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1999 Toyota Tacoma

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1999 Toyota Tacoma Review

Standard pickup with sufficient power and good handling.

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The 1999 Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck offered in two regular cab and six extended cab models. It can be either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. All models are equipped with powerful engines that provide smooth acceleration and rugged operation. Drivers are ensured a smooth ride and good handling, thanks to a solid suspension. Off-roading can be performed with grace in the four-wheel drive models. The Tacoma is well-equipped to carry a heavy load, but does not offer rear passengers a comfortable ride.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 3.4-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota Tacoma Base, Toyota Tacoma Prerunner, Toyota Tacoma Base extended cab, Toyota Tacoma SR5 extended cab, Toyota Tacoma V6 extended cab, Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6 extended cab, Toyota Tacoma Prerunner extended cab, Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6 extended cab

What's New

The 1999 Toyota Tacoma now has front seat belt pretensioners and force limiters. Buyers have the option of getting a regular cab Prerunner. Extended cab models have more options available, such as a four-speaker CD audio system. Four-by-four models have 15-inch steel wheels. New exterior color options are available in this year’s models.


The 1999 Toyota Tacoma's regular cab is about 184 inches long, 66 inches wide, and 62 inches high. Its wheelbase is approximately 103 inches. Extended cab models have the same width and height, but length is 203 inches and wheelbase is 121 inches. The front bumper is black and curves around the wheel arches. Chrome bumpers and grille are optional. There is tinted glass on the cabin and rear windows. All models come with a six-foot long cargo bed.


The 1999 Toyota Tacoma has a tilt-forward bench seat with headrests, full door trim with cloth inserts, dual armrests, map pockets, full carpeting, and dual cup holders. Seating in the rear is cramped, so adult passengers will not be able to ride comfortably for a long period of time. The instrumentation panel and controls are arranged in a logical manner for convenient readability and use.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Toyota Tacoma's base model is powered by a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that spits out 150 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Other models come packed with a 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine that pumps out 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. All models have great acceleration and passing capability. The Tacoma has smooth handling, aided by a double wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar and beam rear suspension with leaf springs. Every bump and crevice in the road is felt, but its roughness is alleviated by its solid suspension. Steering is well-balanced, and cornering capability is surprisingly good. Four-wheel-drive models offer a good off-roading experience.


The 1999 Toyota Tacoma comes equipped with frontal driver and front passenger airbags, three-point height adjustable safety belts with pretensioners to help restrain passengers in the event of an accident, and side-door impact beams. The NSTSA gives the Tacoma good ratings in driver and passenger front crash tests and rollover resistance. Anti-lock brakes are optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Tacoma four-cylinder: 17/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma six-cylinder: 17/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Toyota dependability
  • Good handling
  • Durable

You Won't Like

  • Cramped rear seating
  • Difficult entry and exit into backseat
  • Below average gas mileage

Sum Up

Standard pickup with sufficient power and good handling.

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