2007 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The resemblances (to place it gently) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase equals, as well as general length is just a couple of inches better on the brand-new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, but the very same size. And more.
On the other hand, you should acknowledge that Toyota had a very darn excellent truck to start with in the outbound Tacoma. Was it showing its age, specifically compared to up-and-coming midsizers like the born-again Colorado and also Canyon? Aesthetically, maybe, however the Tacoma's stout supports needed improvement, not reinvention. There's lots of merit in the transformative strategy.
The powertrain on this certain Tacoma TRD Off-Road is round of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and also one shot of brand-new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. As with the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and also the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, all of it plays together with fascinating, unanticipated smoothness. You 'd never recognize the engine is down half a litre, and also there's a great deal of additional zest above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is really fun to paddle with, as well as similar to the handbook on the Wrangler, it feels like an excellent fit for an enthusiast-oriented truck.
Naturally, I really did not have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I actually want to see exactly how it handles itself off the sidewalk now that I have actually spent time in the truck. I'll seek opportunities to do so when points heat up. And also I did pack on the miles in comfort-- and deal with a truly horrible slog through the season's worst ice storm to date with self-confidence. The vehicle really did not even toss a traction control warning.
That's the day I found one notably traditional facet of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Neglecting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, protected car park structure, I located the truck hauling, binding and-- to my embarrassment-- stalling as I attempted to make a limited develop into an auto parking place. So you'll certainly intend to switch it to 2WD, which you must do by hand via a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement handling.
Well duh, you will tell me, most likely in an insulting email. This is fundamental 4WD things. Real sufficient, yet it's easy to obtain accustomed to the automated 4WD setting discovered on an enhancing variety of vehicles (including the GMC Canyon). Critics will certainly hold this against the Tacoma, verifying that it lags the technical curve; followers will state this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.
Of what it's worth, the gas economic climate estimates seem positive. With limited 4WD use, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been precisely flogging the truck, and that included considerable variety of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted outside, the indoor gain from a series of somewhat subtle upgrades. The functional designs are a little rickety in the beginning, thanks to a seat that really feels either a bit too high or a tad too near the pedals. But the cabin does really feel fresher, a lot more superior, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your passion, but the $36,630 sticker (including faux-beadlock wheels and also other goodies will boost that also additional) is a stumbling block, bear in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR starts at $24,200, as well as the Restricted begins at a lofty $38,720. Between those 2 extremes, I make certain you could configure the Tacoma of your desires.