Toyota practically owns the midsize truck segment – half the midsize
trucks sold in the U.S. are Tacomas. It's no wonder why. The Tacoma has a solid reputation based on excellent capability, reliability and an inherent tough-as-nails demeanor. Yet new rivals have been introduced in this once-stagnant segment, and now the Tacoma faces tough competition from the refined Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, as well as the Nissan Frontier. For 2016, Toyota has built upon what Tacoma fans like about the truck, while improving key features like fuel efficiency, noise levels in the cab, and overall refinement. It all comes to market wrapped in bold, attractive new styling.
Toyota's midsize truck is essentially all new, with new styling, a new V6 engine and transmission, a more refined and quieter interior, more capability, and new features, including Crawl Control to make off-roading even easier.
The 2015 Toyota Tacoma gains a new TRD Pro Series trim featuring 16-inch TRD wheels, TRD springs with increased travel, Bilstein shocks and a cat-back exhaust. The 4-cylinder Access Cab offers a Utility Package that removes the rear seat for expanded cargo space, while the Regular cab is dropped this year.
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.
The Toyota Tacoma rolls into 2013 without significant changes after it got a mild facelift, minor interior upgrades and some new audio systems just last year. As before, some top-line options, including the JBL-equipped audio system and Toyota's Entune infotainment system, are reserved for the V6/automatic Double Cab versions.
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma compact pickup truck receives new front-end styling, with a new grille and headlight design, some upgraded interior pieces and new audio systems that include USB ports and Bluetooth. Double Cab V6 models receive the most modern audio system that includes Toyota's Entune infotainment, navigation, HD radio, text/email-to-voice and the JBL GreenEdge energy-efficient sound system.
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.
All Tacoma trucks are now fitted with Toyota's STAR Safety System that adds anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic traction and stability control. Also standard are front-seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. A new Automatic Limited-slip Differential (Auto-LSD) replaces last year's mechanical model and is standard on all trims except for TRD Off-Road Package-equipped vehicles. Access Cab models receive standard power windows and door locks as well as redesigned rear seat.
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.
Cons: "if 6'3" or better may not offer enough room"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Have had trucks in every size, shape and color including a 2008 and 2013 Tacoma. This 2017 4x4 Off Road - dual cab automatic - is a real pleasure. What is most noticeable is: much quieter inside, the suspension is better isolated - the ride is outstanding - not abusive as in other Tacoma's I have had. JBL stereo is a great unit - gas mileage is very good - 19.7 mpg including lots of 4x4 time in town, and 50 mile freeway run at 80 plus mph(speed limit in Montana is 80 MPH)and testing out the crawl and multi terrain modes in off road snow packed conditions. Sun roof is great - really brightens up the inside of the cab and creates a more spacious feeling. Excellent storage underneath and behind the seats and in the truck bed panels. Info and Nav system is easy to interface with. I really appreciate all the bells and whistles - dual climate, auto headlights, push button start - when you put it all together you can understand why the vehicle is pricey - but it holds its value like no other truck and the quality feedback when driving this vehicle is first class."
"I have owned my 2016 Tacoma for over a month now and logged almost 1500 miles since purchasing new. I own the 4x4 Limited which only comes with the short bed double cab. First a few things about me since roof height seems to come into play with taller people. The limited does have the sun roof and I am 5'9" and have no problem clearing the interior roof space. I have about 3 inches of room available and if you recline the seat you can get more if you are taller.
My Tacoma has been nothing but a thrill since owning it. I traded in my Corvette as I needed something practical with all the bells and whistles minus the off-road package. Basic 4x4 is all I need out in the country, I'm not rock crawling. On the highway the vehicle is quiet and conservative. On Texas roads, the V6 performs well as everything is mostly flat here in Central Texas. The small hills I do go up I can notice the heavy 4200 pound truck needing more gas in current gear or it needs to drop a gear to get going. This is due to a lacking V6 more than the truck transmission. While the V6 is adequate, more could have been done in this segment as it should be at least 300 horses with around the same in torque.
Fuel economy is abysmal but it is also a truck. You don't go buy a Ferrari to drive in traffic around town and also don't buy it for fuel economy. The same mindset comes here with the 3.5 Lexus V6 they dropped in the truck. Is it better than the 4.0? That remains to be seen. I do think, that after so many years, they could have squeezed a few more miles to the gallon out of the V6.
Ride comfort is of utmost importance to me. I am a disabled veteran and need the best ride a vehicle can provide. So far, after almost 1500 miles I have yet to have any aches or pains and the truck rides smooth on paved roads and also less improved roads. I'm happy with the overall balance and how the suspension absorbs the bumps on my country road. As time has progressed, the seats have seem to have broken in and gotten better if anything.
While on the topic of seats, rear leg room has yet to be determined. My sister-in-law was back there during the holidays an didn't have any problems but she also isn't the tallest of people. While back leg room looks adequate, a full sized truck is obviously for you if you plan on putting 4 adults in the truck that are anything over 5"10".
The technology package with the JBL sound system sounds fantastic. Is it top quality? I think it's as good as it gets with a factory install. Obviously there are better products out there but vehicle manufacturers aren't in the business of selling sound systems, they sell vehicles. The stock versus the JBL is a night and day difference. The navigation and touch screen is an instant response unlike my wife's VW Passat TDI SEL unit which is slower than molasses. The rear-view camera comes on immediately when you engage reverse and the lines used make sense when measuring distance. I was able to quickly back a truck in with just the camera alone.
Safety features additional air bags than usual as well as the sensors on the back of the truck to let you know of other cars driving past as you back up. It will also detect people and other objects in the way which is a nice extra. When I was leaving the tavern, a vehicle more than 3 car lengths away tripped the beeping sensor letting me know something was coming. I could easily see the vehicle but it's still nice in the event you are in a crowded area.
The new aggressive styling seems to be a mixed bag for some people. I personally like it as it appeals to me and my generation (30 somethings). The Limited doesn't have as much chrome as the Off Road version with the grill but also doesn't come with the sport hood with the non-functioning hood vent. This isn't a big deal as it's a truck not a Corvette. The projector headlights are more than adequate but keep in mind they are H11 Halogen bulbs but people on the Tacoma forums are putting HIDs in with little to no effort.
The interior amenities in the Limited are numerous and appreciated. Wireless charging for mobile devies (unless you have an iPhone like me), heated seats which get nice and hot on the max setting, the central display with tons of information, the entertainment screen with information on just about everything to include fuel economy, and the power outlet in the back bed that supplies enough power to get a light plugged in, a drill working, or a light duty air compressor going.
The entertainment system in itself has tons of features but the best thing so far is the ability to use the traffic and speed limits via HD radio. If HD radio isn't available, the EnTune app on your phone can provide a fall back. This app also supplies Pandora, Yelp, movie tickets, Fuel prices/locations, and much more. It sync's with your truck and you can just use the touch display instead of your phone making things even easier. If you are on T-Mobile, you can saw goodbye to Satellite radio and just use Pandora since data with Pandora is free!
Overall, the truck is great. Of course it is not without it's flaws. The engine could have been better in fuel economy and power but is adequate as is. The headlights do not come on with the wipers and the intermittent settings are only 3 settings tall. Would have been nice to get rain sensing wipers and auto-headlights when the wipers come on as a standard feature on a truck that MSRP's at 40k+. The only other thing I can think of is the lack of remote start. That isn't a huge deal to me as I barely use it on my wife's VW but still, to some, this would have been a nice feature."
Pros: "Good price, Great ride, Standard Sound System nice"
Cons: "Backup sensors should be standard"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Okay so I traded in my 2010 Mazda-5 with 12,000 miles on it, because there are just times when I need a bigger car and my Mazda wasn't holding value anymore. I love this truck, I think it rides very comfortable and its quiet. I had driven a 2015 Tacoma and there is definitely a difference in that the 2106 feels like they tightened things up and its more responsive. I got the 4X2, with the paint protection, the tow package, double cab, short bed, and its an SR5.
I have two complaints,one is its tough getting into the drivers seat. I am 5'11 and I really have to tuck my head in to get in the seat since the seats on any model do not go up or down. I am buying side steps and hoping this helps.
Second, while I think it has plenty of power, I always feel as thought the transmission is hesitant for some reason, and I have seen others write about the transmission, some said there is a firmware update coming out from Toyota?
While I do have the backup camera it would have been nice to have the sensors, not sure if I can add them?
I have gotten milage as high as 24.7, and again I am a pretty happy customer. I also got the lifetime warranty on the transmission and engine from Toyota and not all dealers off that."