2001 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The similarities (to put it gently) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase is identical, as well as total size is simply a few inches higher on the brand-new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, yet the exact same width. And more.
On the other hand, you ought to acknowledge that Toyota had a pretty darn excellent vehicle to start with in the outward bound Tacoma. Was it revealing its age, specifically compared to up-and-coming midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Aesthetically, maybe, but the Tacoma's stout supports required improvement, not reinvention. There's a lot of quality in the transformative technique.
The powertrain on this certain Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and also one shot of brand-new-- a downsized 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. As with the larger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, as well as the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, it all plays along with fascinating, unforeseen smoothness. You would certainly never ever know the engine is down half a liter, as well as there's a lot of extra oomph over the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is actually enjoyable to paddle through, and similar to the handbook on the Wrangler, it seems like a great suitable for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.
Normally, I didn't have the chance to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I in fact intend to see just how it manages itself off the sidewalk now that I've invested time in the vehicle. I'll choose chances to do so once points heat up. As well as I did pack on the miles comfortably-- and deal with a really nasty slog with the season's worst ice storm to this day with self-confidence. The vehicle really did not so much as toss a grip control warning.
That's the day I discovered one notably traditional facet of the Tacoma: its 4x4 system. Forgetting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, covered auto parking structure, I discovered the vehicle hauling, binding and-- to my embarrassment-- delaying as I attempted to make a tight become a car parking area. So you'll certainly intend to change it to 2WD, which you have to do by hand using a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement handling.
Well duh, you will inform me, probably in an insulting email. This is fundamental 4WD things. True enough, but it's simple to obtain accustomed to the automatic 4WD establishing found on a boosting number of vehicles (consisting of the GMC Canyon). Critics will hold this versus the Tacoma, verifying that it lags the technical curve; fans will state this strengthens its hardcore off-road cred.
Wherefore it's worth, the fuel economic climate approximates appear hopeful. With restricted 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't specifically flogging the vehicle, which consisted of substantial variety of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted outside, the interior gain from a series of rather subtle upgrades. The ergonomics are a little rickety initially, thanks to a seat that feels either a little bit too high or a little bit as well near the pedals. However the cabin does really feel fresher, much more superior, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your interest, yet the $36,630 sticker label (adding faux-beadlock wheels and also other goodies will certainly enhance 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 Limited begins at a soaring $38,720. In between those 2 extremes, I'm sure you can configure the Tacoma of your dreams.