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.
Emissions
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

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.
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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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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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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.
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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
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
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 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 2019 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"when the vehicle was just off the lot it was very quiet inside. Vehicle has become noisier, mostly from rear doors."

Anonymous, WI (2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"Truck has poor sound insulation. It is inherent on this truck and it is not pleasurable to drive."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle from dash during cooler temps"

Anonymous, GA (2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"There is a dashboard rattle that may be the passenger side tweeter speaker cover. Toyota is supposed to replace this cover soon."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent rattle in dash, difficult to pinpoint or fix."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"On both the driver's side and passenger's side, the windows seem to allow annoying wind noises. As well, we believe that there is noise that comes through the back seat/panel. We had a 2015 Tacoma that also had some wind noise, but this is worse."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Vehicle is noisier than competing vehicles."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"$37,000 Tacoma TRD Off-Road Extended-Cab has high wind and road noise levels, noticeably louder at highway speeds then the 2019 4Runner. Traded in a bottom trim level 2010 Frontier EX 4-cyl which had less road noise (stock tires both vehicles). Acoustic glass and some actual sound dampening material is sorely needed. Extended cab design with driver/passenger door latching to rear suicide doors is noisier then the double cab."

Anonymous, GA (2019 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

Rough shifting

"Keeps shifting abruptly while going up hills"

Anonymous, (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"While traveling at speed (25-40mph) down or up hill the transmission would hang in a higher gear causing a very high rpm rate for that speed. Only when applying the brake harder then usual for this speed would the transmission slip back down. Usually this happens when coasting not braking or accelerating."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Transmission is unsure what gear to use."

Anonymous, (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"At highway speeds the transmission continually downshifts to fourth or lower gear. If is a 6 speed. Dealer tried to gaslight me into thinking that was normal. Software still not updated. Toyota just rrleased softwarefor a similar problem with 2018 model. I am done with toyota. Too much software based capability to tolerate this kind of basically stupid programming"

Anonymous, (2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 3.5-L V6)

"Gen 3 Tacoma transmission programming (ECU) is a mess even after 4 model years and several programming updates. Obsolete 6sp with very wide ratios 3/4 and 4/5 up-shifts, short-shift programming and immediate torque converter lockup at light to moderate throttle results in very poor throttle response. An 8-sp transmission with closer gear ratios and shift programming that does not sacrifice driving dynamics for the EPA mileage loop should have happened years ago. Toyota truck division is way behind the competition, reliable but obsolete, outdated in many ways."

Anonymous, GA (2019 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

"It howled at 52mph. Toyota is aware of the problem. Their fix is to hand match the gears in a lab, rather than machine matching."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"The steering wheel vibrates at low speeds (20-30 mph) and when decelerating, especially braking. When braking I can feel the vibrations thru the brake pedal."

Charles S., FL (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"A few days after purchase, I took the truck in to the dealership because of the vibration issue. They determined the driveshaft was warped. They replaced it, but that did not fix the problem with vibrations at low speeds and during deceleration/braking."

Charles S., FL (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 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

"the roof trim came loose during a wind gust. I reinstalled the loose trim and we continued our trip. I took the truck into the dealer and they replaced the trim."

Jack P., AZ (2019 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)

"THE TWO TRIM PIECES GOING OVER THE TOP OF THE CAB COME LOOSE WHEN YOU GO THROUGH CAR WASH / DRYING BLOWER BLOWS THEM LOOSE AND THEY HANG OVER THE SIDE. I ABLE TO PUT THEM BACK IN PLACE."

Anonymous, (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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 pump

"Fuel pump is under recall, not changed yet. I was given a new one, but not one that was under the recall. Fuel pump caused truck to stumble badly, but newer one works fine."

Anonymous, (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"Truck died, received recall notice, no recall repair is available yet after several months."

Anonymous, TX (2019 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

Radio

"pre-sets for radio keep changing, and sometimes cannot access some channels on Sirius XM"

Anonymous, (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-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

Seat belts

"Right rear seatbelt buckle would fail to latch when is should have, then sometimes it would also fail to release when the red release button was depressed. Sometimes it took an unreasonable amount of force to get the seatbelt to release. Toyota replaced the seatbelt under the warranty (they told me only to 3 years 36 k miles, however restraint warranties are 5 years 60 k miles)."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"very dangerous system - will occasionally surprise brake application when it is NOT warranted. Vehicle in front turns into another lane approaching intersection -- cruise immediately speeds up to the previously set speed even though you may be 5 carl lengths from the intersection and should be slowing for potential traffic."

Calvin V., FL (2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-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

Steering wheel vibration

"The truck vibrates moderately when slowing down from about 35 mph to 10 mph. I'm not sure if this is a drivetrain or suspension vibration but the vibration can be felt throughout the truck, including the steering wheel, brake pedal, seats, and the floor."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 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.

Brakes

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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