2008 Toyota Tacoma Pricing, Specs & Reviews

Find Another Toyota Tacoma
$14,280-$26,115
$13,233-$23,670
17 /CITY / 21 /HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

What Changed for 2008:

  • No significant changes for 2008
Overview
Rugged pickups have been an integral part of Toyota's lineup for decades. The latest version, the midsize Tacoma, which was introduced almost 30 years ago, is available in a variety of models, from a stripped-down bench-seat work truck to the high-performance X-Runner. Like its bigger brother the Tundra, the Tacoma is built in America at the NUMMI joint-venture plant (with GM) in Fremont, California.

Model Lineup
The Tacoma is available in three cab choices: Regular Cab, Access Cab and Double Cab, the last-named offering a choice of long (73.5-inch) or short (60.3-inch) beds. The Tacoma is available in 2- or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD), or PreRunner, which combines the high ground clearance of 4WD with a 2WD. The Regular Cab features cloth bench seats, manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 15-inch wheels and tires, and SMC composite bed. The 2WD X-Runner comes standard with Bilstein shocks, 18-inch Bridgestone Potenza tires, power windows/locks/mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, cruise control, limited-slip differential, and remote keyless entry. A TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road package is available, and includes features like BFGoodrich tires, locking rear differential, heavy-duty front tow hook, front stabilizer bar, off-road-tuned suspension, sport seats, and a 115-volt deck-mounted power point.

Powertrain
Toyota offers the 2008 Tacoma with both 4- and 6-cylinder engines. A 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 159 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque is available in 2WD models (with a choice of 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission) as well as PreRunners and 4WDs without a Double Cab (manual transmission only). A 4.0-liter V-6 engine (236 hp, 266 lb.-ft. of torque) is available in PreRunner and 4WD Access Cabs (with 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission) and Double Cabs (automatic only, except the 4WD short bed). Toyota also offers the X-Runner exclusively in 2WD Access Cab format with a manual transmission. With a specially lowered and stiffened suspension, X-braced frame, and sporty body kit, Toyota claims this \"muscle truck\" can run 0-60 mph in less than 7 seconds and pull a sports-car-like 0.90g on the skidpad. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2008 Tacoma are as follows: 2WD I-4 Regular Cab: 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the automatic transmission; 2WD V-6 Regular Cab: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway with the automatic transmission. Tacoma 4WD I-4 Regular Cab gets 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway with the automatic transmission; the 2WD V-6 Regular Cab gets 15 mpg city/18 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway with the automatic transmission. The 2WD Access Cab and PreRunner models with manual transmissions get 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway. The 2WD X-Runner gets 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway, and the PreRunner Double Cab, 4x4 Access Cab, and 4x4 Double Cab achieve 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

Safety
Safety features that are standard on the 2008 Toyota Tacoma include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is available for all models. All seats feature 3-point seat belts and advanced front air bags. The Double Cab offers optional front-seat side air bags and roll-sensing side curtain air bags that include a cutoff switch. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated all Tacoma models 5 stars for the driver and front passenger in a frontal impact. All Tacoma models received 5 stars for side impact for front-seat occupants, and the Tacoma Double Cab received 5 stars for side impact for rear-seat passengers. The Regular Cab has no rear seat, and the Extended Cab model was not rated for rear-passenger side impact. All Tacoma models receive 4 stars for the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Tacoma a \"Good\" rating for offset crash protection.

Technology
When VSC is ordered along with the TRD Off-Road package on 4WD V-6 automatic-transmission models, two features-Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC)-are included. HAC independently controls the brake at each wheel as needed to help prevent the vehicle from rolling backward or slipping sideways during a transition from stop to moving when climbing a grade. DAC is another great off-road tool that uses engine braking to regulate downhill speed when off-roading. The driver does not need to depress the brake pedal to control the descent speed.

What Changed for 2008:

  • No significant changes for 2008
Overview
Rugged pickups have been an integral part of Toyota's lineup for decades. The latest version, the midsize Tacoma, which was introduced almost 30 years ago, is available in a variety of models, from a stripped-down bench-seat work truck to the high-performance X-Runner. Like its bigger brother the Tundra, the Tacoma is built in America at the NUMMI joint-venture plant (with GM) in Fremont, California.

Model Lineup
The Tacoma is available in three cab choices: Regular Cab, Access Cab and Double Cab, the last-named offering a choice of long (73.5-inch) or short (60.3-inch) beds. The Tacoma is available in 2- or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD), or PreRunner, which combines the high ground clearance of 4WD with a 2WD. The Regular Cab features cloth bench seats, manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 15-inch wheels and tires, and SMC composite bed. The 2WD X-Runner comes standard with Bilstein shocks, 18-inch Bridgestone Potenza tires, power windows/locks/mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, cruise control, limited-slip differential, and remote keyless entry. A TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road package is available, and includes features like BFGoodrich tires, locking rear differential, heavy-duty front tow hook, front stabilizer bar, off-road-tuned suspension, sport seats, and a 115-volt deck-mounted power point.

Powertrain
Toyota offers the 2008 Tacoma with both 4- and 6-cylinder engines. A 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 159 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque is available in 2WD models (with a choice of 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission) as well as PreRunners and 4WDs without a Double Cab (manual transmission only). A 4.0-liter V-6 engine (236 hp, 266 lb.-ft. of torque) is available in PreRunner and 4WD Access Cabs (with 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission) and Double Cabs (automatic only, except the 4WD short bed). Toyota also offers the X-Runner exclusively in 2WD Access Cab format with a manual transmission. With a specially lowered and stiffened suspension, X-braced frame, and sporty body kit, Toyota claims this \"muscle truck\" can run 0-60 mph in less than 7 seconds and pull a sports-car-like 0.90g on the skidpad. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2008 Tacoma are as follows: 2WD I-4 Regular Cab: 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the automatic transmission; 2WD V-6 Regular Cab: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway with the automatic transmission. Tacoma 4WD I-4 Regular Cab gets 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway with the automatic transmission; the 2WD V-6 Regular Cab gets 15 mpg city/18 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway with the automatic transmission. The 2WD Access Cab and PreRunner models with manual transmissions get 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway. The 2WD X-Runner gets 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway, and the PreRunner Double Cab, 4x4 Access Cab, and 4x4 Double Cab achieve 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

Safety
Safety features that are standard on the 2008 Toyota Tacoma include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is available for all models. All seats feature 3-point seat belts and advanced front air bags. The Double Cab offers optional front-seat side air bags and roll-sensing side curtain air bags that include a cutoff switch. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated all Tacoma models 5 stars for the driver and front passenger in a frontal impact. All Tacoma models received 5 stars for side impact for front-seat occupants, and the Tacoma Double Cab received 5 stars for side impact for rear-seat passengers. The Regular Cab has no rear seat, and the Extended Cab model was not rated for rear-passenger side impact. All Tacoma models receive 4 stars for the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Tacoma a \"Good\" rating for offset crash protection.

Technology
When VSC is ordered along with the TRD Off-Road package on 4WD V-6 automatic-transmission models, two features-Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC)-are included. HAC independently controls the brake at each wheel as needed to help prevent the vehicle from rolling backward or slipping sideways during a transition from stop to moving when climbing a grade. DAC is another great off-road tool that uses engine braking to regulate downhill speed when off-roading. The driver does not need to depress the brake pedal to control the descent speed.
Available Trims for the 2008 Toyota Tacoma
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 14280.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 2WD Reg I4 MT (GS) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 14280.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 2WD Reg I4 MT (SE) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 14280.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name PreRunner (2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15150.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name PreRunner (2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15150.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name PreRunner (2WD Reg I4 MT (SE)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15150.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 2WD Reg I4 AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 15180.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name 2WD Reg I4 AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 15180.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name 2WD Reg I4 AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 15180.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name 2WD Access I4 MT (Natl) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17720.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 2WD Access I4 MT (GS) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17720.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 2WD Access I4 MT (SE) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17720.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name PreRunner (2WD Access I4 MT (Natl)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 18480.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name PreRunner (2WD Access I4 MT (GS)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 18480.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name PreRunner (2WD Access I4 MT (SE)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 18480.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 20/25
Name 2WD Access I4 AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 18620.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name 2WD Access I4 AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 18620.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name 2WD Access I4 AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 18620.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 19/25
Name PreRunner (2WD Access V6 MT (Natl)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 19935.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name PreRunner (2WD Access V6 MT (GS)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 19935.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name PreRunner (2WD Access V6 MT (SE)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 19935.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name X-Runner (2WD Access V6 MT (Natl)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24045.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name X-Runner (2WD Access V6 MT (GS)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24045.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name X-Runner (2WD Access V6 MT (SE)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24045.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name PreRunner (2WD Access V6 AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 20815.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name PreRunner (2WD Access V6 AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 20815.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name PreRunner (2WD Access V6 AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 20815.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name PreRunner (2WD Dbl V6 AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22540.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name PreRunner (2WD Dbl V6 AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22540.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name PreRunner (2WD Dbl V6 AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22540.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name PreRunner (2WD Dbl LB V6 AT (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23040.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name PreRunner (2WD Dbl LB V6 AT (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23040.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name PreRunner (2WD Dbl LB V6 AT (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23040.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Reg I4 MT (Natl) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 18225.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/22
Name 4WD Reg I4 MT (GS) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 18225.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/22
Name 4WD Reg I4 MT (SE) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 18225.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/22
Name 4WD Access I4 MT (Natl) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 21555.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/22
Name 4WD Access I4 MT (GS) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 21555.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/22
Name 4WD Access I4 MT (SE) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 21555.00 Engine 2.7L/164 City/Hwy MPG 17/22
Name 4WD Access V6 MT (Natl) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 23110.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD Access V6 MT (GS) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 23110.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD Access V6 MT (SE) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 23110.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD Access V6 AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23990.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Access V6 AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23990.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Access V6 AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23990.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Dbl V6 MT (Natl) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24735.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD Dbl V6 MT (GS) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24735.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD Dbl V6 MT (SE) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24735.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD Dbl V6 AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25615.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Dbl V6 AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25615.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Dbl V6 AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25615.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Dbl LB V6 AT (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26115.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Dbl LB V6 AT (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26115.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD Dbl LB V6 AT (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26115.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Initial Quality Study (IQS) by Category
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical
Overall Quality - Design
Body & Interior Quality - Design
Overall Quality - Mechanical
Powertrain Quality - Design
Features & Accessories Quality - Design
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical
Overall Quality
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical
Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study by Category
Performance
Comfort
Overall Performance and Design
Features and Instrument Panel
Style
Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) by Category
Feature and Accessory Dependability
Powertrain Dependability
Body and Interior Dependability
Overall Dependability

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.
INTERIOR
  • Front cloth-faced tilt-forward bench seat w/adjustable headrests
  • (3) front cup holders
  • (2) bottle holders
  • Full carpeting
  • Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
  • LED-illuminated gauges-inc: tachometer, coolant temp, fuel level, tripmeter, digital clock
  • Tire pressure monitor system
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player, (4) speakers
  • Dual 12V auxiliary pwr outlets
  • Fabric door panels insert
  • Map pocket
  • Sun visors w/passenger vanity mirror
  • Fabric-trimmed front bucket seats w/passenger fold-flat seat, adjustable headrests
  • Tumble-flat rear seats w/underseat storage
  • Center console
  • (3) front/(2) rear cup holders
  • Defroster-linked air conditioning
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player, (6) speakers
  • Overhead console-inc: maplights, garage door opener bin, sunglasses storage
  • Sun visors w/front passenger vanity mirror
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front sport seats w/sport fabric trim, drivers adjustable lumbar support
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer-inc: (6) speakers
  • Fabric-trimmed sun visors w/sliding extensions & vanity mirror
  • Leather-wrapped shift lever
  • Fabric-trimmed front bucket seats w/passenger fold-flat seat, adjustable headrests, drivers adjustable lumbar support
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat w/adjustable headrests, underseat storage
  • Pwr windows w/lockout feature
  • Rear-seat heat ducts
  • Rear bulkhead storage
EXTERIOR
  • Rear mudguards
  • Black grille w/argent surround
  • Black bumpers, mirrors & door handles
  • 2-speed windshield wipers
  • Fiber-reinforced sheet-molded composite bed-inc: steel outer panels, storage compartments, rail caps, removable tailgate
  • Deck rail system w/(4) adjustable tie-down cleats
  • (2) fixed cargo bed tie-down points
  • Black bumpers, mirrors, door handles & overfenders
  • Dual rear-hinged access doors
  • Color-keyed hood scoop
  • Color-keyed grille w/argent surround
  • Color-keyed bumpers, overfenders, door handles & body kit
  • Color-keyed pwr mirrors
  • Fog lamps
  • Variable speed windshield wipers
  • Sliding rear window w/privacy glass
  • 115V/400-watt deck-mounted pwr outlet
  • Black bumpers, door handles & overfenders
  • Black pwr mirrors
  • Front & rear mudguards
  • (1) fixed cargo bed tie-down points
MECHANICAL
  • 2.7L DOHC EFI 16-valve I4 VVT-i engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 4550# GVWR
  • Independent coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension w/gas-filled shock absorbers
  • Rear leaf-spring suspension w/staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • P215/70R15 all-season tires
  • Full-size spare tire
  • 15" steel wheels
  • Variable-assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front disc & rear drum w/tandem booster brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/brake assist
  • Electronic braking distribution (EBD)
  • 5000# GVWR
  • Engine & front skid plates
  • P245/75R16 mud & snow tires
  • 16" styled steel wheels
  • 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission w/(ECT-i), OD
  • 4850# GVWR
  • 15" styled steel wheels
  • 5250# GVWR
  • Front skid plate
  • 4.0L DOHC EFI 24-valve V6 VVT-i engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Limited slip differential
  • 4600# GVWR
  • Independent coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension w/X-brace tuned suspension, gas-filled Bilstein shock absorbers
  • Rear leaf-spring rigid suspension w/X-brace tuned suspension, gas-filled Bilstein shock absorbers
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • P255/45R18 Bridgestone Potenza summer tires
  • 18" alloy wheels
  • 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission w/(ECT-i), OD
  • 5350# GVWR
  • 4-wheel drive
  • 5100# GVWR
  • 5450# GVWR
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/brake assist
    • Driver & passenger advanced airbags
    • 3-point seat belts w/emergency locking retractor (ELR) at all seating positions-inc: front seat belt pretensioners, force limiters & adjustable shoulder anchors, automatic locking retractor for passenger
    • CRS tether anchors for front passenger seat
    • Side-door impact door beams
    • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags w/passenger airbag cut-off switch
    • 3-point seat belts w/emergency locking retractor (ELR) at all seating positions-inc: front seat belt pretensioners, force limiters & adjustable shoulder anchors, automatic locking retractor for front passenger & rear seat belts
    • CRS tether anchors for front & rear passenger seats
    • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags
    • CRS tether anchors for front passenger seat & rear outboard seats
    • Rear door child safety locks
    ENTERTAINMENT

      Find this car for sale at your local dealer---enter your Zip Code to start your search:

      Commenting Block

      The Latest New Car Previews, Buyer's guides, Articles and more from J.D. Power: