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The Toyota Tacoma is one of relatively few compact or mid-size pickup trucks still produced. It currently competes with the Nissan Frontier, as well as the new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, although its rival set in the past has included the Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota, among many others. The Tacoma is one of very few remaining mid-size trucks on the market. See our full review of the 2015... Read More Below »
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The Toyota Tacoma is one of relatively few compact or mid-size pickup trucks still produced. It currently competes with the Nissan Frontier, as well as the new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, although its rival set in the past has included the Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota, among many others.

The Tacoma is one of very few remaining mid-size trucks on the market. See our full review of the 2015 Toyota Tacoma for pricing with options, gas mileage ratings, and specifications.  You can also compare the Toyota Tacoma vs. the Nissan Frontier.

Ever since the original introduction of the Tacoma for 1995, it's maintained a loyal set of owners by offering different body styles, powertrains, and especially, a few special editions targeted at off-roaders.

The first Tacoma generation ran from 1995 to 2004, powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a 2.7-liter four-cylinder, or a 3.4-liter V-6, rated between 142 and 190 horsepower. Even the first year offered both two-wheel and four-wheel drive, with a choice of single, or extended cabs, and short or long beds. Over its nine-year run, the first-generation Tacoma saw a number of special editions and limited-run packages with a few cosmetic updates as well.

The current Tacoma arrived in the 2005 model year, and it's been carried through to the present day with remarkably few major changes. It comes a wide variety of configurations: Regular Cab, Access Cab, Double Cab and X-Runner models. All three are available with either short or long beds, and two- or four-wheel drive, in a range of trims and equipment levels. The two engines are a 159-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, and a 236-hp 4.0-liter V-6. Since its launch, towing capacity has rise from 5,000 pounds to today 6,500 pounds in the suitably equipped V-6 model. 

The base regular cab truck can be ordered with minimal features, but offers a choice of four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions. Above the standard trim is the PreRunner specification, which adds several off-road-friendly features, including overfenders, skid plates, mudguards and upgraded wheels and tires. Inside, the trucks upgrade along cab sizes, with the larger models adding more luxurious seating, more folding seat arrangements, and more power accessories. The range-topping Double Cab models add rear-seat amenities including cupholders, heating ducts, and a 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat. 

The X-Runner is a special high-performance version of the Tacoma, offering stiffer suspension, larger alloy wheels and summer tires for better on-road performance, as well as a body treatment to match. Optional upgrades available on various models include a six-disc in-dash MP3-capable stereo system, and a convenience package including power mirrors, remote keyless entry system, cruise control, sliding rear window with privacy glass, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

In recent model years, Toyota has added more off-road-oriented options with T|X and T|X Pro packages in addition to the PreRunner, X-Runner, and TRD Off-Road Package. Also, for the 2012 model year, Toyota expanded the number of four-cylinder Tacoma models and gave these trucks a light refresh, with a somewhat different grille, and less brightwork inside. The orange interior lighting was replaced with blue, and a new standard sound system included six speakers, Bluetooth hands-free capability, and a USB/iPod port.

Also added for 2012 were an available navigation system with real-time traffic and weather, accompanied by a new premium system with HD Radio and Bluetooth audio streaming.

No changes were made to the Tacoma for the 2013 model year; but Toyota discontinued Tacoma Regular Cab models fro 2015.

Beginning in 2015, Toyota will offer a TRD Pro package for the Tacoma, as well as the 4Runner and Tundra. On the smaller truck, it includes an off-road-ready wheel-and-tire package, a new exhaust, upgraded suspension components, and a unique front end, with a different grille and a hood with a scoop.

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The current Toyota Tacoma has been around since 2005, and it's been content to remain one of the mid-size trucks to survive while trucks like the Ranger, Canyon, and Colorado have disappeared or gone on hiatus. The V-6 Tacoma has been the superior performer all along, though it's still a second-place finisher to the Nissan Frontier. Where the Tacoma has excelled is in its various models for off-roader and street stylers; the T|X, PreRunner, X-Runner, and TRD Off-Road packages have niche appeal that can't be found in many other trucks.
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2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma Recalled For Flaw That Could Cause Fuel Leak Or Damage Brakes

Toyota is recalling its Tacoma pickup from model years 2005 to 2011. According to the New York Times, the recall stems from a potential flaw in the truck's suspension, which... read more September 30, 2014 by 


 
2008 Toyota Tacoma

2005-2008 Toyota Tacoma Could Have Frame Rust, May Get Free Fix

Toyota has launched a limited service campaign for some 2005-2008 Toyota Tacomas currently registered in salt-belt-states due to rusting frames. Toyota has received multiple... read more June 22, 2014 by 


 
2014 Toyota Tacoma

2013-2014 Toyota Tacoma Pickup Recalled For Engine Flaw

Toyota has issued a recall for select 2013 and 2014 models of its popular Tacoma pickup. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some... read more December 11, 2013 by 


 
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2004-2011 Toyota Tacoma Recalled For Seat Belt Flaw

Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2004 through 2011 model year Tacoma Access Cab pickup trucks to fix a seat belt issue. The automaker said the safety... read more August 8, 2013 by  1


 
2004 Toyota Tacoma

2001-2004 Toyota Tacoma Pickups Recalled In Cold Weather States

Toyota is conducting a safety recall of certain 2001 through 2004 Tacoma pickups in cold-weather states over concerns that rust in the spare tire carrier assembly may cause... read more November 27, 2012 by  0


 

Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
2WD Access Cab (1)
V6 AT PreRunner Specs $23,760 $22,275 17 21
2WD Access Cab I4 (1)
MT Specs $20,765 $19,467 21 25
2WD Access Cab I4 AT (2)
2WD Access Cab I4 AT Specs $21,665 $20,311 19 24
PreRunner Specs $22,325 $20,930 19 24
2WD Double Cab (2)
LB V6 AT PreRunner Specs $25,360 $23,494 17 21
V6 AT PreRunner Specs $24,860 $23,030 17 21
2WD Double Cab I4 AT (2)
2WD Double Cab I4 AT Specs $22,875 $21,193 19 24
PreRunner Specs $23,425 $21,702 19 24
4WD Access Cab I4 (2)
AT Specs $25,500 $23,897 18 21
MT Specs $24,600 $23,063 18 21
4WD Access Cab V6 AT (2)
4WD Access Cab V6 AT Specs $27,035 $25,346 16 21
TRD Pro Specs $36,505 $34,224 16 21
4WD Access Cab V6 MT (2)
4WD Access Cab V6 MT Specs $26,155 $24,521 16 19
TRD Pro Specs $35,525 $33,307 16 19
4WD Double Cab (1)
LB V6 AT Specs $28,535 $26,435 16 21
4WD Double Cab V6 AT (2)
4WD Double Cab V6 AT Specs $28,035 $25,972 16 21
TRD Pro Specs $37,415 $34,661 16 21
4WD Double Cab V6 MT (2)
4WD Double Cab V6 MT Specs $27,155 $25,157 16 19
TRD Pro Specs $36,435 $33,755 16 19
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