1996 Toyota Tacoma Owner Ratings & Reviews

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1996 Toyota Tacoma - It is the most reliable vehicle I ever owned and probably one of the most reliable ever made. It is well built and well engineered.

Kevin
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
4.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
5.0
Reliability
5.0
I first decided to buy this Toyota based on my need for a pickup and even more so, reliability. My employer had a couple of older Toyota pickups that had been through the ringer. These vehicles had been driven abusively by dozens of individuals over the years with nobody keeping up on maintenance and yet they still ran perfectly. The Tacoma was the current small pickup and I felt it was definitely more comfortable than past pickup models. It even had a sleeker and more aerodynamic look. I did not need a lot of room and so the size suited me well. It was still big enough for me to use on side work when needed. Also the gas mileage was great. I am not one to keep up well with maintenance and this is a perfect truck if you are the same. It will run without a lot of coddling though I reco... (more)
Story
Although some may consider the small size of this truck a detriment I have actually found it to be a positive on at least one occasion. I remember when I was working on a big job about 25 miles from my house. There were some newbies working there and they were of somewhat dubious character. A couple of them needed rides to work and they were not too far out of the way. They asked me and I show... (more)
Pros
- Reliable/Low Maintenance - Small size makes parking and handling easy - Fun to drive - Manual transmission - Easy to get parts in the unlikely event of maintenance issues - Just under 200,000 miles and still chugging along

1996 Toyota Tacoma - Best mid-sized pickup around

Kimberly
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
2.0
Reliability
5.0
I love my '96 Tacoma. I've had it for over 10 years at this point and have put over 225,000 miles on it, and it still runs like a champ. Yes, you need to do routine maintenance and the older it's gotten, the less I take it on long road trips, but it's a very reliable truck. If you love the outdoors, it'll take you almost wherever you would ever need to go.
Story
Countless camping trips in this truck, and you're able to get away from the crowds with the 4-wheel drive and clearance!
Pros
Four-wheel drive works great, and for a light pickup truck, it does well in the snow and ice. Really good clearance for off roading. I've never had to be too worried with bottoming out when driving up on rough roads in the mountains.
Cons
It's definitely small in terms of pickups, especially the models built in the '90s Gas mileage isn't great, and my version doesn't have a cruise control.