2011 Toyota Tacoma

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 4, 2021

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If you want a reliable pickup truck with impressive off-roading capabilities and strong towing power, then Tacoma might just be what you are looking for. Rear-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional and it's available as a crew-cab or extended-cab truck.

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Pros

The four-cylinder engine is highly efficient

Maintains a reputation for being a reliable and robust truck

The base model comes at a low price and holds significant resale figures

Cons

Highly-priced V6 trim

Seat comfort is mediocre at best

Ride handling may be a considerable downside

What's New?

A new grille is visible across all the Tacoma lineup models of the year. Instead of the three ongoing PreRunner manual transmission trims, there are five new automatic transmission four-cylinder trims.


2011 Toyota Tacoma Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.9

based on 89 ratings


8.0/10 Features
7.9/10 Interiors
8.2/10 Design
8.0/10 Safety
8.2/10 Reliability
8.0/10 Deal Value

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Overall Reviews


GG

Gerald

2011 Toyota Tacoma

X-Runner 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 6M)

3

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 4, 2021

Not quite the Toyota I was expecting!

Pros - Capable tow ratings. Standard equipments.

Cons - Too many issues. Poor ride quality.

Pathetic build quality! I bought this used Tacoma in 2017 with over 85k miles on it. I paid a total of $16K including interest for 5.3% APR deal. I have been driving the truck extensively throughout Kentucky for transport of firewood ever since. Although it seemed a capable truck for the initial time, the issues with it staterd being more frequent since 2020. The frame underneath has rusted including the leaf springs which cause an irritable squeaking noise. With over 145K miles onboard now, the gearshifts are not as smooth as it used to be. They always tend to be jerky. The cheap plastic on the truck has started to fall off with broken trim pieces, handles and even switches. There has been lot of rattling issues as well. The ride quality on the truck ios easliy unforgiving even when the road gets little rough. I do not feel driving the truck for longer dsistances anymore! The place has only been waste of time and money. Its been twice I had to report the same problem within few weeks. Quite incompetent staff!

4/10
Features
2/10
Interior
4/10
Design
4/10
Safety
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
4/10
Dealer Review

JH

Juanita S. Harding

2011 Toyota Tacoma

PreRunner 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 3, 2021

Run with the PreRunner

Pros - Interior qaulity, Blend of power and mileage,

Cons - Gets noisy when pushed hard

Decent performing and can handle countryside terrains I didn't needed a full-sized Tundra, so Tacoma was a good option and I got one. I do not tow regularly, but whenever I do I found this Tacoma to be sufficient. The mix of decent power and fuel economy makes it furthermore appealing. The noise is a thing that can't be dealt with when you try to push it a bit hard. I chose the PreRunner bacause it gets a bit of off-road touch like in the suspension systems, and I usally need to work at the countryside. For this, some thanks also needs to be given to the standard limited-slip differential. The 6-foot bed comes handy a lot of times, and the interiors are nicely build too. The premium cloth upholstery, power locks and windows, front bucket seats, and six speaker audio system are some interior things that reduce my hardships and give a pretty good time. The sales team I must say is very knowledgeable and they helped my way to pick the rightmost Tacoma.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

DC

Devyn Conroy

2011 Toyota Tacoma

4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 6M)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 15, 2021

The dependable truck.

Pros - Outstanding off-road capability Lengthy standard features list User-friendly infotainment system

Cons - Front seats too low for optimal comfort

off roading truck I bought the base model so it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but I love the truck. It’s solid and comfortable plus it includes many safety features I thought only cars have. It’s a Toyota Tacoma, what’s not to like. I buy a truck for longevity and reliability. The Tacoma is the epitome of that. My 2005 Tacoma that I traded in had 320,000 miles on it with no real problems to speak of. I wish the sales team was a little more courteous and respectable to new customers!

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
7/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19655

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 front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

127.4 in.

length

208.1 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3560 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1340 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/25 mpg

highway range

527.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base $19,655 onwards

159 hp @ 5200 rpm | 2.7 L | Inline 4 | regular unleaded

  • 15" Styled Steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning

PreRunner $21,315 onwards

159 hp @ 5200 rpm | 2.7 L | Inline 4 | regular unleaded

  • 16" Silver Steel Wheels

X-Runner $25,735 onwards

236 hp @ 5200 rpm | 4 L | V6 | regular unleaded

  • 18" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Parking Assist
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Colors and Styles

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Barcelona Red Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

6.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


The 2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is available in both 4 x 2 and 4 x 4 trims. These are the 7th-generation of the midsize pickup trucks. These trucks incorporate Auto-LSD or automatic limited-slip differential across all trims except those with a particular package called the TRD Off-Road.The 2013 Tacoma offers excellent build quality, outstanding reliability ratings and a lot of modern tech within much like the latest 2020 Toyota Tacoma.


8.0/10
Pricing and Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2011 Toyota Tacoma Pricing and Features

8.0/10

Similar to the 2020 Tacoma’s trims, the 2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is available in 3 trim levels: Namely, Base, PreRunner and PreRunner V-6, As mentioned earlier, there are two variants of Access Cab trims. We will be covering the 4 x 2 variant in the review. The different rear-wheel-drive (RWD) pickups range between $19,655 and $22,750.

Trim

Base

PreRunner

PreRunner V6

MSRP (RWD)

$19,655

$21,315

$22,750

MSRP (AWD)

NA

NA

NA

Key Features

15 inches Steel wheels

16 inches Steel wheels

16 inches Steel wheels

 

Seek-scan AM or FM stereo

Appear similar to the 4WD trucks from the exterior

V6 4.0-liter engine

 

Seat trim- cloth

Seat trim- cloth

Seat trim- cloth

 

Manual five-speed with OD transmission

Auto four-speed with OD transmission

Auto five-speed with OD transmission

 

An audio system with six speakers

Manual air conditioning for the front-row occupants

Manual air conditioning for the front-row occupants

 

Floor and ceiling consoles

   

Which Trim Should You Buy?

The 4 X 2 PreRunner V6 is probably the best 2011 Tacoma Access Cab trims because it offers smooth riding with a heavy load. Potential buyers can also replace the 4 X 2 PreRunner with a V6 engine at an additional cost of $1455. Unfortunately, that will make $22,770 as the total cost of the vehicle, which is slightly more than the highest trim. Also, the highest model incorporates a V6, auto five-speed with OD transmission, and steel silver wheels of 16 inches.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Engine and Performance

6.5/10

The base 2011 Toyota 4 x 2 Tacoma Access Cab trim comes for $19,655 in the US. It has an inline-four 2.7-liter gas engine and is an RWD vehicle with manual five-speed transmission. It can produce 159 hp at 5200 rpm and incorporate 180 lb-ft torque at 3800 rpm. The highest trim has a V6 4.0-liter engine capable of 236 hp at 5200 rpm and 266 lb-ft torque at 4000 rpm that functions with an auto five-speed with OD transmission. The V6 trims are much more responsive than the standard trims can move the vehicle quickly, even with a heavy load. In comparison the 3.5L V6 found in the 2020 Tacoma offers more power, torque and can tow better as well.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Dodge Dakota

Ford Ranger

MSRP

$19,655

$17,145

$23,210

$18,160

Engine

Inline-4 2.7-liter gas

Inline-4 2.9-liter gas

V6 3.7-liter gas

Inline-4 2.3-liter gas

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

Manual five-speed

Manual five-speed

Automatic four-speed

Manual five-speed

Power

159 hp @5200 rpm

185 hp @5600 rpm

210 hp @5200 rpm

143 hp @5250 rpm

Torque 

180 lb-ft @3800 rpm

190 lb-ft @2800 rpm

235 lb-ft @4000 rpm

154 lb-ft @3750 rpm

Towing Capacity

6500 lbs

6000 lbs

6720 lbs

5900 lbs

Payload Capacity

1620 lbs

1505 lb

1454 lbs

1455 lbs

Standard RWD 2011 Access Cab has the third-highest horsepower and torque after the Dakota and Colorado, and before the Ranger. It also has the second-highest market price after Dakota. Therefore, it compensates for its horsepower against the Dakota with its price.

The 2011 Tacoma Access Cab, along with Ranger and Colorado have a manual five-speed transmission, whereas the Dakota takes the lead with an automatic four-speed transmission. Lastly, the Dakota has the best engine type and capacity, followed by Colorado, Tacoma Access Cab, and Ranger.

How Fast is the 2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab?

The acceleration time of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup range between 7.1 to 9 seconds. However, since we are reviewing the base model, we can consider that it takes 9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. The base trim has an inline-4 2.7-liter gas engine that emits 8.5 tons of CO2 per year. The V6 found in the 2020 Tacoma accelerates to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Dodge Dakota

Ford Ranger

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9

6.6 

9.5

9.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

18.3

15.3

17.6

14.8

Top-Speed (MPH)

106

112 

107

105

Engine

Inline-4 2.7-liter gas

Inline-4 2.9-liter gas

V6 3.7-liter gas

Inline-4 2.3-liter gas

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.5

8.9

11.0

7.8

The 2011 Chevrolet Colorado has the best 0-60 acceleration figures, followed by the Tacoma Access Cab model, Dakota, and the Ranger. The Access Cab pickups hold the same second-ranking under the lowest tons of CO2 every year after the Ranger. Colorado and Dakota respectively.

Ride and Handling

The base 2011 Tacoma 4 x 2 Access Cab showcases great combined, highway and city mileage. It offers a steady handling experience on roads with steep curves and sufficiently low body roll. The 2011 Access Cab is lengthier than the previously manufactured trims and showcases a big on-road appearance. The vehicle brakes are smooth to apply, modulate, and halt it without any disconcert.

Braking Performance

The front rotor diameter of the 2011 Tacoma Access Cab’s disc brakes is 10.8-inches, and the rear rotor diameter of the drum brakes is 10-inches. The thickness of the rotors is yet to be announced (TBA). The curb weight of the vehicle is 3560 pounds. Unfortunately, the 60 to zero speed reduction feet is still unknown.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Dodge Dakota

Ford Ranger

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

10.8 

11.2 

11.1

11.28 

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.0 

11.6 

11.3

11.85 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3560

3366

4200

3028

60-0 (feet)

133

133

138

136

The stopping distance of the 2011 Tacoma Access Cab and its primary rivals is respectable for a pickup truck. Also, the 2011 Access Cab has the lowest front and rear brake diameter in comparison to the Colorado and Ranger. The curb weight of the Access Cab is third in ranking after the Ranger and Colorado, and before the Dakota helping the Tacoma and Colorado share a tie for first place.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The 2011 Access Cab has an average of 21-mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. It also has a combined mpg of 22. It can hold 21.1 gallons of gas and has a maximum city range of 443.1 miles and a highway range of 527.5 miles. The mpg figures of the 2020 Tacoma are much better than the 2011 model.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Dodge Dakota

Ford Ranger

MPG (City)

21

18

15

22

MPG (Highway)

25

25

20

27

MPG (Combined)

22

21

17

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

19

22

17

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

443.1/527.5/NA

342/475/NA

330/440/NA

374/459/NA

The 2011 Tacoma Access Cab has the second-best mileage in the city, on the highway, and combined after the Ranger. The highway mileage of this vehicle is similar to Colorado. It has the maximum city and highway mile range, followed by the Ranger, Colorado, and Dakota. The 4 x 2 pickup truck also has the second-best fuel capacity after Dakota and followed by Colorado and Ranger, respectively.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Interior

8.0/10

Much like the 2020 Tacoma’s interiors, The 2011 Tacoma Access Cab is a four-seater pickup truck with cloth upholstery interiors. They do offer lumbar manual adjustment seats but lack seat height or bottom seat angles. The entry into the passenger seats is possible only through the rear passenger side doors. It can accommodate occupants of a maximum of 5 feet and 5 inches in the rear passenger seats. Therefore, it is comfortable for kids but uncomfortable for adults with height more than the specific dimensions.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Dodge Dakota

Ford Ranger

Seating Capacity

4

3

4

3

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

40/57.7/41.7

39.6/57.1/44.0

39.6/57.7/41.9

39.2/54.5/42.4

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

35.2/57.7/28.2

39.1/62.6/36.4

36.5/57.4/32.1

37.9/57.2/23.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

38 cu.ft

41 cu.ft

41 cu.ft

34 cu.ft

Both Tacoma Access Cab and Dakota are four-seater pickups, whereas, Colorado and Ranger are three-seaters. The front row headroom of the Access Cab is more than all three competitors. Also, the front shoulder room of the truck is more than the Ranger and Colorado and equivalent to the Dakota. The front-seat legroom is less than all three rivals. Similarly, it has lower second-row headroom and legroom than the Dakota but offers more shoulder room than the latter.

What’s there to Keep You Entertained?

The pickup truck has an audio system with six speakers, a CD changer with a capacity of six CDs, and controls on the steering wheel. Also, owners can replace it with an audio system of JBL that comes with a subwoofer at an additional cost. The higher trims of the Tacoma come with the Entune system which packs text to voice capability, voice commands, Bluetooth audio streaming, HD radio, real-time traffic and weather updates among other added features.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

8.0/10

The Tacoma is more stylish than a few of its rivals. It encompasses a new bold grille and big headlights. The Access Cabs rank third in their maneuverability ranking after the Regular Cab and long-bed Double Cab models. Access Cabs are uncomfortable for rear-seat passengers but not with equipment. The bumper side, body, and rear flush surface provide an impeccable appearance to it.

Models

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

Chevrolet Colorado

Dodge Dakota

Ford Ranger

Curb Weight (lb)

3560

3366

4200

3028

Length (inches)

208.1

192.4

218.5

189.4

Width (inches)

72.2

67.6

71.7

69.3

Height (inches)

66.1

64.9

68.6

66.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1

7.7

7.9

8.9

Wheelbase (inches)

127.4

111.3

131.3

111.5

The curb weight of the Tacoma is more than the Ranger and Colorado but less than the Dakota. The length and width of the pickup truck are more than the Ranger and Colorado but less than Dakota. The height of the vehicle is almost equal to the Ranger and more than Colorado but less than Dakota. It has the second-largest wheelbase and ground clearance in comparison to its rivals.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Safety

6.0/10

Similar to the Safety ratings of the 2020 Tacoma, the 2011 Tacoma got an overall safety rating of four stars out of five, with a score of three stars for the frontal crashes and five star for side impacts in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and IIHS. As such, the base trims include the standard pickup truck safety features; however, vehicles with automatic transmission provide owners with many more features. These include Auto-LSD, control assist for a hill start, and downhill, and models with TRD off road. Conclusively, the following features are available in auto transmission models:

  • TRD offroad trims
  • Auto-LSD (except in TRD Off-Road trims)
  • Control assist for a hill start
  • Control assist for downhill

2011 Toyota Tacoma Competition

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs. Chevrolet Colorado

The length, width, height, and ground clearance of the Tacoma is more than Colorado. Meanwhile, the acceleration time, horsepower, and torque of the latter is better than the former. Since the Tacoma is more suited for adventurous commutes, it gets all the necessities required from the factory.

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs. Dodge Dakota

The front row headroom and second-row shoulder room of the Tacoma are more than the Dakota, whereas, the engine, horsepower, and torque of the latter are significantly better than the former. Dodge has given the Dakota some serious hauling prowess to match the power figures.

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs. Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger has a better city, highway, and combined mileage as well as a lower market price than the Tacoma. Meanwhile, the horsepower, torque, and acceleration time of the latter are better than the former. Also in terms of curb appeal we reckon the Tacoma seems to be better appealing aesthetically.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Final Verdict

The base 2011 Toyota Tacoma 4 x 2 Access Cab fares well against its rivals Colorado, Dakota, and Ranger. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for travelers with a height of more than 5 feet 5 inches. But it showcases steady on-road driving. Also, the V6 automatic five-speed with an OD transmission engine is capable of carrying heavy loads up to its maximum capacity with ease.

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Top User Reviews

3

User Overall Rating

Not quite the Toyota I was expecting!

Pathetic build quality!

by Gerald

9

User Overall Rating

Run with the PreRunner

Decent performing and can handle countryside terrains

by Juanita S. Harding

7

User Overall Rating

The dependable truck.

off roading truck

by Devyn Conroy

3

User Overall Rating

Such a huge waste of money

Dumb' truck.

by Laura Grady

7

User Overall Rating

Love my Toyota Tacoma!

A good work truck!

by Thomas G. James

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