2015 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP $20,965

Ranked #6 in Pickup-truck

7.2

Overall Rating

2015 Toyota Tacoma Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Thanks to its impeccable reliability scores, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is one of the most popular pick-up trucks in the compact pick-up truck segment. It is also quite practical and its unrivaled off-road capability makes it stand out in the segment. Priced at $21,865 for the base trim and $36,705 for the full-blown version, the Tacoma offers excellent towing abilities. The 2015 model year does not get any major updates but it does get a few upgrades. The TRD Pro trim has been introduced but the Regular Cab version of the pick-up is no longer available.

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Pros

Punchy Powertrain

Excellent reliability rating

Serious off-road capability

Good resale value

Cons

Harsh ride

Poor driving dynamics

Low fuel economy

What's New?

TRD Pro trim added

The regular Cab version has been discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20965

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

Independent frnt duble wishbne suspensin w/anti-rll bar

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

3615 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1285 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/25 mpg

highway range

527.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 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$20,965 onwards

PreRunner V6$23,960 onwards

Base V6$26,355 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 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

6.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


The Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck features two powertrain options; a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower, and a 4.0-liter V6 with 236 horsepower. The transmission duties are taken care of by either five-speed automatic transmissions or six-speed manual transmission. As standard, the pick-up truck comes with a rear-wheel drivetrain while the four-wheel-drive system is optional. This robust Toyota pickup truck goes up against its rivals such as the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F - 150, and the GMC Canyon.


9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2015 Toyota Tacoma Features

9.0/10

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma is available in three different variants; Access Cab I4, Access Cab I4 PreRunner, Access Cab V6, Access Cab V6 PreRunner, and Access Cab V6 TRD Pro. It comes with two engine options: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that generates 159 horsepower, and a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 236 horsepower. 

A five-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard with all trims. The Tacoma also offers a four and a five-speed automatic transmission, a six-speed manual, and a four-wheel drivetrain is optional. Features such as a 6.1-inch touch screen, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, and power windows with door locks. 

Model

Access Cab I4

Access Cab I4 PreRunner

Access Cab V6

Access Cab V6 PreRunner

Access Cab V6 TRD Pro

MSRP (2WD)

$21,865

$22,525

$23,225

$23,960

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MSRP (4WD)

$25,700

$26,324

$27,235

$27,990

$36,705

Key Features

Front Independent Suspension

In addition to or replaces, Access Cab I4 trim features with:

In addition to or replaces, Access Cab I4 PreRunner trim features with:

In addition to or replaces, Access Cab V6 trim features with:

In addition to or replaces, Access Cab V6 PreRunner trim features with:

 

Front And Rear Stabilizer Bar

16.0 - inch Alloy Wheels

Drop Hitch Receiver

Bull Bar w / Integrated Skid Plate

Painted Alloy Wheels

 

Underbody Mounted Spare Tire

Stainless Steel Running Boards

Paint Protection Film

Entune Audio Plus w / Navigation

Driver And Passenger Seat Heaters

 

15.0 - inch Steel Wheels

Black Finish Skid Plate

Tri-Fold Hard Tonneau Cover

Infinity Edge Auto-Dimming Mirror With Homelink

16.0 - inch Alloy Wheels 

 

All Season Tires

Cloth Upholstery

Cargo Net

Power Door Locks

Driver Seat With Manual Adjustable Lumbar Support

 

4 - Way Manual Passenger and Driver Seat Adjustment

Heated Mirrors

Power Steering

Premium Cloth Upholstery

 

 

All-Weather Mats

One-Touch Power Windows

Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel

Cruise Control

 

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Thanks to the standard 6.1-inch touch screen, the base trim offers excellent value for money. Also, all models can tow a minimum of 3,400 pounds which makes even the base trim quite capable. It comes with many standard features such as power windows and door locks, air conditioning, eight-bed tie-down cleats, and a limited-slip rear differential that add to the value aspect of the trim. 

2015 Toyota Tacoma Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma features two powertrain options to suit your needs. The base engine is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder unit that generates 159 horsepower, it feels quite zippy. The larger and the second engine option is a 4.0-liter V6 that can generate 236 horsepower. While a five-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, four- and five-speed automatic transmissions and also a six-speed manual transmission are optional. While some will certainly like slotting the manual transmission themselves, the automatic transmission is also quick and smooth to operate. 

The 4-cylinder engine is adequate for loitering around in the city and carrying some loads occasionally. The V6 engine provides a lot of passing power along with low-end torque to crawl within the city limits. The suspension is set up on the stiffer side, however, the Tacoma feels quite robust in the way it drives. It gets past 60 MPH from a standstill in about 7.7 seconds and manages to cross through the quarter-mile mark in 16.1 seconds. Its top speed of 115 MPH is not particularly impressive.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Ford F - 150

GMC Canyon

MSRP

$21,865

$28,630

$37,665

$30,055

Engine

4.0 - liter V6 Gas

3.6 - liter V6 Gas

2.7 - liter V6 Gas

3.6 - liter V6 Gas

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

5 - speed shiftable automatic

6 - speed automatic

6 - speed automatic

6 - speed automatic

Power 

236 hp @ 5200 rpm 

305 hp @ 6800 rpm 

325 hp @ 5750 rpm

305 hp @ 6800 rpm 

Torque 

266 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

269 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

375 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

269 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Towing Capacity

6800 lbs

6000 lbs

6720 lbs

5900 lbs

Payload Capacity

1620 lbs

1505 lb

1454 lbs

1455 lbs

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7

7.4

6.4

7.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.1

15.7

15.0

15.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

115

120

124

120

In comparison, the more expensive Ford F - 150 is the fastest pick-up trick in the segment. Thus, if you want the best-performing pick-up here, you have to stick with Ford. The more powerful engine and a better gearbox give it an edge over its competitors in terms of performance. The Chevrolet Colorado is not far behind and it costs much less than the Ford F-150.

2015 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Being the only pick-up in its class that weighs about 6800 lbs, the Toyota Tacoma certainly does not aim to be the most fuel-efficient pick-up truck. Thus, it offers 16 mpg in the city, 21 mpg over on the highway, and a combined fuel economy figure of 18 mpg. While the engine is quite efficient, the heavy curb weight does take away some of the efficiency benefits. However, the performance numbers that Tacoma offers do not justify the poor fuel economy for the price.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Ford F - 150

GMC Canyon

MPG (City)

16

17

19

17

MPG (Highway)

21

24

26

24

MPG (Combined)

18

20

22

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

21.0

26.0

21.0

Range (City / Highway / Combined, in Miles)

337.6 / 443.1 / 379.8

357.0 / 504.0 / 420

494.0 / 676.0 / 572

357.0 / 504.0 / 420

Ford seems to have found the perfect mix of mileage and performance. Thus. the most efficient pick-up truck here is the Ford F-150 which offers 22 mpg of combined fuel economy figure. Its light curb weight and efficient motor help you save more in terms of the overall running costs. The GMC Canyon on the other hand provides very similar fuel economy figures in comparison to the Chevrolet Colorado.

2015 Toyota Tacoma Interior

7.0/10

The Toyota Tacoma’s cabin can seat up to four people in relative comfort. The front seats provide good overall comfort and support making it easy to undertake long-haul trips in them. As it is a pick-up truck, the dashboard has been designed to exude rugged appeal. The materials used on the inside are mostly hard plastics and it is not easy to find any soft-touch materials. Thus, the cabin feels built on a budget and lags behind its rivals in terms of offering a premium feel. The overall visibility from the inside is great thanks to the high seating position.

The rear bench can seat 2 people but overall support and cushion. The length of the cabin is enough to fit 2 people comfortably on the rear seats but there is still not much legroom to stretch out. However, you will never find yourself complaining about the headroom or shoulder room even if you are seated at the rear. There are plenty of storage spaces inside the cabin to store small items and water bottles. Overall, the cabin feels built to last but lacks the refinement and fitness that its rivals offer.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Ford F - 150

GMC Canyon

Seating Capacity

4

5

6

5

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

40.0 / 58.1 / 41.3

39.5 / 57.5 / 41.7

40.8 / 66.7 / 43.9

39.5 / 57.5 / 41.7

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

35.2 / 57.7 / 28.2

38.3 / 53.4 / 35.8

40.3 / 65.9 / 43.6

38.3 / 53.4 / 35.8

Payload Capacity (lbs)

1360 

1590 

1910

1550 

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

38 cu-ft

41 cu-ft

41 cu-ft

34 cu-ft

In terms of the payload capacity, the Toyota Tacoma lacks behind all its rivals. However, the trunk capacity is more than what the GMC Canyon offers, making it easy to store luggage inside the trunk compartment. The Ford F - 150 provides the most spacious cabin along with the best payload capacity in its class. It is followed by the GMC Canyon that feels a bit more cramped than the other in the second-row seats. Major interior features include-

  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • Remote Keyless Entry 
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Lockable Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Front reading lamps
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror

How intuitive is the 2015 Toyota Tacoma’s infotainment unit?

For the 2015 model year, Tacoma now offers a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display as standard. It comes with features such as a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, a rearview camera, auxiliary inputs, and navigation. The infotainment interface is quite basic and user-friendly. It features multiple physical buttons and knobs for the audio and Bluetooth controls. Also, the Entune App Suite features smartphone apps like Pandora and iHeartRadio.

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • USB connection
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • CD Player
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Rearview camera

2015 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

8.0/10

All pick-up trucks are meant to look rugged but they can come out as a bit boring sometimes. However, Tacoma comes with a lot of TRD elements to break the monotony of the typical Toyota design philosophy. While it is no pageant queen, it does look imposing and stands out with its subtle yet distinctive looks. The massive grille at the front and the smartly-designed headlights help to enhance the overall appeal of the pick-up truck. From the sides, the clean and simple profile renders a balanced look. At the rear, things look a bit too simple with vertical tail lamps. 

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Ford F - 150

GMC Canyon

Curb Weight (lb)

4140 

4230

4168

4200

Length (inches)

208.1 

225.0 

243.7 

225.0 

Width (inches)

72.2 

74.2 

79.9 

74.2 

Height (inches)

66.1 

70.4 

75.3 

70.4 

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1 

8.4 

8.8

8.4 

Wheelbase (inches)

127.4 

140.5 

156.8 

140.5

In comparison, at 4140 lbs., the Toyota Tacoma is the lightest pick-up truck here. On the other hand, the Ford F - 150 offers the best in class road presence, thanks to its larger physical dimensions. The Tacoma is the smallest of the bunch followed by the GMC Canyon. The Ford F-150 also looks much more premium and attractive than all its rivals while the Colorado begs for a design update. Few major exterior features include-

  • All-Season Tires
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
  • Black Grille
  • Running Boards (Optional)
  • Front Fog Lamps

2015 Toyota Tacoma Safety

7.0/10

The Toyota Tacoma comes with plenty of basic safety features as standard. It boasts features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2015 Tacoma four out of five stars. 

However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not named the 2015 Toyota Tacoma a Top Safety Pick+. The Double Cab models received three stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side crash test. Thus, Tacoma needs more advanced safety features as rivals offer more safety kits as standard. Other salient safety features include:

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Child safety locks
  • Traction control
  • Emergency trunk release
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Rear-view backup camera

2015 Toyota Tacoma Final Verdict

The Toyota Tacoma is immensely capable of taking you off the beaten path. Its excellent reliability ratings and Toyota’s impressive after-sales service make it stand out in the segment. Thus, there is no doubt that Tacoma does everything well with whatever a pick-up should be able to do. However, when it comes to other things like the interior, fuel efficiency, or ride quality, the Tacoma Access Cab feels unrefined. There are rivals that offer much more for the price and thus the Tacoma requires an overall update.

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