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2015 Toyota Tacoma

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/4/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma gains the TRD Pro Series trim, optimizing the truck for off-roading. The regular cab is no longer available, while a Limited package is now offered to add a more premium feel to the truck.

Vehicle Summary

The popular 2015 Tacoma is a compact/midsize truck slotting under the full-size Tundra. It is sold in two cab styles, two bed lengths, two engines with manual or automatic transmission options, and rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations.

Overview

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma is available with a 2.7-liter I-4 making 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque or a 4.0-liter V-6 with 236 hp and 266 lb-ft. I-4-equipped trucks are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic while V-6 models come with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Fuel economy is disappointing for the class, ranging from 21/25 mpg city/highway with a manual-equipped rear-drive I-4 to 15/19 mpg for a four-wheel drive V-6.

2015 Tacoma's remain capable off-road particularly the TRD Pro Series models with their upgrades chassis. More pedestrian models maintain the same capabilities but are much more livable with less noise at highway speeds and a comfortable ride. Additionally, available performance parts from Toyota's performance arm TRD means that owners can get performance upgrades without the risk of voiding the warranty.

Interior design remains utilitarian with cloth upholstery and available "SofTex" simulated leather in models equipped with the Limited Package. Toyota's Entune infotainment system is available with a 6.1-inch touch screen and rearview camera. Depending on the trim level, Entune adds more features such as smartphone app integration and a JBL audio system.

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Tacoma a four-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the Crew Cab version of the truck received a Good score in three categories and Marginal in roof strength (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

While the 2015 Tacoma remains a reliable compact/midsize truck, its outdated powertrain and disappointing fuel economy make it uncompetitive with the arrival of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. In a 2012 First Test, we noted that the Tacoma balances impressive off-road capabilities with usability as a daily driver even with TRD suspension upgrades.

You'll Like

  • Off-road capabilities
  • Comfortable for long drives
  • Availability of performance parts from TRD

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Outdated powertrains
  • Unintuitive Entune system

Key Competitors

  • Nissan Frontier
  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • GMC Canyon
  • Used full-size truck

Rating

2 star

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