2013 Toyota Tacoma

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Extensive standard equipment, especially safety features
  • Spirited off-road capabilities
  • Road-hugging performance of X-Runner
  • Strong tow ratings for V-6
  • Dealer-installed TRD supercharger and big-brake kits

The Bad

  • Stronger 4.0-liter V-6 found in Tundra and 4Runner isn't available for Tacoma
  • 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 2013 Toyota Tacoma

  • Three cab styles
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • New Limited Package
  • Entune multimedia system
  • T|X and T|X Pro off-road packages

2013 Toyota Tacoma Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck 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. The Tacoma can seat up to five people in certain configurations. It competes with the Nissan Frontier.

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-brand shocks, BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, 16-inch alloy wheels and TRD badging. The TRD Sport Package offers a monochromatic appearance, street-tuned suspension and lower-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, low-profile 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 2013
Daytime running lights are new, and a display audio system with the Entune multimedia system is available for all cab styles. A new Limited Package includes simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, 18-inch chrome wheels, a chrome grille surround, chrome rear bumper, color-coordinated front bumper, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering whee...

Vehicle Overview

The Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck 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. The Tacoma can seat up to five people in certain configurations. It competes with the Nissan Frontier.

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-brand shocks, BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, 16-inch alloy wheels and TRD badging. The TRD Sport Package offers a monochromatic appearance, street-tuned suspension and lower-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, low-profile 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 2013
Daytime running lights are new, and a display audio system with the Entune multimedia system is available for all cab styles. A new Limited Package includes simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, 18-inch chrome wheels, a chrome grille surround, chrome rear bumper, color-coordinated front bumper, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an outside temperature gauge and Limited badging.
Exterior
The Tacoma's wheel flares are muscular, its character lines are pronounced and the grille 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. Exterior features include:

  • 115-volt power outlet in cargo bed on TRD packages
  • Dent-resistant composite inner liner in cargo bed
  • Available skid plate for engine
  • Regular cab Tacomas include standard 15-inch wheels
  • 18-inch alloy wheels available

Interior
The backup camera system features a small camera in the tailgate handle and a 3.3-inch screen mounted in the rearview mirror. Interior features include:

  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Optional power windows and locks
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel 
  • Optional cruise control

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 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
The Tacoma combines accident-avoidance technologies and standard side-impact and side curtain airbags. Besides stability control, the standard Star Safety System includes antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and traction control. Other safety features include:

  • Three-point seat belts in all seating positions
  • Available driver and front-passenger active head restraints

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Solid as they come

by attababy from Powell, TN on August 10, 2018

Drove my Tacoma for 5.5 years and loved it. After living with a vehicle for 5 years you do pick at the minor short comings. First, I wish I had gotten leather to begin with as I missed it. The cloth ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most Reliable Truck out There.

by Biznitch from Los Angeles, CA on July 23, 2018

Great Truck. Toyota trucks just Keeps on rolling!! That's why they hold such great resale value. I love the power and the stylish looks that the 2nd Generation Tacoma brings. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 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

Other

Roof Strength
marginal

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 Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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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