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)

"It’s a Toyota simple as it gets."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Overall pretty good, however, recently experienced the 'no-recall', Recall on the Tacoma air pump. Got the letter from Toyota back in April saying it's not a recall but if you have trouble with the air pump we'll look after it. In June the pump broke and took truck and letter to dealer who replaced at no charge otherwise a $2400 bill."

Al V., ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It handles beautifully and is fun to drive."

Andrew L., GA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great acceleration and handling for a truck."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"all around great"

Robert L., VT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The performance is ok. Enough power for daily use"

Michael F., CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"very quick and easy to manoveur"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Handling smooth ride acceleration"

Rooselvet G., FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Lots of pep. Smooth ride at high speeds"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma handles fairly well for a pickup but the vehicle's acceleration is very poor. This year model Tacoma is very underpowered, in my opinion."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Solid and stable."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Economy"

Edward B., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have the 4 cylinder manual transmission, which is good on gas mileage but somewhat weak in acceleration, particularly on hills. Handling is typical truck-type."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Not too many issues other than improved ride with touring tires just purchased. I am disappointed with the EPA estimates of 17 miles city and 21 Hwy. I can coax it to about 16.5 on hwy. perhaps new touring tires will help a bit. First brake job at 51,000 miles."

Jack C., LA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great in the back country with 4WD; high clearance and great traction. Highway is very good also; acceleration is always more than I need."

Bradley H., ID (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"handles and accelerates well for what it is a small economical pickup"

Peter L., ND (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great acceleration for a pickup. Love having a manual transmission as it helps in mud and snow (deep water, too) and improves the gas mileage. Great at towing."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is excellent handling, stopping, turning,excellerating. Only problem is the backup screen (camera) is not accurate. It goes in and out of the 4-wheel drive easily"

Andrea G., AZ (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"acceleration is sluggish with the 4 cylinder engine."

William E., NJ (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The truck is reasonably quick and handles well enough. This vehicle (TRO) has a very firm ride, like real trucks used to, and is well suited for rugged off highway travel. We put a small 4 Wheel pop up camper on it which smooths out the ride quite a bit (even with 10 ply tires) and have taken it on some pretty awful roads."

Dal H., NV (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Responsive acceleration, handles good"

Diana D., ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration is certainly adequate. It handles like a truck, but is still fun to drive. It's great in the mountains and fun to 4-wheel with. The short pickup bed is almost worthless. I have topper on it so it cannot hold very much cargo. All things considered, I still like it pretty well"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"luxury handling"

Carl C., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great gas mileage, safety features"

David N., AZ (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Quick and powerful acceleration when needed. Handling tight and easy to maneuver"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Found it to have very good acceleration, not as good as the v8 in my previous F150, but plenty good for freeway driving."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very slow accelerating due to lower cylinders"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Must Dior 4 cylinder engine"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Ride isn't as smooth as I would like. Feel all the bumps in the road."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Turning radius of a semi."

Allen T., GA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"handles well off road"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"just a truck nothing special.motor should bring a little more power"

Eduard V., AL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

Comfort

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)

"The seat is a bench seat which means I can't drive the car with my husband in it because I am shorter than he is. The newer models have individual seats. But it is sort of difficult to change out the bench seat for individual ones."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very comfortable seats, excellent back support"

J C., VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"This vehicle is not comfortable for long trips - the seats are hard on the body, the noise level in the cab is rather high, and the ride is a bit jarring at times."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"A bit noisy at higher speeds. For the driver, noise from behind the passenger seat, in the back seat area."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Rides like a care, very little road noise"

Carl C., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Drivers Seat is a bit hard to get into and is snug for a tall person."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"seats ok, ride is harsh - feel most everything, truck is noisy - on the highway have to turn radio up too much to hear it clearly o just turn it off most of the time."

Al V., ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"road/wind noise level high due to lack of insulation"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"There has always been a wind noise that we can't find where it's coming from except the back passenger door area. The dealer never even tried to fix it when we brought it to their attention before purchased the vehicle...they said it was fixed, but it obviously was even looked at. Dealer was over 100 miles from our home."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Everything is OK"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Lots of wind noise with the extended cab."

Rex A., MO (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I bought the low end bench seat model. It provides no adjustments other than moving foward/aft. Not very comfortable on long trips more than 30 minutes."

Joseph M., FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"For more than 3 hours of continuous travel, the seats do not offer enough support."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are low, and causes leg cramps after 2-3 hours of driving."

Gordon A., ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Too Cramped"

Art A., NJ (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"best"

Robert L., VT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Tacoma sheets are terribly uncomfortable for longer than 50 miles. Very stiff and unforgiving"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are very comfortable with excellent lower back support."

Andrew L., GA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are of average comfort. Not great on a long trip, but not bad around town. It can be somewhat noisy. In terms of ride, you feel very bump and dip in the road. It is not so great in terms of ride."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is a very spartan plain interior that might have come from the 60s. I wish there were less noise and the seat were more supportive."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Rides sort of rough for a vehicle that can only carry 1300 lbs of payload"

Michael F., CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"comfortable and easily adjusted."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck has very comfortable seats and a very smooth ride, it's a pleasure to drive. It is reasonably quiet also."

Richard C., VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Wind noise is more than I would expect from a vehicle of this type."

Charles F., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are fairly comfortable, but it's a truck and the noise and ride reflect that - acceptable, but not great."

Tom P., VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Poor driving position"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is the most comfortable riding vehicle I have ever owned and that includes my 2014 Acura ILX. Whenever we had along drive ahead of us we always chose to take the Tacoma"

Michael A., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats hard, fitted to only small persons, too close to my knees"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is what it is noisy and a hard ride."

David N., OH (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Nothing great just works well nothing fancy but it works well"

Bill H., MT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"durability"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats are "sporty" and would not be suitable for a large frame. My spouse fits perfectly but, at 190 lbs, I max out the seat. The ride is quick and responsive but found the noise level (wind and road noise) to be nothing special."

Ronald J., SC (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

Value

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)

"It does everything I wanted it to do"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma was a decent price -- basically a work truck but upgraded with the better features and performance of the Prerunner double cab. I've upgraded it with add-ons that I didn't buy from the dealer and installed myself much cheaper than the dealer offered. I bought the 4-cylinder version to save gas, but it's never delivered the advertised gas mileage -- my biggest disappointment. I'm hoping future Tacoma's have better mileage or at least mating to a better, more-efficient transmission (that the 4-speed auto my 4-cylinder came with)."

John S., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Buy 6 cylinder"

Edward B., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The four cylinder engine does all the light work I need with great mileage and decent acceleration"

Anonymous, MS (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Handles well and I feel very safe when I am driving."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Durable truck that performs excellently in a variety of driving conditions."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I bought mine as a secondary utility vehicle. It's very minimalistic, but serves its purpose. It's very reliable and a good value for the money."

Joseph M., FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good vehicle for costs, good to use in north terrain"

Diana D., ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It was good value!"

Art A., NJ (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"According to KBB or NADA, the truck seems to hold it's value extremely well."

Anonymous, AL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very reliable yet not expensive"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Awesome reliability."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The residual value is outstanding. When the lease was up the residual value was very high. I bought the truck."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I am not satisfied with the low MPG (18)."

John M., OK (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It was a holdover and new, 4 wheel drive, very good pricing."

David R., ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Initial cost is reasonable and value retention is great. Truck is very reliable and appearance is still close to NEW."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is a great truck for the money. For around-town errands, it is great; for moving things, hauling small loads and carrying things you don't want inside the car, it fits the bill. While it isn't the most comfortable car for ling rides, it's fine for short ones and the quad cab makes it efficient for a family as well. We got an excellent deal when trading in our older Tacoma for a new one."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Reliable and it just doen't break."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good quality for a reasonable price"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The truck has been very reliable. It costs much less than a Honda Ridgeline, as much as $10,000 less. A used Tacoma can cost almost as much as a new one, so if you want one do shop around."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has been very reliable and comfortable to drive."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"runs with no problems"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"immediate buyers remorse. pick up that drives like a sedan. Wish had larger tires and beefier frame"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The secondary air injection valves are failing on all 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickups. This is also true on the 2012 Tundra pickups. Toyota is warranting the failures on the Tundra pickups but not the Tacoma pickups. Resale value of my Tacoma has dropped because of this. Not sure if I would buy another because of no factory support."

Bruce R., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very dependable excellent in snow conditions"

James D., CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The value is excellent. It was reasonably priced and is reasonable to maintain. I'm sure it will last a long time."

Tom P., VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seating comfort poor. Otherwise very happy with truck."

Ernie K., BC (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Excellent deal"

Gene B., FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Awesome reliability. Well built."

Edward N., MD (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"cheap truck and it just works."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"fast, styleish, and the right size to fit in my garage. Had F150 before and loved it, but needed a smaller truck. Plus it has all the desired Bluetooth and nav."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"The vehicle is small however it has a reasonable large pay load for its size."

Anonymous, IA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"We got a reliable work horse of a small truck with decent fuel economy and it has been reliable. It seems well constructed."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"Worth every penny. I can see how people get multiple hundreds of miles on their Toyotas. They are just good products."

Anonymous, RI (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"I would buy a 6 cylinder next time because the acceleration of the 4 is sluggish"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

"These trucks always have a very high resale value."

David N., OH (2012 Toyota Tacoma)

Styling

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)

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