2009 Toyota Tacoma
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Solid Choice all the way around!

by from Tucson on November 15, 2011

In the past ten years I've owned a Chevy Avalanche, FJ Cruiser, and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited all in 4 wheel drive. My choice this time; Toyota Tacoma, 4x4, short bed TRD Off Road pkg. This Tacoma is by...
In the past ten years I've owned a Chevy Avalanche, FJ Cruiser, and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited all in 4 wheel drive. My choice this time; Toyota Tacoma, 4x4, short bed TRD Off Road pkg. This Tacoma is by far the best of them all. I realize this is subjective and each of the vehicles has their redeeming qualities but this, in my opinion is the best of the best. Over a 6 month period I'm averaging just over 17 mpg in town and 20 on the highway with regular unleaded. The tranny is super smooth, shifts effortlessly. Steering is solid and quick to respond. The ride is a little stiff for in town driving but the TRD Off Road package isn't made for in town driving so I didn't expect a car like ride. The stereo is the JBL premium with single disc CD, mp3 and sub woofer (you can plug in your iPod). You get great sound from the iPod when plugged in but only good sound from the radio including satellite. The steering wheel has both audio controls as well as phone controls. The blue tooth phone setup is to die for, especially in this level of truck line. A very nice hands free system for a truck! Hunting season is just around the corner so my off roading thus far has been mostly forest service roads. The switch to 4 wheel drive on the fly works quickly and smoothly. Putting the tranny in 4 low worked just as well from a stop. The 4 full size doors beat the heck out of the suicide doors on my FJ and offer just as easy access as the Avalanche did! Very roomy interior; I always have three pre-teens in the back, a load of softball equipment, and my gf riding in the front passenger seat. There is always ample room and no complaints. The bed liner that comes standard on the truck is great for protecting the bed, but everything you put in the bed slides around to the point of irritation. I am investing in some indoor/outdoor carpet to keep the sliding to a minimum. Maneuvering in and out of traffic is a breeze; your view of the road to the rear is very good with the rear view and side mirrors. The standard rear tailgate camera is a real blessing and works fantastic. No more worrying about backing over bikes or little children being out of view while backing. That about sums it up for me, a good solid choice in the mid size compact market.
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still have mine..

by from Alexandria, VA on February 19, 2010

Bought a '09 used only had 1000 miles on it. Overall I am very pleased with my truck. It is just the regular cab but the bed liner and tie downs are very good. I had a cap installed from SNUGTOP and i...
Bought a '09 used only had 1000 miles on it. Overall I am very pleased with my truck. It is just the regular cab but the bed liner and tie downs are very good. I had a cap installed from SNUGTOP and it has made all the difference. It is a stick shift so the gas mileage is awesome! I drove it X-country and never had a problem. The stock tires were awful i had to get new ones. Great truck!!!
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Tacoma buyers beware

by from Manhattan KS on September 12, 2009

Bought a new Tacoma four cylinder and found out that at 70mph in cruise on some interstate hills it shifts down to second. Quite earth shaking when the RPM redlines. It don't even try third goes right...
Bought a new Tacoma four cylinder and found out that at 70mph in cruise on some interstate hills it shifts down to second. Quite earth shaking when the RPM redlines. It don't even try third goes right to second. Took it in to Toyota and was told that, one, it doesn't hurt it to redline the engine like that and two, theres nothing that they can do about it. I'm going to have to live with it. So much for Toyota customer service.
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Always wanted one

by from Indianapolis on August 31, 2009

Performance for the size of the vehicle is remarkable. Its just the right size for a homeowner that "just needs a truck". I think it is a bit pricy for what you get but...it is a Toyota and they are a...
Performance for the size of the vehicle is remarkable. Its just the right size for a homeowner that "just needs a truck". I think it is a bit pricy for what you get but...it is a Toyota and they are a wonderful product!
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Reliable truck

by from Central Florida on December 30, 2011

I have the double cab, SR5 package. Beautiful, reliable truck. Leg area to high or seat too low, feels like my legs are jacked up and I am 6 ft tall, my wife is 5'7" and she has the same problem. Seco...
I have the double cab, SR5 package. Beautiful, reliable truck. Leg area to high or seat too low, feels like my legs are jacked up and I am 6 ft tall, my wife is 5'7" and she has the same problem. Second complaint is it likes mid grade or premium fuel otherwise it has anti knock on acceleration. So about every other tank put mid grade or premium in and you will be ok. Otherwise great truck, will not buy again because of the leg height problem.
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Perfect except for the single seat up front

by from Toms River, NJ on October 6, 2011

First truck I have owned and really like it except for the front seat. Cheap is cheap! Toyota should have never put such an unconfortable seat in such a great little truck. My grandfather had a seat l...
First truck I have owned and really like it except for the front seat. Cheap is cheap! Toyota should have never put such an unconfortable seat in such a great little truck. My grandfather had a seat like this in his 1951 Chevy and it too was uncomfortable, just as this one is. Aside from that I can not find fault with it. Wish I had known, I would have went for the bucket seats.
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The Best Vehicle I've Ever Bought

by from on January 7, 2015

This truck works great! The size of the truck is perfect! It's not too small or too big! The height of the truck is great to avoid possibe flood damage. I would've gave this truck a 5 star rating for ...
This truck works great! The size of the truck is perfect! It's not too small or too big! The height of the truck is great to avoid possibe flood damage. I would've gave this truck a 5 star rating for the interior if it had leather seating. Gas isn't even an issue with this truck. The 4.0L engine works great and saved me more money than my previous car. Overall, I love this truck! Get a Tacoma!!!!
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best truck for your buck

by from aliso viejo,ca. on November 30, 2008

2009 tacoma doublecab longbed 4x4, Trd sport. It rides rougher than my former 2002 tundra 4x4. thr doublr cab is very useful with real four doors and also the backup camera. i am disappointed that it ...
2009 tacoma doublecab longbed 4x4, Trd sport. It rides rougher than my former 2002 tundra 4x4. thr doublr cab is very useful with real four doors and also the backup camera. i am disappointed that it does not come with a locking gas lid or tailgate. The milage is pretty decent . I get about 18-20 miles per a gallon. I hope it reliable as my 90 4x4 4 cyld toyota pickup.
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Very nice midsize truck

by from cincinnati ohio on October 29, 2008

Ived had the truck two months.its an 09, it was aspecial ordered truck.saftey equipment standard,nice.nice ride plenty of room,front,and back.backup camera very handy when towing.upgraded JBL sound sy...
Ived had the truck two months.its an 09, it was aspecial ordered truck.saftey equipment standard,nice.nice ride plenty of room,front,and back.backup camera very handy when towing.upgraded JBL sound system @270 watts is the bomb with the subwoofer.very pleased with the truck.would buy another one.driven toyotas for over 30 years.very happy.
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2009 tacoma

by from VA on December 11, 2012

Though I have only had this truck for 6 weeks, I really enjoy it. I have driven both to / from work and on one long trip, and for both it is good to drive.
Though I have only had this truck for 6 weeks, I really enjoy it. I have driven both to / from work and on one long trip, and for both it is good to drive.
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