2011 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 equals, and general size is simply a couple of inches better on the brand-new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, however the very same size. And so on.
On the other hand, you should certainly recognize that Toyota had a pretty darn great truck to start with in the outbound Tacoma. Was it showing its age, specifically compared with promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado and Canyon? Visually, probably, however the Tacoma's stout underpinnings needed improvement, not reinvention. There's plenty of advantage in the transformative strategy.
The powertrain on this particular Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and one shot of brand-new-- a downsized 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. As with the bigger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, as well as the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, everything plays along with fascinating, unforeseen smoothness. You would certainly never understand the engine is down half a liter, as well as there's a great deal of added oomph above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is really enjoyable to row via, as well as much like the handbook on the Wrangler, it feels like a good suitable for an enthusiast-oriented truck.
Normally, I really did not have the chance to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I really intend to see how it handles itself off the pavement since I have actually invested a long time in the truck. I'll choose possibilities to do so as soon as things warm up. And also I did pack on the miles comfortably-- as well as deal with an absolutely awful slog via the season's worst ice storm to this day with self-confidence. The truck didn't so much as throw a grip control caution.
That's the day I discovered one notably old-school aspect of the Tacoma: its 4x4 system. Forgetting to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, covered car park structure, I found the vehicle lugging, binding and-- to my humiliation-- delaying as I tried to make a tight transformed into a parking area. So you'll most definitely intend to switch it to 2WD, which you must do by hand by means of a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement handling.
Well duh, you will inform me, possibly in a disparaging e-mail. This is standard 4WD stuff. Real sufficient, however it's very easy to obtain accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing located on an increasing number of vehicles (consisting of the GMC Canyon). Critics will certainly hold this against the Tacoma, verifying that it lags the technological curve; followers will certainly state this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.
Of what it deserves, the fuel economic situation approximates seem positive. With minimal 4WD use, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been precisely flogging the truck, which included significant variety of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted outside, the indoor take advantage of a series of somewhat refined upgrades. The ergonomics are a little wonky at first, thanks to a seat that really feels either a tad too high or a little too near the pedals. But the cabin does really feel fresher, more superior, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your interest, but the $36,630 sticker (including faux-beadlock wheels and also other rewards will boost that even further) is a stumbling block, remember that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road variation. The base SR beginnings at $24,200, as well as the Minimal beginnings at a soaring $38,720. In between those two extremes, I'm sure you can configure the Tacoma of your dreams.