Review: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 DoubleCab V6 – Wildsau (2022)

I’ve always been a fan of the Toyota Tacoma. In the end, much of what I know and remembered about the ones I drove in the past remains true, and many of the compromises of driving a true truck remain solidly stuck in place.

Maybe it turns out that I’ve been a fan of the idea of a Tacoma, rather than the ownership of one. But that’s my problem, and not yours. Nor the Tacoma’s.

Pricing: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 DoubleCab V6

Base price (of specific trim):$28,615

Options:$1,550 Automatic Transmission; $5,400 TRD Sport Package; $265 Block Heater

Freight:$1,635

A/C tax:$100

Price as tested:$37,600

Under the Hood

Here you’ll find Toyota’s venerable V6 – over the years, its displacement has crept up to 4.0 Liters. When you hear it, it’s got the same rushing, roaring sound under throttle that this engine’s ancestors made 20 years ago. Some things never change.

The V6 makes 236 HP @ 5,200 rpm and more importantly, a fairly accessible 266 lb.ft @ 4,000 rpm.This Tacoma tips the scales at 4,275 pounds. Though this differs vastly from North American half-tons, it’s refreshing to drive a truck that doesn’t feel like it weighs a few tons.

The power is fed through a 5-speed automatic, which didn’t impress nor offend. It just…. shifted.

The Tacoma has an 80 Litre fuel tank, which is lovely, because it’s rated at 8.6 L/100 km on the highway and 12.9 L/100 km in the city. Gulp! That’s not me making that sound, it’s the Tacoma’s engine.I averaged roughly 19 L/100 km and I wasn’t driving with a heavy foot. Yikes.

My truck, with the optional TRD Sport package had a 6500 lb. towing capacity – nothing to sneeze at for a light truck.

Exterior

Toyota has continued to refine the Tacoma over the generations, but really, the look has remained relatively static. In my opinion, that’s a good thing. The Tacoma has a great mix of size, shape and utility.The 4-door looks a bit portly and slightly less handsome than the AccessCab.

The Tacoma has muscular, flared-out lower door panels and fenders.Ground clearance continues to be exemplary, and it defines this truck’s stance as well.

There’s no missing the high step up into this truck. The ingress might be considered difficult for some, and frankly, painful for others. Hey, it’s part of having a truly capable off-roader.

Interior

Inside I found excellent head and leg room for my 5’10” frame.

You’re surrounded by almost exclusively hard plastics.The heated, manually-adjustable seats are quite comfortable and offer surprisingly decent bolstering. With that said, the seating position is such that you’re practically in a La-Z-Boy, and you’ll find your feet straight out in front of you. It’s not for everyone.

In front of you is a very short dash, and a couple of “Oh crap!” handles on the A-pillars.

The steering wheel is manually adjustable for reach and height, and it was a good wheel to work with. It matters when you head off road. It has controls for the stereo and phone functions.

Behind the steering wheel sits a 3-gauge instrument cluster, with a small trip meter screen at the bottom.

The center stack starts with a touchscreen head unit at the top. It’s pretty basic, handling audio and phone functions. The stereo sounds pretty good. Below that is an old-school “Hi, I was in Toyotas about 20 years ago” digital clock and underneath that, you’ll find a simple, manual climate control system.

The console houses some open storage, cupholders, the gear selector and an armrest.

The rear-view mirror displays some goodies, namely the outside temperature and a compass reading AND it has a small screen for the back-up camera with multi-hued distance markings. People complain bitterly about these, but in my opinion, I’d much rather have a little screen up there than none at all. You also get three HomeLink garage door opener buttons.

There are two 12V plugs and an auxiliary/USB plug on the center stack.

Rear Seats

Getting into the rear seats is fine, other than the step up. Here you’ll find 3 seats, 3 seatbelts and 3 headrests.The 2 outboard seats are comfortable and I found the headroom and leg room to be reasonable. What else do you get back there? 2 cupholders at the back of the center console. And a sliding center window.

The rear headrests, which can impede the rearward vision, fold down out of the way, and the seat bottoms can flip forward out of the way. Under the seat bottoms are small but useful lidded storage bins.

Our three kids fit back there like a charm, with space to spare and you’ll find 2 sets of LATCH anchors for their seats.

Storage

Toyota did a great job in using all the nooks and crannies to maximize storage space around the cabin. You get little bins and trays all over the place, including a deep, carpeted one under the armrest.

If you run out of space around the cabin, there’s this thing called a box that sits right behind the cabin.Toyota has added a couple of small, lidded (but not lockable) bins on the sides of the box for small items. You get 4 heavy-duty stationary tie-downs, and for great flexibility, there are rails along the sides and the front of the box, allowing you to position further tie-down points anywhere you want.

The Drive

That V-6 rewards you with some goodness, and that is plenty of low-end and mid-range torque. I never found myself wanting for more jam in everyday driving. That torque likely bodes well for off-roading as well as towing, although I tested neither of those facets.

The ride is exactly what you might expect from an off-road worthy truck. It’s firm, and a bit bouncy and it will soak up any road imperfections with ease.Speed bump? I didn’t notice any speed bump.Of course, if you encounter any kind of crack, or pothole, or other kind of Canadian road enhancement device, the truck will shudder and buck over it, and remind you that it can flex with the best of them. This isn’t a knock – every other truck does it, and until we figure out how to get rid of leaf-spring suspensions that essentially date back over 100 years, nothing will change.

The handling is very competent. The Tacoma is a confident performer in city driving, and corners are handled with ease. The steering is well-weighted requiring very low effort – just don’t expect a tight turning circle.

The brakes are very effective and powerful.Outward visibility is good, especially for the front and sides.

Being a truck, you expect some wind and road noise, but all in all, it was acceptable. Once on the highway, the wind noise became quite intrusive.

Although I did not have the opportunity to test its off-road capabilities, the Tacoma has a reputation for being bomb-proof and able to take a lot of abuse.

Details

The TRD Sport package includes a ton of things, not all related to off-roading. You obviously have the ground clearance that’s required. There’s a massive front skid-plate.

4×4 modes are accessed with a rotary knob, allowing for on-the-fly 2-wheel drive and high or low range 4-wheel drive modes.

There’s also an RSCA switch, which will deactivate the curtain shield airbags, in case of a vehicle roll-over. Wow.

The Tacoma comes with a key. No, not like the old-school key with remote lock/unlock buttons on it. I mean, the OLDER-school with nothing on it. And a keychain FOB with the remote door lock buttons. Like hanging on an actual keyring. Luckily, if you lose it, you should be able to replace this in any local antique store.

In terms of exterior conveniences, this Tacoma had a tow package with a hitch receiver and a 7-pin plug, and a 120V plug in the box. It seals with a spring-loaded lid, and can be switched from 100W to 400W inside the truck.

The Verdict

In terms of a light truck, the Tacoma is a good vehicle.The ride is decent, it handles well, it’s a good city vehicle, and a very capable off-roader.

It kind of reminds me of middle-school wrestlers. They looked moderately tough, but there was a surprising amount of substance behind their swagger.The Tacoma has a lot of substance.

But the substance doesn’t obliterate the compromises. These compromises really won’t surprise anyone who is specifically looking at trucks, and typically you don’t find buyers, who were looking for a nice, normal car or utility vehicle, and ended up buying a truck. People who want trucks, buy trucks – people who don’t, don’t. The high step-in height, the truckish ride, the terrifying mileage – these are all trade-offs that most are quite willing to accept in exchange for the ability to clamber up rocks, down hills, over dirt, snow and anything else you might want to throw at this truck, and also being able to tow something down the road.

The Tacoma is well put-together, well-designed and well backed-up.

In terms of an everyday vehicle, for folks who don’t need a truck, this would be a strange choice, but I don’t want to patronize this storied 4×4 with a pedestrian rating when nobody would buy this to simply commute with. Or nobody should be buying it for that anyway.

WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) was very low. She didn’t particularly like the ride, nor how high the step-in height was.She did, however, enjoy the lit vanity mirrors. Women.

This particular truck does away with the niceties and luxuries, and strips things down to what Toyota deems to be the essentials. Is it a great value? I don’t think so. It’s pretty darn expensive. But when you consider reliability and the astronomical resale value for Tacos, maybe it’s not the worst value, is it?

Take it or leave it.

Disclosure: Vehicle was provided by Toyota Canada.

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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 many miles is a 2013 Toyota Tacoma good for? ›

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.

How many miles can a Toyota Tacoma V6 last? ›

Expect Your Tacoma to Run a Minimum of 200,000 Miles with Adequate Care, or 300,000 with Excellent Care. A recent survey found the Tacoma to be the third longest-lasting truck overall, ranking behind only the Toyota Tundra, in first, and the Honda Ridgeline.

What year Tacoma is most reliable? ›

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.

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.

Do Toyota Tacomas have transmission problems? ›

The Toyota Tacoma has known transmission problems, affecting trucks that have logged anywhere between 125,000 and 150,000 miles. These issues prevent the vehicle from shifting correctly and have been reported among Tacoma vehicles built from 1995 to 2015.

How long does a timing belt last on a Toyota Tacoma? ›

They can go as long as 100,000 miles although it's always a good idea to change it before then. Belt failure can cause extensive damage to the valves, pistons and other internal parts of the engine.

How long do Toyota 4 cylinder engines last? ›

This is normal and very common with cars in general and not just Toyota. However, this doesn't mean that Toyotas don't last as long as other cars. On average, you can expect your Toyota vehicle to run for about 10 – 15 years and around 150,000 – 200,000 miles.

How good is the Tacoma V6 engine? ›

3.5-liter V6 – Choosing the 3.5-liter V6 engine in your new 2022 Toyota Tacoma will give you an incredible 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. With horsepower and torque ratings like this, you'll have no problem towing large trailers and hauling heavy payloads.

What kind of gas mileage does a 4 cylinder Tacoma get? ›

2022 Toyota Tacoma Engines

So, what is the Tacoma V6 mpg vs. the Tacoma 4-cylinder mpg? The Toyota Tacoma mpg reaches up to 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway with the V6 engine, and 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway with the 4-cylinder engine.

Do Tacoma hold their value? ›

Predicted Resale Value After 5 Years of Ownership: 55.8%

What mileage is too high 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.

Is Tacoma 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 year Tacoma has frame issues? ›

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.

What model Tacoma is best? ›

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 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 goes wrong with Toyota Tacomas? ›

Airbag, seat, and brake problems are the top complaint issues received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners. The Toyota Tacoma has ranked as one of the leading multi-purpose vehicles and top pickup trucks for 16 years. Designed and built in the U.S. it has been a popular pickup truck throughout the country ever since then.

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 tacomas the most reliable 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.

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.

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.

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 year Toyota 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.

How much does it cost to replace a Toyota Tacoma transmission? ›

A Toyota Tacoma transmission replacement costs between $5000 and $6000, accounting for parts and labor. For a transmission replacement, the cost of the new transmission will be your biggest expense.

Are Toyota Tacoma transmissions good? ›

According to Motorbiscuit “The Toyota Tacoma has one of the worst automatic transmissions out of any Toyota model.”

Does a 2013 Tacoma v6 have a 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. Belt failure can cause extensive damage to the valves, pistons and other internal parts of the engine.

Can a timing belt last 160000 miles? ›

Your owner's manual is a good resource and will recommend the mileage interval recommended for your specific vehicle make and model.” The recommended replacement according to mileage ranges from 60,000 miles to 150,000 miles. If your vehicle is 6 to 10 years old, it is recommended to replace the timing belt.

How do I know if my timing belt is worn out? ›

5 Signs and Symptoms of a Failing Timing Belt
  1. Dropping Oil Pressure. One of the worst things that can happen if your belt fails is for the oil pressure in the engine to drop. ...
  2. Misfiring. Misfiring is a common occurrence with failing timing belts. ...
  3. Rough Idling. ...
  4. Smoke. ...
  5. Broken Pistons or Valves.
1 Mar 2020

Should I buy a V6 or v4? ›

In general, you will get more fuel economy from a 4-cylinder engine. You will typically get more power and performance from a 6-cylinder engine. If you are in the market for a smaller car, you will likely have a 4-cylinder engine. For towing, 6-cylinders would be the way to go.

Is a V6 or 4 cylinder better? ›

Generally, a four-cylinder engine offers better fuel economy than a six-cylinder. Its better fuel economy is mostly due to having less horsepower but also by being smaller and reducing the weight of your car.

Is a V6 engine better than a 4 cylinder? ›

If the economy is your top priority, a four-cylinder is likely the best choice for you. A V6 engine will be able to produce a greater amount of power at a quicker pace and will be much more responsive to each tap of the gas pedal, able to quickly accelerate to high speeds.

Which Toyota V6 engine is most reliable? ›

We would nominate the 2GR-FKS or the A25A-FXS as Toyota's best engines, depending on whether you are looking for traditional V6 power or cutting-edge hybrid efficiency.
...
The 3 Best Toyota Engines You Can Buy
  1. 1 – The 2GR-FKS 3.5L V6. The Toyota GR series V6 engines are legendary. ...
  2. 2 – The 2.5L A25A-FXS. ...
  3. 3 – The V35A-FTS.
10 Dec 2021

Does the Toyota 3.5 V6 have a timing belt or chain? ›

The timing belt in your Toyota is essential to the running of your car. It connects the crankshaft to the two camshafts, allowing the valves to open and allow air into the engine at the right time.

Is Toyota discontinuing the V6? ›

Toyota announced today that it will discontinue the beloved V6 engine from its Highlander SUV line for 2023. In its place will be a four-cylinder engine with less power but, oddly, the same MPG rating. The new four-cylinder is turbocharged (of course), and has a bit more engine-rated torque.

Which Tacoma is best on gas? ›

What Are the Toyota Tacoma MPG Ratings Per Trim Level?
  • Toyota Tacoma SR: 18 MPG city/22 MPG highway*
  • Toyota Tacoma SR5: 20 MPG city/23 MPG highway*
  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport: 19 MPG city/24 MPG highway*
  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: 19 MPG city/24 MPG highway*
  • Toyota Tacoma Limited: 19 MPG city/24 MPG highway*
23 Jun 2022

What is the difference between 4H and 4L in Tacoma? ›

Use 4L when driving in deep mud or snow, soft sand, up steep inclines, and on extremely rocky surfaces. Stick to low speeds in this setting, around 10 MPH. 4H is your go-to setting for driving at normal speeds (30 to 50 MPH), but with additional traction.

Can you put Tacoma in 4 wheel drive while driving? ›

To use four-wheel drive on a Toyota Tacoma, turn the control knob to the 4WD setting. Once you do, the 4WD indicator light should come on. You can change your drive settings while on the road if you are driving below 50 miles per hour. However, to select the 4WD low setting, you will need to stop completely.

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.

How much should you pay for a Tacoma? ›

Based on Edmunds analysis of recent prices paid in your area, the Edmunds Suggested Price for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma SR base trim is $28,227. The Edmunds Suggested Price for a 2021 Toyota Tacoma is based on recent transactions in your area.

What is the number one selling pickup truck? ›

Ford F-Series pickup

Whats the best year for a used Tacoma? ›

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.”

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.

How long do Tacoma transmissions last? ›

2016 and 2017 V6 Tacomas May See a Shorter Lifespan Owing to Transmission Issues. Most Tacomas will have no problem reaching 200,000 miles, and with proper maintenance, 300,000 is totally doable.

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.

What truck has best gas mileage? ›

The best gas mileage trucks
Best Gas Mileage Full-Size Trucks
RankVehicleCombined MPG
1Chevrolet Silverado 150027
2.GMC Sierra 150027
3.Ram Pickup 150026
3 more rows
14 Mar 2022

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Where is the 2013 Toyota Tacoma built? ›

While the Tacoma was once produced in the United States, Toyota now builds the Tacoma at Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Guanajuato in Apaseo el Grande, Mexico. Citing the need to reduce overhead—namely in the form of labor—Toyota shifted production from San Antonio, Texas, to Mexico in 2021.

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.

Do Tacomas have good resale value? ›

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.

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).

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.

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