2010 Toyota Tacoma

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Extensive standard equipment, especially safety equipment
  • Spirited off-road capabilities
  • Clutch-start cancel switch on six-speed manual models
  • Road-hugging performance of X-Runner
  • Build quality, attention to detail
  • Strong tow ratings for V-6
  • Dealer-installed TRD supercharger and big-brake kits

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard automatic limited-slip differential
  • Available backup camera for Access Cab and Double Cab
  • Interior layout, quality

2010 Toyota Tacoma Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 manual 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 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

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.
  • 115-volt power outlet in cargo bed on TR...
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 manual 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 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.

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.
  • 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 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 have an auxiliary jack for MP3 players
  • Power windows and locks standard on Access Cab, Double Cab
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel standard on X-Runner


Under the Hood
  • 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter 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 or four-speed automatic for four-cylinder trucks
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic for V-6 trucks
  • 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 antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and traction control.
  • Driver, front-passenger active head restraints
  • 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 (Access Cab and Double 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 (I4 4x4, PreRunner), 3.58:1 (I4 w/4A); 3.15:1 (4x2 w/6M); 3.73:1 (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 inches



Latest 2010 Tacoma Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Haven't had it but 3 weeks and I am loving it.

by Luvlelee from Roseville, MI on September 23, 2018

Have wanted this truck for many years now. Finally have and thus far am happy with it. Seats 5 very comfortable, plenty of leg & head room. Yet it is not a huge truck, it suits my needs perfectly. ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love this truck

by JTacoma from Alexandria, VA on August 22, 2018

I love my 2010 Toyota Tacoma. It?s small enough to drive around the city and parallel park anywhere but tough enough for off roading, towing and hauling construction materials. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Toyota Tacoma currently has 13 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Toyota Tacoma Base

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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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