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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2010 Toyota Tacoma Review

The 2010 Toyota Tacoma has powerful engines, a high-quality interior and great safety scores, making it a good choice for anyone in the market for a compact pickup.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong available V6
  • Refined interior
  • Rough ride at times

2010 Toyota Tacoma Overview

When it was new, reviewers were generally impressed with the 2010 Toyota Tacoma. They liked its ride, saying its suspension feels relatively composed on paved streets, though some thought that models with the TRD Off-Road package are somewhat jarring over rough road surfaces. They liked its engines, and said the four-cylinder provides adequate power. However, most preferred the V6 model for its added power, especially when towing or hauling heavy loads. The 2010 Tacoma was offered with two- and four-wheel drive, as well as either a manual or automatic transmission. A two-wheel drive Tacoma with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission achieves 19/25 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. The Tacoma can tow up to 6,500 pounds with the V6 engine.

The 2010 Tacoma was available as either a three-seat regular cab, four-seat extended cab or five-seat crew cab. Reviewers found the front seats comfortable and supportive. Most deemed the extended cab’s back seats only adequate for kids, while the crew cab drew generally high marks for back-seat comfort and space. Reviewers said that the Tacoma’s cabin has a high-quality feel to it, with a simple design and upscale materials. Like most pickups, the base Tacoma came sparsely equipped, with a four-speaker CD stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack. Upper trims and option packages added features like power windows, door locks and mirrors, an upgraded stereo, Bluetooth, upgraded seat fabric and a backup camera.

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Other Trucks to Consider

The 2010 Dodge Dakota can tow heavier loads with its available V8 engine. Reviewers liked its spacious cabin and handy available back-seat storage crate in crew cab models.

The 2010 Nissan Frontier is a top choice for its comfortable ride and powerful, smooth engines. Reviewers also liked its simple, straightforward cabin and off-road capability.

Compare the Tacoma to the Dakota and Frontier »

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