By KBB.com Editors
The Tacoma may be Toyota's smallest pickup, but it has long since left the realm of the compact courier. Fresh from a complete makeover last year, the Tacoma now dwarfs the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado in every area that counts. Its closest competitors are now the Dodge Dakota and Nissan Frontier and, while worthy opponents, neither can touch the Tacoma's long history of reliability and high resale value. Wrapped in muscular new sheetmetal and touting the most powerful V6 engine ever to grace a small Toyota, the Tacoma has much to offer those who take their pickup trucks seriously.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a capable pickup larger than a Ford Ranger, but not as massive as a Dodge Ram, look into the Tacoma. When it comes to reliability in this segment, many organizations rank it at the top of its class.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you've driven the Honda Ridgeline or Nissan Frontier and were impressed by their car-like ride and handling, you might be disappointed that the Tacoma still drives very much like a truck.What's Significant About This Car?
The Tacoma receives larger front seats and a two-tone instrument panel featuring new audio head units. Drivers can now switch off the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) on models so equipped.Driving It Driving Impressions
The Tacoma we tested was a Double Cab, long-bed model equipped with a V6, four-wheel drive, five-speed automatic transmission and the SR5 package that includes a limited-slip differential. Put the pedal to the floor and you can feel and hear the powerful V6 working, conveying a refined sort of ruggedness. On the highway, our Tacoma rode rather nicely, but it almost seemed out of its element negotiating city streets.
In general, the Tacoma always felt like it'd be happier hauling or towing something or negotiating rocks in a river. On one hand, that's exactly the attitude many buyers will require for a truck. On the other hand, the Tacoma's competition includes some other very capable trucks that offer a more "car-like" daily driving experiencenamely the Honda Ridgeline and Nissan Frontier.
The Tacoma's six-speed manual transmission helps take full advantage of the available 236-horsepower V6.
All Tacomas feature a composite inner bed with built-in storage compartments and four rail-mounted sliding tie-down cleats.