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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.3
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2014 Toyota Tacoma Review

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma has lower ownership costs than rivals and many standard features. It has a smooth-shifting automatic transmission, first-rate cabin build quality, and spacious rear seats in Double cab models.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system is standard
  • First-rate cabin build quality
  • Spacious rear seats in Double cab
  • Smooth-shifting automatic transmission

 

  • Tight rear seats in Access cab

 

2014 Toyota Tacoma Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Tacoma a Good Used Truck?

Among used 2014 pickup trucks, you'll get one of the best values with the Toyota Tacoma. Though it comes with a lot of standard technology, and has excellent fuel economy, it still has lower long-term ownership costs than its competitors. We named the 2014 model as our Best Compact Pickup Truck for the Money.

The 2014 Tacoma has sufficient power from its base four-cylinder engine, as long as you aren't hauling or towing anything heavy. The available V6 lets the Tacoma tackle more than your daily commute. The V6-powered model boosts your towing capacity to 6,500 pounds. A rear-wheel-drive Tacoma with the smaller engine and the standard five-speed manual transmission has an EPA rating of 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, and the V6-powered equivalent gets 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway. Around town and on the highway, the Tacoma is pretty easy to maneuver and easier to park than a larger truck like the Chevy Silverado. However, the Tacoma is the most capable 4x4 among the competition. In addition to available four-wheel drive, Toyota offered a TRD Off-Road package from the factory in 2014, which added components like Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, an engine skid plate, and downhill assist.

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The 2014 Tacoma is durable and practical – the ideal mix most buyers want in a compact pickup. Its interior uses lots of hard plastics, though its cabin is still nicer than its rivals'. The Tacoma also comes with an appealing amount of standard technology. The base infotainment system features Toyota's Entune interface, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth, and voice commands. Available features include a JBL audio system, heated front seats, HD Radio, navigation, cruise control, and power windows, door locks, and mirrors.

Seating capacity in the Tacoma depends on the cab configuration. Regular cab models have one row that holds up to three people. Access (extended) cabs can seat four people, though the back seat is cramped for adults. The Double cab's rear seats are roomy enough for even tall passengers and expand your total capacity to five. For child safety seats, all Tacoma models with a second row come with a tether anchor for each seat and lower anchors on the outboard seats. The 2014 Tacoma comes with either a 5- or 6-foot bed, and the bed liner is made of a material that is durable and resistant to dents.

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Used 2014 Toyota Tacoma Prices

Prices for a used 2014 Toyota Tacoma depend largely on its build configuration and typically range between about $15,400 (for a Regular cab) and $25,800 (for a top-line Double cab V6 model). The vehicle's condition, mileage, and location also affect the price. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2014 Tacoma receives a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is about average. Both the 2014 Nissan Frontier and 2014 Honda Ridgeline earn higher scores.

How Safe Is the Tacoma?

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma received an overall rating of four out of five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its crash test performance. Advanced driver assistance features are a rarity in compact pickup trucks from 2014, though some Tacoma models come a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used Tacoma?

The 2014 model is part of the Tacoma's second generation, which ran from the 2005 through 2015 model years. For the 2012 model, Toyota updated its interior and exterior styling, and during the final years of this generation, they made a few technology improvements and changes to the available trims. Beyond that, the differences are limited, so you may be able to save some money with a 2012 or 2013 Tacoma instead. As a bonus, both of those model years have higher reliability scores than the 2014 Tacoma.

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Which Used Toyota Tacoma Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma comes in three different cab configurations (Regular, Access, and Double), all of which can come with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. If you routinely travel with passengers older than grammar school kids, you'll want the Double cab – the only model with a back seat that can comfortably fit adolescents and adults. This Tacoma comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive; four-wheel-drive PreRunner versions are powered by a V6 engine.

With a certified pre-owned Tacoma, you get a used truck that's covered by a factory warranty. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 91 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our 2014 Toyota Tacoma review is not based on personal opinion. Instead, we gathered and analyzed 91 pieces of information, getting down to the finer details such as fuel efficiency, legroom, and standard and available features. Our overview also includes feedback on how the Tacoma competes with top rivals, so you can make an informed buying decision on your used pickup truck.

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2014 Toyota Tacoma and Other Trucks to Consider

In 2014, the selections for a small truck were slim. The Ford Ranger had retired three years earlier and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon were on hiatus, returning the following year fully redesigned. Here's how the Tacoma stacks up against the other 2014 compact pickups.

Which is Better: 2014 Toyota Tacoma or 2014 Nissan Frontier?

Pricewise, a 2014 used Nissan Frontier is the Toyota Tacoma's closest competitor; you'll likely pay around the same amount for either. The Tacoma will save you more in the long run, though, thanks to its lower ownership costs and higher fuel economy. It also comes with more standard technology (including a touch screen and a straightforward infotainment system) and a roomier back seat.

Which is Better: 2014 Toyota Tacoma or 2014 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is the only model in our 2014 compact pickup truck ranking that comes standard with a rearview camera. It's also the most dependable, earning a perfect five from J.D. Power and Associates for reliability. The Ridgeline comes with a V6 engine that's adequate for most tasks. Overall, though, the Ridgeline can't match the Tacoma when it comes to towing or off-roading, and it has a cabin design that feels stale in comparison.

Which is Better: 2014 Toyota Tacoma or 2014 Toyota Tundra?

If you need a larger pickup truck, Toyota also has the full size 2014 Tundra. It was refreshed inside and out for 2014 and comes standard with a V6 engine, a rearview camera, and a similar infotainment system. Of the two, the Tundra is the better pick if you need a workhorse (it can tow up to 10,400 pounds), but a smaller Tacoma 4x4 is best for off-roading.

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