2006 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 equals, as well as overall length is just a couple of inches higher on the brand-new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, however the same width. And so on.
On the other hand, you should recognize that Toyota had a pretty darn good truck to begin with in the outward bound Tacoma. Was it showing its age, especially compared with up-and-coming midsizers like the born-again Colorado and also Canyon? Visually, possibly, but the Tacoma's stout bases needed improvement, not reinvention. There's a lot of quality in the transformative method.
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. As with the bigger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, and also the 2015 Tacoma before it, everything plays along with fascinating, unexpected smoothness. You would certainly never ever understand the engine is down half a litre, and also there's a great deal of extra pizzazz above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is really enjoyable to paddle via, as well as similar to the manual on the Wrangler, it feels like an excellent suitable for an enthusiast-oriented truck.
Normally, I really did not have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I really intend to see just how it handles itself off the pavement now that I have actually invested a long time in the vehicle. I'll choose opportunities to do so when things warm up. And I did pack on the miles comfortably-- and tackle a truly unpleasant slog through the period's worst ice storm to this day with confidence. The truck really did not even toss a traction control warning.
That's the day I found one significantly traditional facet of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Neglecting to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a completely dry, protected vehicle parking structure, I found the truck hauling, binding as well as-- to my humiliation-- stalling as I attempted to make a limited turn into an auto parking area. So you'll definitely intend to switch it to 2WD, which you should do by hand through a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement maneuvering.
Well duh, you will inform me, most likely in a disparaging email. This is standard 4WD stuff. Real sufficient, yet it's simple to get accustomed to the automatic 4WD setting located on a raising number of vehicles (including the GMC Canyon). Critics will certainly hold this versus the Tacoma, confirming that it lags the technological curve; followers will certainly state this strengthens its hardcore off-road cred.
Wherefore it's worth, the gas economic climate approximates appear positive. With minimal 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't exactly flogging the vehicle, which included significant number of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted exterior, the interior benefits from a collection of somewhat subtle upgrades. The comfort designs are a little rickety at first, thanks to a seat that feels either a little expensive or a bit also near the pedals. Yet the cabin does really feel fresher, extra premium, much less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your interest, but the $36,630 sticker label (including faux-beadlock wheels and other goodies will enhance that also more) 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 Minimal begins at a lofty $38,720. In between those 2 extremes, I make certain you could set up the Tacoma of your desires.