2002 Toyota Tacoma Consumer Review: 8 1/2 Years and Goin' Strong

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8 1/2 Years and Goin' Strong
By TruckLuvr on


2002 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Xtracab V6 4WD SB (3.4L 6cyl 5M)


I had lusted a red Toyota 4x4 Xtracab since I was in college, and my wife and I could finally afford to buy this one new TRD off the lot. We've taken into the most inhospitable places in the Colorado high country, moved out of two houses with it, landscaped innumerable lots with it, and added kids to the mix in between all the rest. It's been flawless overall, and we still love it dearly after 8 1/2 years. Given, the interior is small for a child seat and two 5'10 and over adults. Yes, there are a few rattles, it gets < 20 mpg, and rides like a buckboard wagon. But, it's a go-anywhere truck that always works. We've never regretted buying it, even once.

Best Features

Goes anywhere. Carries lots. Always works. What more could we want?

Worst Features

None. The '02 was the pinnacle of the Tacomas. The new ones only have 9" or so of running clearance; the older style like ours has almost 12". Toyota at its best.
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