Toyota Tacoma Review

I researched for months before taking the truck plunge. I wanted power and toughness, yet half-descent gas mileage (not a V8 engine). I wanted comfort, style, and enough room for a family (double cab). But most of all I wanted reliability. My first truck (and also my first love) was a tan 1985 Toyota truck. I had many fond memories with that truck, and it’s reliability influenced my decision with the Toyota Tacoma I bought in 2007. Consumer Reports and many other credible sources ranked the Tacoma as one of the top V6 trucks.

I decided to buy the Tacoma with the Double Cab option and TRD off-road 4×4 package. It has been very reliable in the mud and snow, and also provides another important feature for a tall guy like me – lots of leg room! I can pop the seat back and my legs stretch way out. You may have noticed that I added a few aftermarket upgrades, like over-sized tires, a 3″ suspension lift, running boards, and a grill guard (check my reviews on these accessories). I have owned this truck since 2007 and have only had to take it to a garage for oil changes and scheduled services. I imagine the 2011 Toyota Tacoma is just as reliable as the 2007, but I thought it would be helpful to read about someone who has tested this truck out for a few years.

Enjoy the photo gallery of my truck and then feel free to browse some of the specs below.


  • Offroad Tuned Suspension w/ Bilstein Shocks
  • 16” Alloy Wheels
  • Locking Rear Differential
  • Engine Skid Plate
  • Front Tow Hook
  • 115V/400W Deck Mounted Power Point
  • Fog Lamps
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Cruise Control
  • Variable Speed Wipers
  • Multifunction Overhead Console w/ Compass & Temperature Gauge
  • Chrome Grill Surround & Rear Bumper
  • Color-Keyed Front Bumper & Overfenders
  • Sliding Rear Window w/ Privacy Glass
  • Sport Seats w/ Driver Lumbar Support in place of Bucket Seats
  • Sport Fabric Trim
  • Metallic Tone Instrument Panel Trim
  • Leather Steering Wheel & Shifter
  • Sunvisors w/ Mirrors & Extenders
  • TRD Offroad Graphics
  • V6 Towing Package ($650 upgrade above base):
  • 6500 lbs. Max Towing Capacity Class 4 Hitch
  • Transmission and Supplemental Oil Coolers
  • 130 Amp Alternator
  • Heavy Duty Battery
  • 7-Pin Connector w/ Converter
  • $2,271 in owner-added features:
  • 33” Oversize Off-road Tires (285/75r16….$939.96 total)
  • Added 3” suspension lift kit ($664)
  • Maxx Grille Guard ($467.26)
  • Upgraded floormats ($200)
  • GoRhino running boards ($325)


  1. 1

    Have to second your recommendation on the truck… bought the 2008 Tacoma with most all the same specs and LOVE IT! From the versatility a pick-up offers to the dependability this truck has shown makes it worth every penny! Nice work, maven. Keep pointing us in the right directions…

    • 2
      JoshLovesIt says:

      Thanks for your comment Meg…keep them coming! I’m glad that you agree with the “amazingness” of the Tacoma. What are some of your favorite features?

  2. 3

    You will laugh however i nevertheless think a wooden tool package is
    the greatest. It can easily be customized.

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