The Toyota Tacoma is a superb midsize pickup. The Tacoma features a comfortable cab trimmed with quality materials. The 4WD models offer crisp handling, a nicely balanced ride quality, and excellent off-road capability. The TRD Off-Road models are terrific trucks for rugged terrain. The X-Runner drives and performs like a sports car.
NewCarTestDrive.com editor Mitch McCullough contributed to this report.
front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, and Automatic Limited-slip Differential
Safety equipment (optional):
Hill-start Assist Control, and TRD Off-Road models add Downhill Assist Control
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Toyota Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 6M ($25,805)
air conditioning, 16-inch steel wheels; removable tailgate, tie-down cleats; power windows and door locks; cloth seats; AM/FM/CD/MP3 six-speaker sound system with auxiliary jack, USB port and Bluetooth; tilt-telescoping steering wheel
Options as tested (MSRP):
TRD Sport Package ($3385) including Bilstein shocks, 17-inch alloy wheels, hood scoop, power mirrors, sliding rear window with privacy glass, 115V deck outlet, foglamps, remote entry, cruise control, variable speed wipers, overhead console with compass and temperature gauge, cloth sport seats with driver lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and shifter, backup camera on inside mirror, TRD graphics; Tow Package ($650); Carpet floor mats ($129); Security system ($359); tube steps ($534)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
4.0-liter dohc 24-valve V6 with VVT-i
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
236 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
266 @ 4000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
independent, double wishbones, coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
live axle on leaf springs
vented disc/drum with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of December 01, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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