The Tacoma is a reliable workhorse but a poor choice as an everyday passenger vehicle. The Tacoma has a fairly refined and efficient powertrain, competent brakes, and better fuel economy than many small pickups. With the off-road-oriented suspension and tires, it's also one of the best off-road vehicles we've experienced. The downside, though, is a poor ride and clumsy handling.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The engine lost much power when the air-condition is on."

P B., OR (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"The best capable off road vehicle you can buy that still is fine on the highways."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has never accerlated very well. I have had the gas tank and fuel pump checked and the throttle body cleaned but nothing seems to help. Injector cleaner seems to help the best. I use it occassionally."

RUSSELL M., FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has great handling and easy to drive. It also accelerates very good."

Anonymous, SC (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"good pick up for a 16 yr old truck"

Anonymous, SC (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is hard to increase the speed."

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Could use a bit more power but very satisfied with the way these trucks hold their value.This truck has 318k with the original clutch and still acts like it will go thousands of miles."

JAMES G., CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are too upright. I have put in a lumbar support for my lower back. Great air conditioner...still. Excellent sound system. Stiff ride around town but very good off road."

ROBERT D., CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are very uncomfortable after 15 minutes driving, turning radius poor, big 4 calendar engine has no power"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"The ride is fairly rough especially on our PA roads.But it's a truck."

Anonymous, PA (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats a bit small, ac and heat output limited. Controls are crude."

CHARLES N., CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Toyota has a noisy dashboard while driving and the turning radius is very poor."

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"the Bench seat is not comfortable for long trips"

BRIAN M., TX (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have been complete satisfied since I purchased the Tacoma in 1998, I have had no problems. the only work ever done was just required maintenance. it still has the original AC Freon and has never been recharged. What a great truck!"

KARL T., AZ (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"I'm a 5' 5" woman and I find this truck seat very uncomfortable. My 6'4" husband, who usually drives it has no difficulty"

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"The climate control is great and the seat is comfortable. The extended cab is perfect for my husband's needs for extra space for work equipment."

Anonymous, SC (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"A lot of wind noise & terrible turning radius"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Cost of ownership is low, very reliable and parts are low cost at dealer"

ERIK B., CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"on 1 to 10 I would rate my Tacoma a solid 10!!"

KARL T., AZ (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"This pickup is sixteen years old. I have had it for fourteen years. Total mileage 93,000+. It will outlive me!"

ARNO G., CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"The reliability and durability of these Toyota trucks is legendary. My experience has borne that out."

JOSEPH N., DE (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Worth the money"

Anonymous, SC (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"continues to run without problems, still looks great."

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Like an anvil, a boring vehicle, but just as reliable. No issues after 270,000 miles, still runs nearly like new...has just a few squeaks."

CHARLES N., CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Over 200K miles and nothing but a radiator replacement out of the ordinary. This truck will get to 300K easy."

Anonymous, CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very reliable and trouble free"

CHARLES C., GA (2000 Toyota Tacoma)


Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"This has to be our new gold standard for a pickup truck."

Anonymous, MS (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Best vehicle I have ever owned. Doesn't owe me a dime!"

JEFF G., FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excellent quality! Can say enough how reliable this truck has been. 16 years, and ALWAYS starts right up WITHOUT any service other than regular maintenance. Only issue now is paint is starting to fade, but somewhat to be expected after this many years."

VICTOR O., TX (2000 Toyota Tacoma)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The exterior styling of Toyota Tacoma changed with the 2005 model. Everyone hangs on to the earlier models becuz the new styling and coloring of Toyota trucks is just plain ugly."

J N., HI (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is quiet"

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"Looks nice, easy to enter and exit with wide doors"

J V., CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is not a 2000, it is a 1999, great in almost all areas, seats Too low and uncomfortable, narrow sun-visors prevent driving West, sun will be on your face, front bumper will break with a Kick, load will fall off truck if little overloaded, it could use two Extra springs on rear end. 19-22 MPG ave."

ELIO F., GA (2000 Toyota Tacoma)
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