The Toyota Tacoma is a popular pickup truck, and not just because it’s often shown in movies as the example of a dependable truck that can handle dirt roads and hauling people and cargo forever. A used Toyota Tacoma can sometimes go for more than a new one, just because sellers don’t want to let go of their prized vehicles without getting top dollar for them.
Whether you’re looking at buying your first Toyota Tacoma or your next one, there is lots to love about this rugged, durable truck. Here are seven things to love about a used Toyota Tacoma.
#1: Reliable – Toyota Tacomas have a long history of strong reliability ratings from testing agencies and drivers. In 2013, ’14, and ’15, the Tacoma scored a five out of five star rating from Consumer Reports.
#2: Safe – Along with strong reliability ratings, used Toyota Tacomas score high in safety as well. The 2017 model scored a 9.3 out of a possible 10 from Consumer Reports. Safety features in that year model include forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors.
#3: Durable – If you’re looking for a truck with excellent off-road ability, the Tacoma won’t disappoint. It comfortably seats four to five passengers and has 4WD and RWD available. If you plan to do a lot of off-roading, look for the TRD Pro line, which offers improved off-road performance and which Toyota started offering in 2017.
#4: Tough Towing – If you foresee the need to tow or haul heavy loads, consider Tacomas with V6 engines. These fuel-efficient models are capable of towing up to 6,800 pounds. The V4 engine handles up to 3,500 pounds, making either option appealing.
#5: Powerful Engine – The Tacoma offers two engine options – a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower, and a larger 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine with 278 horsepower. The V6 option delivers better fuel economy and acceleration power and is a must if you plan to pull a trailer.
#6: Capable Handling – For such a rugged, powerful vehicle, the Tacoma is surprisingly agile. Responsive steering, solid brakes, and a soft ride make it a fun truck to drive.
#7: Fun – The front seats of a Tacoma are incredibly comfortable and offer plenty of legroom. A quiet ride, touch screen, infotainment system, and sleek look make this a fun truck to take out for the weekend as well as to haul things around town.