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The Tacoma remains as rough and tumble as it has always been. Toyota's compact pickup features a 3.5-liter V6 hooked up to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, which can be mated to a five-speed manual, is also available. Both two- and four-wheel-drive models are offered. Our four-wheel-drive V6 Tacoma delivered a good 19 mpg overall. Though the truck is tough as nails and delivers impressive off-road prowess, it's primitive. The ride is stiff, handling is ponderous, the cabin is very loud, and the driving position is awkwardly low. The modern connectivity features are welcome. Safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available. First-year reliability of the redesign has been well below average.

Road Test

While full-sized pickup trucks increasingly adopt luxury trappings, compact trucks remain utilitarian workhorses. The Tacoma is a down-and-dirty example of function trumping form.The Tacoma is the perfect truck for landscapers and contractors. This b...

Highs

  • High resale value
  • Excellent off-roader

Lows

  • Feels like a ten-year-old design (which it basically is)
  • V6 engine short on torque

Best Version to Get

With its diverse lineup, the Tacoma can be anything from a stripped-down work truck to something that feigns luxury. The sweet spot might be the TRD Sport, as it lets you get almost every available feature but doesn't make you suffer with the TRD Off-Road's stiffer suspension. While that ver...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 2 year/unlimited
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (159 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (278 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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