Towing question for 2022 Tacoma

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Alan Hartz, Jun 13, 2022.


Towing question for 2022 Tacoma

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  1. Alan Hartz

    Alan Hartz New Member

    So I recently purchased a 2022 dbl cab short bed 4 wh drive SR model not the SR5 &not the off-road pkg
    I have a small casita trailer ( 13’ approx1500-2000 lbs… depending on what we take camping)
    Is it best to tow with ECT activated all the time along with “S” mode all the time & at same time
    The manual is prett vague

    I apologize if this has
    Been discussed all ready
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  3. TacoTruck2019

    TacoTruck2019 Well-Known Member

    This is just my personal opinion so please take it as such. I'd say ECT and sport mode and only shift to 5th gear, not 6th, unless you're towing on completely flat roads. Chances are it won't stay in 6th gear very long anyways.
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  4. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the manual says not to use D and when using S mode, don't shift higher than 5.
  5. Don Drake

    Don Drake Active Member

    You can try 5th gear. But pay attention. If the tranny is hunting (shifting between 5th and 4th frequently) down shift to 4th. On flats with no head wind 5th will like be fine with that weight. When you hit a hill downshift to 4th.
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  6. tacojoel

    tacojoel Well-Known Member

    I've tried the S modes and ECT for towing my 2k lb boat and my loaded 1k plus utility trailer with my 2020 sr5 v6. Found ECT wasn't needed for just that, S5 worked fine. The transmission would downshift if it felt to. Imo, 6th gear is only for nothing in tow.
  7. Don Drake

    Don Drake Active Member

    ECT really help while accelerating when towing. Yea, you can do without it, but it is harder on the transmission.
  8. tacojoel

    tacojoel Well-Known Member

    I think the use of ECT is more for heavier towing then my needs. With ECT you have way longer shift points, and high rpm which consumes more fuel. It seemed a waste when i tried it. The truck towed just as easy in the S mode without all the stupid engine noise, and delayed shifts.

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