• (4.7) 24 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,598–$13,298
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 18-24
  • Engine: 142-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2000 Toyota Tacoma

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Vehicle Overview
New StepSide models with flared rear fenders are available this spring in both regular-cab and extended-cab versions as late additions to the 2000 Tacoma lineup. The StepSide models copy similar flared-fender models available from Ford, Chevrolet and GMC that prove popular with buyers looking for sporty styling.

Toyota will join the crew-cab market late this year with the Tacoma Double Cab, which will have four conventional, front-hinged doors. Due before the end of the calendar year, the 2001 Double Cab will compete with crew cabs from Chevrolet, GMC and Nissan and the Explorer Sport Trac, a four-door sport utility vehicle with an open cargo bed.

Tacoma currently comes as an extended cab — called XtraCab — that does not have rear doors.

The regular cab is 184 inches long on a 103-inch wheelbase, and the XtraCab is 203 inches long on a 122-inch wheelbase. Both have a 6.2-foot cargo bed.

About 20 percent of Tacoma sales are PreRunner models, which have two-wheel drive but are gussied up to look like 4x4 offroaders. Standard features include higher ground clearance, mud guards and all-terrain tires. A new Full Color Key option package provides body-color bumpers and trim instead of chrome.

Bucket seats are standard on the XtraCab Limited and optional on other models, which come with a standard three-place bench. XtraCabs also have two rear jump seats.

The rear jump seats are uncomfortable, but the front seats are first rate in all models, with plenty of room for tall occupants. The dashboard is well designed and convenient except for one big flaw: the dual cupholders that slide out block the climate controls.

Under the Hood
All two-wheel-drive Tacomas, except the PreRunner, have as standard a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 142 horsepower. A 150-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder is standard on four-wheel-drive models and the PreRunner. Optional on 2WDs and 4WDs is a 3.4-liter V-6 with 190 horsepower. For those who aren't satisfied with 190 horsepower, a power-boosting supercharger is available on the V-6 as a dealer-installed option that is backed with a factory warranty.

The 4WD system on the top-shelf Limited model is called 4WDemand and allows shifting into 4WD High at speeds faster than 50 mph with a floor-mounted transfer-case lever. A dashboard switch to engage 4WD is optional on the Limited. The 4WDemand feature is optional on all other 4x4 Tacomas. The standard system has manual front hubs, which requires the truck to be stopped and the hubs to lock or unlock by hand to engage or disengage 4WD. Four-wheel antilock brakes are optional on all models.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is weak and noisy, and the 2.7-liter engine is adequate in these trucks. The smooth, potent V-6 is the way to go — if you can afford the extra cost. Tacomas are more expensive than comparably equipped domestic pickups, and even shift-on-the-fly is an extra-cost item on the 4x4s.

Tacoma scores big points in overall refinement and quality. These are well-made trucks that should be reliable and durable. Over time, the higher purchase price may prove to be worth it.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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Great truck

by Tony chiquita truck from los angeles on October 4, 2017

I think it would have been a bit more hp on a automatic. But truck feels a bit light well so far so good .

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IIHS Ratings

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Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

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G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Moderate overlap front

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There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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