The Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck manufactured in the U.S. by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota since 1995. The first generation Tacoma, model years 1995½ through 2004, was classified as a compact pickup. The second generation was classified as mid-size. On February 4, 2004 at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota unveiled a bigger and more powerful Tacoma. This new Tacoma was available in eighteen different configurations, that included three cab configurations, four transmissions, two engines, and two bed lengths. The Tacoma was Motor Trend Magazine's Truck of the Year for 2005.
The Tacoma came in two TRD packages: Sport and Off-Road. The Toyota X-Runner is a limited production model. The X-Runner is only available in three colors per year, and only five colors total. From 2005 to 2008 the X-Runner was available in Speedway Blue, Radiant Red and Black Sand Pearl. In 2009 Radiant Red was replaced with Barcelona Red Metallic. For the 2012 model year, Speedway Blue was replaced with Nautical Blue Metallic.
In an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test of the Tacoma and other small trucks, only the side airbag equipped Tacoma received the highest overall rating of "Good" in the side impact test. The Tacoma also is rated "Good" in the frontal offset crash test. In 2009 with the active head restraints the Tacoma is given the IIHS's Top Safety Pick award.