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2019 Toyota Tacoma vs 4Runner vs Tundra: Tips to Choose Your Next TRD Pro

Toyota has a full lineup of TRD Pro trucks and SUV’s with its 2019 Tacoma, 4Runner and Tundra. But, how do you choose the best one for you? Here are some tips to help.


For many decades, Toyota has established itself as a brand owners can count on. They know Toyota quality and reliability. They feel the smooth, quiet and comfortable. And they also believe in its tough off-roading capabilities.

This brings us to the TRD Pro. Toyota has provided us with 3 solid entries: the 2019 Tacoma, 2019 4Runner and 2019 Tundra. Let’s look at some important criteria and see if we can determine the best one for you and your family.

I’ve Got the Power(train): 2019 Tacoma engine vs 4Runner and Tundra

Probably the best place to start is with performance. Will your new off-roading truck (or SUV) do what needs to be done when the time comes?

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. torque. For me, one of its biggest attractions is that Tacoma is available both with a 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission.

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For drivers looking for the most power in their truck, the 2019 Tundra is perhaps the most optimal choice. Expect 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. torque with Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 engine. Partnered with this extremely efficient V8 is a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence.

Toyota 4Runner offers a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. torque. This is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. More than capable of getting you where you need both on-road and off.

Cab Configurations for 2019 4Runner, Tundra and Tacoma

All 3 Toyota vehicles are available in one cab configuration each.

Toyota Tundra gives great front and rear passenger seating capacity with its CrewMax 2019 TRD Pro. CrewMax is known for its large back seat with a 5.5’ bed. This configuration provides 39.7” front head room and 38.9” rear head room, while giving passengers 42.5” leg room in the front and 42.3” in the back.

For people interested in the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro, you will ride with 39.3” front head room and 38.6” in the second row. Leg room is 41.7” in the front and 32.9” in the second row.

The 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro is available in a double cab configuration. This setup allows for 39.7” front head room and 38.3” rear head room. It also gives passengers 42.9” front leg room and 32.6” rear leg room.

Off-Road Capabilities for 2019 Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner

Toyota Racing Development, or TRD, is Toyota’s performance division responsible for ensuring TRD Pro models are ready for what you and your next overlanding terrain throw at them.

All 3 TRD Pro models are equipped with TRD Fox shocks designed to absorb heavy impact on rough, uneven ground. They also work to ensure a smooth drive while on city streets and highway cruising speeds.

The 2019 Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro models come with both multi-terrain select and crawl control. These off-road systems assist you in tackling different types of obstacles such as sand, mud, moguls and bigger rocks.

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How much do the TRD Pro Tundra and 4Runner and Tacoma cost?

Shoppers will see a base factory MSRP of $46,815 on the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, while the Tundra TRD Pro is priced at $49,895 base.

Tacoma TRD Pro offers 2 choices. The 6-speed manual comes out of the factory at $42,960 base MSRP, and the 6-speed automatic is priced at $45,656.

What do you think?

Toyota has provided us with excellent choices that are both reliable and ready to head off-road at a moment’s notice. Would you rather pick the Tacoma, the 4Runner or the Tundra TRD Pro if you had to choose?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story where I am discussing why a next-gen 2020 Toyota 4Runner Hybrid makes sense.

Jeff Teague is a Toyota news reporter at Torque News. You can reach Jeff on Facebook and follow his Instagram for his popular "Toyotajeff Minute" quick Toyota reviews.

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