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 2015. Base-level Tacoma regular cab models are gone, while a new off-road-oriented TRD Pro model joins the lineup.
Interestingly, the Tacoma doesn't really do trim levels. Instead, buyers choose a bed length (short or long), a cab style (either an extended Access Cab or a 4-door Double Cab, as regular cab models have been discontinued for 2015), an engine and a drivetrain.
All models come standard with Toyota's Entune audio system, though drivers can upgrade it as they see fit. At the top of the Entune line, the system has navigation capabilities and Web-based app integration that includes services from OpenTable, iHeartRadio and MovieTickets.com, among others. All Tacoma models also come standard with air conditioning, Bluetooth and a tilt-telescopic steering wheel.
As for options, the Tacoma offers the gamut. Shoppers can choose between anything from a simple cloth bench seat to leather upholstery with heated front seats. Other options include cruise control, remote keyless entry, a reversing camera and alloy wheels. The new-for-2015 TRD Pro package adds an improved suspension and other goodies for improved off-road capability.
The 2015 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with stability control, active front headrests, and front, side and side-curtain airbags.
In government crash tests, the Tacoma Double Cab received an overall score of four stars out of five, including three stars for frontal impact and five stars for side impact. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Tacoma its highest score of Good in all categories except roof strength, where the Tacoma got a subpar Marginal grade. The Tacoma has not yet been subjected to IIHS's difficult new small-overlap front crash test.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
Chevrolet Colorado -- The Colorado isn't out yet, but if you're not buying right away, it's worth adding to your shopping list. Expected this fall, the Colorado brings a fresh new design to the midsize-truck segment and offers an available diesel engine.
Ford F-150 -- It's not a midsize truck, but base- and midlevel versions 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.
Nissan Frontier -- Now that all other midsize trucks are gone, the Frontier is the Tacoma's main competitor. 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.
The beauty of the Tacoma is that Toyota makes one for practically every purpose. We especially love the new off-road-oriented TRD Pro model. Like Marty McFly in "Back to the Future," we just think there's something cool about a tough, trail-ready Toyota pickup.Find aToyota Tacoma for sale