Best Bet
  • (4.6) 29 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,574$23,614
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 16-22
  • Engine: 159-hp, 2.7-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2008 Toyota Tacoma

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma pickup truck is available in regular cab, Access Cab with rear-hinged half-doors and Double Cab with four front-hinged doors. Toyota redesigned and enlarged its smaller pickup truck for the 2005 model year, giving it a more powerful V-6, a higher towing capacity and a tighter turning r... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Relatively stiff ride
  • Unimpressive X-Runner performance

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three cab styles
  • Performance-oriented X-Runner

2008 Toyota Tacoma Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Please pardon my bluntness, but where the heck is my A-BAT?I've just spent a week living with a mid-size supercharged 2008 Toyota Tacoma TRD Double Cab 4.0-liter V6 Long Bed 4x4. Priced at $36,586 it's the best argument yet for the return of pickups with smaller footprints, lower prices, and better fuel economy.Granted, the truck I drove occupies the spot farthest right in the Tacoma ... Read full review for the 2008 Toyota Tacoma

Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 29 reviews

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Powerful little light pickup

by TDLAX from Commerce City, CO on July 27, 2010

Don't underestimate this truck's power based on its looks. This is made to blow your mind. This can pull out a 3 ton SUV out of water with little issues involved. The car is quiet, almost too quiet to... Read Full Review

13 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Toyota Tacoma Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Tacoma Base

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Tacoma Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Tacoma Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Tacoma Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
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.

Recalls

There are currently 11 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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