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2008 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

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2008 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Review

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The 2008 Toyota Tacoma may be the Japanese automaker's smallest pickup, but it has long since left the realm of the compact courier. The Tacoma is the best selling pickup in its segment and 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 match the Tacoma's long history of reliability and high resale value. Wrapped in muscular, aggressive 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 2008 Toyota 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?

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) offers a TRD supercharger for Tacomas equipped with the 4.0-liter V6 engine, which can be purchased and installed through the dealership. Also new for 2008 is the TRD Off-Road Rugged Trail Package that includes a locking rear differential, Bilstein shocks, 16-inch Baja wheels, black overfenders and additional skid plates.

Driving the Tacoma Access Cab

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 experience -- namely the Honda Ridgeline and Nissan Frontier.

Six-Speed Manual
The Tacoma's six-speed manual transmission helps take full advantage of the available 236-horsepower V6.

Functional Bed
All Tacomas feature a composite inner bed with built-in storage compartments and four rail-mounted sliding tie-down cleats.

2008 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Details
Interior

Getting into and out of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma is easy, and the firm seats are designed with pleasant bolstering and adjustability to fit most body types and sizes. A recessed, three-ring instrument cluster looks handsome and is in clear view. Most, if not all of the controls are easy to reach and adjust, and steering wheel-mounted controls for the radio are available. Overall, the midsize Tacoma feels very roomy. On the Double Cab, the big back doors open up to a back seat as roomy as that in many small sedans.

Exterior

The 2008 Toyota Tacoma succeeds by blending classic Toyota truck styling with design features of some larger domestic models. Oversized headlamps and a wide trapezoidal grille dominate the Tacoma's assertive-looking exterior and, at a glance, the Tacoma might be mistaken for a domestic truck. The overall exterior of the Tacoma is well done, and an impeccable level of fit and finish is a known characteristic of Toyota products. Double Cab models offer a class-first roof-rack system that attaches to the roof rails. Integrated deck rails found in the bed can be used to secure optional accessories, such as the fork-mounted bike rack and diamond-plated storage boxes. The Tacoma's bed features a protective composite bed liner that is both durable and light.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The two-wheel-drive Tacoma's base four-cylinder engine displaces 2.7 liters. Other standard equipment includes an AM/FM CD sound system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), tachometer, two instrument panel powerpoints and rear mudguards. Access Cab X-Runner and Double Cab models include bucket seats with center console, power mirrors, power windows and power door locks.

Optional Equipment

Options include the 4.0-liter V6, four-wheel drive and SR5 Packages, which add color-keyed overfenders and front bumper, chrome grille surround and a chrome rear bumper. Transmission upgrades from the base five-speed manual include a four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic and six-speed manual. Optional body configurations include Access Cab and Double Cab models, plus a long bed. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is available on all models, while traction control with Hill-start Assist (HAC) is available on V6 models with automatic transmissions. There are also a myriad of TRD parts available including the Off-Road Package and supercharger.

Under the Hood

Both of the Tacoma's engines, the four-cylinder and the V6, feature Toyota's VVT-i technology (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) that minimizes the compromise between low-end torque and peak horsepower. Combined with a choice of four available transmissions, two- or four-wheel drive, three cab styles and more, Toyota makes it easy to get exactly the pickup you want. Maximum towing and payload capacities are 6,500 pounds and 1,495 pounds, respectively.

2.7-liter in-line 4
159 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
180 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (2WD, manual), 19/25 (2WD, automatic),
17/22 (4WD, manual)

4.0-liter V6
236 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19 (2WD, manual), 15/18 (4WD, manual),
16/20 (2WD, automatic), 16/20 (4WD, automatic)

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2008 Toyota Tacoma Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1455 Ratings for the 2005 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Gonna get my third one!

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, visability, reliability"

Cons: "Needs a few more miles per gallon..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"One set of brakes, regular fluid changes, never left me stranded in 180000 miles. It would be insane not to purchase another one. You never see tacomas being towed home."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Another Reliable Tacoma

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Runs great, reliable, great entertainment system"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"A really good truck, love the looks and the interior layout. Plenty of little places to stash things. A comfortable ride, especially as speed increases. Miss a sun/moon roof, tho. The biggest drawback is the gas mileage. For a 2WD 6-cylinder, it only gets 15-16 around town, and best I've ever gotten (on the highway) was 20.6 mpg and that was once. The sticker says 17-21, but only rarely hit 17 (usually driving mostly highway), and never gotten 21 or better. I absolutely love the truck except for the gas mileage."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Coolest looking truck on road but has shortcomings

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Comfort and mileage

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Looks, price, resale value"

Cons: "Comfort, gas mileage, road noise, needs updating"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Purchased my Tacoma in Spring of '12 (2012 PreRunner TRD fully loaded). Had wanted one for years and finally decided that I didn't need a full size pickup anymore. Have always loved the looks but it can beat you up on long trips. As a guy in my mid fifties, I didn't realize how much I would miss the comfort of a full size truck. The gas mileage on my Tacoma 2wd was only about a mile or two per gallon better than the '07 F150 I traded for it. The Tacoma had good power, some nice features, a good sales price and is without doubt the coolest looking truck out there, but after 3 1/2 years behind the wheel, I need to go back to a full size. Most full size brands now have cylinder deactivation to help with mileage. As trick looking as the Tacoma was, it just needs a little more updating and smoothness for this old guy..."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Outstanding truck for the money

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

1st day!

"After 3 cars and an SUV, I realized how much I missed driving a truck. After comparing the GMC/Chevrolet offering, (I work for a store that has a GMC Franchise)and realizing how the incentives didn't come close to what Toyota was offering, not to mention the reliability, I decided on the Tacoma PreRunner V6 with the TRD Off Road Package. This is my first Toyota product, and I could not have been more pleased with the truck. The ride is smooth, considering it is a truck. The other reviewers who chastise the wind noise and the ride need to realize: IT IS A TRUCK YOU BOUGHT! If you wanted a Lexus, then you should have bought it instead! I also like the layout of everything, not to mention the simplicity of the interior. The Entune system works well and is easy to use. It will even display and read my iPhone texts, which few vehicles will. The seats are comfortable, even on longer trips (I've taken it on 3-4 trips of 2+ hours). Storage abounds in the inside and out, especially behind and below the rear seats. Speaking of the rear seats, I have more passenger room in the backseat than in my previous vehicle, a Mazda 3 hatchback. I opted for the 5' bed, which I don't use it very often, but it is big enough for when I do. The backup camera is a great thing to have, especially when hooking up to a trailer, and the scope of it allows you to see pretty well when backing up around another vehicle. I love the rugged looks of the TRD Off Road package, which is why I opted for it, but having the Limited Slip Differential will come in handy, which is another reason why I opted for the PreRunner. We get some snow here, but not enough to warrant the cost and insurance for the 4WD. I look forward to many good years and memories with this truck."

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

1st day!

Last Tacoma for me.

By on Monday, June 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Liked my 07 better. This ride is not as smooth. Squeaks once in a while inside. Mileage is no better.(19 average) Tows good for my 1500lb. boat. Average vehicle at best. At trade in time, I will not be back to Toyota."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

great vehicle for on/off road

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliability. short turn radius in woods offroading"

Cons: "tire pressure monitor system failed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"tire pressure monitor system failed right after warranty ended. Has been repaired with inch of electricians tape over warning light. Otherwise this is an incredible vehicle. Goes anywhere. Now looking for a Tacoma with automatic trans as I am buying a boat/trailer and I am getting old. Still, love the feeling of control a stick shifter gives. As long as I have a pickup it will be a Tacoma."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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