Ground clearance is certainly an important aspect of off-road driving, as you want to make sure that your truck won’t get hung up on any of the obstacles you encounter, or swallowed by a mud pit or a stream that is just a bit too deep. The Tacoma ground clearance table below provides you with the stock ground clearance offered by the Toyota Tacoma between 2000 and 2011, which should give you a ballpark figure for your own truck. Additionally, we have some less extensive data for 1995-1999 Tacomas listed (just minimum ground clearance figures for the entire model line).
In addition to ground clearance specs, there are a couple of other factors that you need to take into consideration when trail driving that are also explained below.
Tacoma Ground Clearance Specs
|Model Year||4×2||4×2 X Runner||4×2 PreRunner||All 4×4|
|4×2 Reg||4×2 Xtra||4×2 S Runner||4×2 Pre Runner Reg Cab||4×2 Pre Runner Xtra Cab||4×2 Pre Runner DoubleCab||4×4 Reg Cab||4×4 Xtra Cab||4×4 Double Cab|
1995-1999 (NOTE: Incomplete data…all we have is the lowest possible ground clearance figure. Your truck may have more clearance.)
|Model Year||Minimum Ground Clearance|
Other Important Off-Road Specs
The specs described below are important to consider, but unless you have a tool for measuring angles in the field, there’s not much use in knowing the angles. Therefore, you want to either
- Take the time to consider these stats before tackling a specific obstacle, OR…
- Get out your tape measure and figure out these angles on your truck so that you have some idea. That way, you can try and do some rough reckoning on the trail.
1. Suspension Travel. The amount of suspension travel that your setup allows you will greatly influence the type of terrain you can traverse and at what speed you can move across rough ground.
2. AOA and AOD. It is also important to be aware of your truck’s approach and departure angles, aka “angle of attack” and “angle of departure.” These are related not just to the ride height of your Tacoma, but also the length of the front and rear overhangs. If you draw an imaginary line from the bottom of your pickup’s front tire to the bottom edge of its front bumper, the angle between that line and the ground is the approach angle – the angle at which you can tackle a slope without planting the bumper. The same idea is used for the departure angle, which gives you an idea of how aggressive you can be on a hill or rock face before dragging your rear bumper. In general, the shorter the overhang the better the angle, which is why you see so many 4×4 Tacoma’s with stubby aftermarket bumpers.
3. Break-over angle. You will also hear trail drivers talk about break-over angle, which is the angle between the underside of your truck and bottom of the front and rear tires. This indicates the point at which your Tacoma will get hung up on an outcropping or other narrow obstacle, potentially leaving it stranded.