Consumer Reviews Summary
49 of 56 (87%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Overview
Though the 2013 Toyota Tacoma is the smaller of the two pickups in Toyota’s lineup, it still offers plenty of utility and flexibility for those who are looking for a midsize truck for the street or the worksite.
There are three available cabs (regular cab, Access Cab, and Double Cab), two bed lengths (5- or 6-foot), and a variety of trim levels with different specialties, including the X-Runner, which is specialized for street performance, and a TRD Off-Road Package which equips the Tacoma for trips over rugged terrain.
Added to the Tacoma for 2013 are daytime running lights, a new Limited package which adds luxury inside and out, and the Entune multimedia system is now available on all cabs.
The Tacoma also offers some powertrain flexibility with two available engines and four different transmission options. The base engine is a 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder that makes 180 pounds-feet of torque and skews more towards efficiency than brute force. It is mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Upping the ante is a 236-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 that makes 266 pounds-feet of torque and comes with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. A limited-slip differential is standard, while four-wheel drive is optional. Towing capacity stands at 3,500 pounds, but with the addition of a V-6 tow package can jump up to 6,400 pounds.
Fuel economy numbers vary based on drivetrain and engine choices, ranging from 16-21 mpg in the city to 19-25 mpg on the highway. Models with the four-cylinder engine get the best gas mileage, down to V-6 models with four-wheel drive at the bottom of the heap.
Inside, the Tacoma comes rather well equipped for a segment that is so associated with traditionally Spartan cabins and seating. Air conditioning, iPod/USB port, Bluetooth, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and two 12V auxiliary power outlets come standard. Options include power windows/locks, cruise control, and the previously mentioned Entune multimedia system which connects to your smartphone so you can use apps through the Tacoma’s touchscreen including Bing searches, Pandora, and real time traffic/weather information.
There are also plenty of standard safety features on the 2013 Tacoma, including a stability control, antilock brakes with brake assist, side-impact and side curtain airbags, and three-point safety belts in all seating positions. The Tacoma received four out of a possible five stars from the NHTSA for its performance in crash tests.
A full half-ton pickup isn’t needed by most, so for those who want a truck that can still serve as a good companion for weekend projects but will save you some money at the pump and the showroom, consider the 2013 Toyota Tacoma.