TOYOTA TACOMA TOPS IIHS SAFETY RANKINGS FOR SMALL PICKUPS

Posted Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma recently bested its competitors in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning better ratings than seven other competitors. For Southern California residents seeking a safe and reliable small pickup, a visit to their Los Angeles Toyota dealership can help them find exactly what they need.

 

The IIHS gave its highest “Good” rating to the two-door and four-door versions of the Tacoma in crash and other safety tests. The tests include a small overlap front crash test, a moderate overlap front crash test, a side crash test, roof strength test, and head restraints and seat safety test. Vehicles tested may earn designations of “Good,” “Acceptable,” “Marginal,” or “Poor.”

Four-door versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon earned “Good” ratings, but their two-door versions fell short. The Nissan Frontier fared worst of the eight trucks tested by the IIHS.

Although the Tacoma fared best of the small pickups, it did not earn a “Top Safety Pick” designation from the IIHS because it didn’t meet new IIHS requirements for automatic emergency braking and headlight performance. Toyota will incorporate automatic emergency braking and improved headlights into the design for its 2018 Tacoma.

Small pickup trucks combine the utility of trucks for hauling cargo with the convenience of a family SUV. As more families are using these vehicles as their daily transportation, it’s heartening to see Toyota commit to making the Tacoma the safest small truck on the market.

WHAT IS THE IIHS?

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the number of motor vehicle crashes, and the property damage, injuries, and fatalities caused by these events. The organization was established nearly 60 years ago, and it has produced a strong body of work in consumer education and safety advocacy.

The IIHS regularly researches vehicles and rates them in terms of safety. The organization also reviews some safety products, such as child safety seats. The IIHS conducts research on road signs and traffic rules and advocates for changes intended to promote safety.

Along with the government-funded National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the IIHS is among the most respected voices in the auto industry when it comes to vehicle safety. Auto manufacturers watch IIHS reviews closely and will often make design changes to improve their vehicles’ IIHS evaluations.

2017 TOYOTA TACOMA

 

Safety isn’t the only advantage that the 2017 Toyota Tacoma brings to the table. The Tacoma is one of America’s most popular small pickups for lots of great reasons. Consider these features of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma.

  • Performance – The Tacoma has several engine options intended to appeal to drivers with differing needs. For your average commuter, the Tacoma’s 7-liter four-cylinder will do just fine. Drivers can upgrade to a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 that produces 278 horsepower, which works well for folks who need something more robust.

A Tacoma equipped with a standard engine will get 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The V6 engine actually gets one more mpg in highway travel. The Tacoma’s fuel economy is in line with that of its rivals.

The Tacoma handles well on city streets and the highway, but it’s off-road where the vehicle really shines. The Tacoma comes with an all-wheel-drive option that’s very competent in off-road environments, and the vehicle’s high clearance is also helpful. The Tacoma’s multiple terrain modes and crawl control features are also helpful for off-roading fun.

 

  • Interior – The 2017 Toyota Tacoma has a comfortable, attractive cabin, and the vehicle’s controls are conveniently located and easy to use. The truck offers a high seating position, giving drivers a clear view in all directions.

The 2017 Tacoma offers higher quality interior materials than previous incarnations of the small truck. The upgrade makes the Tacoma’s cabin look less plastic and cheap than many of its competitors. Seats are comfortable and provide good lower back support. Depending on the configuration you choose, the Tacoma seats two to five people.

All of the trucks switches are clearly labeled and located in logical places, making operating the Tacoma a cinch, even for drivers unfamiliar with the truck or Toyota products.

  • Cargo – For homeowners and workers involved in light construction, the 2017 Tacoma offers plenty of hauling and towing capability. Buyers can get either a five-foot or six-foot bed for the truck, and each model of the Tacoma comes with fixed and movable tie-downs, storage compartments in the truck bed, and a composite liner.

The Tacoma has a best-in-its-class payload capacity of 1,620 lbs. when equipped with the V6 engine. Towing capacity for the V6 Tacoma is 6,800 lbs.

One neat feature of the Tacoma that makes it useful as a working truck is a 120-volt outlet in the truck bed that can easily deliver energy to power tools. For folks who work in remote locations, this feature can come in handy.

  • Other safety features – In addition to being a very structurally robust automobile, the Toyota Tacoma also has several features that make it a very safe truck. The vehicle comes standard with a rearview camera, and buyers can also opt for rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. Many of these options are unavailable on comparable trucks.
  • Technology – The 2017 Toyota Tacoma has really upped its game in terms of available technology for drivers and passengers to enjoy. The Tacoma has a clean and simple touchscreen audio and navigation system that smartly incorporates volume and tune knobs into its interface. Smartphone users can integrate their phones fairly easily using Toyota’s Entune app. Some advanced features include audio voice controls that operate certain features of the vehicle.

OTHER NOTABLE FEATURES

 

Toyota offers a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty for the Tacoma, similar to the warranties offered by competing auto companies. The base-level Tacoma SR starts at $24,120. A fully equipped top-level Tacoma TRD Pro will set shoppers back by about $40,760. The Tacoma is produced at Toyota plants in San Antonio, TX and Tijuana, Mexico.

Toyota has produced the Tacoma since 1995, and the truck is currently in its third design generation. Toyota sells the Tacoma in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Bolivia, and the French territory of New Caledonia.

TOYOTA SAFETY & RELIABILITY

 

Toyota has enjoyed a great reputation for safety and reliability, thanks to the company’s almost obsessive focus on quality. Read nearly any Toyota review by reputable automotive journalists, and you’ll find praise for Toyota’s commitment to driver and passenger safety. The company works hard to produce safe vehicles and is quick to issue a recall when vehicles don’t perform to Toyota’s exacting expectations.

Auto consumers in the greater L.A. area looking for the best possible Toyota-buying experience need to find a Los Angeles Toyota dealership with an established track record of customer satisfaction.

North Hollywood Toyota is a Los Angeles Toyota dealership with a wide range of Toyota trucks, including the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Visit today to chat with a knowledgeable sales staff that can help you find the vehicle that best suits your lifestyle needs and your budget. Learn why so many Toyota buyers become customers for life by shopping with North Hollywood Toyota and seeing the Toyota difference for yourself.

Toyota U.S. Tacoma Sales
Year Trucks sold
2000 147,295
2001 161,983
2002 151,690
2003 154,154
2004 152,932
2005 168,831
2006 178,351
2007 173,238
2008 144,655
2009 111,824
2010 106,198
2011 110,705
2012 141,365
2013 159,485
2014 155,041
2015 179,562
2016 191,631
Source: http://carsalesbase.com/us-car-sales-data/toyota/

 

Sources

  1. https://www.consumerreports.org/pickup-trucks/3-midsized-trucks-fare-well-in-insurance-institute-crash-tests/
  2. https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/toyota/tacoma
  3. https://www.edmunds.com/toyota/tacoma/2017/review/
  4. http://carsalesbase.com/us-car-sales-data/toyota/
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