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2017 Toyota Tacoma Review

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma ranks among the best in its class thanks to its quality interior, low ownership costs, strong V6 engine, and composed handling both on and off the road.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Refined ride and handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Cramped backseat




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Toyota Tacoma Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma a Good Used Truck?

The Toyota Tacoma is a fine choice if you’re shopping for a used compact pickup truck. The Tacoma is pleasant to drive, and it’s a capable off-roader as well. It boasts a well-appointed cabin, lots of easy-to-use tech features, and a fuel-efficient V6 engine that makes light work of pulling heavy loads. Better still, the Tacoma has high safety ratings and below-average ownership costs.

There are some compromises, though. The Tacoma’s rear seats are rather cramped, and its standard four-cylinder engine is underpowered. Even so, it’s a great truck.

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How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma?

You can expect to pay between $24,900 and $38,300 for a used 2017 Tacoma. These figures are based on 1,900 listings for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma on our site. The average price is $32,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Tacoma Cost to Own?

The Tacoma’s five-year cost estimates for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $25,100 – or about $5,000 per year. That’s lower than average for the compact truck class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tacoma?

Buying used is often the best way to save money on your car purchase, but you might find more value with a new 2018 Tacoma. The Tacoma’s superb resale value means that models that are two and three years old can demand prices that are in line with new models. That’s great if you’re looking to sell, but not so great if you’re looking to buy. In this instance, it often makes more sense to opt for a new 2018 Tacoma, which starts at $25,400. Not only will you get a brand-new vehicle, but you’ll also find standard safety features that weren’t available in previous models, such as forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

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Several new compact pickup trucks have starting prices that are lower than the 2017 Tacoma’s average price. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado starts at just $20,200 and has a refined ride, a quality interior, and burly engine options. You can’t go wrong with either a used Tacoma or a new Colorado. The 2018 Nissan Frontier has an even lower starting price of $18,990, but it’s short on modern features and amenities, and its low-quality interior leaves a lot to be desired. You’re better off with a used Tacoma than a new Frontier.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Tacoma Is Best?

Toyota gave the Tacoma a full redesign for the 2016 model year, kicking off the truck’s third generation. There have been regular updates with each model year. The 2017 Tacoma gained a TRD Pro variant, which offers improved off-road performance. The 2018 Tacoma gained Toyota Safety Sense P, a suite of standard safety features that includes forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

All Tacomas in this generation offer a similar driving experience and the same infotainment features, along with great towing and off-road ability. However, you’ll need to opt for a 2018-and-newer model for the latest safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2017 Tacoma has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2017 Tacoma. These issues include faults with the brake booster, crankshaft position sensor, and rear differential. Before buying a used Tacoma, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota Tacoma Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2017 Tacoma in two body styles (a four-seat Access Cab and five-seat Double Cab), two bed lengths (5-foot and 6-foot), and five trim levels. The base model SR is the best option for most shoppers. It has lots of standard features and is available with almost every engine, transmission, bed, and cab configuration

The Tacoma SR comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, AM/FM radio, a CD player, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, cloth seats, a front skid plate, and steel wheels. The SR5 trim adds cruise control, satellite radio, fog lights, and remote keyless entry. The TRD Sport trim adds a navigation system, larger 7-inch touch screen, proximity keyless entry, and alloy wheels.

The TRD Off-Road trim adds Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, and additional traction control modes. The Tacoma Limited (Double Cab only) adds a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors. Lastly, the top-level Tacoma TRD Pro (Double Cab only) adds high-performance Fox shocks and a TRD exhaust.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Tacoma?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Tacoma a Good safety score in all five areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Tacoma a perfect five-star rating in the side impact test, a four-star overall rating, and four stars in the front and rollover crash tests. All 2017 Tacoma models come standard with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are available.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Tacoma or 2017 Toyota Tundra?

The 2017 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma are designed to appeal to two very different used truck shoppers. The full-size Tundra is unquestionably a better workhorse and family hauler. It offers roomier seating, a longer 8-foot bed, a much heftier 10,500-pound towing capacity, and a potent V8 base engine. However, the advantages end there. The Tacoma has the same safety features and user-friendly infotainment system as the Tundra, and it tops the larger Toyota in off-road ability, fuel economy, and value. Used Tacoma models are often much less expensive. Ultimately, both pickup trucks are fine choices, but the Tacoma is better for the average shopper.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Tacoma or 2017 Nissan Frontier?

The 2017 Nissan Frontier isn’t a good option. While the Frontier can handle light off-roading and moderate towing jobs, it falls flat in areas where the Tacoma shines. The Nissan has a low-rent interior, no advanced safety features, an outdated infotainment system, low V6 fuel economy, and a stiff ride. Stick with the Tacoma.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Tacoma or 2017 Chevrolet Colorado?

It’s hard to go wrong with either the 2017 Tacoma or 2017 Chevy Colorado. Both compact pickup trucks are supremely capable off-roaders and comfortable to drive. Each rates well for predicted reliability and crash safety. However, the Colorado offers just a bit more than its Toyota rival. It has a roomier back seat, a higher maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds, a fuel-efficient diesel engine, and support for Apple CarPlay – a popular infotainment feature that the Tacoma lacks.

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2017 Tacoma Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Tacoma Drive?

The 2017 Tacoma has two engine options: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower, and a 3.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard; four-wheel drive (4WD) is available, as are six- and five-speed manual transmissions. The four-cylinder engine does a decent job of hustling the Tacoma around town, but it sounds strained under hard acceleration and offers no fuel economy benefit over the brawnier V6. You’re better off with the V6 – it supplies extra passing power and far more muscle when pulling a trailer.

The Tacoma impresses with responsive steering, strong brakes, and a comfortable ride. That said, the Limited trim’s larger 18-inch wheels noticeably worsen the ride quality. Every four-wheel-drive Tacoma has what it takes to venture off-road confidently, thanks to the truck’s two-speed transfer case, skid plates, and 9.4 inches of ground clearance. For extreme off-roading capability, consider the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims. These models add a locking rear differential, high-performance shock absorbers, additional traction control modes (Multi-Terrain Select), and crawl control (a low-speed form of cruise control).

Does the 2017 Toyota Tacoma Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Tacoma has respectable gas mileage for a compact truck, though it still can’t match the fuel-efficient diesel engine available in the 2017 GMC Canyon and 2017 Chevy Colorado. The Tacoma’s V6 engine returns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. That drops by 1 mpg with four-wheel drive. The four-cylinder Tacoma with front-wheel drive returns a comparable 19/23 mpg city/highway (19/22 mpg with 4WD).

2017 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity

The base Tacoma can tow 3,500 pounds. An optional V6 Tow package increases this rating to 6,800 pounds. This package includes a heavy-duty alternator and additional radiators for the engine oil, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid.

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2017 Tacoma Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Tacoma Seat?

The Tacoma seats four in Access Cab models and five in Double Cab models. Its front seats are cozy, and there’s ample room up front in both cab styles. The driving position is awkward, however, and the steering wheel isn’t very adjustable.

There are even more disappointments in the back. The Access Cab model has a pair of rear-hinged doors, and its jump seats are uncomfortable and cramped. The Double Cab has traditional rear doors, and its rear bench seat is comfier and roomy enough for kids and teens. However, adults may still find this area too snug for long trips. For a pickup with truly adult-sized rear seats, you’ll want to consider a full-size truck.

It’s not all bad news though. The Tacoma’s cabin remains quiet at highway speeds, its interior materials feel sturdy, and the dashboard has a crisp design.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Tacoma?

The Tacoma has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use, citing upper tether anchors that are hard to find, and lower anchors that are too deep in the seat cushions.

2017 Toyota Tacoma Features

The Tacoma comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, AM/FM radio, and hands-free iPhone connectivity (Siri Eyes Free). Available features include a navigation system and a larger 7-inch screen, satellite radio, a JBL stereo, and an Entune app suite with Pandora, iHeartRadio, Yelp, and more. The infotainment system has simple menus and reacts promptly to inputs. Most of the audio and climate control functions can be accessed using conventional buttons and knobs as well. You don’t have to rely on the touch screen for everything, making it an easy system to use on the go.

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2017 Toyota Tacoma Dimensions

Toyota Tacoma Cargo Space

The Tacoma is available with two bed lengths: 5-foot and 6-foot. Both come standard with a locking tailgate and eight cargo tie-down cleats. A 120-volt household-style outlet is available (located in the bed). The Tacoma’s payload ratings vary from 1,120 to 1,620 pounds, depending on model.

2017 Tacoma Length and Weight

The Tacoma has an overall length of between 17.7 and 18.8 feet, depending on the body style. Its curb weight ranges from 3,980 to 4,480 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Tacoma Built?

Toyota built the 2017 Tacoma in Texas.

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