- 2010-2013 Models: Generally pretty reliable. These years are well-regarded for their robust build and fewer electronic components, which means that less that can go wrong. However, watch out for the 2011 model, as it had some recalls related to the airbags and the fuel system.
- 2014-2015 Models: These models saw some updates, including a revamped design. Reliability is still rather solid all-around, but there were some reports of transmission shifting issues in the 2015 model, so do be wary of that.
- 2016-2017 Models: The 2016 model marked the introduction of the third-generation Tacoma with significant updates in technology and design. While these are more modern and feature-rich, some owners reported issues with the transmission and engine (like the 3.5L V6 engine's occasional hesitation - another thing to be wary of).
- 2018-Present Models: These are generally very reliable. Toyota addressed many of the initial teething problems of the third generation. The 2019 and 2020 models are particularly well-rated for reliability.
- Always check for a full service history.
- Be aware of recall notices and ensure any necessary work has been carried out.
- Consider a pre-purchase inspection for added peace of mind.
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