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2008 Toyota Tacoma Review

A reliable midsize pickup with something for everyone.

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When it comes to midsize pickups, the Toyota Tacoma has long been at the head of the pack for both consumers and critics. With its wide selection of cab styles, bed lengths, and trim levels, the Tacoma’s versatility makes it a crowd favorite and a worthwhile option for anyone considering a truck. Whether shoppers are looking for a modest-sized pickup for small jobs around the worksite or something big enough to haul the whole family as well as a full cargo load, the 2008 Toyota Tacoma is sure to offer the right combination of space and power.

Along with a roomy cabin and wide range of bed sizes, the Tacoma also offers a full list of practical features, equipment, and accessories. While its 236-horsepower, V-6 engine may not be the most powerful in the pickup market, it offers all the muscle and finesse needed to handle almost any job. With all its versatility, powerful dynamics, and reliability, the Toyota Tacoma is an obvious recommendation for anyone shopping for a midsize or compact pickup truck.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, Access cab, Double cab
Engines: 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Regular Cab: Base, PreRunner; Access Cab: Base, PreRunner, PreRunner V6, V6, X-Runner V6; Double Cab: PreRunner V6, V6

What's New

2008 brings no changes to the Toyota Tacoma.


There is nothing particularly flashy about the 2008 Tacoma’s exterior; this truck is designed to be a work vehicle, and its appearance reflects its function. Curved lines give the Tacoma a modern feel, while a range of bright paint colors are available with the different trim packages. The Base Tacoma is available with both a regular cab and an extended ""Access"" cab, each with a six-foot cargo bed. The four-door ""Double"" crew cab comes with a shorter bed, keeping the truck easier to maneuver and park. But if passenger space and maximum hauling capacity are both priorities, Toyota also offers a Double cab with a six-foot bed.

The long list of exterior features and equipment is grouped into the different trim packages. The range of options includes fender flares, 16-inch alloy wheels, exterior chrome trim, and skid plates in the TRD Off-Road package, 17-inch wheels and a hood scoop with the TRD Sport package, and a chrome grille shell, foglights, privacy glass, and color-keyed wheel flares with the popular SR-5 package. A towing package is also available separately.

The rustproof, dent-resistant cargo bed includes a standard bed liner and cargo area tie-downs with a cargo area cover, cargo net, and exterior rack available as options. For campers and sporting enthusiasts, and optional bed-mounted 115-volt and 400-watt electrical outlet is also an ideal offering.


The 2008 Toyota Tacoma’s interior is designed primarily for functionality, not luxury. However, there are plenty of accessories and comfort to keep both driver and passengers happy. The Double cab’s rear seat is quite spacious, and ample storage space is available in all cab sizes. The list of base features with the regular cab is a bit short, with only a radio, CD player, tire pressure monitor, tachometer, and tilt steering coming standard. Air-conditioning is optional with the regular cab and standard with the Double and Access cabs.

Performance & Handling

The Tacoma’s regular and Access cab models are available with both a four- and six-cylinder engine; the Double cab is only offered with the V-6. The standard four-cylinder is rated at 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, while the V-6 produces a powerful 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the V-6, the 2008 Tacoma is one of the fastest midsize trucks on the market, pushing zero to 60 mph in only 7.8 seconds. The Tacoma can tow up to 6500 pounds when properly equipped.

Unless consumers are buying a pickup for looks rather than work, they’ll probably want to consider upgrading to the V-6. The standard four-cylinder is more than adequate, but nothing compares to the V-6 in all-around muscle and performance, even if it is a bit noisy. The Tacoma handles like a truck as much as it looks like one, and performs admirably on off-road terrains.


Anti-lock brakes with brake assist are standard for all Tacoma models with stability control coming optional. The Double cab provides optional front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags. Four-wheel-drive models with automatic transmission, and the Off-Road package also offer hill-start assist control and downhill assist control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Tacoma Base: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner V6: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma V6: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma X-Runner V6: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Wide variety of cabs and trim styles
  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Great off-road performance

You Won't Like

  • Low seating
  • Noisy V-6

Sum Up

A reliable midsize pickup with something for everyone.

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