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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 4 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

Worse Better
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

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

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 2015 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 leak around front windows”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Driver's side window whistles significantly at 70 MPH and above”

Edward S., MI (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

“when hit with cross winds we get a high pitched squeal from the seal on the opposite door the wind is blowing from. To be fair, any other time there is no problem with excessive noise, and the truck is very quiet. Toyota recently has a fix for this and after this fix, we have no further problems”

Mark T., SD (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

“The driver doors has a squeak that the dealert has been unable to stop”

John H., TN (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“un comfortable ride and safety concerns”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

“loud whistling noise at freeway speed in a high wind”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

“When driving at over 50 mph, outside side winds cause a loud, eerie, howling sound”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“A LOT of wind noise from the rear part of the cab. I asked the dealer about this and they looked at me like I came from the moon. Did not even answer my question. Truck is quiet otherwise”

Anonymous, MN (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“At 70 mph or in high winds a whistling sound is emitted from the driver side window. The noise is abated if one of them windows is slightly opened”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

“Wind noise around both front doors”

John H., TN (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Hgh pitch wind noise coming from windshield or window seal”

Marvin D., SC (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Whenever the truck is driven above 65mph there is a strong and disturbing noise that appears to come from the left front driver's window”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“it whistles on hwy”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“It is just noisy, sounds like a window is partly open, also, road noise, sounds like it needs to be undercoated. When shutting the door, the roof makes a noise as though there is no headliner”

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

“very annoying loud whining when at high way speeds during cross winds. This problem is well known on you-tube but when I took the vehicle back to the dealer, they claimed ignorance”

Steve B., NH (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“There is a "honking" noise near the driver's window area when speed exceeds 65 mph”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Wind leaks that cause truck to become on stable”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“At highway speed with a cross wind, there is a high pitched noise around the front wind shield. It occurs on the off side from the cross wind and occurs on both sides”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“It's not a quiet cab. Wind noise at highway speeds requires that the stereo be turned up excessively loud and that cell phones and normal conversation also be amped up”

James S., VA (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

“Seems hard to keep aligned”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

“There was a creaking noise comping from under the truck we brought it to the dealer they said it was a shock and ordered a part then they said there was no other problem four times, Finally had to go under truck with mechanic to show where sound was coming from turns out the bolts were to tight and caused unusual wear had to replace”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Not sure if problem with bolts was related to shocks and struts just know bolts were too tight and caused problems”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise front left”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“just like my previous 2007 Tacoma, the rear springs began to squeak just like an old junker within the first year”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“The steering wheel vibrates at all speeds and the truck pulls to the right”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

“This truck appears to have been wrecked but was sold to me as new. With only 1000 miles on this truck the right front tire was starting to wear unevenly”

Anonymous, VA (2015 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Not enough paint coats. Drying with a soft towel after washing will result in scratches”

Anonymous, NM (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

“Defect in paint on hood. Dealer unwilling to fix until I contacted Toyota customer support. Hood was repainted. I'll never buy another vehicle from this dealer. Service manager very rude and obnoxious”

Kenneth D., WA (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Rust

“factory installed trailer hitch is rusting”

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Sometimes the Pandora does not sync with the Smart Phone correctly”

Brent A., OH (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Map would go dark and we couldn't use the GPS system. A software update fixed the problem”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

“The Navigation system is integrated with the Entune system. The navigation system and the maintenance features depend on a Micro SD card for operation. This card was missing when I bought and other users (online forums) complain of the requirement to buy replacement maps. Toyota replied to my email with, "try to find one on Ebay". Poor construct, functionality, and customer service in this area”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“The Entune system was supposed to provide traffic & weather information. The documentation indicated it worked in 100 largest metro areas. I live in the largest metro area and only receive traffic & weather info from CT located 20 miles over the wate”

Gerard S., NY (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

“poor reception. poor location scanning”

Harry C., MA (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“The engine went out and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, KS (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“after getting my last "free" warranty oil change, I noticed a large oil stain on my driveway under the oil pan. I took it back to the dealer and they said the drain plug was loose. To this day, I do not know whether it was really loose or cross threaded--- I suppose I'll find out when I do my own oil change this summer, as it will then be off warranty”

Steve B., NH (2015 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

Fuel gauge/sender

“I've owned several of this model truck (2015, 2012, and 2008). All have had terrible accuracy with their fuel gauge (and with the speedometer, about 5% off at 60 MPH)”

James S., VA (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“The temperature reading is not accurate when the liquid cooling gets low”

Anonymous, KS (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

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

Driveline vibration

“Extreme vibration. Taken to dealer who said it was a characteristic of truck. Took to 2nd dealer who replaced driveshaft. Problem still there. Purchased it in Nov 2014, traded it in Jan 2015. New Tacoma has a slight vibration, but can live with”

George E., NJ (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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

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.

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.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Transmission Minor

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

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