2003 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The resemblances (to put it lightly) continue under the skin. The wheelbase equals, and overall size is just a couple of inches higher on the new vehicle. The bed is an inch deeper, however the same width. And more.
On the other hand, you should acknowledge that Toyota had a rather darn great truck to start with in the outbound Tacoma. Was it showing its age, specifically compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado and Canyon? Visually, maybe, yet the Tacoma's stout supports required refinement, not reinvention. There's a lot of merit in the transformative approach.
The powertrain on this particular Tacoma TRD Off-Road is round of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- as well as one shot of brand-new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. As with the larger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, and also the 2015 Tacoma before it, all of it plays along with fascinating, unanticipated level of smoothness. You would certainly never ever know the engine is down half a liter, as well as there's a great deal of added zest above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is in fact fun to paddle with, and also similar to the manual on the Wrangler, it seems like an excellent suitable for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.
Normally, I didn't have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I really want to see just how it manages itself off the pavement since I've spent some time in the truck. I'll choose opportunities to do so as soon as points warm up. And I did pack on the miles comfortably-- as well as take on an absolutely horrible slog through the season's worst ice tornado to this day with self-confidence. The truck didn't even throw a traction control caution.
That's the day I found one notably old-school facet of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Neglecting to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, protected auto parking framework, I discovered the truck hauling, binding and also-- to my shame-- delaying as I tried to make a limited develop into a vehicle parking spot. So you'll most definitely intend to switch it to 2WD, which you have to do by hand via a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement maneuvering.
Well duh, you're about to inform me, probably in a disparaging e-mail. This is fundamental 4WD stuff. Real enough, but it's very easy to get accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing found on a raising variety of trucks (including the GMC Canyon). Critics will hold this against the Tacoma, showing that it lags the technological curve; followers will say this bolsters its hardcore off-road cred.
For what it's worth, the fuel economic climate estimates appear optimistic. With minimal 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been exactly flogging the vehicle, and that included significant number of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted outside, the indoor gain from a series of rather subtle upgrades. The comfort designs are a little wonky in the beginning, thanks to a seat that feels either a tad too high or a bit as well close to the pedals. But the cabin does really feel fresher, more superior, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your interest, however the $36,630 sticker label (including faux-beadlock wheels and also other rewards will increase that also additional) is a stumbling block, remember that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road variation. The base SR beginnings at $24,200, and the Limited beginnings at a soaring $38,720. In between those two extremes, I make sure you could configure the Tacoma of your desires.