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Pros
The Toyota Tacoma is a well-built, small truck with a large range of models and equipment available. Dealers have plenty of accessories, as do the aftermarket suppliers, to ensure you can personalize your truck to suit your needs.

Cons
Handling isn’t great, and the jump seats in the Access Cab could be improved. Some Tacomas have a poor feel to the brake pedal which does not inspire confidence under hard braking.

Toyota Tacoma
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2014 Toyota Tacoma Price
MSRP for a basic 4-cylinder, 2WD Access Cab starts at $22,350. For a 4-cylinder, 4WD Access Cab prices start at $27,125. The V6 Access Cab starts at $28,110 and the V6 Double Cab starts at $29,600.

2014 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined in L/100km)
Manual
  • 4-cyl 2WD:9.9/7.5/8.8
  • 4-cyl 4WD:11.3/9.0/10.3
  • Automatic
  • 4-cyl 2WD:10.8/7.8/9.4
  • 4-cyl 4WD:11.6/8.9/10.4
  • V6 4WD:13.1/9.8/11.7
Improvements and Changes
The Toyota Tacoma comes into 2014 unchanged. The last major revision was in 2012. Minor adjustments through trim packages and adjustments to the MSRP are hard to notice.

Exterior styling
The Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is the best looking due to vehicle proportions, moulded wheel wells and the 6’ truck box. Double Cab models just don’t look as good, although the more you pay the more bling you get. Blacked-out grille and front fascia try to provide a work-oriented look on the Toyota Tacoma. Along the sides the black theme continues along the wheel arches front and rear. Only the flat aluminum alloy wheels provide any relief from the paint.

Interior
The only significant difference between Access Cab and Double Cab is the extra space in the rear seat and extra doors. The jump seats in the Access Cab are suitable for children or willing adults for a short distance. The Double Cab rear seat is a proper rear seat suitable for long-term trips. Trim level and optional equipment significantly shapes the look of the interior. Leather interior, heated seats, and all the electronic hook-ups are available.

Cargo/towing/payload capacity
Maximum towing capacity is 1,587 kg (3,500 lb). Cargo capacity ranges between 475 kg (1,050 lb) and 540 kg (1,200 lb) for the 2014 Toyota Tacoma.

Safety
Dual front, front seat side impact and curtain airbags are standard in the 2014 Toyota Tacoma. All seating positions have three-point lap belts. A STAR safety system includes stability control, traction control, ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist with smart stop technology is standard, as are four-wheel disc brakes. Tire pressure monitoring system and LATCH system for anchoring a child seat is standard. On the Double Cab, child-proof rear door locks are standard.

Comparables
Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon.