2009 Toyota Tacoma Review

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2009 Toyota Tacoma

Tacoma tops others as the compact pickup

The Toyota is the best compact pickup for just about any need, say. It not only has the lowest price of any pickup, it also the best safety, fuel interior quality and resale along with the widest of configurations and options. Experts say you can a Tacoma that’s roomy for a family, brawny enough to tow and surprisingly heavy loads, or enough for serious off-roading.

The Tacoma’s superior safety and quality scores give it the over its closest competitor, the Frontier (*Est. $17,460 to in most reviews. Both trucks get far better reviews domestic rivals such as the Ranger (*Est. $15,835 to Chevrolet Colorado (*Est. to $26,940) and Dodge Dakota $21,075 to $31,280), all of which from quality, reliability safety drawbacks.

The Tacoma gets the highest ratings in all crash tests, and the version is nearly as rollover-resistant as the sedan (the four-wheel-drive has a higher rollover risk). The Honda Ridgeline (*Est. to $36,530) is the only pickup in any that can match the Tacoma’s ratings, and no other compact even comes close.

do find a few flaws in the Toyota , but they usually consider minor — intrusive or engine noise, for example, and a that doesn’t feel as rigid as the Nissan Frontier’s cornering hard or off-roading. testers note that the seat is too low and can’t be raised, could be a problem for short

The Toyota Tacoma‘s quality gets mixed Some testers find it but others find it bouncy, they’re testing the regular or the stiffer off-road package. complaints have emerged as more than 800,000 built from 1995 to lack sufficient corrosion according to reports.

Toyota has offered to buy back of those trucks, and we found no complaints for more recent Reliability has been generally experts say. The Tacoma is by a three-year, 36,000 mile warranty and five-year, 60,000-mile warranty.

Engine, cab options for the Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma have a choice of two engines. The 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder class-leading fuel economy and power, according to experts. is stronger with the optional 4.0-liter V-6, at the cost of a of miles per gallon in fuel

Three cab setups are offered on the Tacoma. The regular cab seats with a bench seat, and it with a 6-foot cargo The Access Cab has a 6-foot bed and seats with front buckets and fold-up seats in the back, reviews say these back aren’t habitable for anything but trips, and the narrow, rear-hinged doors can box out your shopping if someone’s parked next to

The Tacoma Double Cab has four doors and either a 5- or 6-foot It seats five, with a split rear bench sized for adults. The Tacoma Cab is quite roomy for a compact testers say, but it doesn’t real stretch-out backseat the way the midsize Honda Ridgeline or a crew-cab pickup does.

different drive/suspension choices are for different needs. Four-wheel costs extra with any style. You can add a Toyota Racing (TRD) Sport package $3,255 to $4,065), which a sport suspension, graphics, seat fabric, etc. or the TRD package (*Est. $3,815 to with an off-road suspension, rear differential, hill and descent control and more.

Experts say the off-road-spec Toyota is quite capable, holding its own the Nissan Frontier and the Hummer H3T $30,750) in one test.

With a Toyota Tacoma, you can opt for the regular (*Est. $15,170 to $20,105); the Tacoma PreRunner (*Est. to $24,000), which reviews say like a four-wheel-drive truck a raised suspension, but without the or added traction of actual drive; or the Tacoma X-Runner $25,285), which has a sport and lower body trim. tests four different trucks; testers find the handles like a sports car still offering most of the of the other models, although say the Toyota Tacoma PreRunner and models are a better value.

According to Environmental Protection estimates, you’ll get the best economy with the rear-wheel-drive Tacoma‘s four-cylinder and five-speed manual transmission (20 mpg 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined). Fuel drops as you add power, down to 14 mpg 19 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined with the V-6 six-speed manual transmission and drive.

Towing capacity is a 3,500 pounds, but a special tow package for the six-cylinder Toyota ups the ante to 6,500 pounds. editors single out the composite bed lining as an attractive feature, it should resist rust and

Review coverage for the Toyota

ConsumerGuide.com tests most including several different trims, but write-ups here are ConsumerReports.org is known for its unbiased, testing, but although editors compare the Tacoma extensively most of its competitors, off-road is slim. Edmunds.com’s write-up nearly every aspect of the but it doesn’t rate it against as extensively as the above sources.

Blue Book’s single-truck include helpful resale predictions. Write-ups at Car and Driver and Trend are brief, but these test a lot of trucks and carry a lot of PickupTrucks.com includes the Tacoma in an comparison test.

Other cover individual aspects of the including safety, fuel ownership costs and the frame issue.

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