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. A rear-view camera is optional.
There are 13 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

"Strong acceleration. Truck does not track well in a straight line (not due to alignment). Requires constant steering correction to keep tracking straight."

BRUCE A., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great acceleration and nice easy handling."

RUSTY M., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Truck has NO pulling power. Stalls under even a small load. Must rev high and slip clutch. Small truck gets 20 MPG ON THE ROAD!!! Really bad engine size even for a small vehicle."

JENNIFER Y., KY (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration is phenomenal with the 6 cylinder engine. When you hit the passing gear, it will flat-out accelerate. Road noise is a little annoying."

CHARLES B., SC (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Handles very well off road."

HENRY P., FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"adequate power; adequate handling; adequate breaking"

JOHN D., IN (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seems to wander on road."

D M., AL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Responds quickly and smoothly. Handles very well in the snow/ice conditions. Excellent traction."

JERRY C., VA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"very solid ride and comfortable. enging and transmission performance better than anything by gm or ford or nissan by a long shot"

DON B., WI (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"It does not have the miles per gallon expected. I expected around 30 miles per gallon."

ROBERT F., FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"slow acceleration; gas mileage poor"

MARVIN R., VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"4 cylinder engine is slow accelerating up hills or pulling small trailers."

DAVID A., VA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"The 4 cylinder engine is somewhat under-powered, especially when towing or on steep hills."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"this truck rides like a car"

EDWARD S., NJ (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"this car has a good acceleration and does not feel like you are driving a truck"

JORGE S., FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"My Toyota Tacoma has a 4 cyl engine. It is a bit lacking in acceleration."

MARK D., TN (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a beast when premium fuel is used. I usually keep regular in the tank because the 4.0L engine has plenty of power without the premium gasoline."

CHARLES C., LA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"It meets my needs"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Tacoma)


WALTER B., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Four cylinder has okay performance at sea level, but since moving to Denver, it's out of breath. I'd love to be able to bolt a supercharger to this thing! No aftermarket stuff other than a cold air induction available."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Easy to get in and out of; comfortable seats; good air conditioning"

JOHN D., IN (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"The driver's seat could is okay, but not as comfortable as I had hoped. Climate control controls are confusing. Car is quiet, but not really that quiet, ride is comfortable."

ANN S., NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Gas Economy good for pickup, yet can be used people transport."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very noisy on the highway. Lots of wind noise. Virtually impossible to talk on phone while driving due to noise."

Anonymous, OK (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Ride not very comfortable. No climate control exist for back seats of double cab model."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"The only thing I'm not satisfied with is the noise. It can be hard to listen to the radio due to the amount of outside/drive noise"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a truck, the cab is a little noisy, especially with the windows down, Noisier than a sedan, quieter when the bed is full of stuff. But it's a truck and your suppose to play the stereo loud ;-)"

STEVE I., WA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"too much cabin noise. seats not overly comfortable"

KEITH G., SK (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats not comfortable during long drives."

LYNNE J., BC (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Thee A/C fan control is poor. There is too much difference between the fan settings: can't feel the fan on the first setting & the second setting is only slightly higher while the third and fourth setting will blow you out of the truck. Truck is very noisy at most speeds. Motor noise is very loud under moderate acceleration & wind noise is excessive at highway speeds."

Anonymous, SC (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats too low to floor and not comfortable."

D M., AL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Hard to enter. Roof line too low. Needs power and heated seats. Heavy hood. Totally bullet proof in terms of reliability and cost to operate."

BILL B., AB (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Climate control is good, road noise is acceptable for a truck. Ride is a bit choppy, but again, it's a truck. The seats should have been better. Odd thing is, Toyota promoted improved seats for this model year. Previous ones must really have been ... something. I know part of problem is lack of floor-to-ceiling distance. Wish they'd have re-thought cabin dimensions."

J H., MI (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"2.4L engine , has slow acceleration. still a great value"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are still comfortable despite years of use."

HENRY P., FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are too low and somewhat uncomfortable in Tacoma. Could certainly stand some improvement in area of comfort."

DAVID M., ME (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"All is fine except I should have bought a six cylinder instead of four cylinder ."

C B., NC (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Road noise is annoying"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Drives very stiff. Seats a little small. A bit noisy. Feels like a truck so I am OK with that."

CHRISTOPHER H., CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats needs to be padded more and higher."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seating position is too low."

BRUCE A., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma)


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

What Owners Say

"Poor pickup for size of engine and seats not very adjustable or comfortable."

RON V., NJ (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck has given great service over the years. Its the best small truck out there."

DANIEL K., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Would not buy again. If one were given to me, I would sell it."

WALTER B., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Far too many problems that should not happen. Both front and rear Wheel bearing failures, clutch mechanism siezing, radio fails with sunlight heat on the dash. None of it covered under warranty. Toyota did not respond to a MA Attorney General inquiry on my behalf."

PETER M., MA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"allows me to haul items"

DIANE Z., IN (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"I bought it as a workhorse for hauling lumber etc., it has been totally reliable and functional. Also used it for camping and climbing trips, it worked just fine and has good long haul MPG."

MICHAEL B., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"good value"

JORGE S., FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Truck never let me down"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Trade in values are excellent and reliability is above par"

Anonymous, MS (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"The most solid and dependable truck I owned."

DON B., WI (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Performance is top notch. Gas mileage is excellent for a V6 4X4. The 4 door is roomy and allows smooth entry and exit. No issues experienced."

JERRY C., VA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Over priced, Could have purchased a Tundra with way more add on features for more than $4,500 less (The Tundra wouldn't fit in my garage)"

MICHAEL D., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Vehicle has performed well and have no replaced any major components."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good gas mileage, no mechical problems. Very happy with vehicle."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excessive cabin noise"

BRIAN H., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very nice vehicle, but intermittent wipers were only available in a $1000 plus package."

LAWRENCE G., OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"No major issues after 257,000 miles of driving"

MARK L., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"gas mileage and reliability, but noisy"

ALFRED G., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Don't have to worry about garage bills."

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's very reliable. It does everything it's supposed to."

CRAIG E., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"Outstanding resale value."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"I bought this truck during the Buy-back opportunity--I previously had a 1995 Toyota truck. With the buy-back and incentives, I paid $8,000 cash for this 2009 Tacoma. Good for you, Toyota!"

BETH S., VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"poor decision by toyota not to install intermittent wipers on base model and deceptive of salesperson not to mention."

LYNNE J., BC (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"This was a great truck for the money. Paid about $ 15,500 back in 2009 and truck has been a pleasure to own and drive."

ANN S., NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It meets my needs"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"lines with a Leer shell are excellent"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

"I like how he looks inside and out."

RUSTY M., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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