2004 Toyota Tacoma

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$12,460

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2004 Toyota Tacoma

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Build quality
  • Resale value
  • Quietness
  • Driving ease
  • Fuel economy with 2.4-liter four-cylinder

The bad:

  • Aging design
  • Fuel economy with V-6

7 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

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 4×4 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 4×4. 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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

Dependable and Durable

I’ve got 350k miles on my ‘04, and the only things that needed repair were an alternator replacement and repair of a rear axle seal leak. Incredibly reliable, plenty of engine pick-up. Paint has held up very well in southern heat. Seats can get uncomfortable and interior gets tight with 4XL adults, but all in all probably the best vehicle I’ve ever owned.

5.0

Bulletproof Truck That Holds It's Value

I bought it with a salvage title 12 years ago (I later found out it had been wrecked 4 times). It now has 295,000 miles and other than maintenance I've only replaced the radiator and the harmonic balancer, both of which can be attributed to having been wrecked. 295,000 miles. Original clutch. No engine work. No trans work. This thing is bullet proof. Considering what I could sell it for now my cost of ownership has been around $40/month for a vehicle every bit as reliable as a new car. This is quite attractive compared to a $400/month car payment and that extra $360/month over 20 years will enable me to retire early. This is my 4th Toyota in a row and I am now looking at a used Solara for traveling. Needless to say you cannot go wrong with a Toyota, especially a Tacoma if a small truck is what you need. Considering the crap that comes out of Detroit I have no idea how Chrysler, Ford, or GM stays in business.

4.9

Absolutely the best Truck I've ever owned

Brought it new and nothing ever wrong with it for the 4 years I owned it. It's a Toyota you seriously can't stop them. Just do oil changes, and brake pads they will go forever.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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