Before the heavily redesigned 2024 Toyota Tacoma was announced, we got perhaps our last crack at the previous-generation 2023 Tacoma and put it through its paces in a towing test. Despite being designed for off-road performance, the 2023 Tacoma TRD Pro’s towing capacity is a respectable 6,400 pounds. While not the highest in its class, this is a good rating for a mid-size pickup truck despite some lacking towing features.
Like most other mid-size trucks, Toyota doesn’t offer a factory brake controller for the 2023 Tacoma, and there’s no Tow/Haul mode, but there is an “ECT PWR” (electronically controlled automatic transmission, power) button that holds onto gears a little longer. This reduces frequent shifting and provides for a better towing experience, and it’s something I put to the test while towing with the Tacoma up a snowy mountain. For 2024, Toyota will offer an integrated trailer brake controller and Tow/Haul mode, and you can read more about the changes in our preview.
Trailer and Route
The trailer in this test had a total weight of 4,650 pounds. That isn’t a significant weight for the Tacoma, but the trailer’s frontal area of nearly 80 square feet is; frontal area measures how much of the trailer is impacted by wind resistance, with excess frontal area increasing strain on the tow vehicle. In previous tests, vehicles towing this trailer have returned appreciably lower mileage when compared to much heavier trailers with lower profiles. The tongue weight of the trailer as tested was in line with Toyota’s recommended 9%-11% of trailer weight at 450 pounds.