Video: Towing 0-60 MPH Surprise – Can A New Toyota Tacoma Tow Better Than An Old Ford F-150?

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Measured at a mile above sea level, Andre pits a new midsize Tacoma against an old F-150.

Do you think an old F-150 full-size pickup can outperform a new Tacoma? This is a simple test that involves pulling a 6,400 trailer and running 0 to 60 mph times. It may seem trivial, but one of the hardest things to do (for many) when towing is to get up to speed safely. Engines and transmissions strain, trailers sway, and overall control is a major factor.

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma’s 6,400 lbs max towing rating is par for the current midsize class. The old Ford F-150 has 6,800 lbs max tow rating, which was considered good for the time.

Some viewers and readers might complain that this is comparing apples to oranges, but you would be wrong. Andre takes us on a simple, yet compelling comparison between these two very different pickup trucks. I think he successfully answers a question that many have brought up. 

You would think that there is a fundamental difference between these two trucks, and you would be absolutely right. They come from two different eras, with completely different power trains, but their capacities are the biggest difference.

Many people say that midsize pickup trucks have the capacity of full-size pickup trucks from decades past, but they’re not entirely correct. As demonstrated with this 2021 Toyota Tacoma, payload and towing numbers still fall short of a much older full-size truck.

Today, even the smallest pickup truck is extremely large compared to its grandparents, so to speak. With that being said, we are on the verge of getting smaller pickups. Keep in mind, these are car-based pickups, hence I avoid using the term “trucks.“

The upcoming Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz how much smaller than the Toyota Tacoma used in this video. The numbers should be compelling, between midsize trucks, and these small “utes” or “utility pickups.”

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.