2009 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The similarities (to put it gently) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase equals, as well as total size is simply a few inches higher on the new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, yet the exact same width. And so on.
On the other hand, you ought to acknowledge that Toyota had a very darn good truck to start with in the outgoing Tacoma. Was it showing its age, especially compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Aesthetically, maybe, however the Tacoma's stout bases required refinement, not reinvention. There's lots of benefit in the transformative technique.
The powertrain on this certain Tacoma TRD Off-Road is round of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and one shot of brand-new-- a downsized 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. Similar to the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, all of it plays along with delightful, unforeseen smoothness. You would certainly never ever know the engine is down half a litre, and there's a lot of added pizzazz above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is really enjoyable to paddle via, as well as just like the manual on the Wrangler, it seems like a good suitable for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.
Normally, I really did not have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I actually want to see how it handles itself off the sidewalk since I've spent some time in the vehicle. I'll seek out opportunities to do so as soon as things heat up. And I did pack on the miles in comfort-- and tackle an absolutely nasty slog through the season's worst ice storm to date with confidence. The truck didn't so much as toss a traction control caution.
That's the day I discovered one significantly traditional facet of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Failing to remember to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, protected car parking framework, I found the truck lugging, binding as well as-- to my shame-- stalling as I aimed to make a limited transformed into an auto parking place. So you'll certainly want to change it to 2WD, which you must do manually via a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement handling.
Well duh, you will tell me, most likely in an insulting email. This is basic 4WD stuff. True sufficient, however it's very easy to obtain accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing located on a boosting number of trucks (including the GMC Canyon). Detractors will certainly hold this versus the Tacoma, verifying that it lags the technical contour; fans will say this strengthens its hardcore off-road cred.
Of what it's worth, the fuel economic situation approximates appear positive. With limited 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been exactly flogging the truck, which included considerable number of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the modestly resculpted exterior, the indoor benefits from a series of somewhat refined upgrades. The functional designs are a little wonky at first, thanks to a seat that feels either a little bit too high or a bit also near to the pedals. However the cabin does feel fresher, more exceptional, much less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your rate of interest, yet the $36,630 sticker label (including faux-beadlock wheels and also other rewards will boost that even further) is a stumbling block, keep in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road variation. The base SR starts at $24,200, and also the Minimal begins at a soaring $38,720. In between those two extremes, I make certain you could configure the Tacoma of your desires.