Tacoma is a workhorse, but a poor choice as an everyday passenger vehicle, although it has a fairly refined and efficient powertrain, competent brakes and reasonable fuel economy. With the off-road-oriented suspension and tires, it's also one of the best off-road vehicles we've experienced. The downside is a poor ride and clumsy handling. A tip-up in a government rollover test is cause for concern.
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

"It is a little under powered at times."

JAMES L., MO (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a 4 cylinder and as a result is slow to accelerate but i am used to it by now"

TIMOTHY E., NJ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Toyota was an economy vehichle with an economy ride. Sometimes chatters over rough roads and rides stiff."

WALTER S., PR (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Turning radius is pretty large making which makes low-speed maneuvering some what clumsy'"

AUBREY H., OK (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Love the V-6 power and only wish I had gotten 4 wheel drive also. Disappointed that rust is becoming more prevelant and paint is fading. Windows and locks are starting to act up also."

DAVID M., HI (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good acceleration, but poor clutch action and clumsy handling. very reliable."

PAT B., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"the differential lock has really come in handy in serious backroad driving or weather- 4 wheel without the hassel"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seems a bit underpowered for double cab"

JAMES G., CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"I added a camper to the truck so the miles per gallon is less than when empty. I would get more like 24 miles per gallon without the camper."

GEORGE C., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It rides rough, and is a bit uncomfortable on long rides."

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Toyotas are GREAT!"

Glen F., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Slow to accelrate, even with 6-cyl engine."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration is adequate. Overall, however, it never fails."

Anonymous, WV (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is still very responsive."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Peppy V6 which was a nice upgrade from the previous 4cyl. Good transmission, shifts are short and precise. Handling is good for a vehicle of this size, steering is responsive and quick."

Kris B., VA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"it performs the way I want it to. It accelerates like a truck and handles like a truck which is what I want in a truck. I do wish the bed was longer, I could haul more. But it will do. Thanks Toyota."

Michael G., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"the V6 seems weak, acceleration is more poor. Mileage is less than expected. Handles well."

Brian M., NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Drives like a truck. No great acceleration even with 6 cylinders."

Andrew L., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)


Gary N., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"BEST body style Toyota ever made for handling off road adventures."

Kris K., ID (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Engine still very strong and handles well"

Richard B., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Decent MPG, Looks great and quiet."

Otto F., OR (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Still as responsive as it was when I bought it new in 2003."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"With AWD feel very comfortable safety-wise, especially during winter months."

Anonymous, NH (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"For a 12 year old truck the engine is still running great. Very little issues over the years. However, shocks and body have taken a beating but expected for the age."

Brian R., GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is one of the most reliable vehicles we have ever owned. My husband does not pamper the truck in any way, and often gets behind in regular maintenance.... nonetheless, this truck has never had any major issues and it runs great."

Deborah B., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good acceleration and handling"

Mark M., MA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Even with a small truck camper on it, it handles and accelerates fine."

Jane S., WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"drives ok"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Low maintenance. Reliable."

John C., TX (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma is our around town vehicle. It does a good job meeting our requirements."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The four cylinder combined with the automatic provides for poor acceleration."

Robinson M., WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"It rides like a truck"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"12 years later. Too many things are behind the driver and must reach backward to obtain. Front console is too low so driver must take eyes off of the road to see the speedometer, ."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The driver's side arm rest is not located where it would be more useful to me. On long trips it's a problem. Other than that I love this vehicle!"

EMMETT F., OR (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"With the AC fan on high, it is noticeably loud."

JOHN M., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"uncomfortable driving position. I do not have cruse control. I have a base truck and the rear end is light weight and will spin rear wheels very easily on wet pavement."

JERRY R., KY (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Current very hot weather shows limitation of the Air Condition cooling ability."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The cab is small and at times feels tight. Some wind noise can be heard but overall happy with vehicle"

TIMOTHY E., NJ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats and ride are pretty standard and acceptable. The only complaint I have with the drive is a real tendency for the rear end to swerve (slide out) when the road makes a somewhat sharp turn to the right. This swerve also happens when hitting small bumps."

John H., PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Ride is a little harsh until you put some weight in the back. Still amazingly quiet for a vehicle with over 100,000 miles"

James L., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats very comfortable. Noise level acceptable. Ride very good."

Barry S., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"good little pickup, styling, body, mileage. ride noise is high, but tolerable"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"I like the ride"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is a truck, so it is not extremely quiet or luxurious, but it is perfectly fine and comfortable. (Unless you are a princesses sitting on a pea.)"

David M., OR (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"For a truck, seats are comfortable; noise is not loud and ride is good."

Anonymous, NH (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good seat position for driver and passenger. Manual adjustments are adequate. Back seats are a bit cramped and not great for long trips, but remember it's a small pickup truck. Adequate padding and decent driver lumbar support. Good driving position with great visibility out of the cab. Controls and displays are well located, except for the clock, which is hidden behind the wiper control stalk. A bit noisy, but that is improved by more car-like tire tread selection. Firmness of suspension keeps you aware that it's a truck."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Relatively rough riding - more so when 4 wheel drive is engaged. Seats seemed designed for average build individuals. Road noise is moderate."

William I., GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are not holding-up. They seem to be collapsing. Ride is good, noise not bad. My truck is holding-up well for the mileage."

Glenn G., NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The regular cab is very small. I should have considered a larger cab to have a place to put grocery bags or a backpack. There is a lot of road noise when travelling fast on the highway."

Stephen T., TX (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Toyota has some of the best seats in the industry. Both of my pick ups had/have SR5 option which gives you nice cloth bucket seats with very good back support."

Kris B., VA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"road noise is really bad"

John B., NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are quite comfortable; the ride is that of a truck, now of a car, i.e., you feel the bumps in the road more. Ditto the noise level."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"I've gotten comments over the years from passengers that they didnt believe/feel they were riding in a truck. Very comfortable seats and suspension is car like."

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Toyota builds great front seats."

Glen F., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Ride is rougher and noisier than I would like."

Tracy H., CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Horribly stiff ride, and you can feel every bump in the road. Sometimes it feels like hard bumps get sent right through the dash board."

Antonio P., DE (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Loud bang when driving over uneven payment."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"There are many people out there that seem to think a truck is supposed to ride and handle like a car, so if you want a car buy one, but if you want a truck expect it to ride like a truck. It's made that way for a reason."

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"I like the seats because I can sit upright without the headrest pushing my head and neck forward, as happens with newer cars."

George H., OH (2004 Toyota Tacoma)


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

What Owners Say

"As a contractor it carried the weight and had good towing ability"

JOHN P., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)


ROBERT O., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Quality feel and reliability"

DAVID B., NV (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"This pickup is not particularly powerful (it's a 4 cylinder) and drags a bit when going uphill, but it's never had a serious problem that has cost me significant money in the 12 years I've owned it (it has just over 100,000 miles on it). And the gas mileage is pretty fair at 25 miles per gallon. It's just a regular cab and doesn't have many bells or whistles (which I didn't want), but it has been a steady and consistent performer."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"We live in Anchorage, AK, 3 miles off pavement. This vehicle gets me where I need to go in any conditions. It's been extremely reliable with decent maintenance. I can push through snow because it's high off the ground and has good power. I carry gear and garbage on a regular basis and it is large enough to handle most cargos. It's a truck, so is not a machine built for comfort, but I accept that based on its other virtues. I do wish that it got better mileage."

Anonymous, AK (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Unassailable reliability. I have spent virtually nothing on this truck other than normal wear and tear (about 2500. Beyond normal wear and tear)"

RONALD R., OH (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"gas milage below expectations. Time clock hard to see."

RONALD B., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a truck and does truck stuff well."

TOM P., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has been very reliable."

Anonymous, SC (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"very reliable; however, I hadn't thought about the height of the tailgate. It's 30" where loading docks are 24, so every time I need to put things in the back I need to strain my back."

ANDREW L., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)


VICTOR T., TN (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"No frills, just good transportation for the cost."

JOHN I., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Small pickup, original cost ~$14,000, excellent fuel economy (5-speed manual, smallest 4 cylinder engine), reliable. Noisy above 60 mph, not suitable for long-distance travel, great around town (more than 27 mpg in the summer)."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It holds it's value very well."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great engine"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great vehicle. Had it since Day 1. Would buy again."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"High price. Very reliable. Spartan interior."

Brian M., NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It was expensive, $28,000 new but the Tacoma is holding its value well. Could sell for $10 to $12,000 now. After 14 years my red paint's clear-coat is failing."

Glenn G., NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"14 years and looks and drives great"

William C., GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Reliable and long lasting"

Heather B., PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Almost 15 years old and still worth a third of what I paid for it. Very low cost of ownership. Regular maintenance and one headlight and an oxygen sensor. Not bad."

Robinson M., WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"For the original price paid, it is still running quite well after 14 years."

William I., GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"I bought it new on sale. Had a choice of either one and chose the red one. Paid cash and felt we had a good buy."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Holds it's value. Bought new because used ones with less than 50K miles are disproportionately expensive"

Elleyne B., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Extremely Reliable."

Anonymous, WV (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"299000 miles and still going, very few repairs over life of truck so far"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)


Gary N., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"14 years old with 165k miles and very little required beyond routine wear parts replacement (tires, battery, wiper blades, brake pads, O2 sensor). I plan to keep driving it for several more years. Great for small hauling and for my commute. It made many 200-mile trips hauling stuff to and from my daughter's college and her apartments after graduation. Not fancy, but a reliable beast of burden."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have over 310,000 miles that is value. I do give it pretty regular maintenance which explains why is runs so well. But it was built well."

Michael G., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"When I purchased this vehicle, I paid about $200 more than I paid for a 1998 Toyota Tacoma with basically the same features. So I believe I got good value from it. In addition, other than problems with the clutch master cylinder needing to be replaced I have had no significant problems."

H M., CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It hasn’t needed a lot of repair- just maintenance. It’s really held it’s value."

Andrew L., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"At $14,000 this pickup has been very reliable with great gas mileage around town (25 mpg average). Poor acceleration with smallest 4-cylindrical engine and 5-speed manual. Too noisy for interstate travel at 75 mph. Primary use is around town hauling groceries and garden stuff."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Other than a couple recalls this vehicle was never subject to repair for 13 years and over 80000 miles."

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great vehicle had since new still feel comfortable taking it off road and it has almost 200000 miles"

Richard B., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's been a great truck. Good value."

Barry S., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Have had this truck for 14 years. Very reliable. I take it to the dealer and have them do the recommended routine maintenance. Have not had any problems with the truck ."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Extreme reliability."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"My Tacoma is a good value because I bought it new 14 years ago and it is still being used as my daily driver. It looks good, drives well, and barely has any squeaks or rattles. I have only had to do routine maintenance and replace a few things along the way."

George H., OH (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good basic truck for a good price. It's dependable and holds it's value. I have had very minimal issue s with it, though I'll admit I haven't put many miles on it. It has a small pop up truck camper on it at all times, which reduces the gas mileage but it rides very well."

Jane S., WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Only have 65000 miles on it, but it has been very reliable."

Jack A., ID (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very few issues for over 13 years of driving. It pulls a boat and trailer well. Very reliable."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Rear seating is adequate. Prerunner has had great value with no notable mechanical problems"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"very reliable"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"A low price basic truck that performs well in small truck duties."

Robinson M., WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's holding it's value and performs well."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"It simply does what I want: transportation, light hauling, and it seems to run forever without problems."

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The only thing I wish regarding that vehicle is that it got MUCH better mileage. On the other hand, as a 4WD work horse it's terrific!"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Pretty good value"

Edward C., NV (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Steadfast, durable, keeps on trucking..."

John C., TX (2004 Toyota Tacoma)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Truck is holding a good resale value. Looks are not outdated."

GLENN G., NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Classy spoke wheels, spoiler, ground effects package never go out of style. And yeah- it's a convertible too."

LEWIS W., VA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"I had an accident which is why I said trouble with body & styling."

JOSEPH S., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"The dash clock is located behind the washer arm, cannot see it without leaning/bending over. It should have been located over farther on dash."

KIM H., PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"looks,hauling ability,kept value amazingly,performance,reliable"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Not too big and small enough to make manuevering easy. Newer trucks are getting to large which makes parking harder."

DAVID M., HI (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

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