2005 Toyota Tacoma Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Silver Streak
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,435 - $16,686
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
17 City / 21 HWY
Horsepower
164-245
Seats
3-5

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Toyota Tacoma Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $12,977 - $16,686
Horsepower: 245 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
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chevronDown icon PreRunner $9,435 - $11,511
Horsepower: 164 hp - 245 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16, 17 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
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chevronDown icon X-Runner $10,266 - $12,791
Horsepower: 245 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.66
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Very reliable and fun to drive.

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I love my Toyota Tacoma prerunner. I bought it used 3 years ago. It is very dependable easy to drive low maintenance and my son and all of his friends love it. I have traveled on vacations in it, loaded up building materials in it, and I drive all the neighborhood kids home in the back when it is dark at night and they love it. As a single mother this is a great all in one vehicle. I have the extended cab so I can fit myself and four kids in the truck. It gets fantastic gas mileage. And again it is easy maintenance in a very reliable vehicle.

Melissa F
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Reliable but big gas guzzler.

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With regular and general upkeep, the Toyota Tacoma is a very reliable and durable truck. After 13 years and over 190, 000 miles, it runs in near perfect condition. At this point I need to purchase and install a few new parts such as; new pads and rotors, alignment, tires, etc. The only major issue I have had with maintenance on the vehicle, was the replacement of the head gasket and some other fluids and hoses. This is a wonderful vehicle, but it is not affordable with the amount you will spend on gas.

Dana R
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Toyota Tacoma - the all around town and beyond truck.

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The Toyota Tacoma is the best truck I have owned. It has traveled from California to Massachusetts. I haven't had any problems at all. It is very reliable and dependable. It has been in dry heat and humid weather. It has been in rain and snow. I love my Tacoma and would recommend it for any size family. It has room for a pet, and the bed is large enough for all my camping equipment, and for things to bring home from the home improvement store. I think you would love it too!

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$12,977 - $16,686
$9,435 - $11,511

Horsepower

Horsepower
245 (hp)
164 - 245 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
4.0L DOHC EFI 24
2.7L DOHC EFI 16, 4.0L DOHC EFI 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 (in.)
41.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.1 (in.)
39.9 - 40.1 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32.6 (in.)
28.2 - 32.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.5 (in.)
35.2 - 38.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Cargo Volume
- TBD - (cu. ft.)
- TBD - (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
3 - 5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Standard
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Standard
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Steel

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Bed Liner
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/75R16
P245/75R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
140.9 (in.)
110 - 140.9 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
44 (ft.)
36.8 - 44 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
74.6 (in.)
74.6 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Horsepower

Horsepower
245 (hp)
164 (hp)

Torque

Torque
282 (ft. lbs.)
183 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
350 (.lbs)
350 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
21 (gal.)
21 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
19 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

City

City
17 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
21 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch
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Not Available
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Standard

Front Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
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Front
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Side
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Side
G
Roof Strength
M
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/brake assist *
  • Driver/front passenger dual stage airbags w/occupant classification system
  • 3-point seat belts w/emergency locking retractor (ELR) at all seating positions-inc: front seat belt pretensioners & force limiters, automatic locking retractor for front passenger & rear seat belts
  • CRS tether anchors for front passenger seat & rear outboard seats
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Side-door impact door beams
  • Driver/front passenger dual stage airbags w/passenger airbag cut-off switch *
  • Driver/front passenger dual stage airbags w/passenger airbag cut-off switch, occupant classification system *
  • 3-point seat belts w/emergency locking retractor (ELR) at all seating positions-inc: front seat belt pretensioners & force limiters *
  • CRS tether anchors for front passenger seat *
  • CRS tether anchors for front/rear passenger seats *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (7)

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Engine And Engine Cooling > Exhaust System Mar 28, 2005
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 28, 2005
NHTSA Campaign:
05V123000
Summary:
CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH BOTH VEHICLE STABILITY CONTROL (VSC) AND THE TRD DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEMS. THE TRD DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEM MET ALL CLEARANCE SPECIFICATIONS ON MODELS WITHOUT VSC, HOWEVER THE DRIVER'S SIDE EXHAUST LOCATED IN A POSITION WHERE CONTACT BETWEEN A BRAKE LINE FOUND ONLY ON VEHICLES WITH VSC AND THE TRD EXHAUST PIPE MIGHT OCCUR.
Consequence:
IN THIS CONDITION, THE EXHAUST PIPE FLANGE MAY RUB AGAINST THE RIGHT REAR BRAKE LINE, WHICH COULD CAUSE BRAKE FLUID LEAKAGE. THIS COULD LEAD TO AN INCREASE OF VEHICLE STOPPING DISTANCE, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND, IF SO EQUIPPED, WILL REPLACE THE TRD DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEM. DURING THIS REPLACEMENT, THE DEALER WILL ALSO INSPECT THE SPECIFIC BRAKE LINE TO ASSURE IT HAS NOT BEEN DAMAGED AND REPLACE IT IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
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Air Bags > Frontal Jul 19, 2005
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 19, 2005
NHTSA Campaign:
05V328000
Summary:
CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS AND OPTIONAL FABRIC FRONT CAPTAIN'S CHAIRS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, 'OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION.' THESE VEHICLES WERE BUILT WITH AN INCORRECT FRONT PASSENGER OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM INDICATOR LIGHT LENS WHICH WILL NOT DISPLAY THE STATUS OF THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG.
Consequence:
THESE VEHICLES DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STANDARD.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT PASSENGER OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM INDICATOR LENS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING LATE JULY 2005. OWNERS CAN CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
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Equipment Feb 3, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 3, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V036000
Summary:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2011 PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
Consequence:
A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-800-301-6859.
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Recall Sep 29, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 29, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V604000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner and 4x4 vehicles manufactured September 14, 2009, to October 11, 2010. In the affected vehicles, one of the leaf springs may fracture due to stress or corrosion. While being driven, the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components including the fuel tank, possibly puncturing the tank and causing a fuel leak.
Consequence:
If the fuel tank leaks fuel from being punctured, there is an increased risk of a fire
Remedy:
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin November 28, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
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Parking Brake Feb 10, 2005
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 10, 2005
NHTSA Campaign:
05V050000
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE PARKING BRAKE PEDAL CABLE LOCK NUT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED TO THE PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATION. IN THIS CONDITION, THE LOCK NUT MAY LOOSEN AND COME OFF, WHICH WILL REDUCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PARKING BRAKE.
Consequence:
THIS CONDITION COULD ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO ROLL IF THE TRANSMISSION IS NOT PLACED INTO THE "PARK" POSITION AND THE VEHICLE IS PARKED ON A SLOPE, THUS RAISING THE POSSIBILITY OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND TIGHTEN THE PARKING BRAKE PEDAL CABLE LOCK NUT TO THE PROPER TORQUE SPECIFICATION. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY MARCH 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
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Seat Belts Aug 7, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 7, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V337000
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured September 14, 2004, through March 29, 2010; and model year 2011 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured July 1, 2010, through September 7, 2011. If the access doors are repeatedly and forcefully closed, the screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor can loosen over time. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor.
Consequence:
If the seat belt pre-tensioner detaches from the seat belt assembly, the seat belt pre-tensioner will not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury in a severe crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt assemblies. Based on the inspection, the seat belt assembly will be replaced or new pre-tensioner screws will be installed with thread-locking sealant and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs to prevent loosening of the screws. These services will be provided at no cost to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
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Equipment Feb 3, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 3, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V035000
Summary:
GULF STATES TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2010 VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 AND JUNE 2, 2008 WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
Consequence:
THIS DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. DEALERS WILL ALSO CORRECT THE OWNER'S MANUAL. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GULF STATES TOYOTA AT 713-580-3300.

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