Adventurous types love the used Toyota Tacoma, a midsize truck that’s known for its off-road prowess and entertaining powertrains. To learn more about how Toyota’s beloved truck has continued to improve over the years, check out our used buying guide.
Third Generation: 2016-Current Model Year
What you’ll love about the third-generation used Toyota Tacoma: This batch of used trucks is big on fun. With impressive off-road capabilities and a range of rugged trim models, used shoppers can easily find a Tacoma that takes them down their favorite trails.
You’ll also love the modern Tacoma’s take on power and performance. Shoppers can choose between a punchy four-cylinder engine and an even more powerful V6. And, although a six-speed automatic transmission came standard for these models, some V6-powered used Tacomas are available with a six-speed manual transmission. A rarity in the world of modern trucks, the manual transmission gives driving enthusiasts total control over performance.
Inside, the third-generation used Tacoma is roomy and clean-cut. Two cabin options, the extended Access Cab and Double Cab crew cabin, deliver supportive seating in both rows. The Double Cab is the better option for families, treating backseat passengers to an extra dose of legroom.
Be on the lookout for some changes from model year to model year:
- 2021: New Trail and Nightshade special-edition trim models; standard dual-zone automatic climate control on V6-powered trucks; TRD Sport and Off-Road trims include upgraded audio system
- 2020: Complete smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa becomes standard equipment; newly optional surround-view and underbody cameras improve off-road driving; new height and thigh adjustments for power driver’s seat; recalibrated transmission for quicker response time
- 2019: TRD Pro model adds more in standard off-road features and optional high-mounted snorkel air intake; All models get two additional USB charge ports
- 2018: New safety options with pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with sway warning, automatic high beams, and high-speed dynamic radar cruise control
- 2017:Off-road-ready TRD Pro trim rejoins the lineup
Second Generation: 2005-2015
What you’ll love about the second-generation used Toyota Tacoma: This generation was a long one, and it delivers a wide range of features that all truck drivers can get behind, especially in terms of off-road driving and proficient power.
These used models offer your choice of peppy four-cylinder and V6 engines, helping you tow and haul with confidence. Inside, especially in later model years, you’ll find a wide range of infotainment features, including a standard infotainment touch screen. And, with their variety of cabin and bed sizes, it’s easy to find a used Toyota Tacoma that suits your people and cargo-hauling requirements.
Naturally, you’ll find that these used models vary a bit from year to year. Look for these changes:
- 2015: Regular cab style dropped from lineup, leaving extended Access Cab and Double Cab crew cabin only
- 2014: New SR appearance adds exterior style; Touch-screen infotainment system updated; Optional rearview camera now broadcasts images on central touch screen; X-Runner model discontinued
- 2013: New Limited package with upgraded upholstery, heated front seats, and a four-way adjustable driver’s seat
- 2012: Updated interior and exterior styling; new Entune infotainment with Bluetooth phone and audio, HD radio, satellite radio, text and email reading, Pandora and iHeartRadio streaming, real-time traffic info
- 2011: Four-cylinder engine now available with automatic transmission; Air conditioning becomes standard for all models; all but the four-wheel-drive Regular Cab models come standard with bucket seats
- 2009: Standard stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and limited-slip differential; Access Cab models include standard power windows and locks
- 2007: Front seats upgraded for maximum comfort; revised dash and audio setup
- 2006: Tire-pressure monitor becomes standard equipment