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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.
Alerts
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2003. ESC standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

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. Front, side- and curtain-airbags, as well as stability control, are standard.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (159 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (236 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“The rubber boot that covers the ball joint was missing. I don't know when or how it happened, but severe wear and squeaking developed. It was replaced, which the mechanic said was VERY unusual. We only replaced the one side as the other was ok, no signs of wear”

Michael C., WI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Made a loud noise. Covered by warranty”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“driver side rear wheel bearing worn and needed replacement. Problem noticed by high pitch noise”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Had truck in for service last week. They said ball joint on one side had wear. Dealer is to fix under warranty next week”

D C., NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“There was a knocking in front end with sharp low speed turms and they replaced the ball joints”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“lower front right ball joint is squeaking, replacement needs doing within 6 months according to mechanic”

Chris M., WI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Grinding noise. Repairs covered under manufacturers warranty”

Joseph Y., NY (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Bushings

“Bushings were replaced when the front left ball joint was replaced and the control arm. Problem due to rubber boot missing on the ball joint causing extreme wear and squeaking”

Michael C., WI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Noise little vibration in front end”

Gary J., OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“one front strut and one rear shock were leaking fluid. Had to replace all struts and shocks”

G T., MO (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“springs replaced under recall program”

Anonymous, MB (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“recall on rear springs were replaced by dealer at no charge”

Ronnie R., CO (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Recall due to broken rear spring”

Timothy B., CO (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The rear springs were replaced under a recall July 2016 due to Rusting”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“There was not an actual problem but there was a recall to correct a potential problem”

Anonymous, RI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear Springs replaced on recall”

James R., WI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall on rear springs .. Toyota sent notice of recall and replaced with new parts”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Recall on rear left spring, covered no cost. Toyota replaced both rear springs”

Thomas H., AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Recall concerning leaf springs - broken leaf could puncture gas tank. Broken leaf was replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“rear leaf springs squeaking”

Chris M., WI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Rear right leaf spring cracked”

Timothy B., CO (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The leaf springs broke on both sides. Took to reputable suspension repair company. There is now a Toyota recall notice on "weak" leaf springs. Waiting for letter from Toyota”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering connector shaft was rubbing against a U-bolt; acted like power steering had failed. Required shaft replacement”

Anonymous, ME (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Steering hard to turn. Toyota says never heard of that problem. Tacoma clubs on Internet say lots of people have this problem. Can't find my bill to tell you the cost to fix but it was expensive. I think this should have been a recall given the large amount of owners saying they have this problem and it could be very dangerous if steering seized up. (Steering Yoke)”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“leaking rack and pinion”

Anonymous, IA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“heard loud noise emanating from driver side during high speed driving. Found that wheel bearing had failed. Had front brake pads and rotors(warped) changed out at same time as pads' lining was thin”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“I have owned 4 previous toyotas,2 camrys,4Runner,pickup. All had well over 200,000mi when I sold them. Never had a wheel bearing problem”

Darryl S., WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Front wheel bearings on both sides needed replacing--a bit earlier than I would have expected for age/mileage of vehicle”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“wheel bearing noise from both right and left side at 80000 miles . Truck driven mostly on highway never off road”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“bearings failed”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“mechanics at dealership said steering is leaking fluid, will cost $1400 to repair”

G T., MO (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“CD player started ejecting discs upon when turned on”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“CD doesn't eject properly. Takes several attempts if able to eject at all. When it does work it works well”

Anonymous, MS (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“goes on and off for no reason”

Patrick L., KS (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio/CD quit working after 2 years and the Warranty did not cover”

Marilee F., GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“cuts on or off while driving”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“same problem as the radio”

Daniel W., IN (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Check engine light would go off . Needed new senser. $400”

Herb S., PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“volume control was a problem at the same time as the CD player”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Radio and CD player are erratic and unreliable, turning on and off randomly”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“on and off condition loses power”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“on-off switch started going off randomly”

Anonymous, IA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio turns on and off on its own. Reception is clear when it turns on, but can scare the heck out of you when it suddenly turns on by itself. There is no rhyme or reason for when it comes on or goes off. When it turns on it can be on for minutes or hours”

Anonymous, MS (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The radio goes off by itself”

Robert-Francine H., NJ (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“radio cuts in and out unexpectedly. This began after the supposedly fixed the fan motor noise”

Angelo L., MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Radio had gremlins and would turn on and off with no pressing of buttons. When it came on without warning it would be at full volume. Very annoying and concerning because of safety”

Ed W., WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Radio shuts off while driving, and turns back on after a while. Had to replace Radio 3 times”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Radio quit working, not covered by Warranty”

Marilee F., GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Poor radio/speaker quality”

Kelley R., VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio turned itself off repeatedly”

Gregg W., OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Cuts on and off while driving”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Radio quit working completely. First the display would show odd characters and then would not work at all. Replaced it with an aftermarket radio”

Anonymous, LA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio will shut off on its own”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Radio turns itself on and off randowmly”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“factory radio/CD/SAT/iPAD went bad just after warranty”

Craig T., AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Radio would just cut out and stay out for different lengths of time. Finally just had a new system put into the vehicle as taking it in to Toyota dealership and having it "fixed" several times - didn't work”

Angela L., IA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“the radio/Cd player comes on and goes off intermittently by itself. No apparent reason. I replaced the the system”

Daniel W., IN (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The radio dials no longer work”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Auxiliary plug goes from iPod to radio when you hit a bump in the road. Also, static in system too. These same problems exist in our 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid as well”

Kelley R., VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“satellite radio and CD player malfunction and dealer cannot repair”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“The microphone died (after warranty expired, of course!), only working intermittently. Because it works only intermittently, we do not use it, or rely on it”

David-Kelly D., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“The A/C completely failed at approximately 30,000 miles and was not covered by warranty. Obviously a faulty piece of equipment”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“AC compressor grind upon engine start-up”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“seized up”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor stopped working and it cost be $1500.00 to replace”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“With A/C on sounds like shot bearings in A/C clutch. Toyota says " never heard of this problem." Internet says differently. $1710.16 to fix with after market product. (I did). $2200.00 for Toyota parts”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“According to my mechanic, who's specialty is Japanese manufactured cars, he said that he has had many problems with the a/c units in the Tacomas and 4Runners manufactured in the United States. This is because the a/c system is basically a G.M. system”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace failed compressor”

Paul H., MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Made strange sounds when turned on after not having been used, no leaks were found”

Marianna H., VT (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Fan blower control switch has started being intermittent on medium speeds”

Thomas H., AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Actually its the blower speed control and was missing higher speed operation electrical connection”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Would work only on high or not at all. If I hit the under dash with a hammer lightly it would work correctly at times”

Kim B., GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace the fan blower resistor sensor”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“blower motor was replaced by the dealer because of a squeaky fan (fan bearing?) at the low speed”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The under dash connector to the heater blower doesn't make connection at times and has to be wiggled in order for connection to happen”

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“This issue was recalled but not totally fixed. Dealership told me it was the best they could do. Thing still makes a lot more noise than I'd like”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Condenser

“The A/C quit working”

Sandra S., MI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Evaporator

“Need replacement”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Malfunctioned, AC did not blow cold air. AC system was first recharged, but that lasted less than 24 hours”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“Neither heat or cooling can be directed to the floor. Make for a cold drive in a WV winter”

Gregory H., WV (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Previous owner had A/C problem. Warranty covered repairs last year 2014”

Bill W., LA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Likely led to/caused by compressor failure”

Paul H., MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“main freon line leaked at schrader valve”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Low mileage Car, yet had to refill refrigerant”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“AC stopped blowing cold air, had to repair system”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“One o ring needed to be replaced, cost under $100.00”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

“Both quit working”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Both headlights have failed out in the past year. In replacing the bulbs, I broke a very fragile plastic catch for the bulb retainer spring. I was very careful especially on the 2d bulb. Dealership said to repair/replace would be $300+. Design flaw”

Darryl S., WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Toyota replaced both headlights in 2014 without my being aware that there was a recall of sorts. They claims that they had a tendency to overheat and discolor the lens”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Headlight is a one-piece headlight/daytime running lamp unit. Noticed the yellow daytime running lamp plastic on both units was bubbling and appeared to be melting. I took it to the dealer, who replaced the entire unit on both sides. I had an exte”

Deborah N., TX (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“both headlights went out within 2 months of each other”

Paul R., WI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“replased the passenger side headlight 3 times in 1 year”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“In the last year have had to replace the headlight bulbs 3 times. I find that way too much”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“drivers side signal light burned out. put in new bulb, burned out right away. dealer replaced electrical socket.$ 150.00 to fix it”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Signal lights fail frequently. Twice for each side in 6 years”

Jim E., GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The daytime running lights plastic lens cracked. Replaced with glass lens”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Daytime running liight lens covered under warranty”

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“DRL/turn signals overheating. Lenses were getting heat bubbles and becoming foggy in areas directly ahead of the bulbs”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Daytime running lights burned/warped the inside of the lenses. Got a recall, but was told it was data collection only to determine if this was widespread - that I was now 'documented'. No replacement offered. No further communication or resolution”

Craig T., AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“The driver's side heated seat has quit working a couple of months ago . The dealer won't do anything about it because of the age of the vehicle”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

“A couple of the dash lights are still out (the ones that light up when you turn your headlights on that illuminate the heating/cooling controls). I changed fuses and one worked briefly then went out again”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Power door locks quit working. You can hear that it is trying to lock/unlock when using the switch or the remote, but it is stuck”

Anonymous, LA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“temperature change up or down causes tire pressure monitor to go off”

Brian R., IA (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Pressure light always on. Hassle to go get corrected each time”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“the cruse control button quit working”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

“Check engine light comes on frequently. Sometimes it is the oil change warning, sometimes I think the dealer needs cash”

Jim E., GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“fan in one or more air-conditioning ducts makes irritating noise. It would cost too much to have it addressed”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“I have an issue with my Tacoma where inside moisture collects in the truck. It has caused a serious mildew problem and a permanent mildew smell”

Jeffrey D., MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“There is a rattle noise from the dash by the air vent on the driver side”

Peter H., TX (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“When I go more than 55 mph the car rattles”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Brakes wear quickly and making noise. Air condition motor started to make rattle,clicking noise only when turned on. Noticed it after last car service at dealer. Hope they fix it!”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Various creaks and rattles inside the truck on rougher roads”

Scott D., NH (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The clutch pedal has an annoying squeak that has to be lubricated often. There is a Toyota TSB to fix the problem but the dealership is reluctant to do the work”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“wind noise most noticeable out on the highway in strong cross winds”

Anonymous, IA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The windows seem to not seal the wind completely even though they are shut tight”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Interior of cab is very noisey to the point of driver fatigue after 2 hours of driving”

Barbara W., NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Very pronounced road noise at highway speeds”

Scott D., NH (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“At times while driving and the wind is blowing a loud roar will enter the cab”

Anonymous, KS (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Xtended cab and it doesnt sound there is a tight fir at the two doors. Ive had it checked but they said it was fine”

Deborah W., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“again back window makes noise as u drive along”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The windows howl when there is a stiff cross wind”

S T., NM (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The vehicle has always had a lot of wind noise”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“There has been a constant wind noise coming from the access doors that is a design fault and apparently cannot be rectified. This is a common fault of all Tacoma's if you search the internet. VERY ANNOYING!!”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Noticed vibration and squeaking when accelerating. It was a propeller shaft bearing. It was recommended we replace the entire driveshaft and all 3 bearings with a rebuild. We did so at a 3rd party mechanic for substantially less than dealer cost and it has worked well since. Although I'm unhappy it failed so soon, the car is often used for towing so the failure is partially justified”

Greg S., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Truck was becoming hard to turn. Kinda like the power steering wasent working . Took it for service and they knew instantly that it was some shaft and said it was a problem with these vehicles”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“shaft has been replaced free two times. connection to joint causes car to jerk after stopped”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“This is a wheel bearing problem. Occurred 5 months out of warranty”

Robert S., PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Noticed vibration and squeaking. Found out main bearing on propeller shaft was going. Replaced it and all is well. This vehicle is used for occasional towing, but I was still upset it failed so soon”

Greg S., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“SAME AS PREVIOUS”

Anonymous, PR (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Driveshaft axel was leaking fluid”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Drive line vibrates”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Common problem with these trucks and there's a TSB to address the problem. Was fixed under the extended powertrain warranty after the 3 year warranty had expired”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“LOTS OF NOISES, UGLY, YOYOTA REPLACED DRIVE SHAFT”

Anonymous, PR (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Steering difficulty”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Serious vibrations around 30mph from the 2 piece drive shaft. Dealer says it is known issue, and research on the internet shows it is very common. No resolution”

Jason C., AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Sensor went had to row vehicle to dealership”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“hub and bearings replaced. No cost to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“It was sticking when moving from a standing position within the second year of owning the truck but Toyota or the dealership did not acknowledge the problem until 2014 when I got frustrated and took it back to the dealership. The documentation I had”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“clearcoat on front valance began peeling in several areas”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Frame rust despite no off-road use”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear bumper, from the first year I've owned it, developed rust. The dealer told me it was due to the mag chloride they use in the winter. That's BS. I've seen 10 year old Toyota's without any rust on the bumper. It's a bad chrome job”

Flanagan C., CO (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The lower front chassis, skid plate, metal and hardware behind the front grill all rusted in first two years. It was clearly a manufacturing problem”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Rust on the quarter panel, which has been to a body shop payed for Toyota, came back within 1 year, fixed by another body shop, payed by me, lasted one year, and now I am trying to fix it myself!”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Have had multiple factory Toyota bumpers and all three have rusted”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Right door would not unlatch open, manually, or electronically. $900+ to repair at 2nd dealer. First dealer said they needed to rip out/destroy interior panels to get to the mechanism/cable/latch that failed which would have added another $1,000 to”

Tom S., NV (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

“The control knob for the lumbar seat adjustment breaks off. It's because when you sit on the seat it puts pressure on the knob and over time the knob cracks and breaks off. I've replaced the knob three times”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“During the cold months in Ohio the tailgate latch will jam and I can't get the tailgate open. When I am eventually get the tailgate open I take the tailgate apart and grease the moving parts. This fixes the problem till next winter then I repeat the process”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Glass defects

“Lense on running lights became foggy”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Windows

“Driver side window glass came loose from power window regulator and the glass broke. $800 repair cost”

Gerald M., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“warped rotors. five previous Toyota trucks, this was a first”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Pedal pulsing when brake was applied”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“installed new starter, new serpentine belt, new front break pads”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

“Clutch Slave Reservoir had to be replaced. Clutch was sticking to the floor”

Andy S., ON (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

“dash mounted electric switch tends to stick in 4low. Not reliable or positive engagement. How about a nice lever on the floor? 4low not low enough”

Philip T., NL (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“Revs high in 1st gear before auto shifting to 2nd. Only occurs in 1st gear”

Anonymous, AP (2010 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Had to replace the manual clutch at 40000 kilometers, not abused either. Low gear not low enough. not a durable clutch design. Shifting from 2 wheel drive to 4 hi and 4low is not reliable, tends to stick in 4low. How about a nice lever on the floor? Electric switch not an improvement. Clutch feel and spring pressure too light, too much travel”

Philip T., NL (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch needed replacement prior to 65000 miles due to internal failure. Failure manifested as slippage/ engine racing at higher gears when trying to accelerate”

William M., WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch went out at 40000 +- miles. The Dealer first refused to consider it still on warranty then said it was on a replacement order. After the job was done they tried to bill me for the clutch. I ended up in the manager's office and they paid for”

Del B., ID (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“The inside fell apart and had to be replaced. But this was not until after the dealer misdiagnosed the problem as a loose heat shield”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The mount that holds the exhaust up into place kept coming loose. This caused the pipe to break off at the muffler. A new muffler was required to fix problem”

Michael H., ID (2010 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“It had something to do with evaporative gas system”

Dennis M., MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The catalytic converter self-destructed and was no longer functional. Toyota replaced it at no cost”

Anonymous, WV (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“the battery just got old and died. The engine trouble I had was a mass air flow sensor. It cost around 350.00 dollars”

Gerald V., MT (2010 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“the drive belt was replaced due wear and noise”

Joseph P., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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