This is my first Toyota vehicle. I have owned Ford pick-up trucks for the last 15 years but my 2007 Sport-Trac was falling apart so I decided to try something else. I researched the Frontier and the Tacoma and test drove both. I went with the 2011 Tacoma PreRunner SR5 V6 Access Cab, and I'm glad I did. The Tacoma is definitely more fun to drive than any truck I previously owned. My first 2 weeks I put 1000 miles on the truck. I can't stop driving it! The interior feels "plush" like a car and it handles very refined for city or highway driving but over the hill-country here in Texas you know it's a truck because you can feel it pull it's way up the hills very easily.
Love my truck, have had for 9,000 miles and I get 23 on highway and 18 in the city. Great off road. When towing a T@b trailer 1900 lbs need to down shift when going up Alaska mountains. If much heavier trailer I would suggest the V6. Pulls the T@b up mountains 65mph.
Bought my 2011 sr5 about a month ago. Did lots of previous research prior to buying it, fuel, reliability, pricing, etc. Month later, can't say enough of the Tacoma. Great mid size truck that stands up to all others with good gas mpg. Would highly recommend the Tacoma if your looking for a dependable mid size truck that delivers good fuel and pulling power for weekenders.
PreRunner 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 4A)
The Tacoma truck is very reliable and dependable. I use the truck in my home inspection business and carry mainly ladders in the bed. I enjoy the bed tie-down system with sliding hooks along the bed rails. The cargo compartments in the side walls is a very nice feature. The truck has never broken down or had any problems in the 31K miles I have owned it. Maintenance requirements are minimal and mostly oil changes and drive shaft lubrication. The 4-cyl. engine is underwhelming. I average 18-19 mpg with mixed driving. Toyota quality is great. When it is time to replace this truck, I will replace it with another Tacoma truck. I just traded for 2013 similar truck with V6.
2011 Tacoma 4x4 5 spd std. this is the cheapest truck I have ever owned you can't make it any cheaper it doesn't look like its built to last to me I see why all the frames on the older models rust out cheap metal 4 cyl. has no power clutch is weak it can't handle light work let alone heavy . the worst money I've ever spent, if you want a cheap truck and want to spend 26K than this is the truck for you.
Barcelona Red Metallic; TRD Off-Road Extra Value Package With JBL Audio ($4,150 -- includes JBL AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio input, six speakers and subwoofer, XM Satellite Radio with three-month subscription, Bluetooth, off-road-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, locking rear differential, 16-by-7-inch alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich tires, engine skid plate, front tow hook, 115V/400W deck power point, foglamps, remote keyless entry system, cruise control, variable-speed wipers, overhead console with compass and temperature gauge, chrome grille surround and rear bumper, color-keyed front bumper and over-fenders, smoked headlamp trim, sliding rear window with privacy glass, sport seats with driver lumbar support and sport fabric trim [in place of standard bucket seats, passenger-side fold-flat feature deleted], metallic-tone instrument panel trim, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth phone controls, leather wrapped shifter (A/T models only), dual sun visors with mirrors and extenders, tailgate-handle integrated back-up camera linked with auto-dimming inside mirror with monitor, TRD Off-Road graphics, VSC + A-TRAC in place of standard VSC +TRAC, Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) [A/T models]); V6 Tow Package ($650 -- includes Class 4 hitch, transmission and supplemental oil coolers [transmission cooler not available on manual transmission models], 130A alternator, heavy-duty battery, seven-pin connector with converter); Carpet Floor Mat Set/Door Sill Protector ($199-- two-piece mat set for Regular Cab, four-piece mat set for Access Cab and Double Cabm, door sill protector); Daytime Running Lights ($40), 50-State Emissions ($0).
Naturally aspirated port-injected V6
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
236 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
266 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.52; II = 2.04; III = 1.40; IV = 1.00; V = 0.72; R = 3.22; FD = 3.72
The traction control allows quite a lot of wheelspin in 2WD. With traction control off, the extra wheelspin (and axle hop) worked.
Quite a lot of dive but also more bite from off-road tires than expected. Also very good fade resistance -- tight cluster of stops.
Slalom: Traction control Off/stability control On: Obviously not meant to slalom and it feels out of place; slow-ratio steering; balloon tires and lots of suspension travel. Also, stability control is not defeatable in 2WD so it became a guessing game of what is permitted with Toyota's prescribed limits.