In a 2007 Consumer Report article Toyota Tacoma again rises to the occasion. It has been recognized as recommended pick-up truck.
Here's the printed article:
The Tacoma is less utilitarian than the previous model, with an improved powertrain, steering system, and interior trim. fuel economy is competitive and overall handling is sound. the 4.0 liter v6 provides strong performance. the ride is not as comfortable as that of some competitors, and the driving position is too low. our tested tacoma was an off-road ace with its optional suspension, but the ride is very stiff. payload capacity is relatively small. we recommend the tacoma with the optional electronic stability control, which can be very hard to find. reliability has been above average for all versions of late.