Toyota Tacoma Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Worst thing I ever owned

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Bought a new 2016 limited on 12/21/15 drove it 62 miles and the check engine light came on got it to the dealer on 1/2/2016 and its still there its 1/17/2016. They are working with Toyota to figure out the problem. But they don't have the parts to repair the

Review submitted by:Broke tacoma

Pros:looks great

Cons:it broke at 62 miles

Biggest Disappointment 0f 2016

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Traded in my 2008 TRD sport for 2016 TRD sport complete disappointment to drive. The new TRD has NO low end torque and a transmission that constantly shifts in an attempt to compensate. Had the trans software update installed at 5k little affect. Reminded daily on commute what mistake this

Review submitted by:Paul T

Pros:Brakes improved over 08

Cons:No low end torque dies on uphill grades

Worst purchase I've ever made

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This is the worst new car purchase I've ever made. Just turned 4600 miles and it has been in the shop two times for a week each time. Has a vibration in the transmission / drive train at about 20 MPH when decelerating. Dealer says they and Toyota have no

Review submitted by:Not Happy

Pros:Love the look

Cons:Transmission / Drive Train

Disappointing power train and transmission

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Rear end howling Toyota has already had to replace rear differential once under warranty. The truck lacks power and transmission shifts too early or too often. Annoying that there is no low end torque. Gas mileage is not worth the loss in power or the annoying transmission. Toyota released a

Review submitted by:Chaz R

Pros:Truck looks good inside and out

Cons:powertrain lacking, transmission terrible

Seats are uncomfortable, Horrible motor/trans

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

If you want an uncomfortable seat along with a motor with a high reving powerband, attached to a transmission which is overactive on the slightest grade, buy this truck! After 10,000 miles, i just realized I liked everything about this truck except actually driving it. It looks great, quality is

Review submitted by:TacomaNO

Pros:It's a Toyota

Cons:It's a Toyota with a bummer of a motor

Not quite there yet. Wait a couple of years...

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Traded my 2014 4Runner in and that was a huge mistake. Not even close to the quality, ride, or power of the 4Runner. I have the Limited and it has the brown leather. The seats are manual with no available height adjustment on a 40k Limited model. I am 6'3"

Review submitted by:Martin J

Pros:I really like the looks. Much more aggressive.

Cons:Awful transmission and power. Poor drivability

Rear differential noise issue

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

There was a whining noise around ~55 MPH coming from rear diff. After extensive testing Toyota dealer replaced the Rear differential Carrier. This should not happen on a TRD model. Toyota needs to step up its game on parts reliability. Overall the Truck is solid. Hopefully, the replacement parts holds.

Review submitted by:SR4

Pros:Good for mid size truck

Cons:Seems like not enough power when in Auto Gear.

Not what I had hoped for

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Let me say first, this was a truck I always dreamed about having. I traded in my 2000 Dakota and got a deal on a SR5 4WD I could afford. I had read other reviews about having a problem with the truck lurching in Reverse and Drive but of course

Review submitted by:Dave C

Pros:Comfortable Ride

Cons:Transmission

Not for bigger guys

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

OK, so it's got a good engine and automatic transmission, but it's missing some electronics I would expect, like Apple Car Play. Toyota Entune is just junk. I'm 5'10" tall and have to scrunch down to climb in/out. Frankly, I've only had it for 6-months, about 3,500 miles as of

Review submitted by:Mark h

Pros:Reliability, resale value

Cons:Lack of visibility, comfort and fit

Not what it use to be

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I have owned 4 other Toyota tacomas in the past. 86,96,06 and now my 16. The quality of the 16 has dropped tremendously. The interior has squeaks, rattles and the seats and carpt are not wearing well. The outside of the vehicle is starting to rust. The hinges are rusting

Review submitted by:Jo44

Worst transmission I've ever driven.

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Ive owned this truck for over 2 years now, and have put almost 60K miles on it. Ive gone through every transmission update and TSB that there is, but the transmission still sucks. Constantly hunts for gears, lunges, and is slow. Toyota has replaced the freon compressor in the truck

Review submitted by:Joey L

Transmission is a joke

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Dealer tells me they have had a lot of complaints and a fix is coming soon. Corporate tells me the truck is running as designed, not right but designed. Toyota has backed themselves into a corner as far as gas milage claims so they cant make transmission changes that are

Review submitted by:Jacob W

Pros:Hhandles well

Cons:Transmission shifting or lack of

Disappointing power train and transmission

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Rear end howling Toyota has already had to replace rear differential once under warranty. The truck lacks power and transmission shifts too early or too often. Annoying that there is no low end torque. Gas mileage is not worth the loss in power or the annoying transmission. Toyota released a

Review submitted by:Chaz88

Pros:Truck looks good inside and out

Cons:Powertrain lacking, transmission terrible

Seats are uncomfortable, Horrible motor/trans

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

If you want an uncomfortable seat along with a motor with a high reving powerband, attached to a transmission which is overactive on the slightest grade, buy this truck! After 10,000 miles, i just realized I liked everything about this truck except actually driving it. It looks great, quality is

Review submitted by:TacomaNO

Pros:It's a Toyota

Cons:It's a Toyota with a bummer of a motor

Not quite there yet. Wait a couple of years

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Toyota

Model:

Tacoma

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Traded my 2014 4Runner in and that was a huge mistake. Not even close to the quality, ride, or power of the 4Runner. I have the Limited and it has the brown leather. The seats are manual with no available height adjustment on a 40k Limited model. I am 6'3"

Review submitted by:Martin R

Pros:I really like the looks. Much more aggressive

Cons:Awful transmission and power. Poor drivability

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