2017 Toyota Tacoma
- Rugged off-pavement capability is not limited to the specialty models
- Attractive interior is fitted with easily understood controls
- Composite truck bed has movable tie-down cleats and power outlet
- Top-level V6 can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission
- Economy-oriented shift programming makes it feel sluggish
- Driving position not ideally suited for taller drivers
- Brakes can feel grabby and make it hard to slow smoothly
- Off-road emphasis produces tall step-up height
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.0 / 5
Ever the sales leader in the midsize segment, the Tacoma trades heavily on Toyota's well-deserved reputation for building small trucks with superior off-highway capability and rugged dependability. Able to do much more than haul building materials from the home improvement store (which it does quite well), the Tacoma gives off an off-road lifestyle vibe that it can back up with actual performance.
You can see it in the truck's stance, its ground clearance and the cut of its front bumper. And frankly you'll also notice it when you hoist yourself up into the cab, which is handsome and functional enough but has an odd driving position born of the need for maximum underbody clearance. The story is the same whether you buy a 4x2 or a 4x4 because in 2016 all two-wheel-drive Tacomas adopted the jacked-up stance of their four-wheel-drive brethren.
We're not bowled over by the lack of response and sometimes awkward drivability of its V6 engine, but the real culprit is likely a shift program for the six-speed automatic that's designed to extract maximum fuel mileage. Still, it gets the job done, and when the road turns to dirt, the suspension, tires and traction management systems take over the lead role.
Two of the available six models are bristling with off-road gear that further extends their appeal and capability. The TRD Off-Road has knobby tires, special shocks and traction aids such as a locking rear differential, crawl control and an advanced multimode off-road traction control system. The reintroduced-for-2017 TRD Pro has all of that plus extra suspension travel, a taller and wider stance, and trick big-bore Fox internal bypass shocks, all of which allow it to soak up even more high-speed punishment while still delivering a smooth ride on the pavement.
2017 Toyota Tacoma configurations
This year's Tacoma lineup has been expanded. The entry-level SR is the work truck of the bunch, with the value-oriented SR5 offering more equipment and more choices. Next up are the identically priced, very popular and well-equipped TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road variants. The two are identical on the inside, but hardware differences make the TRD Off-Road come across as the better deal. The more street-oriented Limited used to be the top dog, but that honor now belongs to the TRD Pro, a highly capable off-road machine that returns even better than before after a one-year absence.
Bare-bones isn't quite the right way to describe the low-dollar SR, the most modestly equipped Tacoma of the lot. Even so, it can be had with an extended cab with a 6.1-foot bed or a crew cab with a 5-foot bed, and you can choose between two-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. Its 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 159 horsepower can be paired with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, or you can get a 278-hp 3.5-liter V6 and the automatic.
The SR is most easily identified by its dark grille and 16-inch steel wheels. But even this basic Tacoma comes with a sliding rear window, a tough composite bed that needs no bedliner, a movable cleat tie-down system and a backup camera fitted in the tailgate release handle. Inside, the four-way cloth seats have driver-side lumbar adjustment, and the steering wheel tilts, telescopes, and has control buttons that work with the basic Entune stereo, which supports Bluetooth and has a USB interface. There's even a built-in GoPro camera mount at the upper edge of the windshield. Cruise control and remote keyless entry are available as a package option, and the SR is the only model where you can delete the extended cab's rear seat if all you really want is a work truck.
For most buyers, the SR5 is the most common starting point. Engine choices remain the same, but the six-speed automatic is standard. In addition to the previous configurations mentioned, you can also get a long-wheelbase version that pairs the crew cab with the 6.1-foot bed.
Outwardly, the SR5 gains a chrome rear bumper and a flash of chrome on its charcoal-colored grille. It's got foglights set into its front bumper, and the 16-inch steel wheels can be upgraded to alloys. Remote keyless entry and cruise control become standard, its steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and the sliding rear window uses privacy glass. There's a 4.2-inch information screen between the gauges, and the enhanced Entune audio system supports satellite radio, smartphone-enabled navigation via the Scout GPS app and Siri Eyes Free voice control.
Next up is the TRD Sport. It is offered in the same cab and bed configurations as the SR5, but the V6 is the only engine. All two-wheel-drive versions use the six-speed automatic, but four-wheel-drive buyers can choose between the automatic and a performance-oriented six-speed manual.
It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color fender flares and rear bumper, turn signals in the mirror housings and, everyone's favorite, a hood scoop. There's a 400-watt power outlet in the bed and the crew cab's sliding rear window is power-actuated. Automatic transmission-equipped trucks gain smart entry and pushbutton start, and all TRD Sports make the jump to full navigation via the Entune premium audio system's 7-inch touchscreen.
The TRD Off-Road offers the same configuration and engine options as the TRD Sport, and its truck bed and interior and audio trimmings are identical. Visual differences include a chrome rear bumper, textured black fender flares and the absence of the Sport's hood scoop. Off-road performance changes loom large in this trim, and these include knobby all-terrain tires on 16-inch alloy wheels, the deletion of the front air dam, extra skid plates, a lockable rear differential, Bilstein monotube shocks, and an advanced off-road traction control system with multiple terrain settings and crawl control.
Both the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road can be upgraded with an option package that includes a sunroof, automatic climate control, heated seats and a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Another version of this package also includes a JBL speaker upgrade and a subwoofer.
The Limited is the most civilized version of the Tacoma. It is only offered as a V6-powered crew cab with the short bed in either two- or four-wheel drive. It has body-color flares and rear bumper, and it rolls on 18-inch wheels with lower-profile tires. It lacks the TRD Off-Road's specialized off-road upgrades and is instead upgraded with leather-trimmed seats and all the equipment found in the JBL version of the TRD Sport and Off-Road upgrade package.
The TRD Pro is sold only as a crew cab with a short bed, and it comes only in four-wheel drive. The V6 engine is standard, but you can choose between the manual and the automatic transmission. It sets itself apart with a black throwback grille with "Toyota" spelled out in capital letters, black head- and taillight bezels, black textured fender flares and LED foglights. It rides on the same 16-inch knobby tires as the TRD Off Road, but the Pro's unique black wheels and vastly more capable 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks give it a tougher stance that's an inch broader and an inch taller. After that it's a mix of all of the others: the hood scoop from the Sport, traction management features from the TRD Off-Road, and luxury interior appointments and safety systems from the Limited. In fact, its heated leather seats go the Limited's one better because of their textured pattern, contrasting red stitching and logo-emblazoned headrests. There's a unique TRD shift knob and exhaust tip, too.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Crew Cab 4x4 (3.5L V6; 6-speed automatic).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Toyota Tacoma has received some very minor equipment revisions, such as the power actuation of the sliding rear window. The TRD Pro is all new, but it is a low-volume model that is not part of this evaluation. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Toyota Tacoma.
Noise & vibration3.0
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out3.0
Child safety seat accommodation3.0
Audio & navigation4.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Tacoma safety features:
- Blind-Spot Monitor
- Issues a visual or audio warning if the driver initiates a lane change when another vehicle is already there or approaching rapidly.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Alerts the driver if traffic is approaching from the side when the car is backing out of a perpendicular or angled parking space.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Warns driver of insufficient tire pressure well before an unnoticed slow leak can lead to a blowout.
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2017 Toyota Tacoma for Sale
The Toyota Tacoma, redesigned in 2016, has stuck closely to its formula for two decades. Though it doesn't represent a revolution in truck design, this newest Tacoma has plenty of appeal for those shoppers who don't want the bulk or inconvenience of a regular full-size pickup.
You can pick either a four-cylinder or a V6 engine as well as either an extended-cab or crew-cab body style. Interestingly, all rear-wheel-drive Tacomas share the raised ride height of the four-wheel-drive (4WD) variants, but the 4WD Tacoma's ability to do things off-road has never been greater. The TRD Off-Road variant (with the automatic transmission) has Toyota's Crawl Control driver aid system, and for 2017 there is a new TRD Pro model with even more off-road-oriented equipment. Other appealing qualities include Toyota's latest touchscreen interfaces, a standard lockable damped tailgate and an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover.
It adds up to a midsize pickup that has earned its stripes. That said, the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline is absolutely worth your attention. Though not as off-road-oriented as the Tacoma, the Ridgeline counters with a roomier cab and superior refinement and on-road manners. We're also fond of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. These General Motors midsizers are better suited for taller drivers and offer superior V6 performance as well as a class-exclusive diesel engine option. The only other entry in the segment is the Nissan Frontier, but it's long overdue for a redesign.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma comes with either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine (SR and SR5 only) or a 3.5-liter V6. Both rear-wheel-drive (2WD), and four-wheel-drive (4WD) configurations are available. All 2WD Tacomas get a six-speed automatic transmission, and 4WD Tacomas can be had with the automatic or one of two manual transmissions (five speeds for the four-cylinder engine, six speeds for the V6).
Tacoma 4WDs have low-range gearing. Manual-transmission TRD Off-Road models also get a special mode that allows the truck to be started in gear without depressing the clutch, thus eliminating clutch slippage and rollback while stalled going uphill.
The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings are21 mpg combined (19 city/23 highway) for the 2WD automatic, 20 mpg combined (19 city/21 highway) for the 4WD manual and 20 mpg combined (19 city/22 highway) for the 4WD automatic.
The V6's output jumps up to 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for a V6 2WD Tacoma (automatic) are21 mpg combined (19 city/24 highway). A V6 4WD Tacoma returns 18 mpg combined (17 city/21 highway) with the manual (18 mpg Double Cab) or 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway) with the automatic.
In Edmunds performance testing of two TRD Off-Road Double Cab V6 models with the automatic, we recorded an average acceleration time to 60 mph of 8.3 seconds, which is slower than the four-wheel-drive Colorado V6. A TRD Sport Double Cab V6 we tested hit 60 in a slightly better 8.2 seconds.
Properly equipped, four-cylinder Tacomas can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds, while V6 models can handle between 6,400 and 6,800 pounds, depending on driveline and cab configuration.
All Tacomas come with active front headrests, front-seat side airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, as well as traction and stability control and antilock brakes. Unlike most pickup trucks, the Tacoma still uses drum brakes at the rear. A blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is optional on TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road models and standard on the Tacoma Limited and TRD Pro.
In Edmunds brake testing, a TRD Off-Road Double Cab V6 resulted in a respectable 124 feet. Oddly, a TRD Sport Double Cab V6 with more street-oriented tires stopped in 130 feet. For reference, our best-braking Colorado needed just 123 feet.
After a substantial revamp last year, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma continues the model's reputation for reliability, toughness and utility. And although some drivers find the interior a bit cramped compared to those of its competitors, the Tacoma ticks enough boxes that truck buyers have kept it the No. 1 seller in the midsize pickup market segment for more than 10 years.
The few changes for the Tacoma in 2017 include a new Appearance package and a standard power-sliding rear window on some models. But the big news is the addition of the TRD Pro variant, which is available only in double-cab configuration with four-wheel drive.The TRD Pro features a heavy-duty suspension, skid plates and other off-road equipment, as well as leather seats, automatic climate control and a premium infotainment system, making it ideal for buyers who want a touch of luxury as they play in the dirt.
Powerplant choices include a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque or a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft. All two-wheel-drive Tacomas come with a six-speed automatic transmission, and those with four-wheel drive get either the automatic or a manual gearbox.
Though adequate for light hauling around town, the four-cylinder engine will probably not be the first choice for most shoppers, especially because the fuel-economy ratings for the two engines are virtually identical. Those who like a bit more performance, haul heavy loads or tow trailers will definitely want to opt for the V6.
Available in two cab styles and two bed lengths, the 2017 Tacoma has a lot going for it, including good handling, rugged construction, and a host of options and packages that allow buyers to tailor the truck to their own needs and tastes. On the downside, compared to its rivals, the Tacoma's interior lacks headroom, and the brake feel tends to be grabby and overly sensitive.
The two-wheel-drive Tacoma equipped with the four-cylinder engine is EPA-rated at 21 mpg combined (19 city/23 highway). The six-cylinder model with the same drivetrain also returns 21 mpg combined (19 city/24 highway). Four-wheel-drive versions get about 1 mpg less, depending on the transmission.
The base SR trim level comes well equipped with such features as power windows and air-conditioning. Moving up to the SR5 adds a few more comfort and convenience items. The Limited gets buyers some extra luxury touches, while the TRD Sport and TRD Pro are equipped for off-road adventure. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you choose the perfect 2017 Toyota Tacoma for you.
2017 Toyota Tacoma Overview
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is offered in the following submodels: Tacoma Access Cab, Tacoma Double Cab. Available styles include TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M), TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M), SR5 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A), TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A), SR 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M), SR5 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A), SR 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M), SR 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M), TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Off Road 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and SR5 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A).
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2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,264. The average price paid for a new 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $1,195 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is3.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2017 Toyota Tacoma SR 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A)
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,258. The average price paid for a new 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,133 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,133 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,125.
The average savings for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A) is4.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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