Unlike most baseline pickup trucks, the Tacoma offers both utility and performance on and off the road. Boasting up to 6,500 lbs. of towing capacity and a six-foot bed, this midsize truck is practical and stylish. Those seeking a traditional, affordable modern truck should consider the popular Toyota Tacoma.
When the Toyota Tacoma was introduced in 1995, the Japanese auto manufacturer classified it as a compact pickup. Its design was intended to suit the needs of U.S. markets, where pickup trucks are also used as personal vehicles on
Taller drivers may feel cramped in early models, so more recent editions of the Toyota Tacoma may be more supportive. This vehicle can also handle off-roading better than most vehicles. The Tacoma frame is designed to be flexible in order to keep all four wheels on the ground on uneven surfaces and to ensure smoother riding when off-road.
In terms of reliability, older generation vehicles tend to have fewer problems and those issues can simply be addressed with replacement parts. The four-cylinder models will lose their value quickly, so if power is not an issue, then the lack of significant changes ensures that these models will still work for the intended use. Though anyone seeking the lift in power will have to pay for it, the lack of significant changes in transmission or most standard features will ensure that the Tacoma stands as one affordable truck in any of its years.
Toyota Tacomas come equipped with a composite bedliner, a bed utility rail system, and standard steering. The V6 engine combined with 6-speed automatic transmission ensures enough horsepower to cap out at 25 mpg on the highway. The Tacoma additionally carries five people while some other trucks can only support two.