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 2 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 2018 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"It up-shifts too soon and don-shits too late so acceleration is very poor once you get to the upper gears"

Scott V., TX (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"shifting is rough and when in cruise control it is always shifting"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting is not as bad as it was when I first purchased the truck. However, sometimes when I am parking, I get slight surges that make it a little difficult to park."

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"This transmission is the clunkiest transmission I have ever driven. In my opinion, this transmission cannot last long because the jerking, clunking, etc. has to accelerate the wearing out of the gears. At the dealership, when I took it in for scheduled service and told the employee, he acknowledged that others had complained about the same thing. I am absolutely certain that Toyota has major transmission problems down the road with this particular unit."

Ted P., VA (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"The transmission came from the factory low on transmission fluid."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"At highway speeds the transmission continually hunts for the correct gear. Dealership updated the ECU but it didn't help at all."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"every time I go to the dealer they ay Toyota knows of the problem and working on it big as Toyota is they should have the problem fixed"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a service bulliton update to correct shifting issues."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"When traveling at highway speeds, the transmission shifts from 6th gear to 5th at the slightest hill or head wind. In many cases the transmission stays in 5th gear."

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Auto cruise occasionally starts to creep closer to the vehicle being followed especially when it slows down. Also, in one instance, emergency braking engaged when the vehicle being followed pulled into a left turn lane and stopped."

David K., AZ (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"Recall issue, corrected by Dealer"

R N., CA (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"front sensor failed & has a recall"

William W., ID (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"front sensor failed & is under a recall"

William W., ID (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"I have experienced the truck slowing down around corners when approaching a large truck in the other, same direction, highway lane. I have had to turn off the cruise control to be able to pass these vehicles."

Timothy N., NV (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"The truck started arbitrarily applying to brakes when I would come up behind other cars stopped at an intersection. The truck was recalled for a screwed up radar sensor. This problem hasn't repeated since I had that recall repair completed."

Timothy N., NV (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"Truck tried to brake in rainy conditions when there was no hazard. This was subject to a recall and was fixed after 2 trips to the dealership (they didn't have the parts in stock)."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tacoma 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota issues a recall doe to faulty weather protection for the sensor."

Kirk M., KS (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"Recall to replace master cylinder , not done yet !"

Anonymous, NS (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I actually had no problems, but there was a factory recall on the master cylinder which Toyota replaced."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Master cylinder replaced as part of factory recall"

Anonymous, NM (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall on the Master Cylinder. I was not experiencing any issues. I went in for oil change and a recall came up at the dealership and they swapped out the master cylinder for a new one."

Patricia N., FL (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall because of possible failure"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"there has been a recall on the master cylinder"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"I had a roof rack installed by the dealer. They damaged the rear-window seals during installation. Later, the front passenger seat belt got wet repeatedly, due to a leaking roof seal."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"the noise is caused by both driver and passenger the mirrors. Its awful with the windows down in warmer months, same problem as my 2015 model."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It's loud in the cab"

John C., ME (2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited 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

Display screen goes blank

"In dash entertain and navigation system malfunction. It was replaced by dealer at no charge"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)
Software update fixes

"company recall"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer replaced sensors"

Anonymous, LA (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-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

"Passenger door we seal. Fixed by dealer, still a problem! To much time involved to go back."

D R., CA (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint inside driver's door is cracking and peeling- appears there is no primer in this area."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR 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

"Noticed front tires cupping on outside edge of tread. Dealer rotated tires and did an alignment to correct problem."

Alan S., WV (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

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)

"At 4 months the right side fog light was missing the dealer said it was a case of vandalism and not covered under warranty. Light had four mounting points with only one screw holding in the front bumper."

Pete C., NV (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine stuttering and hesitation. After repeated visits to dealer, who acknowledged the engine problem, and said they were unable to adjust and were waiting on a computer fix from Toyota, I complained to national and regional customer and technical service. Finally the dealer had me bring in my vehicle to have the computer re-formatted with new software to fix the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR 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

Driveline vibration

"I experienced a severe vibration when braking. I got a brake job that was supposed to fix it at a cost of $250. It did not fix the problem. There is a TSB covering an axle but this did not fix it. Turned out to be a bad front wheel bearing."

Rick M., AZ (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 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.

Engine Major

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

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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.

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