2021 Toyota Tacoma SR5 vs TRD

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2021 Toyota Tacoma SR5


2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport


Base Price

2.7L 4-Cylinder

Base Engine

3.5L V6
159 hp

Base Power

278 hp
3,500 pounds

Base Towing

6,800 pounds
20 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway

Fuel Economy

19 mpg city/ 24 mpg highway

No matter which 2021 Toyota Tacoma trim level you choose, you can expect powerful and efficient performance at a budget-friendly price. The Tacoma SR5 and TRD Sport are two of the most popular Tacoma trims currently for sale at Sam Leman Toyota Bloomington, and deciding which of these Tacoma configurations will best suit your Normal-area driving needs can be tough. Check out this Tacoma SR5 vs. TRD comparison from Sam Leman Toyota Bloomington, and then stop by our dealership to take the model of your choice out for a test drive.

SR5 vs. TRD Sport: Performance

Comparing the performance capabilities of the Tacoma SR5 vs. TRD shows that both trucks come equipped with coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension and stabilizer bar and leaf spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. A key difference between the SR5 and TRD is the standard engine offered with each model:


Toyota Tacoma SR5

  • Standard Engine: 2.7L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder with VVT-i
  • Standard Transmission: 6-Speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with Intelligence (ECT-i)
  • Horsepower: 159 hp
  • Torque: 180 lb-ft

Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport

  • Standard Engine:3.5-Liter V6 Direct-Injection Atkinson Cycle Engine
  • Standard Transmission: 6-Speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with Intelligence (ECT-i)
  • Horsepower: 278 hp
  • Torque: 265 lb-ft


SR5 vs. TRD Sport: Towing Capacity

No new Tacoma trim comparison can be complete without looking at the towing capacity. The TRD Sport tows up to 6,800 pounds, while the SR5 has a standard tow rating of 3,500 pounds.The towing capability of both models is enhanced by the following features: 

  • Class-IV towing hitch receiver
  • ATF cooler 
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Power steering cooler
  • 130-amp alternator
  • 4- and 7-pin connector with converter
  • Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) (V6 only)

SR5 vs.TRD Sport: Price & Options

The Tacoma SR5 has a starting MSRP of $27,940*, while the Tacoma TRD Sport starts with an MSRP of $33,060*. Comparing the Tacoma SR5 vs. TRD Sport options, you’ll find that the SR5 is available with only the Appearance Package. The TRD Sport offers four option packages:

  • Premium Audio with Navigation Package
  • LED headlights and Fog Lights
  • TRD Premium Sport Package (only offered on Access Cab models)
  • Technology Package

Continue Your Tacoma Trim Comparison at Sam Leman Toyota Bloomington

The best way to decide which of the Tacoma configurations has the features and capabilities that will fit with your lifestyle is to take them out for a road test at our dealership near Morton. Not sure that the Tacoma is the right pickup truck for you? Check out our Tacoma vs. Toyota Tundra comparison. No matter which Toyota truck you choose, you’ll find some of the best deals in the Springfield area in our new vehicle specials. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (309) 518-1795.


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