Toyota Pickup Trucks, Ranked Based On Price And Reliability

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Over the last century, Toyota has grown to become the most popular car brand in the world, dominating sales in almost every country. Part of the reason why Toyota is so successful is that the company participates in nearly every segment of the market. If you’re looking for a reliable and economical daily driver, Toyota has you covered with models like the Corolla and Camry. If you want a bit more space and off-road capability, Toyota has some of the best SUVs in the game, including the RAV4, Land Cruiser, and more. If you want a luxury car or a fast sports car, the Lexus division has many options.

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Pickup trucks have been some of the best-selling cars in the US over the years, and since Toyota wanted a slice of the pie, it gave us two fantastic options – the mid-size Tacoma and the full-size Tundra for those wanting more size and capability. Toyota prides itself in being the king of reliability and affordability, which is why we decided to rank ten of the best Toyota Tundra and Tacoma model years based on their reliability and current price.

How we made our model selections: HotCars analyzed all Toyota Pickup Trucks built since the 2010s. Ratings were awarded in two key categories: Average price (Edmunds) and reliability score (J.D. Power). We used a combined average from each of the categories to determine our HotCars Rating and sort these Toyota Pickup Trucks in order from least to highest rated model. Additional information, such as annual maintenance costs (RepairPal) was added for reference but not factored into the ratings. Research was conducted in February 2024.

Best Toyota Pickup Trucks: Scoring Methodology

Average Price

Rating

J.D. Power Reliability Score

Rating

Under $10,000

10

Over 95

10

$10,001-$15,000

9

92-95

9

$15,001-$20,000

8

89-91

8

$20,001-$25,000

7

86-88

7

$25,001-$30,000

6

83-85

6

$30,001-$35,000

5

80-82

5

$35,001-$40,000

4

77-79

4

$40,001-$45,000

3

74-76

3

$45,001-$50,000

2

71-73

2

Over $50,000

1

70 And Below

1

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10 2015 Toyota Tundra: 5/10

The 2015 Toyota Tundra on the road.
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2015 Toyota Tundra Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2015 Toyota Tundra in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$31,780

5

J.D. Power Reliability Score

81

5

In 2014, the second-generation Tundra was becoming ancient, as its 10th anniversary was just around the corner. Although it was still one of the best full-size pickup trucks, many gearheads felt like it was outdated and demanded a new generation from Toyota. However, with no plans to introduce a new generation, Toyota decided to give the Tundra a facelift.

The refreshed Tundra debuted in 2014, but the changes were still fresh for those who bought the 2015 model. The new Tundra had an updated design featuring a larger grille, more enhanced front and rear fenders, a redesigned tailgate, new taillights, and a raised hoodline. The facelifted Tundra also had a completely redesigned interior with new seats, updated ergonomics, and a redesigned dashboard. Things stayed the same under the hood.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2015 Toyota Tundra

$27,988 – $37,450

$32,480

Reliability

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 81/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $578

Key Features

  • Strong V8 engines
  • Toyota’s user-friendly Entune touchscreen interface
  • Off-road tires in the TRD Pro
  • Bilstein shocks in the TRD Pro
  • A raised suspension on the TRD Pro

9 2014 Toyota Tacoma: 5.5/10

2014 Toyota Tacoma, front three-quarters
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2014 Toyota Tacoma Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2014 Toyota Tacoma in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$26,790

6

J.D. Power Reliability Score

80

5

2014 was an uneventful year for the Tacoma, save for a few changes in the trim offerings. This year saw the discontinuation of the X-Runner model, which was a limited edition sport model that aimed to offer better driving dynamics than standard versions thanks to upgrades like sports wheels and tires, a lowered double-wishbone suspension system, a rear-mounted X-Brace to make the rear end stiffer, an optional big brake kit, and more.

Many 2014 Tacoma owners loved their purchase, awarding it an overall consumer rating of 4.1 out of 5 on Edmunds. Regardless of the engine choice, many heaped praise on the 2014 Tacoma’s durability, reliability, and fuel efficiency.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2014 Toyota Tacoma

$23,986 – $29,995

$22,725

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 80/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $479

Key Features

  • Toyota’s touchscreen interface with ‘Entune’ mobile apps and navigation
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • Optional 4.0-liter V6
  • Rearview camera

8 2013 Toyota Tundra: 6.5/10

2013 Toyota Tundra Double Cab - Front Quarter
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2013 Toyota Tundra Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2013 Toyota Tundra in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$26,818

6

J.D. Power Reliability Score

88

7

When the 2013 Tundra debuted, there wasn’t much excitement about it. Although the Tundra had seen some minor changes here and there, it was still largely the same vehicle that had debuted six years earlier and gearheads were starting to notice that it was falling behind rivals like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.

Thankfully, the 2013 Tundra still had a lot going for it. It was still a solid truck with a choice of three powerful yet economical engines. The best thing about it, though, is its reliability. With a J.D. Power reliability score of 88/100, the 2013 Tundra is one of the most reliable pickup trucks of all time.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2013 Toyota Tundra

$21,453 – $31,590

$30,635

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 88/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $642

Key Features

  • Capable six-speed automatic transmission
  • 10,400-pound towing capacity
  • Antilock brakes with brake assist

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7 2012 Toyota Tacoma: 6.5/10

2012 Toyota Tacoma front angle
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2012 Toyota Tacoma Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2012 Toyota Tacoma in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$22,384

7

J.D. Power Reliability Score

84

6

Still far from introducing a new generation, Toyota decided to give the Tacoma a refresh that included a restyled front bumper, hood, and grille. The 2012 Tacoma also had a new interior to go along with the exterior upgrades.

Still, Toyota didn’t see a need to change anything under the hood. The standard 159-hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine was still providing the perfect balance between performance, reliability, and fuel efficiency, and for those who wanted more power, a 4.0-liter V6 with 236 hp on tap was available.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2012 Toyota Tacoma

$16,998 – $24,990

$22,425

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 84/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $513

Key Features

  • Front bucket seats
  • Restyled front bumper, hood, and grille
  • Bed-mounted 115-volt AC outlet
  • 18-inch alloy wheels in the X-Runner version

6 2010 Toyota Tacoma: 7/10

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2010 Toyota Tacoma Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2010 Toyota Tacoma in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$7,376

10

J.D. Power Reliability Score

77

4

When the second-generation Tacoma debuted in 2004, everyone loved it. It had grown in size compared to the previous compact-sized generation and was now one of the best mid-size pickup trucks on the market. However, sales started declining towards the end of the 2000s, prompting Toyota to give the Tacoma a facelift in 2009.

The facelifted model had a slightly revised grille on some versions, new LED taillights, and for the high-performance TRD versions, the mechanical limited-slip differential was replaced with an open differential. Things remained the same under the hood.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2010 Toyota Tacoma

$5,722 – $8,060

$15,345

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 77/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $447

Key Features

  • Robust 4.0-liter V6 engine
  • Revised front grille
  • New LED taillights
  • Sport-tuned suspension in the X-Runner version

5 2011 Toyota Tacoma: 7/10

2011 Toyota-Tacoma- 1500x750
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2011 Toyota Tacoma Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2011 Toyota Tacoma in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$8,138

10

J.D. Power Reliability Score

78

4

The 2011 model upheld the Tacoma’s reputation of being an affordable, reliable truck that suited a wide range of buyers due to the variety of trims and body styles it offered. Air conditioning was now a standard feature on all 2011 Tacomas while all but Regular Cab 4×4 models got bucket seats for added comfort.

Verified owners on Edmunds loved the 2011 Tacoma, giving it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5. One owner claimed that he loved his 2011 Tacoma since it had decent power, great ride quality, and was surprisingly quiet. He added that there was no competition for the Tacoma in the US market.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2011 Toyota Tacoma

$16,881

$16,365

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 79/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $458

Key Features

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Bucket seats
  • Redesigned front grille
  • Stability and traction control

4 2015 Toyota Tacoma: 7/10

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma off-road.
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2015 Toyota Tacoma Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2015 Toyota Tacoma in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$15,371

8

J.D. Power Reliability Score

85

6

In 2014, gearheads were tired of the second-generation Tacoma as it was already a decade old. Thankfully, Toyota was already hard at work working on a new generation, and the third-generation Tacoma debuted in 2015. Though the third-generation Tacoma remained dimensionally and mechanically similar to its predecessor, it had a new exterior design that was heavily inspired by the 2014 Toyota 4Runner SUV. It had a larger grille, a redesigned tailgate, new projector-beam headlights, and a new bed with an integrated spoiler.

Under the hood, the popular base 2.7-liter four-pot carried over unchanged, while the noisy 4.0-liter V6 was replaced by a smoother and more efficient 3.5-liter V6.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2015 Toyota Tacoma

$22,990 – $23,990

$20,965

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 85/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $427

Key Features

  • New 3.5-liter V6
  • New projector-beam headlights
  • New bed with integrated spoiler
  • Hill-start assist control (HAC)

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3 2010 Toyota Tundra: 7.5/10

2010 Toyota Tundra - Front Quarter
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2010 Toyota Tundra Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2010 Toyota Tundra in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$12,689

9

J.D. Power Reliability Score

83

6

Toyota gave the 2010 Tundra a few upgrades that left many gearheads impressed. For starters, the 2010 Tundra had several visual updates to make it look slightly different from the previous model year, including a new grille and taillights. Toyota also introduced a new 4.6-liter V8 engine to replace the 4.7-liter V8 from the previous year. Toyota also introduced the ‘Platinum package’ for gearheads who were willing to spend more to get the best version of the Tundra.

The Platinum package cost more than $5,000 but was worth every penny as it added cool features like a new billet-style grille, a moonroof, ventilated seats wrapped in leather, unique 20-inch wheels, and Platinum logos and badges everywhere. A 5.7-liter V8 making 381 hp was optional, allowing the Tundra to be one of the quickest pickup trucks on the market with a 0-60 of 6.9 seconds.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2010 Toyota Tundra

$9,877 – $21,774

$25,795

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 83/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $578

Key Features

  • New grille
  • New taillights
  • New 4.6-liter V8
  • Moonroof in the new Platinum Package

2 2012 Toyota Tundra: 7.5/10

2012 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Front Three Quarter Image
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2012 Toyota Tundra Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2012 Toyota Tundra in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$12,979

9

J.D. Power Reliability Score

83

6

The 2012 Tundra didn’t have too many changes, but gearheads loved it nonetheless. It was still a true force of nature with four fantastic engine options – two V6s and two V8s for performance-oriented buyers.

There were two trim levels, three body styles, and three bed lengths to choose from, with the top-of-the-line version being the CrewMax Limited with its limo-like rear seating area, upscale amenities like dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 12-speaker JBL sound system.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2012 Toyota Tundra

$26,990

$27,365

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 83/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $623

Key Features

  • Front-hinged rear doors on Double Cab models
  • 12-speaker JBL sound system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated/ventilated front seats in Platinum version

1 2013 Toyota Tacoma: 8.5/10

2013 Toyota Tacoma - Front Quarter
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2013 Toyota Tacoma Ratings

Here’s how our team rated the 2013 Toyota Tacoma in two key categories:

Rating Category

Score

Average price

$8,691

10

J.D. Power Reliability Score

86

7

The 2013 Tacoma remained largely unchanged save for the introduction of a new Limited package. The biggest change in the 2013 Tacoma was in the infotainment system, where it gained a new touchscreen audio system. This move meant that the shark fin antenna in previous model years was no longer necessary as the 2013 Tacoma no longer had SiriusXM radio capability.

According to Edmunds, you can get the 2013 Tacoma for less than $10,000, making it one of the most affordable used pickup trucks on the market. This, combined with a J.D. Power reliability score of 86/100, is why the 2013 Tacoma tops our list today.

Pricing

Model

Edmunds Price

Original MSRP

2013 Toyota Tacoma

$8,691

$17,625

Reliability Scores

  • J.D. Power Reliability Score
    : 86/100
  • RepairPal annual maintenance costs
    : $509

Key Features

  • New touchscreen audio system
  • Hill-start assist and downhill assist
  • Front bucket seats
  • Composite bedliner
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Sources: Edmunds, J.D. Power, RepairPal


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