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While full-sized pickup trucks increasingly adopt luxury trappings, compact trucks remain utilitarian workhorses. The Tacoma is a down-and-dirty example of function trumping form. The Tacoma is the perfect truck for landscapers and contractors. This beast of burden has a tough-as-nails chassis and a durable composite­ plastic bed. For off-roading adventures, the capable Tacoma has few peers.
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 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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

While full-sized pickup trucks increasingly adopt luxury trappings, compact trucks remain utilitarian workhorses. The Tacoma is a down-and-dirty example of function trumping form.

The Tacoma is the perfect truck for landscapers and contractors. This beast of burden has a tough-as-nails chassis and a durable composite­ plastic bed. For off-roading adventures, the capable Tacoma has few peers.

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
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (159 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (278 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 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

“terrible air noise, I have contacted the dealer but no help there”

Darrell D., TN (2017 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“1 month and 1500 kms into owing our new truck, it developed a squeak in the rear leaf springs”

Eric L., BC (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“Drivers side window leaking air into cabin”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

“When I drive above 35 mph there is a lot of air noise around the back doors”

Darrell D., TN (2017 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The actual problem is not when it is Rhode Island's from the tires vibrating through the very thin back noise dampening insulation behind the rear seat is much less when I store something back there than it is when it is empty with the seat up to see down It's bad”

Anonymous, OR (2017 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Wind noise and annoying whistle at 40mph Very loud road noise at highway speeds”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

“drivers side window or door has wind noise. Back seat has a lot of road/wind noise from the rear corners of the cab”

Dan H., CO (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“There seems to be some minor hesitation at some of the shift points. When first moving in the morning, the transmission seems to "miss" or hesitate at the 30 mph (or there about)shift causing the engine to rev. The dealer was unable to reproduce this situation”

Bruce F., VT (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

“6 speed auto trans is always in the wrong gear. Dosen't upshift or down shift smoothly. Boggs down, tends to slam in gears very rough shifts both up and down”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

“Had to upgrade the firmware - attempting to solve sluggish power response”

Anonymous, OK (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

“This transmission constantly seeks a correct gear. It cannot hold a gear on even the slightest incline. It seems to have only three gears, first, second, and overdrive. I HATE it”

David B., NV (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission with five thousand miles on it needed to have the computer reflashed. The reflash fix some problems but created others. The truck now with 11,000 miles on it is going in the shop to have the transition reflashed”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“The camera screen will not adjust the brightness and sharpness. The dealer said it was normal. I have had seeral vehiles with cameras and it is not normal to me”

Anonymous, NL (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“It drops my android phone often and will pick up my wife's iphone over my phone constantly”

Lou R., CA (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Unsure)
Radio

“Had to replace telecommunication module”

Anonymous, KY (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

“Engine feedback noise on the AM stations. Poor reception. The radio on my 2008 Tacoma had better reception”

Bruce F., VT (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-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

Differential

“Had oil leaks. Replaced differential under warranty. Still had leak, replaced another part”

Anonymous, CT (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Oil leaked from engine. Changed differential, leaked again, teplaced another part. Took 3 times to dealer for repair under warranty. Dealer was good, Toyota corporate did not return my request for return call”

Anonymous, CT (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-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)

“They use a soy based coating on the wires and rodents love to chew the wires”

Michael H., BC (2017 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

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

Engine Major

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

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.

Paint/Trim

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

Exhaust

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

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.

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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

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