“Natures Turn to be Awed”
Reintroducing the most popular midsized truck in the US market since 2005. The Toyota Tacoma has been able to hold this tile simply due to its reliability, durability, comfort, and its off-road capability. In 2015 the Tacoma received the award for having the best resale value in its class by Kelly Blue Book’s kbb.com, one of the top 10 vehicles with best resale value by Kelly Blue Book’s kbb.com, and was also named the most awarded truck ever by Intellichoice. With somewhat of a dying market of midsized trucks the Toyota still continues to sell on average 100,000 Tacoma’s a year. With Ford dropping the Ranger and Dodge dropping the Dakota, this doesn’t leave too much for the Tacoma to compete against.
Toyota has kept the interior on this truck fairly simple but effective. All your audio controls are built on the steering wheel in an organized and easy to use layout. Now going behind the steering wheel they have 3-pod cluster with red needles in front blue lit gauges giving it a very futuristic and vibrant feel. The center trim panel around the media unit has been made black with grey accents around the vents, and gauge cluster, and parts of the steering wheel giving it a good contrast and a pleasing overall look. Heated front seats are a splendid feature for those super cold days when your truck has been parking outside all night. In the double cab (crew cab) there is enough room in the back for 2 adults to sit comfortably with tones of legroom and room to spare for some luggage. The rear-seat area in the Double Cab is also good for carrying cargo. The seat is split 60/40. Flip the seat bottoms forward and fold the two sections down to form a flat platform for gear.
The Tacoma has had some significant changes in regard to the audio system, with the standard system incorporating built-in Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, plus a USB/iPod port. Toyota has stuck with the Entune 6.1” display multi-media system from last year which packages navigation functions, text-to-voice capability, voice commands, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and real-time traffic and weather, with even more selection of apps offered. It is a very simple and user friendly interface easy to use for anyone regardless of your technical ability. A factory built-in back-up camera which utilizes the 6.1” display as opposed to the rear view 3” display allowing you to have much more visibility and clarity while reversing into those tight spots or backing up to a trailer.
In the 4.0 litre v6 DOHC (Dual Overhead Cam) with variable valve timing engine the Tacoma has 236 horse-power and 266 pound-feet of torque allowing it to tow up to 6500 pounds. This truck comes in either a 6 speed manual or 5 speed automatic transmission. We got to test out the automatic version and were pleasantly surprised to find out that it is very smooth and responsive, when you need to get moving it will down shift very quickly allowing you to accelerate as needed. The automatic delivers comparable gas mileage, according to the latest EPA estimates, with 17/21 mpg City/Highway vs. 16/21 for the V6 and manual with 2WD; and 15/19 for the V6 and manual with 4WD.
Since Toyota has been making the Tacoma it has continued to get better and better looking. The Tacoma has become much sharper and more defined upfront with additions like the headlights wrapping into the grill almost pushing it forward for a much more aggressive look. The fender flares in the front of the truck only add to the aggressive look by winding the stance and making this truck stand out. The Tacoma bares a family resemblance to the full size Tundra. Toyota also offers this truck in a TRD Pro package that is considered to be the roughest and toughest off-roading compact truck Toyota has ever released. This package comes with an electronically locking rear differential, hill-start assist, and downhill-assist control. The suspension adds one-and-three-quarters inches of lift to the front, large Bilstein 2.5-inch front shocks and 2.0-inch rear shocks, and increased wheel travel (1.5 inches up front and 1.0 inch in back. They also have improved the look of the truck by adding BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KOs in 265/70R16, matte black grille, matt black emblems and FJ40 inspired Toyota lettering. While Toyota has dropped the base level regular cab trucks, it still comes in numerous body styles from access cab (extended cab) to double cab (crew cab) with short and long size beds for convenient in between sizes.
When it comes to safety purely just being in a truck always feels safer but that is not the only safety features this truck has. The Tacoma comes with front and rear head airbags, dual front side mounted airbags, 4 wheel ABS, traction control, stability control, emergency breaking assist, first aid kit and emergency assistance kit.
If you are in the market for a new compact or midsized truck the Tacoma is a brilliant selection. Not only can it be a work horse and haul trailers, it can also be an excellent daily driver considering its fair fuel millage and convenient size. The Tacoma is easy to maneuver around with a very capable turning radius, this makes for a pleasant city driving experience. The Toyota Tacoma offers exceptional off road capabilities with its 4WD assuring confidence. With a balanced and comfortable ride the Tacoma is quite the bargain and delivers you assurance in a very reliable Toyota product.