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2005 Toyota Tacoma

$6,600 — $18,476 USED
Truck
2-5 Seats
18-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance with V-6
  • Front-seat space and comfort
  • Maneuverability
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Construction quality

The Bad

  • Relatively stiff ride
  • Unimpressive X-Runner performance

What to Know

about the 2005 Toyota Tacoma
  • Redesigned for 2005
  • Enlarged body
  • Three cab styles
  • New four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Muscular X-Runner model

Our Take

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
43 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best Truck Ever

by Ross from Boise, ID on November 14, 2018

My Tacoma was the best car I've ever owned. I owned it for 6 years, 60,000 miles (from 40k to 100k), and literally the only thing I ever had to do was oil change and new tires. And then I sold it for ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best mid size truck on the market

by Bigdgr from California on November 3, 2018

Great midsize V6 truck, comfortable ride, reliable, looks great! Easy, affordable maintenance. Fits 4 adults comfortably. Tows my small trailer and small boat with ease Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Toyota Tacoma currently has 10 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2005 Toyota Tacoma Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tacoma received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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