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Toyota Tacoma

2018
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Toyota's rough-and-tumble compact pickup features a 3.5-liter V6 engine 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. Forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning are standard for 2018, and blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional.
All Ratings & Reliability
2016-2017
2016 Redesign Year
Toyota Tacoma 2017
The compact Tacoma pickup has been a reliable but hard-riding workhorse. It holds its value surprisingly well, making bargain-priced used ones hard to find. Two four-cylinder engines are offered, along with the more desirable 3.4-liter V6. The ride is pretty terrible, bucking and jittering constantly on anything but smooth pavement. Stopping distances are long on models without antilock brakes. The cabin's high floor and low roof make access tricky and compromise the driving position. Later models offered a 4.0-liter V6, which provided strong performance and competitive fuel economy. But the ride was still stiff and the driving position uncomfortable. Payload capacity is relatively small, but the TRD-equipped trucks are excellent off-road.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $21,175 - $34,800 $18,035 - $31,135
2005-2015
2005 Redesign Year
Toyota Tacoma 2015
The Tacoma pickup truck has traditionally been a reliable, but hard-riding workhorse. It holds its value surprisingly well, making bargain-priced used ones hard to find. The Tacoma comes with one of two sizes of four-cylinder engines, or a more desirable V6 engine, which in more recent examples was a 4.0-liter V6. The ride is awful, bucking and jittering constantly and the cabin is loud. Handling is clumsy, but ultimately secure. The high floor and low roof make access tricky and the low driving position is awkward. Interior materials are quite rudimentary, as befitting a work vehicle. Versions powered by the V6 are rated to tow about 6500 pounds, but payload capacity is relatively small. TRD-equipped trucks are excellent off-road.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $19,150 - $28,900 $15,985 - $25,360
2014 $14,625 - $26,900 $11,590 - $23,340
2013 $12,525 - $25,150 $9,540 - $21,580
2012 $11,700 - $23,050 $8,705 - $19,455
2011 $9,950 - $20,775 $7,065 - $17,240
2010 $7,575 - $18,950 $4,775 - $15,450
2009 $7,225 - $17,625 $4,435 - $14,160
2008 $7,125 - $16,275 $4,335 - $12,835
2007 $6,775 - $15,350 $4,015 - $11,965
2006 $6,400 - $14,225 $3,665 - $10,935
2005 $6,075 - $13,200 $3,360 - $9,985
1995-2004
Toyota Tacoma 2004
Introduced for 1995, the compact Tacoma pickup is available in regular-, extended-, and, since 2001, crew- cab models, and with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. Two four-cylinder engines-a 2.4- and a 2.7-liter-are offered, along with the more desirable 3.4-liter, 190-hp V6. Unlike most other Toyota offerings, the Tacoma was unimpressive in our tests. It jitters uncomfortably on smooth roads, and kicks and snaps on poor ones. The steering is slow and numb. Stopping distances are long without the optional antilock brakes, which can be hard to find. The cabin is quiet, but the seats are low and lack support.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2004 $4,725 - $12,275 $2,135 - $9,135
2003 $4,700 - $12,250 $2,090 - $9,090
2002 $4,925 - $11,775 $2,465 - $8,840
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A