a Tacoma. Will definitely be getting a 4 cylinder nothing to haul around, nothing to tow, maybe a very small trailer, no off road. Ideas?

James Southworth (not verified)    December 2, 2020 - 10:59AM

As someone who does thier own service I'll take the 4 cyl.
The 4 cyl is simlper, leaves more room in the engine bay to work, and generally has less problems than the V6 to begin with.
The better fuel economy and cheaper purchase price are just icing on the cake.

JHS (not verified)    May 12, 2021 - 7:34PM

Looking to buy a used taco I can't seem to find too many 6 cylinders. I tow a boat (850 lbs) but that's about it. Should I really hold out for the 6 cylinder?

Donald Kerns (not verified)    July 3, 2021 - 5:33AM

Just bought a 2021 Tacoma SR yesterday with the four cylinder engine and automatic transmission. I traded my 2019 off road with the V6 and 6 speed manual transmission. I loved the set up of the off road and with the cat back exhaust and cold air intake it really ran and sounded great but there was always something I loved about the lowly SR. I guess because it’s an open canvas. Besides I needed a work truck more than a play truck. For now I’ll just see what the four banger can do.