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2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.5

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is the best selling compact pickup five years running. While some competitors, such as the Ford Explorer Sport Trac, are bowing out of the compact pickup segment all together, Toyota has expanded is presences by adding five new trims to the Tundra line up. Of course, the term compact doesn't necessarily mean small, as the Toyota dwarfs the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado in every area that counts. It's now more akin to the midsize Dodge Dakota and Nissan Frontier, and not all together much smaller than some full-size regular cab pickups. And, while the Frontier and Dakota are worthy competitors, neither can match the Tacoma's excellent resale value and overall history of reliability.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a capable pickup larger than a Chevrolet Colorado, but not as massive as a Ford F-150, the 2011 Toyota Tacoma deserves your attention. Beyond its cult-like following, many consumer groups rank the Tacoma at the top of their reliability and repair charts.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Unlike many crossovers and car-based truck variants, the Tacoma still delivers very truck-like ride and handling characteristics. If you need less off-road ability and more on road comfort, the Honda Ridgeline might make a better choice.

What's New for 2011

Five new fuel-efficient models join the Tacoma lineup for 2011, all equipped with the 2.7-liter engine. New trims include the T|X and T|X Pro Package, both based on last year's SEMA concept trucks. New features for 2011 include standard air conditioning on Regular Cab models and satellite radio on all models equipped with the six-disc CD changer.

Driving the Tacoma Access Cab
Driving Impressions

We tested a 2011 Tacoma Double Cab with a long bed and 4.0-liter V6 engine teamed to a five-speed automatic transmission. Our test vehicle was also equipped with four-wheel drive...

... and the SR5 package that included an automatic limited-slip differential. On the highway, our Tacoma rode rather nicely, but it almost seemed out of its element when asked to negotiate city streets. Put the pedal to the floor, however, and the Tacoma's V6 engine roars to life, conveying a refined sort of ruggedness. Still, we couldn't escape the feeling that the Tacoma would be happier hauling or towing something or negotiating rocks in a river rather than running suburban-type errands. To be honest, that's exactly the attitude many buyers require for a truck. However, if you don't count yourself an off-road enthusiast or weekend rock warrior, the SUV-like ride provided by the Honda Ridgeline is probably a better fit.

Supercharger Kit
The optional Eaton-Roots type supercharger kit increases the V6's output to 304 horsepower and 334 lb.-ft. of torque, and carries a five-year/60,000-mile warranty (or the remainder of the powertrain warranty at the time of installation) when installed by a Toyota dealer.

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

2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Details
Interior

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma's roomy interior includes a recessed, three-ring instrument cluster that looks handsome and is easily viewable from the driver's seat no matter what the driver's size. Most, if not all of the controls are easy to reach and adjust, and steering wheel-mounted controls for the radio are available. The Tacoma's firm seats include firm bolstering in key areas and numerous adjustable points to support most body types and sizes. Access Cab models feature a small rear seat area suitable only for short trips. Frequent four-passenger journeys are best suited for the Double Cab, which features big back doors that open wide for easy entry and exit.

Exterior

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma combines classic Toyota truck styling with some of the oversized features commonly found on full-size domestic trucks. A new grille and more trims this year expand the Tacoma's wide-ranging personality profile, touting oversized headlamps, chrome or black-out grille treatment and an assortment of wheel and tire packages. As with all Toyota products, the Tacoma's overall fit and finish are impeccable, with tight tolerances between body panels, glossy paint and doors the shut with a solid "thunk". Unique features include a class-first roof-rack system on Double Cab models and integrated bed deck rails that can be used to secure optional accessories, such as the fork-mounted bike rack and diamond-plate 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 air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo with single CD system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), front side-impact and side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, tachometer, two instrument panel powerpoints and rear mudguards. Regular Cab 4x4 models with the automatic transmission feature standard bucket seats. 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 for the 2011 Tacoma include a 4.0-liter V6, four-wheel drive, JBL audio with Bluetooth connectivity, and the SR5 Packages which adds color-keyed overfenders and front bumper, chrome grille surround and a chrome rear bumper. Double and Access Cabs can be fit with a rear backup camera while 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. Hill-start Assist (HAC) is available on V6 models with automatic transmissions. There are also a myriad of TRD parts available including the Big Brake Package and a supercharger. In addition, a limited run of T|X and T|X Pro Package features can be added to TRD equipped truck. The T|X trim adds 16-inch black bead-lock alloy wheels, black tube side steps and unique exterior graphics. The Pro Package takes it a step further, adding a cat-back custom exhaust.

Under the Hood

Both the four-cylinder and the V6 Tacoma engines 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 1,535 pounds, respectively.}

2.7-liter in-line 4
159 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
180 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/25 (2WD, manual), 19/25 (2WD, automatic),
18/20 (4WD, manual), 18/21 (4WD, automatic)

4.0-liter V6
236 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19 (2WD, manual), 17/21 (2WD, automatic), 14/18 (4WD, manual), 16/20 (4WD, automatic)

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1491 Ratings for the 2005 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

an excellent local hauler

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "a pleasure to drive"

Cons: "A turbo would help"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We have made several short trips across the state and things have gone well. Last year we went from Spokane, WA. to Rapid City, SD, not good, spent too much time in lower gears. our city mpg is about 18 and hwy is 24. This is an excellent truck but not for crossing the continental divide. I do like this truck very much and it is my 2nd Tacoma, I just wish I had gotten a V-6."

6 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Best Truck I've Ever Owned!

By on Saturday, April 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 231,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything!"

Cons: "Small Gas Tank"

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

"It's going to be really hard to say good bye to this truck. She has 231,000 miles and going, but it's time to let someone else enjoy her amazing performance and reliability. She's been my side kick since January of 2007. Sometimes I think I'm the truck's sidekick. She's been amazing and incredible, and even then, that's an understatement. Unfortunately I can't afford the same truck brand new. The new models start at $5,000 more than what I paid for mine in 2007. I definitely plan to buy a Tacoma sometime in the future when I can afford a truck again. In the meantime, I have to settle for a car :( This truck has been outstanding. Only broke down once in Toyon,CA due to the battery. Other than that, never had any other issues. Till this day, she can tow like a beast, and she has the tenacity to accelerate up to speed when merging onto the freeway. Hardly any vibration at higher speeds even with her miles. I strongly recommend! If you want a truck that drives like a car, tows like a beast, whose reliability is as sure as death and taxes, the Tacoma is your truck!"

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Reliable, tough looking....a 10 in my book

By on Thursday, March 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "tough looking reliable comfortable"

Cons: "mpg could be better"

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

late afternoon getting ready for a weekend dirt bike trip

"There are only a few things that make this different than a trd off road version. In my eyes, they are significant. First, Toyota matched up the perfect suspension and lift kit that makes the trd pro just look that much tougher than a regular trd off road package and the price is not that much more. I am extremely happy with this truck and believe it or not get many compliments on the looks."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

late afternoon getting ready for a weekend dirt bike trip

great truck....

By on Friday, March 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 236,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "everything ."

Cons: "nothing"

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

"this one has 236,000 and is still going stronge and looks great. this is my second one and I love it . the first one I had 213,000 and I still see it on the road. looking to get 2016 soon . love these trucks.."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

I love this truck but, I just do not care to drive

By on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very nice vehicle, drives very well, turns heads!"

Cons: "I have no cons. I just do not drive much."

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

"I have really kept very good care of this truck. As of now, no tears or cracks. This is really a very safe and reliable truck. (My husband has a 2014 4dr Tundra and we have a little s10). Awesome truck that someone else might really enjoy. *I owe $12k on it and it just sits here on my carport looking beautiful and bright white. (I'd like to Sale for $25,000)"

12 people out of 31 found this review helpful

WAAAY OVERPRICED for what you get

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I owned and sold this car

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "style, towing capability"

Cons: "almost everything else"

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

"got this truck when it first came out in my honest opinion I think I paid way too much for it,definitely not the best value for a "truck" I learned. sold it after 3 years. main reasons are space (I am 6'1 tho), stereo!, navigation, MPG for a smaller pickup, power, and last but not least cost of repairs.""

18 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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