The 2003 Toyota Tacoma is a compact pickup truck that seats up to five people, depending on cab size. It’s meant for drivers who want an inexpensive and practical pickup for work or recreational use, but who don’t want to drive — and parallel park — a full-size truck.
What Makes It Unique?
Debuting for the 1995 model year, the Toyota Tacoma is descended from the automaker’s simply named Pickup, which had been a mainstay since the brand’s early days in the U.S. It comes in three cab styles: two-door Regular Cab with a single bench seat, extended XtraCab with a small rear seat, and four-door Double Cab with a full second-row bench. It’s offered with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD) with a 4-cylinder or V6 engine.
Dodge Dakota: Midsize truck with Ram styling and a V6 or V8 under the hood.
Ford Ranger: Packs a 4-cylinder or either of two V6 engines in a full range of models.
Mazda B-Series: Offered in standard and extended-cab versions, with a 4-cylinder or V6 engine.
Is the 2003 Model Year Right for You?
What’s New for 2003?
Antilock brakes standard across the line
Child restraint anchors added to front seats of standard cab and Xtracab models and to the outboard rear seats in Double Cabs.
2003 Toyota Tacoma vs. Older Tacomas
The 2003 Toyota Tacoma is part of the nameplate’s first generation in the U.S., which reaches back to the 1995 model year. It has continued with assorted updates, including the addition of the four-door Double Cab configuration for 2001. It was later redesigned for the 2005 model year and lasted in that second generation until 2015.
Original starting price, including MSRP and destination charge:
Regular Cab: $12,710
Regular Cab PreRunner: $14,625
XtraCab PreRunner: $17,300
XtraCab S-Runner: $20,590
DoubleCab PreRunner: $18,920
DoubleCab 4X4 V6: $22,930
As with other small pickups, the four-door DoubleCab offers the most in the way of passenger capacity, but still has a decent-sized bed for work or recreational hauling. Look for one with the V6 engine and 4-wheel drive for the best power and foul-weather traction.
The PreRunner is rear-drive only but set up for off-roading, while the rear-drive S-Runner is all about street-cred styling.
2003 Toyota Tacoma Performance
The 2003 Toyota Tacoma has three engine options:
142-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission and RWD
150-horsepower 2.7-liter 4-cylinder with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic and RWD or 4WD
190-horsepower 3.4-liter V6 with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic and RWD or 4WD
Compared with the class? The Tacoma’s 4-cylinder engines hold their own with the competition, and its V6 is up there with the Chevy S-10’s and beats the Ranger’s and B-Series’. The Dakota, however, wins the engine wars with the 245-horsepower V8 in its top trim.
*The EPA uses a mixture of highway and city driving for its combined estimate.
Compared with the class? The Tacoma’s fuel economy is mid-pack in its class.
2004 Toyota Tacoma Safety Ratings & Features
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Double Cab four out of five stars for front collision protection and five stars in side crash tests. XtraCab models got just three stars for driver’s-side impact protection and two stars for rollover resistance. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Tacoma received a second-best Acceptable rating in front crash tests, but only the regular cab model was tested.
Key Standard Features
Driver and front passenger airbags
2003 Toyota Tacoma Interior
Cabin Storage & Features
Cupholders: 2 front
Cabin storage areas: Glovebox, center console bin under armrest
Compared with the class? Minimal but functional.
Regular Cab and XtraCab: 74.5-inch bed
Double Cab: 61.5-inch bed
Compared with the class? The Tacoma’s cargo capacity is average for the class.
Compared with the class? Regular Cab models are lacking in legroom, and the seats don’t recline; XtraCab versions fare better. Choose a Double Cab version for four doors and a decent-sized rear seat.
2003 Toyota Tacoma Warranty
3 years / 36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper. Covers many parts and systems but doesn’t include consumables such as brakes, tires, wiper blades, shocks, or struts.
5 years / 60,000 miles powertrain. Covers major engine and transmission components.
Both warranties are measured from the date the first owner purchases the car and transfer to used-car buyers.
Compared with the class? It was a solid warranty in 2003, but it’s no longer in effect.
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2003 Toyota Tacoma Deals on CARFAX
Percentage of 2003 Toyota Tacoma for sale on CARFAX that are Great, Good, and Fair Value deals. Values are determined by whether the selling price is above, below, or the same as the history-based CARFAX Value.
VEHICLE HISTORY SUMMARY
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No Accidents or Damage Reports
2003 Toyota Tacoma Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2003 Toyota Tacoma is $6,999 - $12,990.
The average selling price is $10,131.
The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
Price range and average selling price are based on the median selling price while CARFAX Value is a VIN-specific value based on the vehicle's history.
$12,710 - $22,930
This is the price range for the 2003 Toyota Tacoma based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$6,999 - $12,990
Average Selling Price
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