Toyota Tacoma trucks are rugged and reliable

Since its introduction in 1995, Toyota Tacoma trucks have quickly built a reputation for being adventurous and dependable. The Tacoma might not be the largest truck, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with muscle and determination.

The Tacoma name was born in 1995, but Toyota’s history of small trucks dates all the way back to 1969 with the Hilux truck. The introduction of the Tacoma lineup came with improvements in comfort and reliability. After only 10 years, the Toyota Tacoma earned the 2005 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award.


The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is the kind of truck that dominates on muddy terrain and forested trails. It was made for the enjoyment of off-roading activities but has the towing capability of the ultimate work truck. The new Tacoma trucks offer two engine options, including a 2.7L gas powered four-cylinder and a 3.5L gas powered V-6 option. The horsepower on these trucks spans 159 to 278 depending on the specifications of the individual truck.

With a towing capacity of 3,500 to 6,800 lbs. and 265 pounds per foot of torque, the Tacoma packs a big punch for a midsize truck. The payload capacity ranges from 1,050 to 1,685 pounds as well. One of the top attributes of the most recent models is the trailer sway control feature. The device applies brake pressure at each wheel, which manages the torque to help control a trailer that is being hauled behind the truck.


Named after the indigenous name for Mount Rainier, it’s no surprise these trucks are built for the outdoors. That adventurous spirit has made the Tacoma especially popular in the Northwest. The Tacoma was the most popular new truck in Washington in 2021 according to a study by iSeeCars.

Fans of Tacoma trucks are passionate about their trucks, often modifying their rig with lift kits or accessories like rooftop tents. But don’t let that fool you, Tacoma trucks can come off the lot ready to hit the trails without any modifications. The TRD models are the perfect trim level for anyone looking to hit the trails with their new Tacoma. The TRD Pro comes with a stock lift, skid plate and improved shocks for maximum damping.   

The Tacoma is also one of the rare trucks still offering a manual transmission. While the manual transmission in the Tacoma negatively impacts fuel economy, there is something enjoyable about having the increased control over your ride. In the 2022 Tacoma, a manual transmission is only available on the TRD models.


At Northwest Motorsport, we have a huge selection of Toyota Tacoma trucks in stock across our 10 locations in Washington, Idaho and Montana! Whether you’re looking for a lifted Tacoma or the luxurious Tacoma Limited, Northwest Motorsport has you covered. Fuel your next adventure in the Northwest with a reliable Tacoma truck.