2021 Toyota Tacoma  RealSafeCars76Safety Rating

#7 of 2021 Pickups

#116 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2020 Toyota Tacoma
The Tacoma, a mainstay of Toyota's lineup since 1995, is a large pickup with seating up to 5. The Tacoma provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. The Tacoma has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. Toyota offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Toyota Tacoma has a score of 76, implying a 0.048% chance of driver death (4.3% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Toyota Tacoma has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0476% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.441%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0476% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.441% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma is 2% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other pickups, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma is 11% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Toyota's Safety Sense active safety features can protect loved ones by reducing accident severity and preventing accidents. All trims and versions of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma include the following active safety systems: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA).

Another advanced safety feature --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Optional side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9353Nissan FrontierGMC CanyonChevrolet ColoradoToyota TacomaFord RangerChrysler VoyagerChevrolet TraverseGMC AcadiaChevrolet BlazerChrysler 300Dodge ChargerKia SedonaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 53 to 93. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is safer than the 2021 Nissan Frontier, the 2021 GMC Canyon, and the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and less safe than the 2021 Chrysler Voyager, the 2021 Kia Sedona, the 2021 Dodge Charger, the 2021 Chrysler 300, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer, the 2021 GMC Acadia, and the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse.

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