The Toyota Tacoma has the required and some above-and-beyond safety features, but its crash-test scores aren't all that good.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tested one version of the Tacoma, the four-door Tacoma Double Cab. For that body style alone, the NHTSA gives the pickup an overall rating of four stars; however, that rating includes a three-star score for frontal impacts, with a five-star score for side-impact protection. No other body styles have yet been tested.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Tacoma a top 'good' score in frontal, side, and rear impact, but especially of concern though is that the Tacoma earned a 'marginal' rating in the new IIHS roof strength test, which gauges the roof's protection of occupants in a rollover crash. Relative to other types of vehicles, pickups are especially rollover-prone in accidents.
Otherwise, the Tacoma is fitted with standard anti-lock brakes, stability control, and brake assist; active front headrests; and six airbags, including curtain and front seat-mounted side airbags. Most models also include an Automatic Limited-slip Differential (Auto-LSD).