I’ve read the most recent threads about towing with a 4-cylinder. I think my load is doable, but I’d like some input from owners with real world experience.
The data I’ve found indicates the GCWR for the 2nd-generation Tacoma with a 4-cylinder engine, Access Cab and automatic transmission is 7,500 lbs. The curb weight is supposed to be 3,580 lbs. That should leave ~3,920 lbs available to carry (1,320 payload) and tow (3,500).
I like to do sport bike track days. My bike (a ‘10 Z1000) and an open, Harbor Freight, 4x8 trailer weigh ~737 lbs. Me, my passenger, my toolbox, EZ-UP canopy, gear and equipment weigh ~611 for a combined weight of ~1,348. Is it realistic to expect a 4-cylinder Tacoma to tow my rig at a reasonable speed (65-70) without burning it up?
My previous experience started with loading everything into the back of a ‘98 S10 with a 4.3L V6. That truck was a real trooper but all my ‘necessary’ equipment eventually maxed it out.
I moved up to my current ‘05 V8 Dakota and an enclosed 5x8 trailer. I assumed a V8 Magnum would chew on a 5x8 like a play toy but instead I was amazed at how much it labored. I have since sold the enclosed trailer and would like to get rid of the Dakota as I don‘t need so much truck and I‘m just not happy with it, for many reasons.