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Toyota Tacoma Owners Manual: Cargo and luggage

Take notice of the following information about storage precautions, cargo capacity and load.

● Stow cargo and luggage in the rear deck whenever possible.

● Be sure all items are secured in place.

● Be careful to keep the vehicle level. Placing the weight as far forward as possible helps maintain vehicle balance.

● For better fuel economy, do not carry unnecessary weight.

■ Deck rails

Headboard rail

Side rails Headboard rail

To use the deck rails, you must install genuine Toyota accessories or their equivalent Side rails

To use the deck rails, you must install genuine Toyota accessories or their equivalent for the deck rails.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and precautions when installing a genuine Toyota accessory or equivalent.


■When you secure cargo with the deck rails

Be sure to follow the instructions below in order to avoid the cargo coming loose.

●Do not install accessories (tie-down cleats, storage boxes, etc.) at more than the following number of locations per deck rail.

• Side rail: Short deck—Max. 3 locations

Long deck—Max. 4 locations

• Headboard rail: Max 3 locations


■When you secure cargo with the deck rails

●Spread out tie-down/support locations evenly along the length of the rails.

●Do not exceed a total tensile load of 440 lb. (200 kg) per deck rail.

●To prevent luggage or cargo from sliding forward during braking, make sure the deck rail accessories such as storage box are securely attached on the deck rails.

Capacity and distribution

Cargo capacity depends on the total weight of the occupants.

(Cargo capacity) = (Total load capacity) − (Total weight of occupants)

Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit—

(1)Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs.” on your vehicle’s placard.

(2)Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.

(3)Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kg or XXX lbs.

(4)The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity.

For example, if the “XXX” amount equals 1400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs. (1400 − 750 (5 × 150) = 650 lbs.) (5)Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in Step 4.

(6) If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle.

Calculation formula for your vehicle

Cargo capacity

Total load capacity (vehicle capacity Cargo capacity

weight)Total load capacity (vehicle capacity weight)

When 2 people with the combined weight of A lb. (kg) are riding in your vehicle, which has a total load capacity (vehicle capacity weight) of B lb. (kg), the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity will be C lb. (kg) as follows: B*2 lb. (kg) − A*1 lb. (kg) = C*3 lb. (kg) *1: A = Weight of people

*2: B = Total load capacity

*3: C = Available cargo and luggage load

In this condition, if 3 more passengers with the combined weight of D lb. (kg) get on, the available cargo and luggage load will be reduced E lb. (kg) as follows: C lb. (kg) − D*4 lb. (kg) = E*5 lb. (kg) *4: D = Additional weight of people

*5: E = Available cargo and luggage load

As shown in the above example, if the number of occupants increases, the cargo and luggage load will be reduced by an amount that equals the increased weight due to the additional occupants. In other words, if an increase in the number of occupants causes an excess of the total load capacity (combined weight of occupants plus cargo and luggage load), you must reduce the cargo and luggage on your vehicle.


■Things that must not be carried in the luggage compartment

The following things may cause a fire if loaded in the luggage compartment.

●Receptacles containing gasoline

●Aerosol cans

■Storage precautions

Observe the following precautions.

Failing to do so may result in death or serious injury.

●Do not stack anything behind the front seats higher than the seatbacks.

Such items may be thrown about and possibly injure people in the vehicle during sudden braking or in an accident.

●Do not place cargo or luggage in or on the following locations as the item may get under the clutch, brake or accelerator pedal and prevent the pedals from being depressed properly, block the driver’s vision, or hit the driver or passengers, causing an accident.

• Driver’s feet

• Front passenger or rear seats (when stacking items)

• Instrument panel

• Dashboard

• Auxiliary box or tray that has no lid

●Secure all items in the occupant compartment, as they may shift and injure someone during sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.


■Storage precautions

●Never allow anyone to ride in the rear deck. It is not designed for passengers.

They should ride in their seats with their seat belts properly fastened. Otherwise, they are much more likely to suffer death or serious bodily injury, in the event of sudden braking, sudden swerving or an accident.

■Capacity and distribution

●Do not exceed the maximum axle weight rating or the total vehicle weight rating.

●Even if the total load of occupant’s weight and the cargo load is less than the total load capacity, do not apply the load unevenly. Improper loading may cause deterioration of steering or braking control which may cause death or serious injury.

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