2013 Toyota Tacoma Overview
What’s New for the 2013 Toyota Tacoma?
The 2013 Toyota Tacoma sees only one minor change from the 2012 model year; the addition of a new Limited package.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Exterior
The exterior of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma looks exactly as you’d expect it to look—like a truck. While the Tacoma isn’t the largest truck money can buy, its smaller size make it attractive to drivers who might love the idea of a truck, but hate the thought of driving a bulky, heavy machine. The Tacoma remains extremely versatile though, with choices between Regular Cab, Access Cab, and Double Cab. 15-inch steel wheels are standard, with the options to add larger 16-inchers in higher trim levels.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Performance
While you’ll never be able to tow a 9,000-pound trailer in a Tacoma, this truck is no slacker. The base 2.7-liter four-cylinder motor delivers 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque via a standard five-speed manual, or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. The available 4.0-liter V6 engine will appeal to drivers who want to use the Tacoma’s utility by generating 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, making towing a much easier task. All Tacoma models have the option of either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, so you can truly tailor your truck to your needs.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Efficiency
Efficiency is the last thing you expect from a truck of any kind, but the 2013 Toyota Tacoma delivers fairly impressive numbers thanks to its fuel-efficient engines. When mated with the manual transmission, the four-cylinder motor returns 21/25/23 mpg city/highway/combined. When the manual is replaced with an automatic transmission, those figures drop to 19/24/21. The more powerful V6 engine with automatic transmission returns 17/21/19 city/highway/combined mpg, while adding four-wheel drive drops efficiency to 16/21/18. No matter which way you look at it, the Tacoma is a gas guzzler—but, as previously mentioned, this comes with the territory when you own a pickup truck.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Interior
In its most basic form, the 2013 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab comes with a cloth bench seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system complete with 6.1-inch touchscreen display. Not bad at all for an entry level truck. Upgrading to the Access Cab will secure you front cloth bucket seats, a rear fold-up seat with underseat storage, and a six-speaker sound system. Finally, the Double Cab adds a 60/40-split rear bench seat and rear vents. The Tacoma is also available with numerous packages that add interior features such as a tinted sliding rear window, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Truly, the 2013 Toyota Tacoma can be as basic or as luxurious as your taste—and budget—will allow.
2013 Toyota Tacoma Safety
The 2013 Toyota Tacoma is a powerhouse of safety features. Every Tacoma model comes with front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, front active head restraints, antilock brakes, and stability and traction control. Government crash tests awarded the 2013 Toyota Tacoma an overall four out of a possible five stars, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2013 Tacoma its top rating of “Good” in frontal-offset and side crash tests, and a second-to-worst rating of “Marginal” in the roof strength test.