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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.4
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2015 Toyota Tacoma Review

Its design may be a decade old and its rivals may be more refined, but the 2015 Toyota Tacoma remains a solid used compact pickup, with good off-roading chops and above-average predicted reliability. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Impressive off-road ability
  • Low predicted cost of ownership

 

 

  • Aging design
  • Lackluster cabin materials

 

2015 Toyota Tacoma Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Tacoma a Good Used Truck?

Toyota introduced minor updates to the 2015 Tacoma pickup, and the overall recipe works well. The Tacoma continues to excel off road, and it boasts one of the lowest five-year cost of ownership estimates in its class. On the downside, its cabin materials are unimpressive compared to the competition.

Used 2015 Toyota Tacoma Performance and Interior

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 159-horsepower four-cylinder engine; a 236-horsepower V6 is available. The four-cylinder comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic is available. The V6 pairs with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission.

The base engine provides sufficient power for everyday commuting, but the V6 offers more power for towing and hauling. The six-speed manual transmission feels especially engaging and responsive.

The base Tacoma gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is average for the class. The V6 gets 16/21 mpg city/highway.

Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available in the Tacoma. It has a comfortable ride and composed handling. The Tacoma is easily maneuverable, and its steering is responsive. Models equipped with the TRD Off-Road package offer excellent off-road performance.

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Toyota Tacoma Access Cab models seat four and Double Cab models seat five, both on standard cloth upholstery. Available features include upgraded cloth or leatherette upholstery, as well as heated front seats. The front seats are comfortable with good headroom and adequate legroom. Access Cab models provide sufficient rear-seat headroom but cramped legroom, while Double Cab models offer more comfortable rear seating. For attaching child safety seats, both models feature two complete sets of LATCH connectors, while the middle seat in Double Cabs also include an upper tether.

Standard features in the Tacoma include Toyota's Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a USB port. Available features include navigation, weather and traffic information, smartphone integration, and HD Radio.

The Tacoma's gauges are easy to read, and the center stack features intuitive controls. Additionally, the dashboard controls are logically arranged.

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Used 2015 Toyota Tacoma Prices

The average price of a used 2015 Tacoma ranges from about $20,400 for a base Access Cab model to around $32,990 for a top-of-the-line Double Cab model.

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We gathered and analyzed 92 Toyota Tacoma reviews, along with crash test results, reliability ratings, and cost of ownership estimates, to help you decide if the 2015 Toyota Tacoma is the right used truck for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2015 Tacoma has an above-average predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five, which is the same as other 2015 compact pickups.

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How Safe Is the Tacoma?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Toyota Tacoma four out of five stars for overall safety. Access Cab models received four stars in all crash tests. Double Cab models received five stars in side crash tests, four stars in rollover tests, and three stars in frontal crash tests. 

Access Cab models earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in in the only two categories they tested. Double Cab models earned Good scores in three of the four test categories. In the fourth – roof strength – the Tacoma earned the second lowest score of Marginal. 

The 2015 Tacoma doesn't come standard with advanced safety features, and the only available advanced driver assistance feature is a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used Tacoma?

The 2015 Tacoma marks the end of the model's second generation, which began with the 2005 model. The Tacoma received updated interior and exterior styling for the 2012 model year, as well as new infotainment features. There were no significant changes for 2013, but Toyota's Entune infotainment system became standard with the 2014 model. The only changes for 2015 were the discontinuation of the Regular Cab body style and the addition of a new off-road package. If neither of those interest you then go with a 2014 model, which should be less expensive than a similarly equipped 2015.

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Which Used Toyota Tacoma Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma comes in two cab configurations: Access and Double. Access Cab models seat four and Double Cab models seat five. If you plan to travel with adults in the second row, spring for the Double Cab, which more comfortably accommodates tall passengers in the rear seats. The Double Cab is also available with the more powerful V6 engine and comes standard with Toyota's Entune infotainment system, a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a driver's seat with lumbar support.

For added peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned Tacoma. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its CPO 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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2015 Toyota Tacoma and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Tacoma or 2015 Chevrolet Colorado?

The Chevrolet Colorado won our 2015 Best Compact Truck for the Money award thanks to it upscale interior, good fuel economy, and spacious rear seats. The Colorado has two available engines that are both more powerful than the Tacoma's, and the Chevy can tow up to 7,000 pounds compared to the Toyota’s max towing capacity of 6,500 pounds. The Colorado has a comfortable ride with precise steering and strong brakes. Like the Tacoma, the Colorado’s four-seat models have cramped rear-seat legroom, but the Colorado's five-seater has abundant legroom. The Colorado doesn't come standard with as many features as the Tacoma, though it does come with a rearview camera and offers advanced safety features, which the Tacoma does not. Additionally, the Colorado’s interior has high-quality materials and an attractive design.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Tacoma or 2015 Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup truck with more interior space than the Tacoma and seating for up to six. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and there is ample legroom in the rear. The F-150 also features soft-touch materials and an available voice-activated infotainment system. In addition, the F-150 outperforms the Tacoma in terms of power and towing. The F-150 has four available engines, with the most powerful pumping out 385 horsepower. It can also tow up to 12,200 pounds. For a truck that has it all, go with the F-150.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Tacoma or 2015 Toyota Tundra?

The Toyota Tundra, another full-size pickup truck, has lackluster cabin materials and an outdated design like the Tacoma. Additionally, it gets below-average fuel economy. However, it has a roomier interior and seats up to six. Rear-seat head- and legroom is generous, and it offers more comfort features, such as leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats. The Tundra comes standard with similar features as the Tacoma, plus a rearview camera. Both of the Tundra's available engines are more powerful than the Tacoma's. If you don't mind the dip in fuel economy, go with the Tundra.

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