1996 Toyota Tacoma

  • 1996 Toyota Tacoma Base Extended Cab Pickup

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1996 Toyota Tacoma Review

A rugged, reliable compact.

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The 1996 Toyota Tacoma is a compact pickup truck that features rugged reliability and pushes the limits of the compact pickup design. In terms of price, power, and size, it's almost on the same level as a full-size pickup. While it doesn't quite manage to reach full-size territory, it still comes closer than most of its competitors.

The 1996 Toyota Tacoma fills an unusual niche that might not be equally tempting for any driver. It fills in a gap between compact and full-size pickups that few other models fit into. It's good for drivers who want something larger than the standard compact pickup, but do not quite want to get into a full-size pickup. Even drivers not looking specifically in that niche are still going to find a solid vehicle in this particular truck.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 3.7-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tacoma V6, Toyota Tacoma SR5

What's New

The 1996 Toyota Tacoma offers an optional Off Road Package on four-wheel-drive models.


The 1996 Toyota Tacoma measures 199 inches long with a wheelbase of 121.9 inches, which is larger than most compact pickup trucks on the market. It's available with a regular or extended cab; however, the SR5 is only available as an extended cab. Optional equipment includes a camper towing package, bed liner, chrome step bumper, and tonneau cover.


The 1996 Toyota Tacoma does not provide much in the way of comforts, which follows suit of most pickup trucks on the market. It lacks any significant interior features as standard equipment. Optional features do include a cassette player, CD player, cruise control, power windows, power locks, and air-conditioning.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Toyota Tacoma has solid performance and handling, and the relative performance to its competitors varies based on the engine option selected. The six-cylinder gives ample acceleration, while the maneuverability and turning is adequate. While it's not a difficult vehicle to drive, there is a marked difference between operating this particular set of models and an average passenger vehicle.

The 1996 Toyota Tacoma gets a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder base engine, rated 142 horsepower on the two-wheel-drive models. Meanwhile, the four-wheel-drive alternatives are equipped with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder, which can earn a 150-horsepower. The V-6 model, on the other hand, receives a dual-overhead-cam, 24-valve unit that can generate 190 horsepower with 220 lb-ft of torque.


The 1996 Toyota Tacoma has dual front airbags as standard equipment, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes are available as optional equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Tacoma, 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 19/23 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma, 2.7-liter four-cylinder: 16/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma, 3.7-liter six-cylinder: 16/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Optional four-wheel drive
  • Extended cab option

You Won't Like

  • Price tag almost high enough to get a full size truck

Sum Up

A rugged, reliable compact.

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