2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The similarities (to put it gently) continue under the skin. The wheelbase is identical, and total size is just a couple of inches higher on the new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, however the very same width. And so on.
On the other hand, you should certainly recognize that Toyota had a quite darn excellent truck to begin with in the outgoing Tacoma. Was it showing its age, specifically as compared to up-and-coming midsizers like the reborn Colorado and Canyon? Aesthetically, perhaps, yet the Tacoma's stout bases required refinement, not reinvention. There's lots of quality in the evolutionary technique.
The powertrain on this certain Tacoma TRD Off-Road is round of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and round of new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. Just like the larger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, and the 2015 Tacoma before it, all of it plays together with wonderful, unanticipated level of smoothness. You would certainly never ever recognize the engine is down half a liter, and also there's a great deal of extra oomph above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is actually fun to row through, as well as similar to the manual on the Wrangler, it seems like a good suitable for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.
Naturally, I really did not have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I in fact want to see just how it manages itself off the sidewalk now that I've invested time in the vehicle. I'll look for possibilities to do so as soon as things heat up. And I did pack on the miles in comfort-- as well as deal with a genuinely unpleasant slog with the period's worst ice tornado to date with confidence. The vehicle didn't even throw a traction control warning.
That's the day I discovered one significantly old-school element of the Tacoma: its 4x4 system. Forgetting to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a completely dry, protected car parking framework, I located the truck hauling, binding and-- to my humiliation-- stalling as I attempted to make a limited become a car parking place. So you'll absolutely intend to change it to 2WD, which you must do manually through a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement maneuvering.
Well duh, you're about to tell me, most likely in a disparaging e-mail. This is standard 4WD stuff. True sufficient, but it's easy to obtain accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing located on a boosting variety of trucks (including the GMC Canyon). Critics will certainly hold this against the Tacoma, verifying that it's behind the technical contour; followers will certainly claim this reinforces its hardcore off-road cred.
For what it's worth, the gas economic situation approximates appear confident. With limited 4WD use, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been precisely flogging the vehicle, and that included considerable number of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the decently resculpted outside, the indoor gain from a series of somewhat subtle upgrades. The ergonomics are a little rickety initially, thanks to a seat that really feels either a little bit too expensive or a little too close to the pedals. However the cabin does feel fresher, a lot more exceptional, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your passion, however the $36,630 sticker label (including faux-beadlock wheels as well as other rewards will certainly boost that even further) 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, as well as the Limited begins at a soaring $38,720. Between those two extremes, I make certain you can set up the Tacoma of your desires.