2010 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The resemblances (to place it lightly) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase equals, as well as total length is simply a couple of inches better on the new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, but the same size. And so on.
On the other hand, you ought to acknowledge that Toyota had a rather darn good vehicle to begin with in the outgoing Tacoma. Was it showing its age, especially as compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Aesthetically, possibly, but the Tacoma's stout underpinnings required refinement, not reinvention. There's lots of merit in the transformative strategy.
The powertrain on this specific Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- as well as one shot of new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. Just like the bigger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, it all plays along with wonderful, unanticipated smoothness. You 'd never know the engine is down half a liter, and there's a lot of added zest above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is really fun to paddle through, and much like the guidebook on the Wrangler, it seems like a great suitable for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.
Normally, I really did not have the chance to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I in fact want to see how it handles itself off the pavement now that I've invested some time in the vehicle. I'll seek possibilities to do so once things heat up. And also I did pack on the miles in comfort-- as well as tackle a genuinely horrible slog through the season's worst ice tornado to date with confidence. The truck didn't even toss a grip control caution.
That's the day I found one notably traditional facet of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Failing to remember to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, covered car parking structure, I discovered the truck lugging, binding and also-- to my embarrassment-- stalling as I aimed to make a tight transformed into a car park spot. So you'll certainly want to switch it to 2WD, which you need to do by hand using 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 basic 4WD things. Real enough, however it's simple to get accustomed to the automatic 4WD establishing located on a boosting number of trucks (including the GMC Canyon). Detractors will certainly hold this versus the Tacoma, verifying that it's behind the technological curve; fans will certainly say this bolsters its hardcore off-road cred.
For what it deserves, the fuel economic climate approximates seem confident. With restricted 4WD use, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been specifically flogging the truck, and that included considerable number of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted outside, the indoor gain from a series of rather subtle upgrades. The ergonomics are a little wonky in the beginning, thanks to a seat that really feels either a little bit too high or a tad too close to the pedals. But the cabin does really feel fresher, a lot more premium, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your interest, but the $36,630 sticker label (adding faux-beadlock wheels as well as other rewards will certainly boost that also additional) is a stumbling block, remember that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR begins at $24,200, and also the Limited begins at a soaring $38,720. Between those two extremes, I'm sure you can set up the Tacoma of your desires.