2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 4×4 – Extreme Towing Test [Ike Gauntlet Midsize]

2015 toyota tacoma crew cab v6 4x4 towing a horse trailer on an extreme towing test
2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 4x4T

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma is finally here to take on the extreme Ike Gauntlet towing challenge. This midsize pickup truck has dominated the sales in recent years and this generation is in its last year. An all-new version is coming for the 2016 model year with more power and efficiency (according to Toyota). TFLtruck wanted to run the 2015 truck to get baseline data and also to make the Tacoma eligible for the 2015 Gold Hitch Awards.

The 2015 Tacoma draws power from the tried and true 4.0-liter V6 that makes 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. It’s backed up by a 5-speed automatic transmission. This model is a 4×4, but we run all Ike Gauntlet tests in rear-wheel-drive.

We loaded the Tacoma with the same load and trailer as we did with the 2015 GMC Canyon. We are towing a 5,600 lbs trailer and there are two people in the cab for a total load of 6,100 lbs.

The Tacoma ran up at wide open throttle and was slower than the competition. However, the long wheelbase and long bed configuration made for a stable and confident towing truck. The longer wheelbase also makes it ride nicer.

2015 Toyota Tacoma 2015 GMC Canyon  2014 Nissan Frontier
Model  DoubleCab 4×4 TRD CrewCab 4×4 All Terrain CrewCab 4×4 PRO-4X
 As Tested $ $34,535 $38,915 $32,486
Engine 4.0-liter V6 3.6-liter V6 4.0-liter V6
Transmission 5-speed Auto 6-speed Auto 5-speed Auto
Power (hp / lb-ft) 236 / 266 305 / 269 261 / 281
Tow Rating 6,400 (3.727) 7,000 lbs (3.42 axle) 6,100 lbs (3.36 axle)
Test Load (trailer + ppl)  6,100 lbs 6,100 lbs 6,500 lbs
Suspension Sag  1.5 in 1.25 in 1 in
 Ambient Temp F 42F 19F 33F
 Relative Humidity  Low (25%) Low (20%) Low (20%)
 Barometric Pressure (at top)  19.76 inHg 19.76 inHg  19.76 inHg
 Calculated Power Loss  33.6 % 33 % 33.1 %
Down: Brake Temp (Front / Rear/ Trailer) F n/a 260 / 241 / 28 181 / 110 / 148
Down: Transmission Temp n/a normal normal
Up: Time 8:49.66 7:54.70 8:37.62
Up: MPG n/a 3.6 3.9
Up: Interior dB n/a 70 70
Up: Transmission Temp n/a normal normal

Check out all the details in this TFLtruck Ike Gauntlet video.