2002 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The resemblances (to place it lightly) continue under the skin. The wheelbase is identical, and total size is simply a few inches greater on the new vehicle. The bed is an inch deeper, however the exact same width. And so on.
On the other hand, you should certainly recognize that Toyota had a quite darn great truck to begin with in the outbound Tacoma. Was it revealing its age, especially as compared to up-and-coming midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Visually, possibly, but the Tacoma's stout bases required refinement, not reinvention. There's lots of value in the evolutionary strategy.
The powertrain on this certain Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- as well as one shot of brand-new-- a downsized 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. As with the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, everything plays together with wonderful, unexpected level of smoothness. You 'd never know the engine is down half a liter, and there's a lot of additional oomph over the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is in fact fun to paddle through, as well as just like the manual on the Wrangler, it feels like a great suitable for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.
Normally, I didn't have the possibility to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I really intend to see just how it manages itself off the pavement since I have actually spent time in the truck. I'll choose chances to do so when things heat up. As well as I did pack on the miles comfortably-- as well as tackle a really nasty slog with the season's worst ice storm to date with confidence. The truck really did not even toss a grip control caution.
That's the day I discovered one notably traditional aspect of the Tacoma: its 4x4 system. Neglecting to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a completely dry, covered auto parking framework, I located the truck hauling, binding as well as-- to my shame-- stalling as I attempted to make a limited turn into an auto parking spot. So you'll absolutely intend to change it to 2WD, which you must do by hand via a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement maneuvering.
Well duh, you're about to tell me, possibly in an insulting e-mail. This is standard 4WD things. True enough, yet it's very easy to get accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing located on an enhancing number of trucks (consisting of the GMC Canyon). Detractors will certainly hold this versus the Tacoma, verifying that it's behind the technical contour; followers will say this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.
Wherefore it's worth, the fuel economic climate estimates appear positive. With restricted 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't exactly flogging the truck, and that included significant variety of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the modestly resculpted outside, the indoor take advantage of a collection of somewhat refined upgrades. The functional designs are a little rickety in the beginning, thanks to a seat that really feels either a little expensive or a tad also near to the pedals. But the cabin does feel fresher, a lot more exceptional, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your passion, but the $36,630 sticker label (including faux-beadlock wheels and also other rewards will increase that also further) is a stumbling block, keep in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR beginnings at $24,200, and the Restricted starts at a soaring $38,720. Between those two extremes, I make certain you could set up the Tacoma of your desires.