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Pros & Cons

  • Strong available V6
  • High-quality interior
  • Front seats too low for optimal comfort




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.3
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2011 Toyota Tacoma Overview

When it was new, reviewers were generally impressed with the 2011 Tacoma’s power and handling. They said that it rides fairly comfortably, and noted that models equipped with the available off-road package are fairly decent off-roaders. Reviewers said the base four-cylinder provides adequate power, but many preferred the V6 model for its added power, especially when towing or hauling heavy loads. The 2011 Tacoma was offered with two- or four-wheel drive, and either engine could be paired with a manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy for a two-wheel drive Tacoma with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission averages 19/25 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. The Tacoma’s maximum towing capacity with the V6 engine is 6,500 pounds.

Among compact pickups, the 2011 Tacoma’s cabin was one of the most widely praised for its high-quality materials and solid construction. The regular cab model has seats for three, while extended and crew cab models have seats for four and five people, respectively. Reviewers said the front seats offer plenty of comfort and support, though some critics complained that the seats are mounted too low. Most said the extended cab’s back seats are best left to kids, while the crew cab drew generally high marks for back-seat comfort and space. The base Tacoma came with few notable standard features, which included a four-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Features that were available include power windows, locks and mirrors, an upgraded stereo with satellite radio, a CD changer, Bluetooth and a backup camera.

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Other Trucks to Consider

Reviewers rated the 2011 Nissan Frontier highly for its refined ride and powerful available engines. The Frontier also has strong safety scores for the class.

If you’re willing to forego the Tacoma’s high-quality cabin materials, the 2011 Ram Dakota is a good choice among compact pickups. It has a spacious cabin, an available V8 that reviewers liked and a higher towing capacity than the Tacoma.

Compare the Tacoma to the Frontier and Dakota »

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