2013 Toyota Tacoma Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
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.
Alerts
There are 6 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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, side and head protection air bags standard from 2009. FCW and AEB standard from 2018.
Road Test

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. Clumsy handling makes it a chore to drive and the unsettled ride is fatiguing. Ingress is tricky because of the cabin's high floor and low roof. These also severely compromise the driving position. The rust-free composite bed is a handy and practical feature. Limited cornering capabilities and long stopping distances contributed to its low score in our road tests.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 2013 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Wind noise inside the truck's cab. Dealership replaced windshield but wind noise continued. Wind noise comes thru driver's side window. Have had it back to dealership for repair / to correct, all to no avail"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"A very discernible whistle when moving more than 35mph"

Howard W., CO (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Windshield missing a piece of trim allowing increased road noise/wind It was fixed immediately with no further issues"

Lisa R., ME (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"during a long ,daytime drive at highway speeds (80mph) one piece of rubber trim almost totally worked itself loose. it was bearly attached when i secured it inside of the vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"At 15,000 miles the clutch pedal developed a squeak when pressed. The dealer said this was a known issue under warranty and will be replacing the entire clutch system"

Rod S., WA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side door, where it meets the suicide door, has a constant rubber-on-metal squeaking squishy noise. Probably needs some teflon tape or a rubber stopper that changes how close the two doors get to eachother"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Noise in front, like wine glasses kinking together, in cold weather"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"The passengers seat rattles over bumps and there is a bang from under the truck when going over speed bumps"

Paul G., CT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Squeaks occasionally from rear suspension."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"They did work to repair the transmission and lee springs and there was a rusted u-bolt that broke off that holds the exhaust system. They just left the exhaust system to hang. I hate them."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"it sounds like it is the rear plastic wheel well liners"

Frank M., SC (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Passenger seat has squeaked and rattled since new. Dash is now squeaking a lot more now she is getting older"

Anonymous, LA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"clutch squeaks , groans when engaged"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"At hi way speeds and cross wind I get very disturbing noise seems coming from engine area. Was fixed once"

Cenobio R., FL (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Interior cab is not quiet at freeway speeds; sounds like wind noise but is actually road noise"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Wind noise at speeds over approximately 50 mph, mostly around front doors"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"I owned a new 2008 Tacoma equipped the same as the 2013 Tacoma and they both had and have the same wind noise problems. It seems to stem from 2 areas the windows and a lack of sound deadening materials"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"noise at approx 40 mph - whistle"

Barry R., WA (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"at freeway speeds, sometimes a loud vibration noise from area of the front drivers side of windshield"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Wind leak at passenger side access door"

L B., MO (2013 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"High pitch whistle from hood and grill intersection. I fixed it myself after online research"

Paul G., CT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"When it is windy out, I get wind noise, which I think is coming from the back doors of the extended cab"

Dale R., OH (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise only when it is windy outside. Must be traveling a specific direction in relationship to the wind to witness the noise."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a spot in the top center of the windshield that whistles at about 45mph. It's been like that since I got the vehicle. Toyota offered to fix it by taking it out and reinstalling it properly. I didn't want to risk degrading the safety features of the windshield by letting non-factory people re-install it."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Its always been a problem"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Very irritating whistle at highway speeds (intermittent). Dealer could not fix."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Get wind noise at highway speeds. At approx 65-70 mph I start getting a buzzing sound in truck. This happens every time I reach those speeds. If I speed up or slow down that noise stops, but I still get the overall wind noise around the doors."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"At highway speeds around 70 MPH I get a screeching noise seems that it comes from the engine compartment, gets worst when on a crosswind. The dealer looked at it they helped but did no completely solved the problem."

Cenobio R., FL (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Very loud wind noise when driving with windows open. Nothing Toyota can do for this"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"terrible wind noise that has been a problem for years that they will not address. they did put new rubber in the doors but not sure if it has helped"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"under certain conditions wind noise is terrible, dealer put new rubber around doors. not a new problem Toyota is just ignoring issue"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Howling wind noise around windshield at highway speeds"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"At highway speeds (60 and above) there is considerable wind noise on the driver's side that is hard to tell exactly where it is coming from"

Carl M., GA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Experience wind noise when traveling at highway speeds especially when crosswinds are present"

Cenobio R., FL (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Right off of the lot on high wind days only there is a loud piercing noise that occurs. This noise will be on either side and online review mentions several people have this issue. When taken to the mechanics at the dealership they could find no cause and therefore solution to the issue"

Anonymous, WY (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Wind noise around driver's side front door."

Anonymous, TX (2013 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Just touch the brake pedal and it brakes. There no play in it like a normal car. I reported it to the dealer and they gave some complicated reason why it should be that way. So I bought the next car from a different dealer"

Donald W., VT (2013 Toyota Tacoma)

"The ABS went out at 4000mi. At that time there was no recall but was covered under the warranty. The dealership is probably most at fault with the failure in installing the new part incorrectly which then caused the brake line not reconnected properl"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Tacoma)

"warning light has come on"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"The vehicle wobbles when you apply the brakes, as though the rotors need to be turned"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Normal brake wear. Turned rotors and Replaced pads"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"brakes at 60,000 is not unusual."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes squealed when applied"

Paul Z., TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"The vehicle wobbles a little when you apply the brakes, much like a vehicle does when the rotors need to be turned"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Brakes were warped/corroded when purchased. vehicle was recieved from an out of state lot. Dealer took care of it"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Very costly brake repair job needed for vehicle with such low mileage. I do drive in a high traffic area however"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Tried replacing pads and rotors, cleaning and lubing calipers. Took it to the dealer. They said they fixed it by cleaning the drums. Still pulsating and grinding. Very frustrating"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"This is my third Tacoma and each car the brakes kept pulsating. I replaced the rotors on each vehicle and it solved the problem. The Toyota dealer could not find any problem with the vehicle, however they all suggested I replace the rotors."

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Because of warped rotors I experienced pulsation and vibration. Had the rotors turned and now its fine."

Russell K., CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"brakes adjusted incorrectly resulting in parking brake failure. had to be adjusted twice before problem solved"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Normal replacement of front & rear pads"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors warped; causing pedal vibration during a slow stop; squealing also. Rotors turned two separate times"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Rotors replaced at 3000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"rotors and calipers replaced due to corrosion."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"Warped rotors resulted in pulsing, chatter and pulling on high speed braking. Had front rotors replaced. Not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Warped Rotors"

Russell K., CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Squealing started at 15K, rotors turned; squealing returned at 25K, rotors turned again at 30K. adjusted rear brakes"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"after water would get on the tires there would be a squealing sound or grinding sound when you tried to stop"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud brake squealing within the first few months. Repeated complaints to dealer, but they could find nothing wrong. Finally after two years. they replaced brakes at no charge"

Lori S., KS (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"right front wheel squeeks when stopping. some metal to metal noise as well. dealer said it can not fix problem. the noise drives me nuts"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The first couple of stops after the vehicle has sat overnight the brakes sound like two pieces of sandpaper rubbing together"

Robert M., NC (2013 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

"Compressor seized up. No visible damage"

Theresa M., UT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Compressor disintegrated. expansion valve is nearly impossible to replace ."

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"In August 2019 I had business in Fresno California. I live in Waldport Oregon. I drove my Tacoma round trip. The outside temperature was 106* and halfway between Redding and Fresno the a/c suddenly quit working completely. I drove the remaining distance with windows open. Once I arrived at my destination a friend referred me to a reputable mechanic who quickly replaced the compressor for approximately $900. Problem solved. I drove home in comfort, feeling appreciative. Subsequently I discovered that 6 years was the expected lifetime of the compressor and that the price of service was very reasonable."

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"AC compressor fail and required replacement. It took 2 trips to the dealer to accomplish this."

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Air compressor seized."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor electro magnet clutch failed. Cost me $1045 to repair. Toyota would not cover it."

Anonymous, NS (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"compressor and condenser had to be replaced at 58000 mi"

Anonymous, HI (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"compressor and clutch had to be replaced"

John A., SC (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor seized about a year ago. Have not bothered to have it repaired"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure causing inability to drive. Toyota dealer vehicle towed to stated only option was aftermarket a/c compressor because OEM compressor has been on backorder for weeks and Toyota can't give us any idea when they may become available. Aftermarket compressor plus installation = $1800!!"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"A/C goes off n on. When switch off then on, it operates for a period of time"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"the compressor stopped working and at that point it seemed to make sense to replace the condenser"

D D., FL (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower fan only works on high speed. Started intermittently, then became permanent. Per the internet, this has been a consistent issue with Tacomas since at least 2005. Requires replacement of two parts under the dash. Given our relatively remote access to service, I've yet to get it fixed."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Heater and AC only work if dial is turned on full blast"

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Problem was the fan motor resistor, and cost me $152 to have fixed. Seems high."

Anonymous, NS (2013 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"Heater/AC fan only operates on high speed. Per the internet, two parts need to be replaced and this is a frequent problem with Toyota Tacomas since at least 2005. Toyota has apparently chosen not to resolve the issue."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"capacitor faulure"

Julius W., TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Leak in refrigerant tubing. Replaced by repair shop. Said this is a relatively common problem."

Anonymous, LA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Once a year for 2 years. Same issue."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Two summers after used vehicle purchase, the air conditioner would not cool the cab at all. The dealer said it was very low on refrigerant, but no freon leak was identified. Therefore, they would not cover under warranty. I had to pay to install freon, with a color marker to identify freon leakages. No leakage has been found since, so how did freon get low in the first place?"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"lost the a/c completely blowing warm. dealer had it for a week with no outcome. returning blowing cold and lasted 1 week. 2nd visit the a/c lines were changed and that fixed the problem. Not very cold a/c for fla. weak"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rodent damage due to vegetable based hoses and wiring."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"When the air conditioner is used the front passenger carpet gets very wet. This is the only time it happens."

Christine M., MA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Since 11/14 to 3/15, the dealer has alligned the truck 3 times and it is still not right. Now some great tires with a lot of tread are chopped and the ride and steering are well below acceptable"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"Probably not uncommon with the age of the vehicle and some road conditions... cost $440 to have fixed."

Anonymous, NS (2013 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"Both front ball joints needed replacement after 45000 miles of regular use. 70% city driving 30% highway non abusive driving"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Springs extremely weak. Truck cannot carry more than 400 lbs, combined with passengers, without bottom out on average high bumps for Newfoundland roads"

Anonymous, NL (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"rear spring and rear banjo mis-designed. Warranty recall - Rear Springs replaced and transmission mount wedges installed to align drive shaft angle"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Both leaf springs broke over the last year. I do not take the vehicle off-roading and this is common on older Tacomas, but not covered on my vehicle as a recall."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Terrible experience with Toyota dealership. They certified the truck as pre-owned, then the lee springs failed and the transmission gearing all needed replacing; dishonest dealership, they tried to make me pay for it even after I had a post-purchase warranty. I hate them."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear leaf springs became worn out, causing the rear of truck to bottom out on larger bumps. There was a recall for this problem, but I opted to replace these parts (and the front suspension) with aftermarket lifted components."

John D., ID (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"this year my Tacoma had a broken spring so I replaced my springs with heavy duty springs I do not go off road with this truck up to 2012 the tacoma springs were recalled but not my year YET."

Marc A., MA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Universal joint in steering column became stiff/nearly frozen."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My u joint in the steering column deteriorated to the point of warranting replacement. This is a common problem in Toyota's because the manufacture fails to incorporate this part in a rubber boot like so many other manufactures do"

Marc A., MA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"At a speed of 20-25 mph an infrequent vibration was experienced in the floor board at the driver seat, the steering wheel and column. A warranty changed leaf springs, motor mounts, and other parts. The fix was successful"

Barry E., MA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"U joints needed replacement. Have not heard of anyone having u joints issues decades."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Bushings in lower control arm rusted and couldn't be aligned. Manufacturer did not coat in antiseuze."

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"CARWASH WASH RIPPED ROOF MOLDING OFF"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Exterior trim piece on roof fell off and had to be re-installed by the dealer, under warranty"

Brian M., TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"roof molding came loose"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"One of the long plastic/rubber strips that goes over the cab roof keeps coming off."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The rain gutter trim on the passenger side roof has popped off a few times over the years"

Gary S., AB (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Battery exploded causing acid to cause paint to peel, crack and rust"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Areas of the paint (2 areas) have started flaking off"

Brian M., TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Headlights faded and cloudy, all trim paint is body color and is fading and flaking off along with the body paint fading."

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"Battery exploded and acid created rust in the entire right side of engine compartment"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"We had taken the truck in previously when we noticed the undercarriage rusting prematurely. Last year we received a recall notice for this issue. Toyota did an assessment and ended up applying an undercoating sealant to the truck to prevent further rust. The exterior body of the truck still has no rust (around wheel wells, doors, etc.)"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Frame was recalled for possible rust. Toyota had a recall for this. Toyota cleaned and sealed the frame"

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Rust on undercarriage, wheels, and cargo bed hardware"

Keith M., HI (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

Display screen freezes up

"The bluetooth and phone seemed to be interfering with the display. The problem was resolved only by uncoupling the bluetooth devices from the radio"

Linda H., TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth phone not always reliable"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"System just reboots a few times a week even after the upgrade is software that I was assured would fix the issue. Been back to dealership several times exclusively to resolve this issue without success"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Not user friendly considering I'm driving. Makes me scroll through a million songs. Doesn't pick up all of my music"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Kept reconnecting to Bluetooth every 15 seconds. Replaced entire radio unit"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Prior to reloading the software, it constantly failed to recognize street names or numbers. On several occasions it assumed I was in a totally different city!"

Patrick A., AB (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Because the display froze and looped when the phone was connected via bluetooth to the radio, we were forced to uncouple the phone, permanently, from the radio. So, hands-free phone no longer is available. The display has stopped freezing and loopin"

Linda H., TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Sounds horrible. People can't hear me and I can't hear them. Barely makes it worth having"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"antenna quality (seem to be a large quantity sold on ebay)"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Speakers

"Poor quality and even though Toyota said they replaced them, they still crackle at high sound"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"There is a vibration in the right speaker at times"

John K., NJ (2013 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

4WD/AWD components

"extremely difficult to shift into or out of 4 wheel drive low range. Follow instructions exactly but the only way to shift into or out of 4WD Low range is to turn the truck off and let it sit for 5-15 minutes. Have taken it to Toyota dealers, but all they say is, Yes, they're a little finicky that way."

Roger N., MT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I need to use 4WD low range several times a week. Shifting into or out of 4WD low range with this electronic shifter is a complete headache. I am following instructions exactly, but often have to turn off engine, shift to neutral, and wait 1-5 minutes for transfer case to unlock and allow me to shift into or out of low range. Complained to dealer; service tech says, yeah they're pretty finicky, but there's nothing we can do. Will never purchase another Toyota 4WD truck."

Roger N., MT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"Replaced only after I pointed out trouble bulletin on Toyota repair info website"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Had a whine dealer replaced differential at no charge"

Christopher R., CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Vibration still there after fix !!!! Will likely not buy another Toyota , this was my fourth Toyota truck"

Steven P., ON (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Vibrated at 40 mph. I researched on the Tacoma Forum to get a better understanding of the issue. I presented the dealer with my concerns and research and they fixed the issue"

Kurt W., ID (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Problem existed since new. Dealer had attempted to correct but failed to do so."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Heavy "klunking" in driveline when accelerator is released at highway speeds, and then depressed"

Anonymous, NL (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Driver side axle seal leak"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"Electronic shifter refuses to shift into or out of 4 wheel drive low gear without shutting off engine and letting vehicle sit in neutral for 90 seconds. I have followed the directions in the owner's manual, and the instructions given by my dealer very precisely, but it simply will not shift without shutting off engine. Have repeatedly asked dealer to fix it, but were unable to, saying "yeah that 4 wheel low shifter can be kinda tricky.""

Roger N., MT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I need to use 4WD low range several times a week. Shifting into or out of 4WD low range with this electronic shifter is a complete headache. I am following instructions exactly, but often have to turn off engine, shift to neutral, and wait 1-5 minutes for transfer case to unlock and allow me to shift into or out of low range. Complained to dealer; service tech says, yeah they're pretty finicky, but there's nothing we can do. Will never purchase another Toyota 4WD truck."

Roger N., MT (2013 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

Engine computer

"Throttle stays open slightly or REOPENS slightly when trying to slow down in traffic. Rep indicated Toyota is protecting the catalytic converter. I consider it a major safety issue"

Tom S., CT (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"This drive-by-wire system refuses to back the engine down immediately when the throttle is lifted. At the end of a long closed throttle deceleration, the computer often open the throttle slightly (to save the cat according to the Toyota rep) and that unintended acceleration when you least expect it can cause a dangerous situation in heavy traffic"

Tom S., CT (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"After a month of minimal use due to a health problem on my part the Tacoma displayed multiple errors on Startup, plus it sometimes would not engage in Drive. Required some $500 worth of repairs @ Toyota dealer"

David L., VA (2013 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"The engine is extremely noisy with knocking and pinging. Dealership says it's normal and just the Tacoma engine. I told them if I had wanted a diesel sounding engine I would have bought one. Changing gas brand makes no difference"

Dennis E., NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Consistent Ping on acceleration especially with cold engine. Some Ping at all times"

James H., SC (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Knock sensor wire harness"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"It had major oil loss and could not find a leak as such but replaced related gaskets with no reslults. Replaced 1 quart every 150 miles."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Brought into dealer ship twice for noisy/squeaking clutch pedal. The 1st time they recommended replacing all clutch related items. I declined. The second time they kept the truck for two days to cure the problem w/o replacing the entire clutch system"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"PRNDL failure"

Robert S., NJ (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"clutch wouldn't engage sporadically. replacement of master cylinder was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, VT (2013 Toyota Tacoma)
Rough shifting

"Gets stuck in fourth gear, must manually shift down out of "D" and back up for trans to shift. started @ 23282 miles, post warranty, seems getting worse (more frequent)"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Linkage rusts. Small repair but unacceptable."

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"It bangs into gear, has since it was new. Dealer says it’s normal for a. Tacoma...ugh!"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Racing engine w/no gear engagement. Replaced solenoid and lines...$950"

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 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)

"Catalytic converter recall"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Secondary air injection valve stuck -- fixed by dealer under free even though out of regular warranty."

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"I was traveling, towing my RV trailer. After I arrived at my destination, the vehicle wouldn't start. The fuel pump completely failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"check engine light stays on."

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Chafing of knock sensor wire harness"

Phillip R., SC (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Internal component had come loose and rattled at all speeds. Was replaced under warranty"

Stephen M., CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"recall for catalic converter, took for ever to get all the parts in"

Anonymous, NM (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Deteriorating failure that resulted in significant loss of power (nearly un-drivable) and noise"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory recall. I had on problems before"

Robert J., MI (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Recall by Toyota. Front exhaust pipe was replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tacoma 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fuse for tail lights blows out every 6 months or so."

Roger N., MT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Short caused by improper towing harness installed by U-Haul. Correct harness installed corrected the issue"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Turn signal lights they had to replace a sensor and the check engine light is still on"

Lisa B., CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"When headlights are in use in daytime, interior dashboard and radio lights cannot be seen. This is a design/safety problem"

Thomas M., MD (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Doors lock by themselves. Toyota states it is programmed not to but it does anyway. Moved to new area and local dealer diagnosed and fixed it but charged me $450 and it still is not fixed"

Christopher R., CA (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"throw out bearing failing"

Anonymous, VT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission was skipping. transmission was replaced by dealer"

Richard W., NC (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission began to slip occasionally and so I took it into Toyota Dealer. They checked it out & suggested replacement. I had extended warranty with Toyota so job was covered after deductible."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the 4 wheel drive gear box due to wear b"

Anonymous, (2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 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

"windshield cracked with only 20000 miles on truck may have been cause by an object the size of a grain of sand"

Charles R., VT (2013 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The holding around the windshield would vibrate like a read creating a buzz at high speeds. Toyota replaced the front windshield and moulding to repair under warranty. Here's a link to a youtube video detailing the issue: https://youtu.be/gcPeWdiQu"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"a bushing in the bed broke - repair under warranty"

Bob L., VT (2013 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Tailgate latch became jammed with crud. It was easy to remove, clean and lubricate"

Keith M., HI (2013 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)

"battery leaking at terminal at 58000 mi"

Anonymous, HI (2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

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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