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Overview (Final Score: C+)
The 2017continues with the pickup truck’s full redesign for the 2016 model year. Changes for 2017 are minimal, with only the addition of a power rear-sliding window option as new. The TRD Pro packaging returns after a year’s hiatus, bringing back the off-pavement-monster model option for the Tacoma.
Most of the 2017 Tacoma’s appeal comes from its new look and powerful history. The Tacoma has long been a best-seller in the midsize pickup truck segment, for a variety of reasons. Currently, the main reason may be because it’s the newest and best overall value offering in the truly midsize segment. The excellent and unmatched TRD Pro package may also be part of it this year.
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a strong, capable, versatile and comfortable small truck for those who need what a midsize pickup can offer. It’s capable of being both a workhorse and a toy. Exactly what midsize pickup buyers want.
What We Love About the 2017 Toyota Tacoma:
- Good interior with nice materials choices
- Excellent off-road capability in the new TRD Pro package
- Solid value proposition when resale is considered
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Toyota Tacoma:
- Exterior design, especially up front, might not appeal to many
- Driver’s seating position is a bit odd at first
- Fuel economy is less than expected
Pricing and Value (8/10)
It’s very unlikely that a buyer will find a sale price on a Tacoma. Toyota literally just can’t build them fast enough to meet demand. Yet pricing for the 2017 Tacoma models is not terribly out of whack with the market, so value is all about the resale and versatility of the truck.
Most buyers of a 2017 Toyota Tacoma are likely to hit the mid-range $28,000 to $30,000 price point in their purchase. For that, the Tacoma will come well-fitted and have plenty of versatility for the buck. Resale values for Toyota products, especially trucks, are higher than the already-high norm for the pickup truck segment. So Tacoma owners can expect less depreciation over time than some competitors.
All together we consider these to be good points for the Tacoma buyer’s bottom line. The tough part will be price and availability at the sales point, and buyers may have to order and wait or shop around to find the model they want.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (62/80, 78%)
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma remains a best-seller in the midsize truck segment, but that may not necessarily be due to extreme excellence on the Tacoma’s part.
The very aged, which is usually second in sales, is long overdue for a redesign and will likely see one very soon. The and are much larger trucks, despite their midsize categorization, compared to the Tacoma and Frontier and are pricier in the main as well.
The 2017 Tacoma sets benchmarks that others in the segment have yet to meet. The very capable Frontier Pro-4X model, for example, is comparable to any upper-crust Tacoma 4×4, but has nothing close to the off-road prowess of the Tacoma’s TRD Pro package. The Tacoma’s base package is also a compelling buy for fleets and small business owners for its usefulness and low cost. So the 2017 Toyota Tacoma remains a good choice for small pickup buyers, regardless of need.
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