Bought used in 2008, have literally driven it across the country. (Truck has about 110k miles on it now) Avgs 16-25 mpg. Took it tailgating in the southeast with 4 adults and gear and got 25 mpg on highway in "mountainous" terrain of western NC and SC. The truck has been worry free over about 15k miles. The power from the V6 has been more than adequate with hauling rocks, dirt and plants/trees for homeowner "fun" and around town. I haven't towed with it. 60# dog fits in back of cab nicely as the seats fold flat and have a robust back. The cubbyholes behind and under the rear seats were borderline genius (they have become more common now, I think). The power outlet in truck bed is handy.
Nice blend of SUV and truck features. TRD Off Road pkg looks nice (no fake scoop!) and offers locking rear diff (mine is 4x2) and ground clearance. Space and cubbyholes for things and people. Truck bed composite material (fine for my needs). Paint has held up very well as has underbody. Resale was good
Fully box frame - shimmies over bigger bumps. DIESEL ENGINE PLEASE! Stereo in 2005 approaches awful. Bigger bed (deeper if not longer offered for TRD Off Road - only allow short bed). Better headlights. Wider rear door openings. I'd like a more utilitarian version offered w/ good mechanical "stuff"
Very dependable. Have no complaints, only wished it would get better gas mileage. It seems to be very durable. No part failures or recalls on this one. All small trucks should have 16" wheels and leather seats. Tacoma 2dr 4 cyl. Does not. My concern at the present is, a vibration coming from the drive shaft, under acceleration. If a person wants or needs a small truck, this is the one.
This is a HUGE improvement over the earlier Taco's that were much smaller and had little wiggle room inside. Now Toyota has a real mid-size truck!! Incredible power that is just too tempting to ignore - will smoke most of 'em off the line. Beautiful styling inside and out, with some fine tuning over the years these will be a perfect truck!
Great power, easy to get in/out, generous back seat room, plenty of storage behind rear seats, great stance for a 2WD - looks great with only a 3" lift!! Very good steering and braking feel, has the feel of being classy and rugged at the same time - a great rig for the price. Thanks Toyota!!
OK, now the fine tuning that it needs: the heater fan is loud, the rear headrests completely block rear mirror view (I removed the headrests), the steering wheel telescopes very little, no light for key ignition at night, needs small light for window controls or a finger sensor for drivers window.
Make it short and sweet. I bought my taco used with exactly 20000 miles on it. I was an All-American car buyer until this vehicle and still doubted the value when I got it (Great Deal on the buy). Since I've gotten the truck I've put 36,000+ on it and never done anything other then oil changes. I literally love this truck more and more everyday I drive it. I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 4dr truck. Gets great gas mileage for a truck; has plenty of power on the street and off roading. I've only owned 4x4's(3 Jeep's, Explorer, F150 & 250, Blazer), and this is definitely one of the best I've owned. All around great buy.
The power, handling, and suspension. Comfort of the drive off roading or street. Interior has a decent set up; everything is positioned pretty good for driver access and has plenty of storage space.
Truthfully the comfort on long road trips is a little lacking (seats can't be upgraded unless aftermarket). Could have a little more leg room in the back (if the drivers tall, 6 ft+ the rear passengers don't have much leg room).