2013 Toyota Tacoma 

  • $28k
  • 4.0L V6
  • 16 city 21 hwy
7.3 Out of 10
We'd choose the five-speed manual, and leave off the hefty four-wheel-drive system; the four-speed automatic's gears are too widely spaced for quick acceleration or good fuel economy.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
Controls feel refined and responsive, and ride quality is generally good though some payload in the bed helps, especially if you've specified one of the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) off-road suspension packages.
by KBB (Sep, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Toyota Tacoma


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Forester 2.5i

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

18 MPG
Forester 2.5i
28 MPG
25 MPG

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Forester 2.5i

Reviews Word on the street for the Toyota Tacoma

It's also strapped to either a five-speed manual, which is fine, or a four-speed automatic with widely spaced gears, which is some of the reason fuel economy is relatively low.

A new Limited Package includes simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, 18-inch chrome wheels, a chrome grille surround, chrome rear bumper, color-coordinated front bumper, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an outside temperature gauge and Limited badging.

Double and Access Cabs can be fitted with a rearview camera while transmission upgrades from the base 5-speed manual include a 4-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual.


7.7 Out of 10

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The five-speed automatic that's standard on V-6 models is a responsive gearbox, too.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
Only the 2013 Toyota Tacoma delivers on all the work and play expectations that make Americans love their pickups, and does it in a more manageable, fuel-efficient form than a full-size pickup while offering a wide range of trims, powertrains and cab configurations.
by KBB (Sep, 2012)
The five-speed manual transmission in either model shifts smoothly but has long throws; the five-speed automatic that's standard on V-6 models is responsive, but the engine runs out of steam at highway speeds, turning in more ambient road noise than rapid acceleration once it's cruising at 75 mph.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)


It's worth considering, as well, that if you're planning to push the four-cylinder model to its limits, your mileage won't be any better in the real-world (perhaps lower) than that of V-6 models.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
Acceleration is acceptable with the V-6, but not with the four-and on-road ride and handling are ponderous at best.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
The 4.0 V6 in the Nissan Frontier feels a lot more eager.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2013)


The base 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder can manage basic chores well enough, so long as you're riding solo and not towing or hauling much.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
It's still available with a four-cylinder engine in its base model.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
The Tacoma, with the V-6, drops to 17/21 mpg, or as low as 16/19 mpg when four-wheel drive is ordered.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)


The best way to judge the Tacoma's performance, since its street handling not very impressive, is by towing and payload and off-road capability.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
But the steering is a positive; it's good and communicative.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
The Pre-Runner displays the look of a rugged off-roader in a less-expensive rear-drive-only package, while the X-Runner takes the pickup to a new urban-street place, with lowered suspension.
by KBB (Sep, 2012)


The 2013 Toyota Tacoma pickup's interior has a modern urban feel, with 2-tone gray or beige plastic panels highlighted with metal-look trim.
by KBB (Sep, 2012)
In our experience, the system links quickly with the latest Apple software and provides a relatively inexpensive navigation option, though some of the data entry can get tedious-and since voice commands aren't as easily recognized in the Tacoma's loud cabin.
by The Car Connection (May, 2013)
Toyota hasn't neglected the Tacoma – it was updated in 2012 with a revised nose and interior as the most noteable changes.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Toyota
Model year 2013
City range 337 miles
Highway range 443 miles
MSRP $28k
Annual cost $8,575

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 4.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 5-speed Automatic 4WD Part-Time

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 12.56 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10 in Drum
Front wheel width 245 mm
Front wheel diameter 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 75

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 74.6 in
Front track width 63 in
Height 70.1 in
Ground clearance 9.3 in
Length 208.1 in
Wheelbase 127.4 in
Curb weight 4,185 lb
GVWR 5,500 pounds
Tow weight 3,500 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 56 ft³
Rear seat room 43 ft³


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 4
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.8 g
Combined CO2/mile 518 g
Methane/mile 0.01 g
NMOG/mile 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.03 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 165 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 4
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 78 tons

power & handling

Max torque 266 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 236 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 17.73 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.6 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 7 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Optional
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control N/A
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry N/A
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system Optional, $2,005
Roof rails Optional, $339
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard
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