2010 Toyota Tacoma Safety

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With top five-star results in frontal and side tests from the federal government and top "good" ratings from the IIHS, the 2010 Tacoma gets very respectable ratings—with a "marginal" rating from the IIHS in the rear-impact test being the only blemish.

Anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and electronic stability control are now included across the model line, as are active front headrests, front seat-mounted side airbags, and curtain side airbags, along with an Automatic Limited-slip Differential (Auto-LSD); TRD Off-Road packages are equipped with a separate locking rear differential.

Toyota focuses more intensely on safety with the 2010 Tacoma compared to most other compact or mid-size truck makers.

Automobile Magazine notes, “ABS with brake assist is standard. You can add stability control with traction control, as well as hill-start assist to prevent rolling back from an uphill stop.” Regarding the effectiveness of the standard brake assist feature, which incorporates a valve that increases vacuum assist when the brake pedal is enthusiastically applied—as in a panic situation—Car and Driver finds that their test Tacoma “conduct[s] four rapid stops from 70 mph in less than 190 feet, fleet performance for any pickup.”

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