Despite a light freshening for 2012, Tacoma was beginning to show its age at this point. Still, the utilitarian, practically bulletproof machine excels in hauling, towing, and off-road use—though not much else. The smooth and punchy V6 powertrain is a saving grace. Still though, for everyday driving or commuting, the Tacoma feels dated and uncomfortable.
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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

"I would like a bit better acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I find that the 4 cylinder automatic is somewhat sluggish in acceleration. I would have chosen the 6 cylinder model if I could do it over again."

BRIAN Y., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Front seats are uncomfortable and too low"

GORDON A., ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration-could be a little peppier. Fuel efficiency- moderate at best"

PETER H., NS (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"rides very hard .transmission does not shift smoothly at times. tires are loud .truck has off road package"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Sometimes when climbing a steep hill with cruise control activated the vehicle slows down to a crawl. Not a big deal, but, still it happens"

C T., MA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The 2.7 liter 4 cyl engine is under powered for the pre runner model"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"just a great vehicle all round"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has very slow acceleration and the V4 seems "weak" when paired with automatic tramsmission."

MATT S., WA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have a Honda CRV but recently I had to use my husband's car, the Tacoma. What a difference in power! I very nearly got a speeding ticket because it did not feel like I was going 73 mph but I was. A few times LOL. It was fun to drive. Nice handling for a truck which was unexpected. It's his second Tacoma in a row as well."

SHERRILL V., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I bought this vehicle used and it wasn't made clear at the time of sale that the 4x4 system does not automatically lock in the non-TRD versions; the vehicle has to roll forward or backward for it to engage. This isn't great when you're stuck and would need the system. I really like the truck, but the automatic locking differential would be much appreciated in sticky situations. I'm not an off-roader by any stretch so it's not a huge deal. I can usually anticipate when 4x4 is needed, but for"

CHRIS B., TN (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The 2012 Toyota Tacoma is underpowered, especially for the advertised horsepower rating is has."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have the small 4 cylinder engine and i feel that size engine is just to small for the weight of the truck. Also the MPG should be better."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Sluggish transmission."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration and handling are adequate for my needs, however, the combination of 4 cylinder engine and 4 speed transmission make for a very busy driving experience. The transmission shifts often in order to maintain speed, and the widely spaced ratios make each shift noisy and unpleasant."

ROBERT B., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Excessive wind noise"

REX A., MO (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Bench seat is very uncomfortable for drives over 1/2 hour. The model with the next level up in seat quality had many extras I didn't want to pay for. That's my only complaint with this vehicle."

JOSEPH M., FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"seats poor for short people. no lumber support, difficult to judge with short people"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Act does not cool rapidly unless on very high"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are too low, and seat is short. All these years and they can't make an upgrade. American's are taller, catch the hint."

Anonymous, KY (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The noise and ride are not as smooth as I was used to in my Ford F150 truck. It definitely rides and sounds more like a truck than a car."

JOHN D., IL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I wish the dash vents had more directional control. Also the air recirculation control is not as useful as on our CR-V."

ED O., NC (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are uncomfortable after about 15 minutes, no lumbar support. Ride is harsh, somewhat noisy."

ROBERT B., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Driver's seat too low,road noise too high"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very bouncy ride on rough roads. Transmits and seems to magnify every bump in a road. Transmits road noise as well. Seats & climate control are OK."

V L., ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats could use a bit more thigh support and when the seat is positioned for leg room the telescoping steering wheel will not extend out far enough to provide comfortable position for arms."

TROY M., MI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Driver seat wore out pretty quickly but I drive a lot."

SEAN O., CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are very comfortable"

BETSY N., PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"At 40mph I get a vibration. I've been to Toyota many times but the company says that's the way it is. If I can avoid that speed it rides good. However, at times I cannot avoid that speed due to traffic and then the ride is not good."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Performed well on round trip from New Mexico to Vancouver, BC."

ALAN G., NM (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Noisy As hell"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"the seats are uncomfortable and the vehicle vibrates on certain roads"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a Prerunner so rides "hard". Other than that, satisfied."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats not very comfortable and limited in adjustment and fabric is very cheap."

JOSEPH H., PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very uncomfortable seats"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Considerable rattling around the dash and door panels."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The distance between the floor and the front seat is too short; puts a 6' driver in an uncomfortable sitting position."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"dash vents do not have enough adjustability to get the air flowing where you want; it's silly that the movement of the vents is so limited."

ROGER R., MD (2012 Toyota Tacoma)


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

What Owners Say

"great value"

BRIAN S., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"fit and finish, versatility"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"overpriced for what it is"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"gas mileage reliability"

JEFFREY B., PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"purchased via COSTCO"

LEIF K., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Vehicle is great except for gas mileage."

PHILIP W., WI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Got the striped down model. Good for practical use of hauling lumber, garden supplies, etc. Some times wished I had gotten the double cab but then the back would have been smaller."

RICHARD B., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"resale value and reliabilty is well above the GMC I traded."

ROGER E., VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good quality track record, supplying transportation you can depend on. We appreciate seating that is higher than a sedan, giving us better viewing while driving. Easier to get in and out of, vs a the lower seats a sedan type vehicle. Important to us Seniors."

CHARLES T., MA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I would give variable windshield wipers to the basice vehicle and a locking door to the gas tank."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Extremely well built truck; no problems since buying it new in 2012. Excellent on dirt roads, ice & snow. Good mpg for a 4 wheel drive truck."

Anonymous, WV (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is very utilitarian"

MARIE L., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a small very dependable truck"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Toyota Tacoma)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"tops compared to other competitors"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The fit and finish is very nice inside and out. Rubber strip on roof blew off and was expensive to replace. Toyota should have informed us about that."

BETSY N., PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The interior styling is a bit dated and doors sound and feel a bit light when closed."

AL V., ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"very effiecent"

BRIAN S., CA (2012 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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