This version of the Tacoma shed some of its workaday roots with powertrain, steering system, and interior trim improvements. Fuel economy is quite competitive among pickup trucks, and handling is secure. However, the ride is not altogether comfortable and the driving position is not ideal. Payload capacity is relatively small.
Alerts
There are 11 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

"Dependable Toyota product"

Jeff E., WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma is a truck. It drives like a truck, handles like a truck, corners like a truck. It is what it is. But it is also tough as nails - nothing bothers it. It just keeps on keeping on."

Steve P., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Tacoma is optimized for reliability. The four cylinder engine is just enough to move this vehicle and nothing more. Each gear works for a specific speed range only. Those ranges do not overlap much. This it's not fun. Handling for a truck is typical. It does ride like a car as far as suspension goes. That is a very good quality."

Daniel M., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Poor gas mileage! Manuel transmission not right. 2nd gear is too fast eg must shift to first gear going around a corner."

Richard S., WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"turning radius is large for the size of the vehicle"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceptable acceleration,at times rough ride, but I expect that from a pickup truck,"

David M., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excellent acceleration best vehicle I have ever owned"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have the 4.0 litre V6. in my Tacoma. Plenty of power to pull medium trailer and great acceleration. Responsive steering,"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good acceleration but engine sounds like it is straining at times during acceleration. Sometimes I feel like I am driving a "boat""

Tina W., NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good acceleration and handles well for a truck."

Barbara H., NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"It can't get out of its own way. It's extremely underpowered."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Although its a 4 cylinder truck, the acceleration is good and handling is very good"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I would not get a standard transmission next time. makes it uncomfortable to drive in stop and go traffic"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Clutch pressure extremely high, difficult in traffic"

JAMES T., TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"When towing our travel trailer, this truck becomes a 3-legged dog. The rest of the time, it's peppy."

LARRY P., NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very comfortable, good acceleration,power"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Love the tight turn around radius."

FRED R., TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Pretty economical to run, and the engine system is excellent."

Anonymous, HI (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"2 wheel drive 4 cyl; generally pretty gutless for towing anything heavy and poor in snow."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is a 4 cylinder motor. The acceleration could be better."

PAIGE T., NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"the one thing that stands out in the Tacoma has to do with acceleration. and not in a good way.... during the use and operation of the cruise control system, the vehicle will suddenly and unexpectedly accelerate at a rapid rate. seemingly uneccessarily"

LOY H., OK (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Vehicle is equipped with a towing package. I regularly tow a travel trailer and am very satisfied with its performance under tow."

JOHN M., CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The only thing I have been disappointed with this vehicle is the blind spots. It's terrible to see around in parking lots especially. There seems to be so many areas where you can't tell what is around or close to the vehicle. Adjusting the mirrors doesn't seem to help this."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"A V6 would be so much better"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Drives great in the snow. We get a lot of snow."

RICHARD S., MI (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Under powered"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excellent power & acceleration. Handles superbly."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"For a truck its size, it has amazing towing capacity and acceleration.Very stable, great tough driving capability in DEEP (Lake effect) snow."

RANDY K., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Husband loves this truck. He says it drives like a dream."

SUSANA M., LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"very reliable and practical, but rides and drives like a threshing machine; noisy, surging, hesitating, awkward and abrupt shifts; gas mileage should be better"

JACK C., VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excellent acceleration with the V-6 but does not compromise gal mileage"

Ed D., TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Have to be careful when pulling out into traffic, only has a 4 cylinder 150 hp engine Truck handles well and the steering is tight especially with better tires. Purchased this truck with 4 cylinder as the 6 cylinder in 2008 required premium fuel."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is satisfactory for me"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Have had about a half-dozen incidents of unexpected acceleration and the company denies any knowledge of this ever happening. Service analysis cannot pinpoint the problem and I know it is not me."

Linda B., MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"So far I don't have any problems at all."

Conran B., BC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has good acceleration with the 4 liter six but it does handle like a ponderous beast. If I go above 72mph handling gets very vague and the ride and feel of control suffers. Driving 35000 to 37000 miles a year, I frequently am on the interstates. This is perhaps where tis vehicle is the most vulnerable if you push it above 72mph. Anything below that it handles ok. If they offered the vehicle I have new I would buy it again as it does what I want it to do as far as hauling stuff, towing stuff, and it is awesome on the beach."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Gutless"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The four cylinder engine is way underpowered for the weight and size of this truck"

Stev D., WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Dash instruments are difficult to read (speedometer) unless it is night time and dash is lit up brightly. Definitely a design flaw."

Larry H., KS (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Tacoma has begun to ride rougher over irregular surfaces. Haven't been able to determine whether if it is simply that the shocks/struts have worn out after 270,000 miles."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I am very comfortable with the driving/handling of my 2008 Tacoma. The acceleration on inclines is very good for a 4-cylinder engine."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration is a week spot in this truck. It's not deficient in power, but it is what I would call mushy -- the response from the engine lacks the press of the accelerator, sometimes up to a full second. Handling is also a bit mushy, but not enough to bother me."

Daryl L., CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good acceleration, firm steering and handles very well in 2 wheel and 4 wheel in the snow. Easily switches between the two."

David L., AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The truck handles just fine - most issues are creature comforts. I should have taken cruise, intermittent wipers and electric windows. Even with the four banger it powers up just fine and handles nicely."

John F., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma handles very well in both 2 and 4 wheel drive. But still nothing as good as a car."

Jack C., IN (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Nothing fancy about this truck..It is a TRUCK. I looked for a used V6 with a manual shift 6 speed. Kind of rare. But it is so fun to drive. It goes fast and still gives me almost 20 mpg overall. Great truck."

Steve P., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"still very responsive acceleration and maneuverability"

Rusty L., OK (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great acceleration."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have to remember it is only a four cylinder engine and can't expect high performance from a vehicle like that."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration is adequate, handling is no problem, but it rides harsher than my Audi."

Ronald M., IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"4wheel drive handling in snow and on primitive roads is excellent"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"drives like a truck"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"This has a standard transmission that has stood up to my abuse for all these years. The mileage is good and it lets me haul stuff from the Stone Center and Home Depot whenever necessary. Otherwise I never drive it if I don't have to. I prefer the Camry."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"For a truck it handles great. But, each driver is different"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great truck I use for work. Reliable, dependable and cost efficient to operate. 4 cylinder has more than adequate power and it is easy to park"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Compared to my 2008 Rav 4 (v-6) this one is very under powered (4 cyl.) . I will not buy another Rav 4 unless it has a 6 cyl engine it."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"X Runner model that drives and handles more like a sports car than a truck. Well powered with large V6 engine and 6 speed manual transmission."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are not very comfortable, noisy on the highway."

Barbara H., NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a small workhorse and comfortable"

Connie M., IA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"HANDLES GOOD BUT HAS ROUGH RIDE AND SEATS ARE LOW!"

Billy C., KY (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Stiff seating. Hard to get in and out of truck due to post market suspension lift modification made by previous owner. Lot of road noise due to failing back wheel bearings; makes it feel like you're in a plane about to take off."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats and ride are comfortable but there is a lot of wind noise."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great ride"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"too noisy, rides rough"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"very good on long trips...especially for a truck"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats lack support and heigth. Have purchased several seat cushions over the life of the Tacoma for comfort and back support."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Many long trips, many miles, and I can't blame the truck for being the source of discomfort. Roomy cab helps, as does the handling, which is superb."

Anonymous, OK (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats sat a little low when I purchased the vehicle but I raised them slightly and now they are perfect."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"What can I say, it's a pickup."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Comfortable cloth seats with smooth quiet ride."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Just not comfortable"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Road noise, wheel shimmy, climate control switch stopped working on high speed, (known problem) Ride bumpy."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are not comfortable, engine and wind noise, ride is poor."

THEODORE S., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"seat (bench) is uncomfortable on long rides. noisy at highway speeds. had to repair both sunshades due to poor construction"

CHARLES S., FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Air conditioning broke after 3 years of ownership"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The interior road noise is more than expected, and the window tint is not as dark as I would like, and I am not expecting limo dark just dark enough to reduce sun heating of the interior."

VICTOR W., IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The trucks ride is harsh and not very comfortable."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"There is not enough leg room in the truck. I wish there were bucket seats instead of one seat. Passenger has different heights and cant adjust according to passenger"

JOANNE H., OH (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck is a great long-trip vehicle. The ride is very smooth, and the seats are perfectly shaped for long days driving. We always take this truck when traveling long distances because the ride is easy on all passengers, even those in the back seat of this double-cab."

Daryl L., CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very Comfy."

Mike C., OK (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have the sport seats and they are very comfortable and have held up great over 10 years."

Brian Z., ME (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"They don't offer power seats which is the biggest issue I have. I have a physical handicap and the flexible adjustment with PS is a big plus for me. This is the only issue that would keep me from buying another Tacoma unless they get this feature."

Thomas H., MI (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I find the seats to be comfortable, even on long trips. It has a very stable ride. It is stiff, but that is what I wanted. However, the cabin noise is appreciable."

David B., ID (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very comfortable"

Charles P., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"for base level-still comfortable over long drives"

Rusty L., OK (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"bucket seats, high up visibility, low noise"

John E., VT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Uncomfortable seats."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very bouncy ride"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"uncomfortable seats"

Jeff E., WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Somewhat rough, noisy ride, but what the hey, it is a pickup truck with stiff springs."

James B., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The road noise in this vehicle is very loud and it is rough riding."

N K., TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The good part: It rides high enough to see farther ahead. The not-so-good: A lot harsher ride than the Audi, seats are less comfortable."

Ronald M., IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have a sun /moon roof that I think adds to the noise in the cabin"

David L., AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I can see well out of it and also the seats are comfortable."

Ancil H., TN (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Eliminating more road noise would be a great improvement"

Mark G., TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The noise level is too high. When my wife rides in the Tacoma she asks if the engine is racing (more more noise than her car). The ride of a truck, no matter how good it is claimed to be, never comes close to a car ride in quietness and smoothness."

Jack C., IN (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats have poor back support for long drives."

Diane C., AB (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The vehicle noise is very loud inside while driving, but... "it *is* a truck, after all..." Front seats are very comfortable and back seat leg room is good I think for a truck or any vehicle, but the seats in the back are fairly uncomfortable when we have three people sitting back there. No one is comfortable. It's not really the room but rather the seats themselves. They are unevenly firm (should be more bucket-like so you don't have to clench your butt cheeks just to stay in your spot going through curves); and the middle person has nothing to hold onto going through curves."

Laura T., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"In particular drivers side seat is very uncomfortable."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck carries the road noises into the driver/passenger compartment by far more than any of my previous Toyota trucks I have owned over the years."

Daniel H., PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"This vehicle is very basic, seats are not especially comfortable, it is somewhat noisy and the ride is a bit rough."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Three seatbelts, but center seat is not functional. Cut out for gear shift makes it too narrow, even for a small dog"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are very comfortable but overall suspension is too stiff."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"This Tacoma has a bench seat which I like very much. I feel like I sit up higher and it is easy to get in behind the seat of this regular cab. I is noisy but it is a dinky pick up and that is what I would expect. I bought it for 10 K used and I am not going to pay 60 K for a pick up any where or any time."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excessive road noise through rear door seals."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are a bit low. Tons of legroom even for an over 6' driver like myself. It rides firm, but very controlled."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"A good truck but not especially comfortable on long drives."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The suspension is very stiff; you don't notice it as much unless you go other bumps or harsh terrain. It's not as big of a truck compared to an F-150 of Silverado but the Tacoma sure rides like a truck. The PreRunner seats are fairly comfortable in my opinion but there is no standard lumbar for the front passenger seat. Interior noise level could also be better, sometimes there's a lot of wind/road noise."

Robin E., UT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"exceptional looks and seat comfort. too much wind noise at highway speeds"

Paul K., NJ (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are comfortable for a work truck but are not to be compared to a car"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"could use a bit more padding"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"have had five of these trucks....incredibly reliable and inexpensive to run and maintain"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great value"

Connie M., IA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a terrible value. Save your money and buy a real truck, like a full sized Chevy with a big block."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Disappointed! New electronic locking mechanism in drivers door, new water pump, recall on rear leaf springs. Expensive fixes."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I had a 97 Tacoma that had significant rust on the frame. Toyota bought it from me for approximately $11000 and gave me a $1000 coupon towards another Toyota product."

Anonymous, UT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Amazingly reliable so good savings in a long run. Tacomas are still too high priced in my opinion, so to me that hurts the value, but the initial cost shock is softened considerably by the reliabilty, performance and utility of the vehicle. Plus, I think the styling for me exceeds other brand trucks. It's also a great size, not too big, not too small."

KEITH A., CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"This vehicle has cost a great deal in unexpected repairs including two air conditioning units"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I learned many years ago to work with the fleet managers.."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Last year this truck was recalled because of holes found in the frame. Toyota had my vehicle for 7 months, during which time they loaned me a 2015 Corolla. Toyota spent $13,000 on the repairs! Would like to drive a newer truck with latest "gadgets" but with all the repairs done, I will continue to drive this one."

RICHARD K., OH (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Three recalls. oil pan rusted out air conditioner tube rusted"

CHARLES P., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Well built, very reliable, a great work vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have owned the Tacoma for 8 years and have not had any major work done besides tires and brakes."

ALBERT P., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"187,000 miles 4wd never a problem. I will stick with Toyota"

WILLIAM R., NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"We purchased the Tacoma in late 2007 and it has been a solid and reliable vehicle and has had no major problems. The engine strains a bit going uphill in ECO mode but does all right in standard mode. That's fine with us but drivers who want more power probably would be happier with a 6-oCyl model. Overall, we have gotten a lot of use our of the Tacoma and hope to keep it for several years more."

THOMAS Y., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a real trooper, very dependable and is great to have in the winter. Definitely a road warrior for hauling."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Trucks unfortunately cost more to buy due to the much higher profit made on them, compared to sedans. They dont cost any more to manufacture than sedans."

G P., PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"They're bulletproof in terms of durability. This is my third small Toyota pickup and I've loved each one. When I sold the two former ones I was pleasantly surprised at the value they retained."

FRANK C., GA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"have had a number of these trucks...they are incredibly reliable"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Pulls my boat and camper without any trouble."

Anonymous, YT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Easy on fuel and very reliable"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very reliable four wheel drive truck for the money."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"The mechanical reliability has been excellent. I service it by the book and that has paid off. The resale value is quite good."

David B., ID (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"This vehicle has had three major recalls. the last had the frame replaced secondary to corrosion. I have had to replace steering components catalytic converter connection two times, exhaust system, and oil pan secondary to corrosion."

Charles P., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Best vehicle I ever owned"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"That all depends on on the person that is selling the car."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is a good value."

James B., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"no maintenance issues in 11 yrs of ownership"

Tom T., AR (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"My truck is ten plus years old and still running fine with just routine maintenance"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I ha e not had any maintenance issues. My brakes are still good after almost 90000 miles."

Ancil H., TN (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great value"

Jeff E., WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has depreciated much less than other trucks."

Robert P., LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have 270000miles on vehicle. I use consumer reports to buy all my vehicles. When I purchased this vehicle I was aware that it was very reliable and that it was not terribly fancy but that it was very good as an off road vehicle. It is used on the beach about 40 weekends a year. my wife and I do a lot of surf type fishing so we wanted this type vehicle. The ride is exactly as described in consumer reports. We have adjusted well to the ride. the longer bed might have something to do with the ride. It certainly helps when backing up/launching boat etc. The newer Tacoma is not rated as reliable. I think that some prejudice is creeping in to the ratings because it "rides like an agricultural truck". Looking at the rating on the 2016, 2017 and 2018 models puzzles me. there are no real trouble spots but still the reliability rating is very low. Not sure what is going on. Has CR lost its way and started with allowing subjective opinion to influence reliability rating? I am sure all CR says about the new model as far as way it handles and seating position are true but reliability should be separate from opinion."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Paint job!!! The hood and top of the truck has developed severe rust!! It is probably due to way paint as applied at the factory. I am awaiting for a general recall from Toyota. I have seen dozens and dozens of Toyota Tacoma trucks with the same problem of paint deterioration!!!"

Albert P., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Tasteful lines. Just beefy enough to look rugged, but classy enough that I feel comfortable showing up in it for a sophisticated social event. Mostly, it's not over-trimmed (good!), and it doesn't add styling elements to make it artificially heavy duty looking."

KEITH A., CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good looking design that does not reflect age."

JACK C., IN (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good product but prices are excessive for this model"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

Would you buy this car again?

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