2004 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The similarities (to put it lightly) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase equals, and overall length is simply a couple of inches better on the brand-new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, yet the exact same width. And more.
On the other hand, you should certainly acknowledge that Toyota had a quite darn excellent vehicle to start with in the outbound Tacoma. Was it showing its age, especially as compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado and Canyon? Aesthetically, perhaps, yet the Tacoma's stout bases needed refinement, not reinvention. There's a lot of advantage 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 downsized 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. Similar to the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, it all plays together with fascinating, unanticipated smoothness. You would certainly never ever recognize the engine is down half a litre, and there's a great deal of additional zest over the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is in fact fun to paddle via, and also much like the guidebook on the Wrangler, it seems like a good fit for an enthusiast-oriented truck.
Normally, I really did not have the possibility to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I actually want to see exactly how it handles itself off the sidewalk now that I've invested some time in the truck. I'll look for possibilities to do so once things heat up. As well as I did pack on the miles comfortably-- as well as deal with an absolutely nasty slog via 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 found one notably old-school aspect of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Neglecting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, protected parking framework, I found the vehicle lugging, binding and-- to my embarrassment-- stalling as I attempted to make a limited become a car parking area. So you'll absolutely intend to change it to 2WD, which you must do manually through a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement handling.
Well duh, you're about to tell me, probably in an insulting email. This is standard 4WD stuff. Real enough, yet it's simple to get accustomed to the automatic 4WD establishing found on a boosting variety of vehicles (consisting of the GMC Canyon). Critics will hold this against the Tacoma, proving that it's behind the technological contour; followers will state this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.
Wherefore it's worth, the gas economy estimates seem hopeful. With restricted 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't exactly flogging the truck, which consisted of considerable number of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted exterior, the interior benefits from a series of rather subtle upgrades. The ergonomics are a little wonky initially, thanks to a seat that feels either a bit too high or a tad as well near the pedals. But the cabin does feel fresher, a lot more superior, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your interest, but the $36,630 sticker (adding faux-beadlock wheels as well as various other goodies will certainly increase that even additional) is a stumbling block, keep in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road variation. The base SR beginnings at $24,200, and also the Limited starts at a lofty $38,720. Between those two extremes, I'm sure you can set up the Tacoma of your dreams.