Average raiting 4.8
To be honest, I was not in the market for a mid-size truck when I started shopping for a new vehicle, but after a ton of research, the Taco offered the best "bang for the buck" so to speak. My 2007 Avalanche was stolen, so I was forced into the new vehicle market. That Avalanche was the best truck I ever owned hands down, so I was pretty biased going to the various dealer lots. After driving the new GM's, and Fords and in seeing their cost, I opted to go to a used car lot. They had a 2015 Tacoma TRD PRO that I test drove and I felt really good in the truck. Since the cost of the 2015 was only $4k cheaper than what a 2017 brand new one was,(gotta love how these hold value) I went for the new. After 4 months of ownership, I thought I'd throw this review out. First out, the truck is really a good truck. It does the daily commuter routine really well, and the V6 has the oomph to get out in front of traffic when you are merging if you really get on the gas pedal. The off road capability is incredible and really impressed me on some back country fire roads on my occasional fishing trips. I haven't used it yet, but I really do like the piece of mind the "Crawl Control" gives me. The gas mileage is as advertised, but I'm a bit of a lead foot, so you may even beat the estimated if you are light on the gas pedal. All the "technology" features are user friendly and intuitive. The real problem I have with this truck is the size. I'm a pretty big guy, 6'1" 240, so the truck with me, the wife, kid and dog makes for a pretty cramped feeling that I never got with the full size truck. If you are coming from a full size to this class of vehicle, definitely work with the dealer to see if you can test it out over a weekend so you fully grasp the space you are going to lose. My other big issue is the carpet is a pain to clean dog hair out of. For some reason it acts like velcro when you try to vacuum it up, but that isn't that huge of an issue because duct tape works wonders for this task. It just takes a lot longer to clean out than my old vehicle did, so again, I'm biased. My third gripe is the seats. I've tried every setting they have and I can't get that comfortable, its almost like I'm between settings - either my back is too upright or I'm too laid back. Also, not being able to lower the seat brings me to bump my head on the roof on bumpy terrain. This is annoying but not overly so. Toyota really needs to have a power seat function. For the money, you can't beat this trucks functionality and of course they hold their value really well. The amount of accessories you can get from both Toyota and 3rd parties is incredible, and they add even more functionality to a very capable and functional truck. Overall I'm happy with my purchase.
This is a truck, not a truck on a car platform like the Ridgeline. I like alot of what reviewers don't like about it. I like the high step in - 20 inches...which means it will get through the snow drifts at the end of my long driveway. Its a smooth ride as trucks go. The bed is deep, where the Ridgeline is shallow. The instrumentation display is much better than the Chevy/GMC IMO. Sure you sit with your legs a bit straight in the front seat, but once again, I know it will get through anything without bottoming out. The resale value, and reliability are a the top of the segment. Its a blast to drive. Sure it can be a bit sluggish if you are trying to maximize the MPGs merging on the freeway, but all you have to do is either press the ECT button, or push harder on the peddle to overcome it. My 16 year old did that and actually improved the MPG. Go figure.
This vehicle is unique, I've had Fords 150, 250, Chevys K5, C2500, Dodge's Ramchargers, Honda Ridge, MDX, but with that all said, and 58 years later, I pissed off the sales department, but heck, I signed the dotted line for 36x15k per yr, 2017 Taco Limited. I will say I due have a concern about the transmission, acting like a PMSing woman, but my bad azz days r in my mirror. The jury is still out in general, but for the 1,700 miles I've put on so far, mostly city, 500 highway. I'm ok with this thang. Acura MDX was my fav, but I needed an open air pickup due to the chemicals I transport. But I've been complimented x 4 times, about the looks of the taco, me I'm a fat ugly porkroll. But the lil runt gets a 8.5 on a scale of 1 to 10 with me.
I love this truck. Gas mileage is OK, but it's a truck so I didn't expect to get super mileage. My only complaint it there is not trim package that has a power seat or a manual way to raise and lower it. After 4000 miles, I'm used to it. I considered a Ford and Chevrolet that are bigger, but went with the Tacoma because of the styling, resale value, and I don't need a full size. If you are very tall, this might not be the truck for you. Or any mid-sized truck.
Love this truck, only thing I found was front lights are not a good as the 2014.
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Dynamic Test Result - No Tip
Risk of Rollover - 14.7