Chart Of The Day: Toyota Tacoma U.S. Sales Growth Is A Thing To Behold

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

In each of the last 28 months, the Toyota Tacoma has been America’s fifth-best-selling pickup truck nameplate.

One might imagine, however, that its ability to succeed in its own sub-category of small/midsize trucks would have weakened over the last ten months. With the introduction of new midsize pickup trucks from General Motors, the best-selling manufacturer of pickup trucks in America, the number of Tacoma competitors increased from one, the Nissan Frontier, to three.

Yet since the Colorado and Canyon arrived on the market, Tacoma sales have steadily increased on a year-over-year basis. Indeed, the rate of improvement has actually increased of late, as well.

Over the last three months, Tacoma sales jumped 29 percent compared with the same period one year ago. Toyota USA has twice sold more than 17,000 Tacomas in the last three months.

True, the overall pickup truck market is booming and Toyota is benefiting from added attention because of a refresh for the 2016 model year.

Meanwhile, Toyota may also be benefiting from increased attention in the category as a whole. The arrival of the Canyon and Colorado last autumn struck a chord with many potential truck buyers. Even as the two GM nameplates combine for approximately 9,400 U.S. sales per month, which didn’t exist for GM in the recent past, Toyota has added an additional 2,500 Tacoma sales per month through the first seven months of 2015.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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  • Rileyru Rileyru on Aug 17, 2015

    Saw a thing to behold at the local dealer this weekend. The least expensive four door Tacoma on the lot was over $28,000 - not through the addition of many desirable options, rather it was a base model with Southeast Toyota fees on top of dest/del fees. The amazing thing was it had a 2.7L four cylinder (I popped the hood to verify) and claiming ALMOST 160 horses, with a FOUR(!) speed auto. It also had A/C, power windows, a radio, and... I think that was about it. This was a brand new 2015 model. Stepping up two cylinders and one trans gear jumped to well over $30,000 even before adding four-wheel drive or an SR5 option package. It appears the 2016 redesign should address the powertrain but with 100% or more of domestic full size pricing, I just don't see the appeal.

    • CJinSD CJinSD on Aug 17, 2015

      If you go on Cars.com you can find Tacomas for reasonable prices. A friend purchased one in 2008 with the V6/automatic, extended cab, Prerunner, and the same level of creature comforts as a decent rental car for less than $20K off a San Diego new car lot. Today you can buy a 2015 equipped like that for $22,572. There's only one listed in the country though.

  • Kato Kato on Aug 17, 2015

    The most logical explanation for the Taco sales bump has not yet been mentioned: There was pent-up demand for mid-sized trucks pending the Colorado/Canyon debut. Once potential buyers had a look at the GM twins there was no compelling reason not to buy a Taco, ergo sales bump.

  • Carson D I hadn't seen a second-generation Courier with a Mazda engine before. I've seen a few with Ford engines. There was one at the Cox Driving Range that they used to collect golf balls. Golf would definitely be more entertaining to watch if they used moving targets.
  • Tassos ooops, Tim, you missed this one. Would make a lovely "Tim's used car of the day". It satisfies all the prerequisites except the wildly overpriced bit.
  • Tassos ASTON AND BOND BY A MILE. While Aston Martin sells a TINY FRACTION of what even the rarified Ferrari and Lambo sell, it is unbelievably well known. Credit the idiotic, but hugely successful and sometimes entertaining James Bond Movies.
  • Tassos 1988? Too young for me. It's all yours, Tim... BAHAHAHAHA!
  • Gray Awesome. Love these. But, if I had the money for a Fox-body, there is a clean '84 GT 350 here for little more than half the price.
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