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

"This truck gives a very bumpy, jolting ride."

Anonymous, UT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The 4 cylinder engine has enough horse power to give this truck sufficient acceleration when fully loaded."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma turn circumference is too wide. It is awkward trying to park into a small spot or make a tight turn on the road."

BETH S., NM (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The 4 cylinder engine is somewhat underpowered."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"wish I had gotten a 5 speed manual transmission"

GERALD G., KY (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"the good. lots of power, the bad. transmission is hard to service. and the gas milage is not great for the size of the vehicle"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"When I turn from a full stop like backing out of the driveway it is not a smooth ride. The truck seems to shimmy until it straightens out."

GEORGE S., VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration is adequate. In spite of stiff suspension, the handling is poor, and I find that I have to drive a bit slower than I would in a different vehicle when negotiating twisting roads or sharp bends. The suspension feels mushy at these times. I have experienced sideways hop when going over rough bridge joints that are at an angle to the road. Overall, I drive this vehicle more cautiously than I might a car."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"After owning 4 Toyota trucks previously this one is a disappointment. It's size was increased for no good purpose and the engine was not made adequate to this new size. Steering is slow and balky. Parking is like driving a 40 mule team. Even a slight hill causes downshifting and on a long hill loss of speed is inevitable. "I should have bought the larger engine" said sales person. NO, I should have bought a different brand of truck. Gas mileage is abysmal. With a larger engine it would hav"

DAN D., OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Handles and drives easily"

ROBERT T., SC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great power, takes curves well."

STAR B., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Strong acceleration, good power for towing trailer. Solid handling."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I am not crazy about the Tacoma's gas consumption, but it is a joy to drive. The steering is exceptionally responsive. For a truck, it handles and feels more like the ride of a car. It rides smoothly on the road, even on rough surfaces. It accelerates without hesitation. I'm less happy with its stopping/slowing down: It always feels like I have to apply the brakes with a heavy foot, like I am forcing the truck to slow down and stop. I told the dealer that it felt like the engine was set too high and I was fighting it to make it slow down. Toyota said it was "supposed to feel like that." I told them I was going to have to replace my brakes more often because I have to forcefully use them to stop. Because I only have 3500 miles on the Tacoma in 8 years, I probably won't. So...acceleration is great; slowing down, not so great. Handling, terrific."

Anonymous, TN (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The acceleration is excellent. I rarely need full power to accelerate but if required it's available. The handling is what one would expect of a higher vehicle so I drive accordingly. I've never had to do any emergency maneuvers so I am unable to offer an opinion on handling in such situations. I use the vehicle to pull a 23 foot trailer. While occasionally it would be nice to have more power when towing the trailer up steep hills, I generally don't miss the power that a larger vehicle such as a Tundra would have. The trade-off is that I have a vehicle that is small enough to drive comfortably in urban areas and one that has conservative fuel consumption. I find that this truck is truly an excellent choice for my driving."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Doesn't have good get-up and go. Apprehensive about passing other automobiles on a two lane road. Not easily parked, the rear camera built into the mirror is worthless-too small to see."

Anonymous, NM (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"At times from a stop it does not respond when I press the gas pedal."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Accelerates well with no load. Just a bit sluggish with our camper loaded on. Always handles well"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"When transmission is warm it does not always want to shift back into overdrive when accelerating to cruising speed."

Bruce N., MO (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very poor acceleration and the truck will not pull a 3500 lb. trailer as advertised."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's incredibly powerful for it's size. I especially like driving it on the highway."

Suzanne M., VT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The brake pedal is to close to the gas pedal, sometimes when braking one also depresses the gas pedal causing the vehicle to accelerate. In my opinion, this is a safety hazard."

Clifford N., TN (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"For a truck it rides like a car"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is a car with all the functionality I need (4WD), towing capability and not just a computer on wheels."

Alfred W., AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"CR's review of this truck was dead on. It's not that great nor efficient for a small truck, but it is also Toyota tough."

Lavera P., NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Hard ride. Rides like a truck. Hardly notice a full load. Will tow better than a full size."

Gerry M., ON (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck is very touchy if road conditions are marginal. Loose stones/ wet pavement or winding roadways need to be taken carefully. Truck tends to "fishtail" way too easily."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"gas mileage very poor"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"My partner uses this for commuting 50 miles a day and finds it to be very comfortable with good power."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"4 cylinder is underpowered, manual transmission not geared properly. Handles well."

Andy S., ON (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"i wish I had purchased a V6 with 4 wheel drive"

David M., VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Solid, truck performance for the intermediate size. Great for handling the occasional load of gardening material of for a daily comity to work."

Ralph L., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Having acceleration delays as spark plugs approach end of normal life"

William B., PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"adequate acceleration but a stiff handling noted in pickups"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It rides a bit rough."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"good acceleration and handling. turning radius is fair.very good towing capacity"

Seth N., FL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Adequate acceleration handling feels safe"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Slow acceleration"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It handles well."

Franklin R., AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excellent. All good."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Solid as a sports car while comfortable as a sedan."

Anonymous, NH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Cabin is too small seats not that comfortable"

Anonymous, NM (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's not as quiet as I would like. The front seats are comfortable for long trips; the rear seats much less so as they don't provide good lateral support nor do they distribute pressure points well. The ride is stiff and you feel all the bumps in the road and it's more pronounced in the rear seats. I would like to have had dual heat (not available in 2010) and heated outside mirrors (again, not available) since they are respectively comfort and safety related. Air conditioning has been accepta"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"loud ride"

JIM E., NJ (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Wind noise from drivers and passenger door s (not sealing completely)."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very noisy ride which I was told was due to the tires"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The A/C unit went completely after year 3 just after warranty was up. Had dealer replace the failed compressor. 3 years later the condenser is now gone. Each one was a 4 figure repair."

GERRY M., ON (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I'm very disappointed that the a/c compressor went bad so soon, 27,000 miles."

DAN M., WV (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I was very surprised how comfortable this vehicle is in ride and noise. I owned a Lincoln LS V 6 simultaneously for 3 years, and it was as good as the Lincoln in most respects."

HAROLD B., IL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is a four wheel drive and it rides rough as a cob...which I expect...but the seats are also hard which doesn't make the ride very comfortable. We have taken this truck out West for the last three years and the road ride is okay as long as you're on a smooth road. Off road isn't any more than expected for a four wheel drive truck, you're going to feel the bumps."

FRANK S., NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Weak fan with only four speeds, so I have to run it on high or next-to-high speed a lot. No key lock on the passenger door."

Anonymous, TN (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"seats need lumbar support also better padding material"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I would prefer to have more lumber support in the seats. The "driving' position seems to be a little low."

Anonymous, HI (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The turning radius is terrible the a/c really does not cool people in the back. Also I would prefer an in dash video screen. I had to replace two ujoints and both wheel bearings"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Driving/frt passenger seating is uncomfortable for a taller person. Had issues with getting heat/air to the floor/feet area-they finally got it fixed."

Anonymous, WV (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"handles well, climate control responds quickly, drive is quiet"

MARIANNA H., VT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are uncomfortable, sits too low. Ride is harsh."

HARRY S., GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck is ok for going back & forth to work, but for an extended drive is noisy and uncomfortable."

Anonymous, UT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats need more adjustment. No way to tilt seat base. Too flat."

LUKE W., SC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"This version is the base model so it has 1 bench seat all the way across. I would prefer a separate driver's seat from the rest of the bench."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seating is not the most comfortable and has no adjustment"

MICHAEL H., AL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"As comfortable to drive as a Sedan"

ROBERT T., SC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I've noticed CR reviews saying the seats were quite low. As a 6'5" male, I felt the Tacoma offered better headroom than Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Nissan, & Honda. I guess it all depends on your individual perspective."

DAVID B., CO (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are not very comfortable on long trips. More could be done in the area of design and padding to assure comfort."

LELAND B., TX (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Hard Ride"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The truck is noisier than I would like but other than that, it is very comfortable. I'm not a tall person but the seat height and distance from controls works well for me. I comfortably drive 14 hour stretches with breaks for fueling. The ride is rough except when loaded."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Ride is very quiet. Seats are roomy and comfortable. Ride feels very stable"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"You can hear a lot of wind noise as wind passes across back of cab and in front of bed"

Debra J., CO (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Noisy in the cab."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Somewhat noisy."

Anonymous, VT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"There is more noise than I would expect when shifting the manual transmission."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are comfortable, but the ride is a bit rough and noisy. But hey! It's a truck!!"

Andrea L., NY (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"sit too low"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are mounted too low in the cab for good visibility."

Kevin T., MI (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seat height is too low. Ride/noise is very truck like."

Timothy B., CO (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Cab is cramped at driver position. Seat is too narrow. Shin and head can contact cab if you are not very cafeful"

Harry S., GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Interior noise level high"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are horrible. No thigh support. Seat bottom is too flat. TRD suspension is stiff."

Anonymous, SC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma does not have the cushy seats required for a comfortable long distance ride. There is little lumbar support and the seats are not highly padded. The truck is noisy even of the best of roads. We have had several sets of tires for this vehicle and none have improved the noisy ride."

Anonymous, NM (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is a 3/4 ton rated small pickup which rides & handles worse than the large construction trucks I once drove for a living. It ride like a "buck-board" most of the time."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"very uncontable, ride very rough especially on long trips and truck is very noisy"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Best made truck on the market. Have never had ny problems"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Comfortable seats, low noise level, smooth but sure ride"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"large seats fit my frame"

Anonymous, MB (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"road noise is bad."

Anonymous, OK (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It rids a bit rough but it is a truck. The seats are comfortable the radio is adequate. But I get some noises from under the dash."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Comfortable for a pickup."

Anonymous, SD (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seating not comfortable and needs to be improved."

Michael H., AL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great resale value and reliability .Poor ride quality ."

Robert C., MS (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Rough ride"

David P., MD (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is good. A bit noisy but it is a pickup truck and l understood it would be a bit noisy when l bought it."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Quite comfortable"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a truck, noisy and harsh ride."

David B., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)


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

What Owners Say

"Dealer offered me the price I paid for it new in 2010. I do have very low mileage."

BEVAN C., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I got the most basic model you could get. It only has AC and an in dash CD player. It has served me well so far. I like the idea, I do not have electric windows. One more item I do not have to worry about failing."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"6years and no issues whatsoever"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The body styling and dependability of the engine and its related components."

JOSEPH P., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Basic truck with bulletproof reliability"

JOHN H., PA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Resale is very good."

HARRY S., GA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have had very few problems with it."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Resale value is excellent"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Toyota Tacoma)


Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have had no after purchase cost of ownership other than standard maintenance (oil changes, periodic tightness checks, all in owners manual) and two replacements. The 1st was for a crack in the leather steering wheel (warranty), the 2nd a rear spring leaf replacement which was a recall. This vehicle gives good mileage in city driving which is what I most experience, is as tight as a drum (no rattles, squeaks) and the finish inside and out still looks good especially with a bit of polish. I intend to put 500,000. km on this truck and am confident it will hold up well for the next 15 years."

David M., BC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a real truck. Not fancy. Reliable. Well built. No extras. No comfort items required."

Gerry M., ON (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"reasonable value."

Anonymous, VT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"I got the expected dependability and quality I have always gotten from the 7 Toyota vehicles I have owned!!!"

Dennis B., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"lot of truck for the money"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Lot of truck for the money."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"We bought for general transportation and to haul things from time to time. It has served us very well for the reasons we bought it for."

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very Dependable and reliable vehicle. Trouble free driving."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Retains its value over time"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"A very reliable full featured pickup truck for a sub $20,000 price. Four cylinder automatic with SR5 package."

Daniel F., WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excellent value and reliability"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"extremely reliable truck- had no major issues during the 8 years/160k miles I drove it!"

Seth N., FL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Got a great price by using an online ordering service and driving for 90 minutes to the dealership."

Joyce B., FL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Moderately priced small pick up with very few repairs"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma is a great value because it is so reliable."

Dennis C., WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Size, comfort, handling, and appeal, perfect in all ways!"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Bullet-proof reliability, decent fuel mileage, plenty of muscle and cargo space for everyday chores and weekend travels."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"gas mileage is very poor"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"We wanted a dependable reliable vechicle which a truck he'd that could hold our motorcycle. It has done all that we wanted."

Franklin R., AZ (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"low maintenance cost. A solid truck"

Robert C., MS (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very reliable. Keeps it's value well."

Anonymous, AL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The truck runs and runs without any problems. It does everything a truck needs to do, haul, and with minimal expense in maintenance and purchase. It may well be the last truck I ever own as I expect I will get 300,000 miles out of it or more."

Anonymous, DC (2010 Toyota Tacoma)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I will never buy another auto with a hood scoop. Under the right conditions the sun will reflect in the drivers eyes. I also don't care for the TRD exhaust its too load."

GERALD V., MT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Toyota put a plastic/composite covering on/in the wheel wells, it stoppeded the rusting considerably. Toyota trucks last long, but the bodies didn't; they do now (I live in New England)."

JAMES D., CT (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Forward visibility over the hood is poor - this is a significant issue when driving off-road. Part of the problem is the fake air scoop on the hood, and the new body style (2016) makes this problem even worse."

SEAN B., NM (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"We were looking for a plain truck and this is the truck. Nothing fancy but it get the job done. Did not want any special features."

VICKIE S., LA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is the right size and fit ."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"Front windshield view is limited. View blocked by posts. Hard to see directly in front needs some slant. Inside lots of room easy to controls. Like the Gage layout"

JOHN P., WA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma looks rugged and stylish at the same time."

RICHARD S., CA (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The finish on one of the wheels has completely deteriorated."

EDWARD S., RI (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are positioned way to low for comfort and visibility"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is a nice looking pickup"

Anonymous, WY (2010 Toyota Tacoma)

"the good is. its tough vehicle and very reliable."

Anonymous, NV (2010 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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