2009 Toyota Tacoma Consumer Review: '92 to '09 - 17 years of progr

2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab - Consumer Review

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'92 to '09 - 17 years of progress
By Lars on


2009 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 4A)


Have a '92 4X4 Toyota Xtra with a V6; 16.5 mpg at best. Was looking at an '08 ($1,000 rebate), but the '09 has better standard features; 6 airbags, 4-wheel ABS, plus traction and stability control. That, with the new for '09 Timberland Green color, swung my vote. Granted, the '92 is a 4X4, but the '09 rides so much better. The interior is a huge improvement - as some '08 reviews said, it's very car-like - although outward visibility to the sides is better in the '92. I live up a steep hill; the 4-cylinder has plenty of power and, contrary to some, I like the gated shifter. 23 mpg in mixed driving; less than 500 on the odometer. Expect to get better than the 25 hwy EPA once it's broken in.

Best Features

Standard safety features. Interior appointments. Back-up camera (kind of "gimmicky" - but it works). Ride. Overall quality. Quiet engine - I couldn't hear it at first; had to look at the tach to make sure the engine was running. Very easy truck to drive. I'm enjoying the better mpg than my '92 gets.

Worst Features

Add fog-lights as an option on the base Access-Cab; had to buy PIAA aftermarkets that would fit the openings. Better tires than the Bridgestones would help, and an alloy wheel option on the base would also be welcome - the stamped-steel wheels are awful. Improve the outward visibility to the sides.
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