Used Car: 2013 Toyota Tacoma Review
The 2013 Toyota Tacoma gets good fuel economy for a compact truck, and reviewers said its cabin materials and rear-seat space in Double Cab models are good for the class.
With its standard four-cylinder engine, test drivers said the 2013 Toyota Tacoma has sufficient power, but most wrote that models equipped with the available V6 engine have lively acceleration. With either engine, a manual or automatic transmission is available. The Tacoma gets up to an EPA-estimated 21/25 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers wrote that the Tacoma generally has a comfortable ride, though some mentioned that the ride is a bit better with some weight in the bed. They observed some body lean in turns, and noted that the brake pedal has a mushy feel. When properly equipped, the 2013 Tacoma can tow up to 6,500 pounds.
Though reviewers said the 2013 Toyota Tacoma's cabin has a plain design and hard materials, most said the cabin is nicer than that of competing compact trucks. Regular Cab Tacomas seat up to three, Access (extended) Cab models seat four and Double (crew) Cab models seat five. Test drivers wrote that the front seats are spacious, comfortable and supportive. They said the Access Cab's rear seats are only suitable for small kids, but wrote that the Double Cab's rear seats are spacious enough for adults to sit comfortably. The 2013 Tacoma comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port and a touch-screen audio system with a 6.1-inch display. Available features include a rearview camera, a seven-speaker JBL audio system, navigation, cruise control, power windows, mirrors and door locks, leatherette seats and heated front seats. Test drivers appreciated the Tacoma’s composite, dent-resistant bed, which features adjustable tie-down anchors as standard equipment.
When it was new, the Toyota Tacoma was named our 2013 Best Compact Truck for the Money.
Other Trucks to Consider
The 2013 Honda Ridgeline was revered for its car-like ride and handling, as well as spacious rear seats and numerous storage areas throughout its cab. Reviewers also liked the Ridgeline's unique lockable in-bed trunk and tailgate that can be lowered or swung open to one side.
Test drivers agreed that the 2013 Nissan Frontier has nimble handling and a composed ride for a pickup truck. Its available V6 engine has ample highway passing power, they added, and it can tow just as much as the Tacoma when properly equipped.