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2011 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab Review

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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 Regular 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 Regular 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 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."

7 people out of 14 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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