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2006 Toyota Tacoma

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$6,647 — $19,459 USED
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2-5 Seats
18-23 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 2006 Toyota Tacoma
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three cab styles
  • Performance-oriented X-Runner

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Vehicle Overview
Toyota redesigned and enlarged its smaller pickup truck for the 2005 model year and offered it with a more powerful V-6. The wheelbase was extended by 5 inches, and the track widened by 4 inches. Shoulder and hip room increased by nearly 4.5 inches. In its new form, the Tacoma has a higher towing capacity and a tighter turning radius. A performance-oriented X-Runner model is also available.

A tire-pressure-monitoring system is installed on 2006 models, and Tacomas equipped with a front bench seat now have advanced, dual-stage front airbags like models with bucket seats. Four-wheel drive is available with each powertrain. Downhill Assist Control and Hill-start Assist Control are available.


Exterior
Tacomas come in three body styles: regular cab, Access Cab with rear-hinged half-doors and Double Cab with four front-hinged conventional doors. Beds range from 5 to 6 feet in length.

All Tacomas have bed rails and adjustable tie-down cleats. Cargo beds contain a 115-volt power outlet and accessory storage boxes. A TRD Sport Package includes a sport suspension, 17-inch wheels and appearance upgrades.

Sitting an inch lower than other models, the X-Runner has 18-inch alloy wheels. Firmer and shorter springs, Bilstein shock absorbers and large-diameter stabilizer bars are used on the X-Runner. A limited-slip differential is standard. Dealers can install a TRD "Big Brake Kit" on the X-Runner.


Interior
Depending on the model, buyers can choose a front bench seat, bucket seats ...
Vehicle Overview
Toyota redesigned and enlarged its smaller pickup truck for the 2005 model year and offered it with a more powerful V-6. The wheelbase was extended by 5 inches, and the track widened by 4 inches. Shoulder and hip room increased by nearly 4.5 inches. In its new form, the Tacoma has a higher towing capacity and a tighter turning radius. A performance-oriented X-Runner model is also available.

A tire-pressure-monitoring system is installed on 2006 models, and Tacomas equipped with a front bench seat now have advanced, dual-stage front airbags like models with bucket seats. Four-wheel drive is available with each powertrain. Downhill Assist Control and Hill-start Assist Control are available.


Exterior
Tacomas come in three body styles: regular cab, Access Cab with rear-hinged half-doors and Double Cab with four front-hinged conventional doors. Beds range from 5 to 6 feet in length.

All Tacomas have bed rails and adjustable tie-down cleats. Cargo beds contain a 115-volt power outlet and accessory storage boxes. A TRD Sport Package includes a sport suspension, 17-inch wheels and appearance upgrades.

Sitting an inch lower than other models, the X-Runner has 18-inch alloy wheels. Firmer and shorter springs, Bilstein shock absorbers and large-diameter stabilizer bars are used on the X-Runner. A limited-slip differential is standard. Dealers can install a TRD "Big Brake Kit" on the X-Runner.


Interior
Depending on the model, buyers can choose a front bench seat, bucket seats or sport seating. Access Cab models have two tumble-flat rear seats. Double Cab trucks hold a three-passenger, 60/40-split tumble-and-fold rear seat.

Under the Hood
Using new Society of Automotive Engineers testing standards, the Tacoma's base 2.7-liter four-cylinder is now rated at 159 horsepower. Borrowed from the 4Runner, the available 4.0-liter V-6 produces 236 hp and 266 pounds-feet of torque. The four-cylinder teams with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission, while the V-6 works with a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual. When properly equipped, a Tacoma can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

Safety
Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist are standard. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are optional in Double Cab models.

Driving Impressions
Energetic response is a bonus of the Tacoma's V-6 engine when it teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. This engine snarls during hard acceleration, but not in a distressing way.

When equipped with a TRD Sport Package, in particular, a Double Cab Long-Bed Tacoma 4x4 copes well with unpaved roads. The ride is undeniably taut and fairly stiff, though it's comparable to other small pickups.

Front occupants have ample space. The seats are snug, supportive and well-cushioned.

The performance-focused X-Runner doesn't provide much excitement; it's not very stimulating when the gas pedal is pushed hard. The Tacoma's notchy manual gearbox makes shifting gears more difficult than in some other trucks. In short, the X-Runner is more show than go, and it actually has a lighter steering feel than a regular four-wheel-drive Tacoma.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
68 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Another reliable vehicle from Toyota.

by Notsew96 from Edmond, OK on October 29, 2018

I love this truck, haven't had any major repairs, and it's a fun truck to drive. Toyota has issued a few recalls and taken care of those with great customer service. It's a great truck overall. Read full review

(5.0)

Best truck I’ve owned.

by Kgbelieve from Anaheim, Ca on October 15, 2018

Amazing truck. I never had a single issue with the truck. I trust Toyota vehicles more than ever. I like it so much I bought a new Toyota truck. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Toyota Tacoma currently has 11 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Toyota Tacoma Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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