2005 Toyota Tacoma Double-Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The resemblances (to put it lightly) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase is identical, and also overall size is just a few inches better on the brand-new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, however the very same width. And so forth.
On the other hand, you should acknowledge that Toyota had a pretty darn good truck to start with in the outward bound Tacoma. Was it revealing its age, particularly as compared to up-and-coming midsizers like the reborn Colorado and Canyon? Visually, perhaps, yet the Tacoma's stout foundations needed improvement, not reinvention. There's lots 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 round of brand-new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. Just like the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and also the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, it all plays together with wonderful, unexpected level of smoothness. You would certainly never know the engine is down half a litre, as well as there's a lot of extra oomph over the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is actually enjoyable to paddle with, as well as just like the handbook on the Wrangler, it seems like an excellent fit for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.
Normally, I didn't have the chance to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I really wish to see exactly how it handles itself off the sidewalk since I've spent some time in the truck. I'll seek opportunities to do so once things warm up. As well as I did pack on the miles comfortably-- and take on a genuinely horrible slog with the season's worst ice storm to date with confidence. The truck really did not so much as throw a grip control warning.
That's the day I discovered one notably old-school aspect of the Tacoma: its 4x4 system. Neglecting to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a completely dry, protected car parking framework, I discovered the truck hauling, binding and also-- to my shame-- delaying as I aimed to make a limited become a car park area. So you'll most definitely wish to change it to 2WD, which you have to do by hand by means of a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement maneuvering.
Well duh, you will tell me, most likely in a disparaging e-mail. This is standard 4WD stuff. Real enough, but it's simple to obtain accustomed to the automatic 4WD establishing discovered on an enhancing variety of trucks (including the GMC Canyon). Detractors will certainly hold this versus the Tacoma, proving that it's behind the technical curve; followers will state this bolsters its hardcore off-road cred.
Wherefore it deserves, the gas economic climate estimates appear optimistic. With limited 4WD use, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been exactly flogging the truck, which consisted of considerable variety of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted outside, the interior benefits from a collection of rather subtle upgrades. The ergonomics are a little wonky in the beginning, thanks to a seat that feels either a little too high or a little also near to the pedals. Yet the cabin does really feel fresher, extra superior, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your interest, yet the $36,630 sticker label (adding faux-beadlock wheels as well as various other goodies will enhance that even further) is a stumbling block, keep in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR starts at $24,200, and also the Minimal beginnings at a soaring $38,720. In between those two extremes, I make sure you can set up the Tacoma of your desires.