Used Toyota Tacoma Buying Guide

May 3rd, 2018 by

Used Toyota Tacoma Buying Guide

With its world-class utility and a capable ride, on-road and off, the used Toyota Tacoma exceeds expectations. This mid-size pickup truck is also known for its modern comfort and convenience. Third-generation models offer no shortage of infotainment features. To learn more about what to expect at the dealership, check out our used buying guide.

Third Generation: 2016-Current

Tacoma Third Gen

Why buy the third-generation used Toyota Tacoma?

Buy one of these Tacomas because you want combine truck-style utility with a dose of modern comfort and convenience. Third-generation trucks can tow up to 6,800 pounds, which is more than enough capability to tow a large boat or a small camper. These models are offered with the extended Access Cab or the bigger Double Cab. Whichever you choose, your kids will appreciate the impressive backseat space. If you’re lucky enough to find a Tacoma TRD Off-Road on the used lot, you’ll have everything you need to hit the trail, including Bilstein shock absorbers and an electronic locking rear differential for max precision in off-road territory.

How has this used Toyota Tacoma changed over the years?

For 2017, the Tacoma offered a few new features, including a power-actuated sliding rear window. Beginning in 2018, the Tacoma came standard with Toyota’s Safety package. It includes high-tech driver aids, such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, keeping you on your guard.

Second Generation: 2005-2015

Tacoma Second Gen

Why buy the second-generation used Toyota Tacoma?

There’s a lot to be said for this generation. These Tacomas are especially good at off-roading, thanks to their tough powertrains, including a 4.0-liter V6 that delivered 245 horsepower and 283 pound-feet of torque. Second-generation trucks are also excellent workhorses, towing up to 6,500 pounds of machinery or construction supplies. Inside, you’ll find a generous amount of head- and legroom for a comfortable trip, no matter how long.

How have these models changed over the years?

Because this generation was so long, technology features vary a lot from beginning to end. More recent models offer items like the Entune infotainment system to help keep you connected with hands-free calling or music streaming. Later models also offer a rearview camera, which enhances your view as you pull out of narrow lane.

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