Best Bet
  • (4.3) 35 reviews
  • MSRP: $9,615–$25,587
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 16-23
  • Engine: 159-hp, 2.7-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2009 Toyota Tacoma

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Toyota Tacoma

What We Don't Like

  • Limited availability of premium JBL sound system
  • No pull-lever parking brake (helps in off-roading)
  • Great offroad suspension can be rough on uneven pavement
  • Long Box Tacoma Crew Cab almost as big as a full-size pickup

Notable Features

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard automatic limited-slip differential
  • New grille and taillamp designs
  • Available backup camera for Access Cab and Double Cab

2009 Toyota Tacoma Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Tacoma is available in three cab styles: Regular Cab, Access Cab and Double Cab. Regular and Access Cabs come with 6-foot beds, while the Double Cab can be had with either a 5- or 6-foot bed.

Much of the Tacoma's appeal comes from its various special models and packages. The TRD Off-Road package is perhaps the most popular, with a combination of appearance and performance items. Included are progressive-rate front springs, Bilstein shocks, BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, 16-inch alloy wheels and TRD badging. The TRD Sport package offers a monochromatic appearance, street-tuned suspension and low-profile tires on 17-inch wheels.

The X-Runner is the real street-performance star in the specialty group. It features a 4.0-liter V-6 engine, six-speed transmission, 18-inch wheels, improved steering response, Bridgestone Potenza tires and a lowered, specially tuned suspension. The X-Runner gets its name from a unique X-brace on the rear of the frame.


New for 2009
Toyota is making all its advanced safety features standard on the Tacoma. Familiar to most consumers are front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. Not so familiar is the Star Safety System, which is comprised of five electronic brake controls. Also included is Toyota's electronic stability system, which applies the brakes individually and lowers engine power if sensors detect the driver's intended path doesn't match the vehicle's actual path. Brake control is also key to the automatic limited-slip differential feature, which detects unwanted wheelspin and applies the brakes as needed to redirect power to the wheel with greater traction. In other news for 2009, Tacoma has added an input jack for portable music players in all models and redesigned the rear seat in the Access Cab.

Exterior
The Tacoma really bulked up when it was redesigned for the 2005 model year. The wheel flares are more muscular, character lines are more pronounced and the grille is a little more menacing. The Double Cab looks particularly good, especially in four-wheel-drive trim. The X-Runner, however, doesn't have a lean, athletic look worthy of its performance; it's just too burly with all its extra bodywork. A minor makeover for 2009 includes an argent-painted grille and redesigned taillamps for all models. Smoked headlamp trim goes on the TRD Off-Road, TRD Sport and X-Runner.

  • 115-volt power outlet in cargo bed on TRD packages
  • Dent-resistant composite inner liner in cargo bed
  • Skid plates on PreRunner models


Interior
The Tacoma interior gets a higher grade than other compact trucks, with a simple but effective layout, supportive seats and attention-to-detail build quality. The new rearview monitor system features a small camera in the tailgate handle and a 2.5-inch display mounted in the rearview mirror. Ceiling-mounted speakers are included in all of the five sound systems offered throughout the lineup. Premium JBL audio, available only in the Double Cab, offers a six-CD changer, Bluetooth, seven speakers (including a subwoofer) and XM satellite radio. Toyota doesn't offer leather seating in the Tacoma, but there is a sport fabric on the X-Runner that's also available on the Access Cab and Double Cab in four-wheel-drive or PreRunner configurations.
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel standard
  • All sound systems get auxiliary jack for portable music players
  • Power windows/locks standard on Access Cab, Double Cab
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel standard on X-Runner


Under the Hood
  • 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with iron block/aluminum cylinder head, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder makes 180 pounds-feet of torque
  • 236-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 with aluminum block/cylinder heads, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder makes 266 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual transmission (standard on four-cylinder models)
  • Four-speed automatic (available on four-cylinder models)
  • Six-speed manual (standard on most V-6s, available on others)
  • Six-speed automatic (standard on select V-6s, available on others)
  • Standard automatic limited-slip differential


Safety
Combined with sophisticated accident-avoidance technologies and standard side-impact and side curtain airbags, the Tacoma has more safety features than most compact pickups. Besides stability control, the Star Safety System includes electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and traction control.
  • Driver, front-passenger active headrests
  • Three-point seat belts in all seating positions


Of Interest to Truck Owners
  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 5,450 pounds (Double Cab 4x4)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,570 pounds (PreRunner Regular Cab 4x2)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 6,500 pounds (Regular Cab with V-6 Towing Prep Package)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 21 gallons
  • Transfer case low range: 2.57:1
  • Axle ratio: 3.31:1 (I4 w/5M); 4.10:1 (14 4x4, PreRunner), 3.58:1 (I4 w/4A); 3.15:1 (4x2 w/6M); 3.727:1 (PreRunner, 4x4 w/V-6)
  • Crawl ratio: 39.87:1 (6M w/3.727:1 axle)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 8.1 inches (4x2), 9.3 inches (PreRunner, 4x4)
  • Approach angle: 35 degrees (PreRunner, 4x4), 19 degrees (X-Runner)
  • Departure angle: 26 degrees (PreRunner, 4x4), 19 degrees (X-Runner)
  • Ramp breakover: 27 degrees (Regular Cab 4x4), 15 degrees (X-Runner), 20-21 degrees (all other models)
  • Cargo floor length: 60.3 inches (Double Cab), 73.5 inches (Regular Cab, Access Cab, Double Cab long bed)
  • Cargo floor width: 56.7 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 41.5 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 18.0 inches


Consumer Reviews

(4.3)

Average based on 35 reviews

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Tacoma Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Tacoma Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
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

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
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 14 recalls for this car.


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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

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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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