• (4.5) 28 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,818–$17,166
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 18-24
  • Engine: 142-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2004 Toyota Tacoma

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Toyota Tacoma

What We Don't Like

  • Aging design
  • Fuel economy with V-6

Notable Features

  • Available V-6 engine
  • Two four-cylinder engines
  • Choice of three cab styles
  • RWD or 4WD
  • S-Runner and PreRunner editions

2004 Toyota Tacoma Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Toyota’s compact pickup truck gained standard antilock brakes in 2003. Nothing has changed for 2004.

Built in California, the Tacoma comes in three cab styles and 17 configurations. The front end was restyled for the 2001 model year and gained a raised hood and multireflector headlights. Toyota also launched its first pickup with four, conventional, front-hinged doors that year. The Tacoma Double Cab competes with four-door Crew Cab models from Chevrolet, GMC and Nissan. Regular-cab and extended-cab (Xtracab) models of the Tacoma also remain available.

A sporty S-Runner Xtracab with two-wheel drive is still offered. Its height is reduced by an inch for a lowered appearance. Two four-cylinder engines and a 190-horsepower V-6 are available, and Limited and SR5 option groups are offered.

Exterior
Regular-cab models are 184.4 inches long overall on a 103.3-inch wheelbase. Riding a 121.9-inch wheelbase, the Tacoma Xtracab measures nearly 203 inches long overall. Both versions have a 74.5-inch cargo bed. The Tacoma Double Cab is the same size as the Xtracab, but because it has a larger interior, the cargo bed shrinks to 61.5 inches long. Double Cab pickups can be fitted with a fiberglass Super Sport Shell that fits over the bed.

The S-Runner features a dealer-installed appearance kit with a body-colored grille, bumpers, lower side trim, door handles and mirrors. PreRunner models have two-wheel drive but are decorated to look like 4x4 Tacomas. Buyers get higher ground clearance, mudguards and all-terrain tires. A TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road Package is available for four-wheel-drive and PreRunner models. This package includes modified rear leaf springs, a larger front stabilizer bar, progressive-rate front coil springs, offroad shocks, fender flares and 16-inch aluminum wheels.


Interior
A three-place bench seat is standard in basic Tacomas. A 60/40-split bench seat goes into Xtracab models, while bucket seats are standard in Double Cab models and optional in other Tacomas. Xtracabs add two rear jump seats, but the Double Cab has a split, three-place rear bench seat that folds down to provide extra cargo room.

Under the Hood
The Tacoma is offered with three engine choices. A 142-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder serves as the base engine. The midrange power plant, which comes standard in PreRunner and four-wheel-drive models, is a 150-hp, 2.7-liter inline-four-cylinder. Topping the list is a 190-hp, 3.4-liter V-6, which is standard in the S-Runner and Double Cab 4x4. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional.

Toyota Racing Development can supply a dealer-installed supercharger for the 3.4-liter V-6, which boosts output to 260 hp. Tacomas equipped with the V-6 engine can tow a 5,000-pound trailer. Payloads range from 1,375 to 2,005 pounds.

Pickups equipped with four-wheel drive have Toyota’s 4WDemand system, which permits shifting into 4WD-High at speeds of up to 50 mph using a floor-mounted transfer-case lever. A “Hi-4” dashboard switch to engage the four-wheel-drive system is optional.


Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard on all models. Select Tacomas can have Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Toyota’s electronic stability system.

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 28 reviews

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Very durable vehicle

by Truck Reviewer from on September 28, 2017

It can go for hundreds of thousands of miles with only minor fixes. It isn’t the most spacious, but it is worth the reliability.

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12 Trims Available

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2004 Toyota Tacoma Safety Ratings

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Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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