2011 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP $19,655

Ranked #4 in Pickup-truck

7.7

Overall Rating

2011 Toyota Tacoma Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Tacoma, with its robust build and reliability, is a very capable workhorse truck. On top of that, it is also very practical in terms of interior and cargo space. Like every other Toyota, it has a strong reputation for reliability and reasonable price. However, the Pickup truck is crowded with a long lineup of truck choices where the companies keep updating their trucks to dominate the Pickup truck market. Amidst all that competition, the Toyota Tacoma still manages to be an impressive truck in every way.

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Pros

Fuel-efficient base inline-4 engine

Reasonable base price

Simple and easy to use instrument panel and buttons

Rough and tough build quality

High resale value

Cons

Bumpy ride

Poor seat comfort

V6 models get expensive

Bluetooth is not available in many trims

What's New?

The newly redesigned front grille across all the trims

New automatic transmission available in four-cylinder trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19655

bodystyle

4dr Access Cab

passenger capacity

4

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

164 cu.in.

horsepower

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspensin

dimensions

wheelbase

127.4 in.

length

208.1 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3560 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1340 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/25 mpg

highway range

527.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$19,655 onwards

PreRunner V6$22,750 onwards

Base V6$25,045 onwards

X-Runner V6$25,735 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Toyota Tacoma in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Speaking of performance, the base inline-4 engine in Tacoma happens to be highly fuel-efficient and competitive. For 2011, the Tacoma receives some changes with a new front grille which adds to the front design of the vehicle and you get an automatic transmission instead of the conventional manual transmission. Moreover, it rivals the likes of other praiseworthy pickup trucks such as Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Dakota, and Ford Ranger.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2011 Toyota Tacoma Features

8.0/10

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is offered in three different trim levels: the base, Pre-Runner, and Pre-Runner V6. The base trim starts at $19,655 with scantily equipped standard features. The mid-trim trim offers better features such as Auto four-speed with OD transmission, tilt, and telescopic steering wheel. The top Pre-Runner V6 trim adds a V6 engine with peppy performance and a strong linear powerband. It also offers a better transmission. Let's have a look at the important features that are available in the Tacoma in the table below

Trims

Base

Pre-Runner

Pre-Runner V6

MSRP (RWD)

$19,655

$21,315

$22,750

MSRP (AWD)

NA

NA

NA

Key Features

15 inches Steel wheels

16 inches Steel wheels

16 inches Steel wheels

 

Seek-scan AM or FM stereo

Tilt & telescopic steering wheel

V6 4.0-liter engine

 

Seat trim- cloth

Fabric-trimmed front bucket seats

Seat trim- cloth

 

Manual five-speed with OD transmission

Auto four-speed with OD transmission

Auto five-speed with OD transmission

 

An audio system with six speakers

Manual air conditioning for the front-row occupants

Manual air conditioning for the front-row occupants

 

Floor and ceiling consoles

Cruise control

Fog lamps

We Recommend:

Being similar under the hood, both base and mid trims of the Toyota Tacoma serve the type of buyers they aim for. However, we would recommend going with V6 trim, as it gets a more powerful V6 engine with athletic performance and robust torque. Also, it costs an extra $2000 only which seems quite a deal for a V6 powered pickup truck. Furthermore, it also gets a better transmission than the base version.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is equipped with a standard 2.7 L inline-4 engine under the hood, churning out 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The Pre-Runner V6 trim features a 4.0-liter V6 engine that increases the power output to 236 hp and 266 lb-ft. The base engine is mated with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels. 

The V6 trim, on the other hand, is linked to a 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with ECT-I. This transmission works smoothly and efficiently to balance both performance and fuel economy. Moving on to the engine performance, the base engine sprints from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds making it the fastest truck off the line, and hits a quarter-mile run in 18.3 seconds which is not adequate. In terms of top speed, the Tacoma manages to reach a top speed of 106 mph.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Ford Ranger

Dodge Dakota

MSRP

$19,655

$17,145

$18,160

$23,210

Engine

Inline-4 2.7-liter gas

Inline-4 2.9-liter gas

Inline-4 2.3-liter gas

V6 3.7-liter gas

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

Manual five-speed

Manual five-speed

Manual five-speed

Automatic four-speed

Power

159 hp @5200 rpm

185 hp @5600 rpm

143 hp @5250 rpm

210 hp @5200 rpm

Torque 

180 lb-ft @3800 rpm

190 lb-ft @2800 rpm

154 lb-ft @3750 rpm

235 lb-ft @4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9

N/A

9.7

9.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

18.3

15.3

14.8

17.6

Top-Speed (MPH)

106

112 

105

107

Among the competition, the 2011 Toyota isn’t the most powerful or fastest in the segment. We have the Dodge Dakota that stands as the most powerful truck in the segment. However, the Ford Ranger wins the quarter-mile competition. All the cars come with a standard inline-4 engine, while the Dodge comes with a more powerful V6 engine as standard. Nevertheless, it is the Chevrolet Colorado that has the highest top speed of 112 mph.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The Toyota Tacoma gets one of the highest fuel efficiencies out of the inline-4 motor. It delivers you 21 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on highways, and combined mileage of 22 MPG. The 21.1-gallon fuel tank offers the greatest range, around 443.1 miles in the city, 527 miles on highways on a full tank run. However, the efficiency figures aren’t the best in class. Opting for a V6 engine would drop the overall mileage figures by a substantial margin.

Model

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Ford Ranger

Dodge Dakota

MPG (City)

21

18

22

15

MPG (Highway)

25

25

27

20

MPG (Combined)

22

21

24

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

19

17

22

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

443.1/527.5/NA

342/475/NA

374/459/NA

330/440/NA

Among the competition, Both less powerful turns out to be the most efficient ones out there. The Dodge Durango, being powerful, stands behind with sub-par fuel efficiency of 15 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and a combined 17 mpg. However, with the highest 22-gallon fuel tank, the driving range seems better. On the other hand, the 17-gallon tank in the Ford Ranger is the smallest and the driving range does take a hit despite being the most efficient truck off the lot.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma is surprisingly well-appointed and simple. The Tacoma is never intended to be luxurious, but the minimal design language makes it both contemporary and functional. The four-spoke steering wheel is chunky and grippy to hold and make driving easier. Also, it is integrated with audio control buttons. The seats incorporate cloth fabric upholstery and offer decent comfort during a commute.

Moreover, it offers ample headroom in the front measuring 40 inches. However, it lacks behind its competition in terms of legroom due to the cramped legroom in front and rear as well which makes it a comfortable place for kids in the rear but not really tall people friendly. Coming to the cargo capacity, the Tacoma offers a cargo space of 38 cubic feet which is a mediocre figure in the pickup truck segment.

Model

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Ford Ranger

Dodge Dakota

Seating Capacity

4

3

3

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40/57.7/41.7

39.6/57.1/44.0

39.2/54.5/42.4

39.6/57.7/41.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

35.2/57.7/28.2

39.1/62.6/36.4

37.9/57.2/23.1

36.5/57.4/32.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

38 cu-ft

41 cu-ft

34 cu-ft

41 cu-ft

The Toyota Tacoma is competitively spacious in the rivalry. However, while it comes to the cargo department, Both Chevrolet Colorado and Dodge Dakota offer the highest cargo capacity followed by the Tacoma. Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger can only seat 3 people while the other two cars can accommodate upto 4 people. The Chevrolet Colorado traded the cargo space for better interior space. Some standout interior features include

  • Air conditioning
  • Power door locks
  • Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
  • Front sport seats (optional)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (optional)

How intuitive is the 2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system on the Toyota Tacoma is not as intuitive as you would expect, it offers only the essential features on board. The most basic version of the Toyota Tacoma Access Cab features a 6-speaker sound system with CD/MP3 stereo. It isn’t the most advanced system, but totally fine considering the price. It doesn’t have either Bluetooth connectivity or a navigation system and seems a bit quaint by modern standards. Some other salient entertainment features are

  • Subwoofer
  • aux audio jack
  • MP3 player
  • AM/FM stereo
  • WMA player

2011 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

8.0/10

The Toyota Tacoma gets a redesigned front grille which makes it way better than the previous year's model. The headlights are bold and go well with the exterior styling of the car. It also gets fog lamps in the front and the bonnet gets an air scoop which makes it look sportier and also functional at the same time. When it comes to taillights, it looks sharp and sleek and complements the overall design of the rear end.

The higher trim gets 16-inch wheels to the features list which improves the stance of the vehicle. Moving on to exterior dimensions, the Toyota Tacoma is one of the largest trucks in its segment measuring a length of 208.1 inches, a width of 72.2 inches, and 66.1 inches. It also offers a great ground clearance of 8.1 inches which enhances its off-roading capabilities. As for the curb weight, it weighs 3560 lbs.

Model

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Ford Ranger

Dodge Dakota

Curb Weight (lb)

3560

3366

3302

4200

Length (inches)

208.1

192.4

189.4

218.5

Width (inches)

72.2

67.6

69.3

71.7

Height (inches)

66.1

64.9

66.2

68.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1

7.7

8.9

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

127.4

111.3

111.5

131.3

Comparing the competition, the 2011 Toyota Tacoma is the heaviest after the Dodge Dakota which is the longest in the segment measuring 218.5 inches. The 8.9-inch of ground clearance on the Ford Ranger doubtlessly contributes to its off-roading capabilities. However, the Toyota Tacoma gets a handsome-looking exterior styling and overall charm, which is where the truck lags. Some standout and optional exterior features of the Toyota Tacoma are as follows

  • Fog lamps
  • Color-keyed hood scoop
  • Pwr mirrors
  • Sliding rear window w/privacy glass
  • 18" alloy wheels (optional)
  • Variable-speed windshield wipers

2011 Toyota Tacoma Safety

8.0/10

Toyota never really compromises on safety and has a strong reputation for making robust cars and this Toyota Tacoma scores pretty decently from the top organizations. It scores 4 stars from the tests conducted by the NHTSA and overall Good rating by IIHS except for the Roof strength test where it scores a Marginal rating. Apart from being a strong truck, it is also packed with a handful of safety features. Some of the standout safety features include

  • Traction control
  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • side-door impact door beams
  • Tire pressure monitor system
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags

2011 Toyota Tacoma Final Verdict

The Toyota Tacoma is still a worthy pick in its segment considering the price. The standard engine is sluggish but highly efficient. The V6 engine on offer delivers stellar engine performance. Moreover, the relaxed ride quality makes the Toyota a perfect pickup truck for the family as well. The most important thing about Toyota is their reliability and this Tacoma is no exception, it is one of the most reliable pickup trucks out there, period. If you want an affordable pickup truck with a perfect balance of practicality, comfort, and efficiency, then the Toyota Tacoma is worth checking out in its segment.

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