Muscular V6; numerous body styles; convenient in-between size; sporty interior
Fuel economy isn't great; starting to show its age
The Tacoma makes two changes for 2014. Toyota's Entuneaudio system is newly standard, while the sporty SR package is newly optional.
The Tacoma doesn't really do trim levels. Instead, buyers choose a bed length (short or long), a cab style (regular, an extended Access Cab or a 4-door Double Cab), an engine and a drivetrain.
All models come standard with Toyota's Entuneaudio system, though drivers can upgrade it as they see fit. At the top of the Entuneline, the system includes navigation capabilities and Web-basedapp integration that includes services from OpenTable, iHeartRadioand MovieTickets.com, among others.
As for options, they run the gamut. Shoppers can chooseamong anything from a simple, cloth bench seat to leather upholstery with heated front seats. There are off-roadpackages and the new SRpackage, which adds style and suspension work. And there are the usual options,such ascruise control, remote keyless entry, a reversing camera and alloy wheels.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
Ford F-150-- It's not a midsize truck, but base-and mid-levelversions of the F-150 can run toe to toe with the Tacoma in terms of pricing. Same goes for other full-size pickups, but you'll get a bulkier ride than the Tacoma provides.
Honda Ridgeline-- The Ridgelineis based on the Honda Pilot's chassis, and it shares that model's 3.5-liter V6 and transmission. As a result, it isn't quite a "true" body-on-frametruck, but it offers many of the same capabilities, along with an open-air bed.
Nissan Frontier-- The Frontier is the Tacoma's main competitor now that every other midsize truck has been canceled. While the Frontier doesn't have a regular cab, it's similar to the Tacoma in nearly every other way. We recommend test-driving both.