The 2011 Toyota Tacoma gets subtly revised styling, more standard features, and a model line shuffled to add popular configurations and kill unpopular ones. Celebrated for its toughness and off-road tenacity, Tacoma dominates the shrinking compact-pickup segment, commanding a nearly 40 percent market share and outselling the next-most-popular model, the Ford Ranger, by almost 2-1. Tacoma’s role in Toyota’s sudden-acceleration recall was minor. Model-year 2005-2010 Tacomas were recalled to replace the driver’s-side floormat but Tacoma was not among the Toyota models cited for a sticking gas pedal. Toyota nonetheless retrofit automatic-transmission 2010 Tacomas with a brake-override system, and all automatic-transmission Tacomas built for model-year 2011 and beyond will have it.
Should you buy a 2011 Toyota Tacoma or wait for the 2012 Toyota Tacoma? Buy the 2011 Toyota Tacoma. Its freshened styling and equipment upgrades will carry this eighth-generation version through model-year 2013 and the conclusion of this design generation. No major additional changes are expected before the all-new Tacoma bows as a 2014 model.
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