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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 9 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 (sec.) 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.

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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 2011 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“the 6 disc player had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Buttons not functioning”

Anonymous, HI (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“I am on my 3rs Cd player since new purchase”

Raymond K., CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“MP3 player only connects through minijack (no USB port), and will only play through left front speaker (not in stereo). Owner's manual does no acknowledge this as problem, and inquiries to Toyota have gone unanswered”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“the vehicle loses its blutooth programming a few times”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Radio

“radio would turn off occasionally”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio will turn itself on intermittently and more rarely it will turn itself off. Dealer denies there is a problem but Toyota forums online show this as a common problem with the 2011 Tacoma”

Rick K., WI (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Buttons not functioning”

Anonymous, HI (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The radio will shut off on its own on cold mornings”

Bradley M., IN (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio will intermittently turn on/off while driving”

William K., NC (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittent short. Replaced radio”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“When turning the steering wheel the radio will turn on or turn off. Sometimes when hitting a pot hole, the steering wheel will respond and the radio will go on or off”

Terry F., NC (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

“Air compressor went out at about 36000 miles”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Very costly to repair so we decided not to”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure Unsure)
Blower (fan) motor

“noisy on low fan setting”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Motor ticks and buzzes required replacement”

Richard A., TN (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Excessive noise on low setting”

Ernesto A., CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Loud high-pitch noise”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Blower fan stopped working. Bought part online and replaced myself”

Bert L., GA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“It stop blowing”

Reinaldo M., PR (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

“Motor died”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Trouble could not be duplicated and has since gone away”

James H., CO (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Can't change vents”

Anonymous, RI (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

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

Body control module

“The vehicle had a battery replaced and after this the air conditioner started having erratic behavior and the radio would turn off randomly. Dealer said they could do nothing unless it failed in the shop. Used Internet info & disconnected the batte”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

“Daytime Running Lights heat cracked lens, Toyota has issued TSB and replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, KY (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Headlights were replaced without charge during a regular service after dealer informed me of recall for this model”

William C., NC (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlights were aimed high”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Running lights overheated and melt headlight lens”

Anonymous, LA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“It was with the front lights and they figured out it was because you couldn't touch the actual bulb when replaced. No problem since”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Both headlight assembly's have been replaced twice since I have owned the car, due to cracking and discoloring. Toyota covered all the costs”

John C., FL (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Plastic covers are melting”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Horn

“Started that the horn would not work on occasion then quit working completely. Several hundred dollars to repair”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Two door locks stopped working and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

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

Alignment

“pulls right out of allignment”

Joyce H., AZ (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Rear leaf spring recall; pending notification from Mfg/Dealer to bring vehicle in for inspection/repair”

Bernard T., MD (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Tacoma rear springs have had a rust problem for years. Mine were recalled and replaced in 2016”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“it was a recall for the 2011 and earlier tacomas”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Springs were subject to recall. It took close to a year to get the replacement parts in stock at the Toyota dealer”

Michael T., AK (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace the passenger and driver side leaf springs. Problem is quite common with Tacomas as there was three other Tacomas at the spring shop with broken leaf springs”

Doug P., NL (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Recall for defective rear leaf springs”

Dennis J., NV (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Roaring noise. Repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“right front wheel bearing failed”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

Air or water leaks

“Loud whistle with strong cross wind and > 70 MPH”

Ewoldsen J., TX (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The front windshield did not have a proper seal and would whistle at higher speeds”

Brian F., CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“wind noise due to door seals”

Anonymous, AL (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“In dash rattle, right side at airbag”

Anonymous, ME (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Blower fan noise”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Just minor rattles in front windshield/dash and passenger side window or door (not sure of either noise origin, but generally in those areas)”

William P., WA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“High pitched noise from windshield at hwy speeds. Originally dealer couldn't replicated but found a service bulletin reference on web...dealer removed windshield and reinstalled which has solved problem. Covered by warranty”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“wind noise from door seals”

Anonymous, AL (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Very loud wind noise under highway speeds”

Peter F., NJ (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

Master cylinder

“I am frustrated by the very "soft" brake pedal. During hard or extended braking, the pedal goes nearly to the floor. The Toyota dealer says it is normal. This is my first Toyota. I have had Hondas, Fords, and BMWs, none has ever had such a problem”

William P., VA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“I have had difficulty with the brakes on this car since the day that I bought it. I took it back to the dealer time and time again, complaining that it seemed the master cylinder was bad or there was air in the brake lines -- the brake pedal would gradually go to the floor when I applied pressure to the pedal. I needed to "pump up" the pedal at times. I actually practiced applying the parking brake while driving so that I would be prepared for the day when the brakes completely failed me. Fi”

William P., VA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“squeak fixed still does”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“week brakes especially when loaded or towing”

Joyce H., AZ (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

“When backing up, the brakes make this high pitched squeal. This squeal only occurs when you back up with your foot on the brake pedal”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“high pitch”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“still squeaks”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“When I drive with the window down I can hear a slight metal on metal grinding noise”

Sean T., CT (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

“A sensor in the braking system failed causing the brake peddle to go to the floor and the vehicle would not stop as it should”

Terry F., NC (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“Cheap plastic. Console latch broke, required total replacement of console for just the latch mech”

Richard A., TN (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint scratches off extremely easily revealing white primer below. Truck is now covered in small scratches. My wife's Mini has much more durable paint”

Christopher M., WA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Very thin paint job..very easily scratched”

Cheryl G., WA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Bugs on front eating into the paint”

Desley A., TX (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Paint peeling on door trim only”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Abnormally huge amount of underbody rust, including the recalled but unavailable leaf springs. Non-dealer mechanics say it is outside the norm and recommend a $500 rust removal and sealant job. This is my last Toyota because of the dealer's attitude”

Rick K., WI (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Rear bumper and front grilled was replaced because of rust pits in the chrome”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“door edge on passenger side”

K K., FL (2011 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

“the driveshaft had to be replaced because it exhibited a cushy feeling when starting from a dead stop or coming to a dead stop when braking”

J S., OK (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“Drive shaft vibration from 15-40 mph. U-joint noise (clunking) has just started and will need replacements. Likely due to incorrect drive shaft angles from factory. Multiple Toyota TSBs to address the issue, but dealer says "Normal condition of th”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The TSB indicated a vibration and knock. Toyota fixed it for free”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Vibration at low speed - Smoothed after startup - Several hundred dollars to repair”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Constant noise, rattles, vibration. Dealer unable to locate issue”

Peter F., NJ (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Differential

“Carrier bearing failure”

Gary W., OK (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“BURNT IT UP”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Clutch began slipping at 28000 miles. In spite of a TSB that addressed this problem, and numerous web posts about it, Toyota declined to fix it under warranty - I was 7,000 miles inside the warranty but 6 months outside. The pressure plate was weak”

Lary H., OR (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“As per Toyota's Technical Service Bulletin T-SB-0066-11 The clutch friction plate was made with defective materials causing premature wear and clutch slipping. Out of warranty, they did not cover 100%. Did cover 75% after many calls to management”

Joseph M., OH (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“There was a part in the clutch that wore out within 25,000. The dealership replaced the clutch”

Leslie H., CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“problem with toyota recall had to make several trips to the dealer before recall repairs were made "Toyota of the Desert."”

Leonard R., CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Tacomas have had a problem with the innards of the catalytic converter coming loose and clogging the exhaust, thereby degrading the performance and causing noise. Mine was recalled and replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Warranty recall”

Alfred B., CA (2011 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

Alternator

“bearings were very noisy replaced prior to failure”

William S., CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Coil

“Car was idling roughly and 3 of the 6 coils had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

Glass defects

“A crack appeared in the windshield. Nothing hit the windshield. My best guess is that it was due to cold weather? Very odd tho”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Toyota claims the tailgate is worn out after four years of use in 60,000 miles. It slips out of its mounting pins when opening it; Toyota wouldn't do or offer anything except to replace the whole truck bed at my expense even with extended warranty”

Anonymous, OR (2011 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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)

“lost power ,and have very strong smell , a no burn gaz”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“the truck lost power ,and smell very strong emissions”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Oilpanleakreuired $50 to fix. Rather than a gasket, the oil an uses a sealant which dried out in our desert environment. I believe Toyota erred in using such a system”

Ken W., NM (2011 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“I had to replace the radiator about at a cost of about $750. The dealer said it was not covered by warranty. In 50 years of driving I've never had to replace a radiator and to have one go bad after only 30K miles seems like poor design”

William P., VA (2011 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

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