2013 Toyota Tacoma Review (2022)

The Toyota Tacoma is the most popular of the midsize/compact pickup market. They're really aren't any compact pickups any more, they're all midsize. The Tacoma was named Most Dependable Midsize Pickup in the J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study, and Intellichoice called it a 2011 Best Overall Value in the compact pickup segment. New Car Test Drive considers the 2013 Toyota Tacoma the best pickup in its class and the best for rugged terrain, durability and reliability.

Tacoma offers a comfortable cab, a refined ride, and quality construction. Its on-road handing is responsive; its off-road capability is proven. The Tacoma Double Cab delivers offers rear-seat comfort for two additional passengers with enough room to rival a small sedan. Properly equipped Tacoma V6 models can to tow up to 6,500 pounds.

Tacoma not only owns the segment but practically is the segment. While Toyota sells more than 100,000 Tacomas a year, the other manufacturers have abandoned the small pickup business in America due to lack of demand. The Nissan Frontier, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyon are reportedly going out of production, Ford finally stopped making the Ranger, Suzuki is no longer in the U.S., Dodge Dakota exited the stage years ago. The Honda Ridgeline, a much more expensive vehicle, offers carlike handling, strong performance and good fuel economy, but it doesn't offer the off-road capability or toughness of the Tacoma.

As a result, Tacoma hasn't changed much since its last major redesign for the 2005 model year. For 2012, Toyota treated the Tacoma to a new look inside and out, with new and more sophisticated audio choices. The 2013 Tacoma lineup includes a new Limited Package, featuring 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, chrome grille trim, chrome rear bumper, SofTex-trimmed front sport seats with heat, metallic tone instrument panel trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, dual sun visors with mirrors and extenders, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with rear camera display, outside temperature gauge, and HomeLink universal transceiver.

Pickup buyers can rejoice, however, because the 2013 Tacoma comes in a wide range of configurations to please a wide range of needs ranging from basic work truck with four-cylinder engine and 2WD to a loaded V6 4WD Double Cab Long Bed. The base Tacoma excels at durability and reliability and is among the few regular-cab pickups still available.

All Tacomas come with air conditioning. Audio systems begin with six-speaker AM/FM/CD display audio (four speakers on Regular Cab) with USB Port, auxiliary input, and Bluetooth phone connectivity; and range all the way up to a seven-speaker JBL GreenEdge system with navigation, and Toyota Entune.

Also standard on all models is Toyota's Star Safety System, which includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TC). An Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which uses brake intervention in place of a mechanical-type limited-slip to help reduce wheel-spin, is standard on all Tacoma models with the exception of those fitted with TRD Off-Road packages, like our test model; those will have a separate locking differential.

Toyota Racing Development, or TRD, offers myriad accessories to further improve on-road performance or off-road capability. A new TRD Baja Series features high-performance Bilstein off-road shocks, special Eibach springs, 16-inch beadlock wheels with BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires, sports exhaust and special graphics.

Model Lineup

Model Overview

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The 2013 Toyota Tacoma is available in 20 different configurations, including Regular Cab, Access Cab (extended cab) and Double Cab (crew cab) body styles. Regular and Access Cabs come with six-foot beds; Double Cab comes with the choice of a shorter five-foot bed or a standard-size six-footer. The base engine is a 2.7-liter inline four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic is optional ($900). A 4.0-liter V6 is standard on X-Runners and 4WD Double Cabs, and optional on some, but not all, other models.

Tacoma Regular Cab ($17,625) comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA four-speaker sound system, tachometer, digital clock, two 12-volt power points, fuel warning light, tire-pressure monitor, service reminder indicator, dome lamp, rear mudguards, 15-inch steel wheels and a full-size spare tire.

Tacoma Access Cab ($20,415) and Double Cab ($22,525) models add more standard features, including bucket seats and functional consoles for the floor and ceiling. Access Cabs have power windows and locks; Double Cabs add power mirrors. Access and Double Cabs also get six-speaker audio systems. Double Cab V6 models offer a premium JBL system ($2005) with amplified subwoofer, Bluetooth, XM, and Toyota Entune. The audio upgrade includes steering wheel controls.

Tacoma PreRunner models are 2WD, but feature the high stance and general appearance of a 4WD truck. (Desert racers use this style of truck to scout or pre-run the course before the big race.) The four-cylinder Access Cab with 4-speed automatic transmission ($22,075) is the entry-level PreRunner. The V6 is optional ($1435) on PreRunner Access Cabs and Double Cabs.

Four-wheel-drive is available throughout the line, in Regular, Access and Double Cabs. Four-cylinder and V6 engines, along with manual and automatic transmissions are available, including a 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual, or 4-speed automatic and 5-speed automatic.

A Convenience Package for Access Cabs ($1005) and Double Cabs ($790) adds rear privacy glass, a sliding rear window, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, power mirrors and remote keyless entry.

Tacoma X-Runner ($26,775) features unique styling cues and a chassis tuned for on-road performance. Its name refers to the additional X-shaped brace added to stiffen its frame against high cornering loads. X-Runner comes with 18-inch wheels and is offered only in the Access Cab style, and only with the V6 and 6-speed manual.

SR5 packages bundle styling and comfort features, including color-keyed overfenders and front bumper, chrome grille surround and chrome rear bumper, bucket seats with lumbar support, and a long list of car-like conveniences. These packages can be added to any Access Cab or Double Cab.

The TRD Sport Package starts with SR5 equipment and adds or substitutes P265/65R17 tires, sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, water-resistant sport seats, overhead console and with compass and outside temperature, and turn signals integrated into the outside mirrors, plus a hood scoop, lots of body-color trim, and its own graphics package. The TRD Sport Package is available on PreRunners and on Access and Double Cabs with V6 and 4WD.

The TRD Off-Road Package starts with the SR5 equipment and adds or substitutes BF Goodrich P265/70R16 OWL tires, locking rear differential, off-road suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, engine skidplate, sport seats, overhead console with compass and outside temperature, heavy-duty front tow hook, 115v/400w deck-mounted power point, and unique TRD graphics. TRD Off-Road is also available only on PreRunners and on V6 model 4×4 Access and Double Cabs, but not on Double Cab Long Beds. The TRD Baja Series features TRD Bilstein high-performance off-road shocks (66mm front shocks with Eibach red coil springs and 50mm rear shocks with remote reservoir), 16-inch TRD beadlock-style wheels with LT265/70R16 tires, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires, TRD cat-back exhaust, vehicle side graphics, TRD exterior badge.

A Limited Package ($6695), available only on Double Cabs with V6 and automatic transmission, adds all the luxury and convenience goodies, including SofTex-trimmed four-way adjustable front sport seats with heat, metallic tone instrument panel trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels with P265/60R18 tires, chrome grille surround, chrome rear bumper, variable speed windshield wipers, dual sun visors with mirrors and extenders, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with rear camera display, outside temperature gauge, and HomeLink universal transceiver; all the content of Convenience Package; the JBL stereo; and more.

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An optional tow package ($650) for V6 models comprises a 130-amp alternator, heavy-duty battery, transmission oil cooler, and a Class IV hitch with seven-pin connector.

Safety features that come on all models include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, and the Automatic Limited-slip Differential. Models with automatic transmission also include Hill-start Assist Control, and TRD Off-Road models add Downhill Assist Control. In addition, front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags are standard on all models.

Walkaround

The Tacoma is instantly recognizable as a Toyota truck. Your first clue is the familiar, sturdy arch over the top and sides of the grille: brightly plated on SR5s, TRD Off-Roads, and Limiteds; body color on TRD Sports; and argent-painted on base models. A slightly protruding inner grille of black plastic echoes and emphasizes this Toy-truck hallmark. The trapezoidal shape leaves a small gap between grille and headlights, which is neatly bridged by the orange turn signals.

Tacoma manages to look tough and rugged without going over the top. The prominent lower air opening is framed at the top by a body-color extension of the main grille arch (again, the arch theme) and by a gray pseudo-skid plate below. It suggests the menacing mouth of a bottom-feeding fish. But in a good way. Fog light nacelles flair outward from the fish-mouth form.

Overall length of the Tacoma varies by body style: Regular Cabs are the shortest and most maneuverable, measuring 190.4 inches overall on a 109.6-inch wheelbase. Access Cab and Double Cab short-bed models have a 127.4-inch wheelbase and 208.1-inch overall length. Double Cab long-bed models are quite long at 221.3 inches overall on a 140.6-inch wheelbase. All models have six-foot beds except the Double Cab short-bed, which has a five-foot bed.

How to choose? Regular Cab models pack lots of cargo space in a relatively small package, good for maneuverability in the big city. Regular Cab 4WD models also have the best break-over angle due to their short length, and therefore offer the best capability off road. Access Cabs feature large dual rear auxiliary doors, not good for people but very good for gear. Double Cabs have long, conventionally hinged rear doors that open 80 degrees for ease of entry or loading gear. Double Cabs offer the people-carrying comfort of a sport-utility. Long-bed Double Cabs can carry more stuff but are unwieldy in tight places.

Tacoma comes with a composite inner bed, lighter than steel yet tougher and more durable. The bed features two-tier loading and an integrated deck rail utility system with four adjustable tie-down cleats. The rails are compatible with numerous Genuine Toyota Accessories, including cargo-bed cross bars, a fork-mount bike rack, and other useful items.

Interior Features

The Toyota Tacoma cabin has a familiar feel. Climate and audio controls are concentrated in a blacked-out panel (for contrast) in a slightly bulging center stack. High-contrast black trim appears on switch bezels and the inner doors as well.

The modern-looking steering wheel features a rectangular hub, dark-colored spokes at 3 and 9 o'clock, and brushed-metal-look spokes at 5 and 7. Where the bright spokes meet the hub they open up into square, black control pads for audio and other functions.

Behind the wheel is a functional three-pod instrument configuration. Like so many other brands, Toyota dabbled a few years ago with fashionably orange lighting, but the current theme uses red pointers against broad blue bands. It sure looks more high-tech; whether it's actually more readable is another matter.

An AM/FM Satellite Radio-capable head unit comes with a single-disc CD player and built-in Bluetooth for hands-free cellphone use.

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V6-powered Double Cabs offer a more deluxe display audio system with all the hot digital candy, including navigation, Toyota Entune services, XM Satellite Radio (with 90-day trial subscription), HD Radio with iTunes tagging and text/e-mail-to-voice; all playing at premium quality through a JBL GreenEdge audio system with seven speakers. (GreenEdge technology helps reduce fuel consumption by lowering the electric power demand on the vehicle.)

The Toyota Entune system combines popular mobile applications and data services, with three years of complimentary access. Once a smart phone is connected to the vehicle using Bluetooth or a USB cable, Entune's features are operated using the vehicle's controls or, for some services, by voice recognition. Entune includes Bing and Pandora; plus real-time info including traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. Also available are MovieTickets.com and OpenTable.

TRD models benefit from a water-resistant seat fabric, and all Access and Double Cabs are available with heavy-duty all-weather flooring, which we used to call rubber before carpeting became ubiquitous.

The lower dash and console are a lighter color than the main upper dash, brightening the interior; and trim rings surround the three clustered gauges. The driver's seat is height-adjustable, answering a complaint we've had in the past. Overall, the Tacoma provides the driver with a good driving position, and big mirrors afford a good view to the rear. Excellent grab handles on both A-pillars.

We found the TRD package's upgraded seats and interior nice, if costly. The sport bucket seats with driver lumbar support were made of a sturdy gray fabric and had excellent bolstering. An overhead console includes a compass and temperature gauge.

Cup holders are provided in the center console area. On models that don't have sport seats, the front passenger's seatback flips down to form a tray table or to make room for long objects, a handy feature. The switchgear is easy to operate, and everything is where you expect it to be. Big rotary knobs make it easy to adjust cabin temperature even with gloves on; the knobs are electronic, so they're easy to twist. The radio is fully integrated into the upper center stack and it's easy to operate. CDs sound good through the JBL speakers. Models with automatics come with a foot-operated parking brake, while the manual transmission models use a pull-out handbrake; a blast from the past that we could do without. However we were totally thrilled with the air conditioning, which blasts real cold real fast.

The rear seats in the Tacoma Double Cab are particularly comfortable for the class, offering good legroom and shoulder room and decent headroom. The seatback is angled back slightly, making it more comfortable than the overly upright rear seats in some other compact pickups. In a back-to-back comparison test, we found the back seats of the Tacoma more comfortable than those in the 2011-12 Nissan Frontier. (Nissan expects to launch a new Frontier soon, and that could change things.) A younger person should be okay to ride across the state in the back seat of a Tacoma Double Cab, and even adults won't complain too much on short trips. The rear windows even go all the way down.

The rear-seat area in the Double Cab is also good for carrying cargo. The seat is split 60/40. Flip the seat bottoms forward and fold the two sections down to form a flat platform for gear. It takes two hands to do this, and you first have to remove the headrests, which is a hassle, though Toyota has at least provided a place to store them. The backs of the seatbacks are hard, and form a sturdy cargo floor. It's not a bad spot for a dog, but still a big jump down. Our experience has been that none of the trucks in this class is particularly good for dogs.

Access Cab has rear seats, with the access coming on the passenger side only, but there isn't enough room for adults. The two kids we sentenced to the rear of our Access Cab are 5-feet and 5-feet, 5 inches tall, and they were okay back there for a short ride but would rather have ridden in the bed with the dog.

Driving Impressions

The Toyota Tacoma drives well and cruises nicely. It offers plenty of power from the V6. It handles well and feels relatively refined. Off-road models offer commendable capability over rugged terrain and good ride comfort, as well.

The 4.0-liter V6 engine uses dual overhead camshafts and variable valve technology (Toyota calls it VVT-i, for Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) to optimize power and torque over a broad range of rpm. In action, the V6 feels refined and delivers responsive performance. It is rated at 236 horsepower and a strong 266 pound-feet of torque.

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Toyota's 4.0-liter V6 works well with the 5-speed automatic transmission. And that's our first choice for this truck: The V6 and automatic. The automatic is super smooth and very responsive, quickly downshifting when you mash the throttle, and it offers five ratios to better keep the engine at its most efficient rpm.

The 6-speed manual transmission is easy to shift, but first gear is a very low ratio, leaving a broad stretch to second. The 6-speed gearbox requires long throws but takes downshifts well. It's a good, solid truck transmission, without a lot of room for error; you have to press the clutch pedal all the way to the floor when shifting gears or you'll hear a crunch.

The automatic delivers comparable gas mileage, according to the latest EPA estimates, with 17/21 mpg City/Highway vs. 16/21 for the V6 and manual with 2WD; and 15/19 for the V6 and manual with 4WD.

The TRD Sport Package stiffens the ride and handling with a suspension that's more firmly tuned, mostly by the Bilstein shocks. But it's not too firm. And it's not as much of a hot rod as the X Runner. After the shocks, 17-inch alloy wheels and wider profile tires, which definitely improve cornering, the TRD package contains mostly cosmetic things. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, but if you expect extra speed you'll be disappointed. The V6 engine has the same good power. It's easy to peel out and lay down a chirp when upshifting to second gear, even with the wider tires that come with the TRD package. And the excellent torque makes it easy to cruise in 5th and 6th gears, without needing to downshift to accelerate.

The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine gets better mileage than does the V6 and runs on Regular gas. As with the V6, the four-cylinder benefits from VVT-i and dohc, which means it's a modern, sophisticated engine. It is rated at 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, which is about average for the class. EPA estimates for a Tacoma with 2.7-liter four-cylinder are 21/25 mpg with 2WD and the 5-speed manual, and 19/24 mpg for 2WD with the 4-speed automatic.

Handling is quite good on curvy roads. The Tacoma feels steady in sweeping turns and suffers from surprisingly little body roll, or lean, in hard corners. The Tacoma feels big on the road when compared with older compact pickups and, in fact, it is relatively large.

Size can be a detriment when parking, and a long-bed Double Cab can be a challenge in tight parking situations due to the amount of space it requires to turn. The Tacoma Double Cab long bed requires 44 feet to complete a circle, while a Double Cab short bed needs a little over 40 feet. For this reason, we recommend the short bed unless you really need to carry something that won't fit in it. A base Tacoma Regular Cab boasts a turning circle of less than 37 feet.

On pavement, the 4WD and TRD Off-road models seemed smooth and refined. Off-road, a 4WD TRD model is smooth and highly capable. The TRD suspension is excellent on rough, rugged terrain. It handles well on rough dirt trails, something we learned while charging up a ski run at Alyeska. It never bottomed on the rough terrain even when we pushed it well beyond socially acceptable standards. The Tacoma TRD also easily handled an off-road course that featured steep ascents and descents, moguls, and a log step. In short, we'd feel comfortable tackling just about any terrain in a Toyota Tacoma. And it doesn't just get there; it does it in relative comfort. The Tacoma doesn't seem to generate as much head toss as earlier 4WD compact pickups, an important consideration when driving long distances over rugged terrain, because you don't want to arrive to your backcountry camp fatigued from driving.

Switching into 4WD and 4WD Lo is as easy as twisting a rotary knob. It works very well, for the most part.

The Tacoma's brakes are smooth and easy to modulate, and they can bring the truck to quick halt without drama. The rear brakes are drums, however, less desirable than the rear disc brakes that come on some of the other pickups in this class. The available TRD Big Brake system uses floating 13×1.25-inch directionally vented rotors, forged aluminum four-piston fixed calipers, larger pads with higher coefficients of friction, and braided steel brake lines.

The 4Runner X-Runner is a lot of fun to drive and handles like a sports car. It corners flat and generates lots of grip in the curves. We pushed it hard up a hill climb and were not able to reach its cornering limits. It tracks well and is very stable in tight corners even when spinning the inside rear tire under full throttle. The ride is firm, however; we didn't care for the feel of the clutch pedal, the steering was vague on-center, and there was that aforementioned inside rear-wheel spin. Wind noise seems higher in the X-Runner than in the other models. But much of this is nitpicking. This is a tight, sporty truck, and probably the best of the genre. There's no cowl shake. The exhaust sounds cool. If you want a truck that can hang with a sports car, the X-Runner is the ticket.

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Summary

The Toyota Tacoma is a superb midsize pickup. The Tacoma features a comfortable cab trimmed with quality materials. The 4WD models offer crisp handling, a nicely balanced ride quality, and excellent off-road capability. The TRD Off-Road models are terrific trucks for rugged terrain. The X-Runner drives and performs like a sports car.

NewCarTestDrive.com editor Mitch McCullough contributed to this report.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2.7-liter L4 5-speed manual ($17,625); with 4-speed automatic ($18,525); Access Cab 5M ($20,415); with 4A ($21,315); Double Cab 4A ($22,525); PreRunner Access Cab 4A ($22,075); PreRunner V6 Access Cab with 5A ($23,510); X-Runner V6 Access Cab 6M ($26,775); PreRunner L4 Double Cab 4A ($23,175); PreRunner V6 Double Cab 5A ($24,610); PreRunner Long Bed V6 Double Cab 5A ($25,111); 4WD Regular Cab L4 5M ($21,475); 4WD Regular Cab L4 4A ($22,605); 4WD Access Cab L4 5M ($24,250); 4WD Access Cab L4 4A ($25,150); 4WD V6 Access Cab 6M ($25,805); 4WD V6 Access Cab 5A ($26,685); 4WD V6 Double Cab 6M ($26,805); 4WD V6 Double Cab 5A ($27,685); 4WD V6 Long Bed Double Cab 5A ($28,185)
Engines:159-hp 2.7-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4 with VVT-i; 236-hp 4.0-liter dohc 24-valve V6 with VVT-i
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 6-speed manual; 4-speed automatic; 5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, and Automatic Limited-slip Differential
Safety equipment (optional):Hill-start Assist Control, and TRD Off-Road models add Downhill Assist Control
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Fremont, California
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Toyota Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 6M ($25,805)
Standard equipment:air conditioning, 16-inch steel wheels; removable tailgate, tie-down cleats; power windows and door locks; cloth seats; AM/FM/CD/MP3 six-speaker sound system with auxiliary jack, USB port and Bluetooth; tilt-telescoping steering wheel
Options as tested (MSPR):TRD Sport Package ($3385) including Bilstein shocks, 17-inch alloy wheels, hood scoop, power mirrors, sliding rear window with privacy glass, 115V deck outlet, foglamps, remote entry, cruise control, variable speed wipers, overhead console with compass and temperature gauge, cloth sport seats with driver lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and shifter, backup camera on inside mirror, TRD graphics; Tow Package ($650); Carpet floor mats ($129); Security system ($359); tube steps ($534)
Destination charge:$880
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$31742
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:4.0-liter dohc 24-valve V6 with VVT-i
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):236 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):266 @ 4000
Transmission:6-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:15/19 mpg
Wheelbase:127.4 in.
Length/width/height:208.1/74.6/70.3 in.
Track, f/r:63.0/63.4 in.
Turning circle:40.6 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.0/53.5/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:34.9/52.7/24.7 in.
Cargo volume:N/A
Payload:1425 Lbs.
Towing capacity:6500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, double wishbones, coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:live axle on leaf springs
Ground clearance:9.1 in.
Curb weigth:4075 lbs.
Tires:P265/65R17
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/drum with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:21.1 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as ofJune 17, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-GO-TOYOTA - www.toyota.com

FAQs

Is 2013 a good year for tacomas? ›

Is the 2013 Toyota Tacoma a Good Used Truck? The 2013 Toyota Tacoma is a good used truck. It tows more than rival compact pickups can, and its seats are comfortable. The Tacoma has a reasonably smooth ride, and models equipped with available four-wheel drive have good off-road capabilities.

How long will a 2013 Toyota Tacoma last? ›

Automotive research firm iSeeCars says the Tacoma can last up to 200,000 miles or more. With regular repairs and maintenance, any Toyota Tacoma can reach 300,000 miles with ease. If you drive 20,000 to 30,000 miles in a year, your Tacoma can last 10 to 15 years before needing major repairs.

What is the most reliable Tacoma year? ›

The best-rated Tacomas from the first generation include 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004. But 2004 is rated lower in satisfaction ratings. , “2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 all have perfect reliability verdict ratings.”

What year Tacoma has the least problems? ›

Even though it takes you back more than 20 years to find the Tacoma versions with the fewest problems, the most reliable versions of this Toyota truck are found in the 1995-2004 model years. These trucks are highly reliable and have very few reported complaints.

What year Tacoma had frame problems? ›

Toyota, in 2016, settled a class-action suit by agreeing to spend $3 billion to repair millions of Tacomas, Tundras, and Sequioa SUV's with rusting frames. Model years affected are from 2004 to 2008 (or 2010 in a few cases). This follows an earlier extended warranty affecting Toyota trucks from 1995-2003.

Is buying an old Tacoma worth it? ›

The Tacoma has an excellent reputation as a trouble-free pickup with strong reliability ratings and resale value. They're also in high demand in the used truck market and can therefore fetch a higher premium.

What is the longest lasting pickup truck? ›

The Honda Ridgeline comes in at first place in the category of trucks most likely to last 200,000 miles.

Do Tacoma hold their value? ›

Predicted Resale Value After 5 Years of Ownership: 55.8%

What year Tacoma has frame recall? ›

Key Points. Toyota Tacomas from 2005 to 2010 were recalled for excessive rust and rot impacting the structural integrity of the frame, and airbags that may not deploy.

Is Tacoma timing belt or chain? ›

Newer models use timing belts made of polyurethane and Kevlar for long life and durability. They can go as long as 100,000 miles although it's always a good idea to change it before then.

What's the best Tacoma to buy? ›

Experts agree the best 2022 Toyota Tacoma trim is the TRD Off-Road model. However, there's an even more expensive, well-equipped off-road model at the top of the range of Tacomas, the TRD Pro.

Is a Toyota Tacoma a good daily driver? ›

This is an excellent vehicle for daily driving if you plan to purchase a truck for the first time, but even dedicated truck owners love the Toyota Tacoma for its ruggedness and durability in virtually any driving conditions.

Are 4x4 Tacomas reliable? ›

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Despite its age, the Tacoma is not without appeal. It remains a reliable and capable choice, with solid towing capability and strong resale value. It also has solid off-road cred.

Do Tacomas have good transmissions? ›

A reliable transmission is a critical component of a well-built and capable truck. However, thousand of Toyota Tacoma owners have complained about transmission problems resulting in hesitation and delayed shifting.

Is Toyota Tacoma v6 reliable? ›

Is the Toyota Tacoma Reliable? The 2022 Toyota Tacoma has a predicted reliability score of 81 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Are Tacomas good in snow? ›

A popular model since the mid-90s, Toyota's Tacoma pickup was made for winter. With four-wheel drive and traction control, those behind the steering wheel feel in control at all times and can even tackle heavy snow with the truck's high ground clearance.

Are Toyota Tacomas good on gas? ›

Whether you need a vehicle that can keep you working all day or you just want to take on the off-road trails for hours on end, the Toyota Tacoma has the fuel efficiency you need. This truck is engineered to be lightweight and efficient, achieving an EPA-estimated 20 city/23 highway MPG.

What year Tacoma Not to Buy? ›

Quick Answer: Avoid Toyota Tacoma Year Models 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2017. There have been a lot of issues reported with the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2017 Toyota Tacoma year models, and we recommend avoiding them.

Will Toyota replace a rusted frame? ›

If the inspection shows that your Subject Vehicle's frame should be replaced, an authorized Toyota Dealer will replace the frame, at no cost to you.

What years did Toyota recall frames? ›

The company had to recall thousands of Toyota Tundra models of 2000-2003 sold in the US because of frame rust. Toyota Tundra was the second full-size pickup truck built by a Japanese manufacturer and the first full-size pickup to be built in North America from a Japanese manufacturer.

Which is better Tacoma or RAM? ›

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma's maximum horsepower comes in at 278 hp, and the truck gets up to 20 city mpg and 23 highway mpg. The 2022 Ram 1500, on the other hand, gets a maximum of 702 hp, giving it much more power, and its mileage comes in at up to 23 city mpg and 33 highway mpg, making it more efficient as well.

Should you buy a Tacoma new or used? ›

Buying notes: The Toyota Tacoma midsize truck is known for its strong resale value, and there aren't many savings to be had on 1- to 2-year-old models. Even a 3-year-old model will have an average savings of less than $4,000. Buying a new Tacoma can maximize your Tacoma ownership experience.

What is considered high mileage for a Toyota? ›

Up to 1000 miles a month – or 12,000 miles per year – is seen as average car use, any more than that would be considered high mileage – a two-year-old car with 40,000 miles, say. That said, the term 'high mileage' is usually reserved for cars that have covered 100,000 miles or more.

What trucks will last 300000 miles? ›

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a reliable truck in the 2012, 2015, and 2018 model years. When handled with care, the Silverado can last 300,000 miles and beyond. Some owners use their trucks for up to 20 years. Regular maintenance is key, or your Silverado may not make it past 150,000 miles.

What truck breaks down most? ›

  • Chevrolet Silverado. There have been many ups and downs for Silverado, and a long span of nine problematic model years doesn't have to mean all of them are bad. ...
  • Ford F-150. The Ford F-150 continues to be America's best-selling truck. ...
  • Ram 1500. ...
  • Toyota Tundra. ...
  • Honda Ridgeline. ...
  • Nissan Titan. ...
  • Chevrolet Colorado. ...
  • Nissan Frontier.

What pickup truck has the least problems? ›

  • These Reliable Trucks Will Last for the Long Haul. Pickup trucks have grown from utilitarian work vehicles into many owners' primary transportation. ...
  • 2022 Ford F-150. ...
  • 2022 Honda Ridgeline. ...
  • 2022 GMC Canyon. ...
  • 2022 Toyota Tacoma. ...
  • 2022 Chevrolet Colorado. ...
  • 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. ...
  • 2022 GMC Sierra 1500.
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How many miles is too much for a used Tacoma? ›

Standard cars are known to last up to 200,000 miles, while a well-maintained Toyota Tacoma will last far past 300,000 miles. Some reports say that Toyota Tacomas have lasted over 400,000 miles.

Are used Tacomas worth the money? ›

Generally, it's a great decision to buy a used Toyota Tacoma. If you can find a Tacoma for the right price, you can trust it as a dependable, long-lasting option. The Tacoma also holds its value pretty well, depending on vehicle history.

Why are Tacoma trucks so good? ›

Why Do People Like The Tacoma So Much? The Tacoma fits nicely on the pickup truck theme, a mid-size truck able to haul what most people would on a daily basis in return for good fuel mileage, low cost of ownership and most importantly depreciation.

Can you still get Tacoma frame recall? ›

The program has now expired. 2000-2010 Tacoma: This program introduced a mandatory inspection, without which coverage could be refused. The more recent pickups in this group still fall under the warranty extension up to 12 years on the road, and are eligible for repair or replacement of the frame if required.

What year did Tacomas get airbags? ›

The Toyota Tacoma was redesigned for the 2005 model year. Side airbags became standard in all models beginning with the 2009 model year (they had been optional in Double Cab models in 2005-08).

What year Tacomas were made in Japan? ›

The Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota since 1995. The first-generation Tacoma (model years 1995 through 2004) was classified as a compact pickup.
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Toyota Tacoma
ManufacturerToyota
ProductionJanuary 1995 – present
Model years1995–present
Body and chassis
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How long does a Tacoma timing chain last? ›

Older cars may have a timing chain, similar to a chain on a motorcycle, with a life cycle of around 60,000 miles. Newer models use timing belts made of polyurethane and Kevlar for long life and durability. They can go as long as 100,000 miles although it's always a good idea to change it before then.

How much does it cost to replace a timing chain on a Toyota Tacoma? ›

The average cost for Toyota Tacoma Timing Chain Replacement is $1904.

How often does Tacoma need alignment? ›

You should always check your maintenance manual to prefer the finest mileage or time interval, but commonly your Toyota Tacoma will require an alignment every 5,000 or 10,000 miles.

Is Tacoma better than Ranger? ›

On the one hand, the Tacoma has been around longer and its base models are well equipped compared to rivals. On the other hand, the Ranger is quicker to accelerate and has appealing maximum towing and hauling capabilities. Overall, the Tacoma is likely a better choice for the majority of used-car shoppers.

What does TRD stand for? ›

TRD means “Toyota Racing Development.” The acronym comes as more of a convenience package than a trim level and brings some specially tuned parts and cosmetic enhancements for various Toyota vehicles. You get more powerful drivetrains, upgraded shocks, exhausts, and specialized features for racing and off-roading.

Is the Tacoma a good used truck? ›

The first thing you will notice about Toyota Tacomas for sale is their reliability and how long they last. If well maintained, Tacomas are capable of lasting between 300,000 and 400,000 miles. Not only are Tacomas reliable, but they also provide a lot of value for the cost and are very affordable.

Is Toyota Tacoma cheap to maintain? ›

Toyota Tacoma Maintenance Costs

A Toyota Tacoma will cost about $6,420 for maintenance and repairs during its first 10 years of service. This beats the industry average for popular pickup models by $3,901. There is also a 18.51% chance that a Tacoma will require a major repair during that time.

Why Do Hawaiians drive Tacomas? ›

In a recent study done amongst Hawaii residents, some of the common feedback from locals included comments like “the Tacoma is a well built truck with a strong 4x4 pedigree and lots of custom parts” and “Tacoma's have all the functions of a pickup truck and great fuel economy.” Another user added, “the truck is sturdy ...

Are Tacomas expensive to repair? ›

The Toyota Tacoma is a well-kept secret, and inexpensive to maintain.

Why do people love Tacomas? ›

The Toyota Tacoma is renowned literally around the world for being the benchmark of quality and toughness. These trucks are used in even the most desolate of places on the earth, where they're used to transport everything from farm goods and mining gear to soldiers and supplies.

What are the best years for Tacomas? ›

Three generations of the Tacoma

was released in 1995 and continued until 2005. It's never been known as a quiet or smooth ride by any means, but the durable truck retains its value as the years go on. The best-rated Tacomas from the first generation include 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004.

What problems do Tacomas have? ›

While it's been an excellent seller for all these years, the Tacoma hasn't been without problems. The 2022 model is no exception. Issues range from nonfunctional airbags and faulty brakes issues, to vehicles rolling backwards and incorrectly welded child seats.

Is Tacoma better manual or automatic? ›

Although both can tow, the automatic's gearing is actually not as good as the manual's for towing – especially off the line. Toyota sells WAY more automatic transmissions in their Tacomas, so finding a manual in a desirable trim is difficult. The automatic transmission returns better fuel economy too.

What Gen is a 2013 Toyota Tacoma? ›

The first-generation Tacoma (model years 1995 through 2004) was classified as a compact pickup. The second generation (model years 2005 through 2015) as well as the third generation (in production since 2015) are classified as mid-sized pickups.

What is high mileage for a Toyota Tacoma? ›

Many have driven them well into 250K miles with little to no hassle at all. Generally speaking, most people consider 90K miles on a vehicle to be high, however, the Tacoma can run well into 200K miles without major issues. More common issues reported on these Tacoma's are paint chips on the hood and roof.

Do Toyota Tacomas get good gas mileage? ›

Whether you need a vehicle that can keep you working all day or you just want to take on the off-road trails for hours on end, the Toyota Tacoma has the fuel efficiency you need. This truck is engineered to be lightweight and efficient, achieving an EPA-estimated 20 city/23 highway MPG.

What kind of transmission does a 2013 Toyota Tacoma have? ›

The base 2013 Tacoma comes with a 159-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a five-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission are optional.

Where are 2013 Tacomas made? ›

Tacoma Production Starts at San Antonio, Texas

In 2013 -- 10 years after the plant was constructed -- the 1 millionth truck, a Sunset Bronze Mica 1794 Edition Tundra, rolled off the line. Before this, the San Antonio plant's mission was to build trucks for the U.S. market.

What years did Toyota have frame rust problems? ›

In 2016, Toyota agreed to repair or buy back millions of Tacomas, Tundras and Sequoia SUVs with rusting frames. This included models from 2004 to 2008, or in some cases, 2010. But the program expires 15 years after the date of manufacturing.

Which Tacoma is the best model? ›

Experts agree the best 2022 Toyota Tacoma trim is the TRD Off-Road model. However, there's an even more expensive, well-equipped off-road model at the top of the range of Tacomas, the TRD Pro.

Do Tacoma trucks hold their value? ›

Despite being six years older than the larger Tundra, the Toyota Tacoma holds its value better. After five years of ownership, the average Tacoma is projected to retain 63.5 percent of its initial purchase price.

What Toyota has the best mileage? ›

The most fuel efficient Toyota vehicle out there is the 2022 Toyota Prius Prime. This plug-in hybrid sedan gets a whopping 133 mpgE - that will certainly help you save at the pump! The 2022 Toyota Prius, a standard hybrid, also does very well. It scores 58 mpg in the city and 53 on the highway!

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