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Used 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Access Cab Review

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Read what other owners think about the 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Access Cab.

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4 out of 5 stars
DECENT TRUCK, WISH IT HAD A MANUAL.
Mo,02/20/2018
SR5 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I think the thing about the Tacoma I like least is the seating and the ergonomics. I'm short, 5' 2", and the side mirror is right in my line of vision making driving rather a little dangerous. I traded a 4L V6 Nissan Frontier for the Tacoma and I sort of wish I hadn't. (I wanted a manual transmission but I didn't want the trim level and price at which the standard for the V6 is available and I think the 2.7 L Tacoma engine with the 5 speed manual is quite underpowered.) The power in the Tacoma is decent but the automatic transmission feels a little, I don't know, squishy somehow...not as crisp and clear as other automatics I've driven, if that makes any sense. And the downshifts into first are weird. Come to think of it, to upshifts into first are weird, too. like the clutch slips or drags or something. (I don't know enough about automatics to know what it is.) The steering wheel position and distance are not optimal for me and not comfortable. MPG is kind of dismal but it's really about what you should expect from a V6/4WD and at least the tank is fairly capacious. I like the ability to manually shift (even though there's no clutch) and I like the automatic gear selection gait. The tailgait lowering damping in very nice but it's heavy to close and there's no help for that. I like the 4WD when the winter roads get snotty and in general the truck handles okay. I had an '02 Mazda B Series that had terrible corrosion problems so I had the Tacoma undercoated with some dealer-applied gunk but the jury is still out on the value of having done that since I have only 8K miles on the OD. I like the body styling, a vest improvement over the early 2000s which looked like warthogs on wheels. I think the dash climate control knobs themselves are a bit unclear and the blower is a bit weak. The power steering is great, very light. Overall, I like my Tacoma well enough but I'm not super impressed with any one aspect.
2 out of 5 stars
So sad but leaving you Toyota!
M Sunday,07/06/2020
SR5 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
we got a recall from toyota 4 years ago --there was rusting in the frame of the tacoma trucks. Took it in and the dealer said "No rust, but we will put undercoating on the vehicle" Fast forward. took our truck to our local mechanic--lo and behold--a rusted frame!! Seriously folks? So Toyota decided to put a bandaid on a hemorage and now we have a truck with less than 100k miles and a rusted frame--Dealer tells us "Toyota problem" Corporate says " how many ways can we say we are sorry but it will be about 10 grand to fix it" Well Toyota I have owned a Camry, Tacoma truck and two Prius--You used to stand behind your product--not any more--dependability is gone--so my next vehicle will not be a Toyota--One more lost customer!
4 out of 5 stars
Love my Tacoma
Dennis waite,02/28/2019
SR5 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle has a fair ride, gas mileage okay for a midsize pickup, electronics okay, logic behind locking the vehicle if you open with key fob but don’t put key in the ignition it then locks you out?

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Access Cab

Pros & Cons

  • 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


Which Tacoma does Edmunds recommend?

We bought a TRD Off-Road V6 4x4 for our long-term test, and we'd do it again. With strong go-anywhere credentials thanks to its all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, locking rear differential and crawl control, it doesn't break the bank like the admittedly impressive TRD Pro. The cab comes equipped with the 7-inch Entune touchscreen navigation system, and a single comprehensive option package can add a tilt-and-slide moonroof, heated seats, automatic climate control, rear parking sonar, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Available in the full range of bed, cab and transmission choices, too.

Full Edmunds Review: 2017 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

What’s new

There are some very minor changes for 2017, such as power actuation of the crew cab's sliding rear window. But there is one major change to the lineup: the range-topping TRD Pro trim level returns after a one-year absence.

Vehicle overview

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.

What's it like to live with?

The Edmunds editorial team purchased a 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road and lived with it for nearly two years, logging more than 40,000 miles. We drove it every day, took it on long road trips, and tested it in the harshest of off-road environments. For 2017, the Tacoma gained another off-road-ready trim level, the TRD Pro, but it's the same generation truck, so most of our observations still apply. To learn more about the Toyota Tacoma, check out all the details in our long-term test.

2017 Toyota Tacoma models

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.

Trim tested

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.

Driving

3.5
The Tacoma steers and handles with quiet confidence on the road, but the V6 engine and its automatic transmission don't always respond quickly to inputs. All Tacoma 4x4s benefit from Toyota's off-road design emphasis, but the TRD Off-Road is particularly capable when the pavement ends.

Comfort

3.5
This new Tacoma rides smoother and quieter than the one it replaces. The climate control system is refreshingly simple and effective. The seats are accommodating, but the high floor tends to make tall drivers wish for more adjustability.

Interior

4.0
Attractive interior is nicely laid out, with easily understood and effective controls. The cabin has plenty of space up front, but tall folks may disagree. Biggest shortcomings are the relatively tall step up to the cab and an odd driving posture, both side effects of the need for ground clearance.

Utility

4.0
The Tacoma's composite bed has lots of smart cargo management features, and there's a decent amount of places for items in and around the cab. Its tow rating isn't quite class-leading, but it isn't far off the mark. Child seat fitment in the crew cab favors forward-facing seats and boosters.

Technology

3.5
We generally like the touchscreen audio system because it has large virtual buttons and employs knobs for volume and tuning chores. Supports smartphones with a proprietary Entune app instead of the more universal Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lags behind Honda Ridgeline in advanced driver aids.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2017 Toyota Tacoma in Virginia is:

$58.75 per month*
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