2014 Toyota Tacoma

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Key Specs

of the 2014 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
  • 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 2014 Toyota Tacoma

  • Three cab styles
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Entune multimedia system
  • T|X and T|X Pro Off-Road packages

2014 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.
New for 2014
Toyota has dropped the street-performance X-Runner version of the Tacoma, but the truck gains an available SR Package that includes fog lights on V-6 versions; smoked headlamps; and color-keyed door handles, bumpers, mirror caps and grille surround.

Exterior Highlights

  • 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
  • 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels available

Interior Highlights

  • Fabric upholstery; available heated front seats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Available power windows and locks
  • Available leather-wrapped steering whe...
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.
New for 2014
Toyota has dropped the street-performance X-Runner version of the Tacoma, but the truck gains an available SR Package that includes fog lights on V-6 versions; smoked headlamps; and color-keyed door handles, bumpers, mirror caps and grille surround.

Exterior Highlights

  • 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
  • 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels available

Interior Highlights

  • Fabric upholstery; available heated front seats
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Available power windows and locks
  • Available leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available cruise control

Under the Hood

  • 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 236-hp, 4.0-liter V-6
  • Both engines run on regular gas
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission for four-cylinder trucks
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic for V-6 trucks
  • Standard automatic limited-slip differential

Safety Features

  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Three-point seat belts in all seating positions
  • Driver and front-passenger active head restraints
  • Available backup camera

 


2014 Tacoma Video

Remaining mostly unchanged since it debuted in 2012, the current-generation Toyota Tacoma sees a few upgrades for the 2014 model year. Check out the video for Mark's impressions on Toyota's revised compact pickup truck.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Sporty truck, great style, awesome power!

by jch0326 from Pullman, WA on July 23, 2018

Super sporty truck, handles really well like a raised coupe, lots of power, plus towing and camping/ability to do anything and go anywhere you want! Read full review

(5.0)

2nd Tacoma. The first one went 300,000 miles

by K from Dacula, Ga on July 18, 2018

Most reliable truck that I have ever owned. It is the perfect size for meeting my needs. It will also pull my boat trailer with ease. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 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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