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2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

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2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Review

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For decades the Toyota Tacoma, this country’s by-far most-popular-compact pickup, has built a well-deserved reputation for ruggedness, durability, capability and long-term value, and the 2014 model will continue that tradition. Legions of satisfied owners have used their Tacomas for working hard and playing hard, and its popularity just keeps on growing. Its likely competitors have dwindled. The Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota are gone, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have aged (although newer versions are on the way), the Nissan Frontier is not offered in as many configurations, the Honda Ridgeline is rather more SUV than truck. For 2014 the Tacoma continues on, still clearly on top of the segment and available in any configuration of cab, powertrain and trim level imaginable.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re in the market for a compact truck your search should begin, and will likely end, with the 2014 Toyota Tacoma. Essentially, it will do most of what the larger trucks will do, and without the bulk, fuel consumption or cost. It deservedly tops the entire segment.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Tacoma is a compact pickup so, reasonably, it won’t tow or haul as much as a full-size truck. And if you really don’t haul much and want a smoother ride, check out the Honda Ridgeline.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma is offered with four levels of Entune audio, which leverages a smartphone to provide fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services. A new SR appearance package is available for the Tacoma PreRunner and 4x4 Access Cab and Double Cab base models. The X-Runner is discontinued.

Driving the Tacoma Double Cab
Driving Impressions

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma’s compact dimensions make it more easily maneuverable than a full-size pickup. It’s predictable, responsive and easy to drive and park, the ride is acceptable (and is...

... helped with a load in the bed), and it gets down the road in a straight line and around the corners with no surprises. When fitted with the off-road suspension the ride is, understandably, on the firmer side. The base 4-cylinder engine is perfectly agreeable for its purpose, but the 236-horsepower V6 is much stronger and a lot smoother without much of a penalty in fuel consumption. The 4-cylinder can be matched with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, and the V6 has either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic; all transmissions operate smoothly and shift as they should. Some folks feel the seats are somewhat close to the floor, but it’s a minor concern.

STRONG V6 ENGINE
The Tacoma’s available 4.0-liter V6 engine is powerful, smooth and responsive, and works well with either the 6-speed manual or the 5-speed automatic transmission. And it does all that with only a relatively modest reduction in fuel economy.

FUNCTIONAL BED
All Tacomas feature a composite inner bed with built-in storage compartments and four rail-mounted sliding tie-down cleats. The setup is handy, functional and durable.

2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Details
2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab photo Interior

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma offers an interior that’s clean, functional and well-suited to the needs of truck owners. Instruments and controls are easy to see and use, and there are cup holders and other storage spots throughout. The front seats are supportive and comfortable. The rear seats in the Access Cab model are best for children or adults on short trips, but the rear seats in the Double Cab are much better, with storage both under the seat and in a separate compartment accessed by flipping down the seatback.

Exterior
2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab photo

Even though it’s a compact, the 2014 Toyota Tacoma looks every inch a truck, with a rugged and muscular attitude, a big grille (chrome on higher-end trim levels), pronounced fender bulges, large bumpers and a generally workman-like feel from front to rear. The base version has black bumpers and grille, the PreRunner has the off-road look, and the option packages, from SR5 Extra Value to TRD Off-Road to Limited, add their own details. As would be expected of Toyota, the quality, fit and finish are as good as it gets.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment for the 2014 Toyota Tacoma includes the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine of 159 horsepower and a 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo with single-disc 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 add standard bucket seats. Access Cab and Double Cab models include bucket seats with a center console, power mirrors, power windows and power door locks. All models include Entune Audio, which leverages a smartphone to provide fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services.

Optional Equipment

Many of the options for the 2014 Toyota Tacoma are grouped into packages, and not all are available on every version of cab size or powertrain. Packages include the SR5 Extra Value Package, four TRD Off-Road Extra Value Packages, and the Limited Package. Among the major selections are the 4.0-liter V6 engine, the choice of a manual or an automatic transmission, and 4-wheel drive. Beyond that, the options are many and are linked with cab configurations, powertrain choices and trim levels.

Under the Hood

The base 2014 Toyota Tacoma engine is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder of 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It gets the job done but we prefer the available 4.0-liter V6 of 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, as it’s much stronger and smoother and its fuel-economy penalty is not unreasonable. Both engines feature Toyota’s Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) which helps to reduce the compromise between higher-end horsepower and low-end torque. Depending upon engine and drivetrain, maximum towing capacity is 6,500 pounds and maximum payload is 1,500 pounds. There are four available transmissions, 2- or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD), three cab configurations, two cargo bed lengths and numerous other choices.

2.7-liter inline-4
159 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
180 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/25 mpg (2WD, manual), 19/24 mpg (2WD, automatic),
18/21 mpg (4WD, manual and automatic)

4.0-liter V6
236 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
266 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 mpg (2WD, manual), 17/21 mpg (2WD, automatic), 16/19 mpg (4WD, manual), 16/21 mpg (4WD, automatic)

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2014 Toyota Tacoma Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 1489 Ratings for the 2005 - 2015 models.

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

an excellent local hauler

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

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

10 10.0
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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."

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
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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!"

4 people out of 5 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
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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."

3 people out of 4 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
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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.."

7 people out of 10 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
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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)"

7 people out of 12 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.""

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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