Reasons to Buy a Toyota Tacoma
Reasons to Buy: Toyota Tacoma | CarMax

October 2016

In the mid-range truck category, the Toyota Tacomais a top seller that offers cutting-edge truck technology. It’s a versatile vehicle that’s durable, fuel efficient, and maintains a higher resale value than just about any other truck

Here are eight reasons why the Tacoma is very popular with CarMax customers.

1. Short bed or long bed.

It’s your pick. For shoppers looking for more versatility and cargo space, a long bed is a best bet. A shorter bed can provide smoother rides and tighter turning, and while you may not have the same carrying ability with a short bed, you’ll still be able to stow the essentials alongside furniture, plywood, and tools.

2. Unbeatable off-road amenities.

A used Toyota Tacoma is a top choice for off-roading, because it offers options like the Multi-terrain Select system, which modulates wheel spin and brake and throttle response depending on your terrain. With either a 4- or 6-cylinder engine under the hood, the Tacoma is well-equipped to handle slick roads, rocky inclines, and snow-covered mountain passes.

If you want total off-road control, take a look at the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road edition. Newer models feature a front end that gives drivers a 32-degree approach angle (for safely tackling steeper inclines), nearly 10 inches of ground clearance underneath, and a backup camera for sticky situations.

3. Roomy interior.

The Tacoma’s roomy cabin is perfect for family adventures and weekend outings. If you need more space, opt for the Tacoma’s double cab, with a bench seat in back that lets you carry five passengers. This four-door offers a quiet interior with plenty of legroom. Across the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and TRD Off-Road editions, the Tacoma’s smart design provides comfort for the driver and passengers.

4. Plenty of power.

A base-level Tacoma comes with a 2.7-liter, inline-4 engine that provides 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. While the 4-cylinder is standard across many recent Tacoma variants, an available 3.5-liter V6 option offers a stump-pulling 265 pound-feet of torque. Choose the manual transmission option so you can harness all that horsepower yourself, where and when you need it.

5. Smooth brake assist.

All Tacoma models offer smooth, four-wheel antilock brake systems. And while stability and traction control have long been part of the Tacoma package, newer models excel off-road with a refined A-TRAC traction control system and hill descent control.

6. Sonar parking assistance.

Late model Tacomas feature a sonar-based rear parking assist system. It’s included in every base SR model. And the Tacoma Limited comes with a blind-spot monitor and rear-side cross-traffic alert system.

7. Fuel economy.

Whether you’re a town explorer or weekend warrior, the Tacoma’s excellent fuel efficiency is a real plus; the 4-cylinder Tacoma averages 19 mpg on city streets and 24 mpg on the highway.

8. A powerful audio package.

Since 2012, all Tacoma models offer Toyota’s Entune audio system. In addition to navigation, Entune offers incredible versatility with mobile device connectivity and satellite and streaming radio services.

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