2015 Toyota Tacoma

 
 
2015 Toyota Tacoma
 

2015 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP 
$21,865
Invoice 
$20,947
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 25 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.7 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 159 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

Spanning the range from basic work truck to well-equipped off-road or sport truck, the Toyota Tacoma gives truck enthusiasts what they need or want, without having to get a full-size pickup. Compared to full-size trucks, the Tacoma is more maneuverable and can be parked in places a full-size truck never could. With the 4-cylinder engine, the Tacoma is one of the most fuel-efficient pickups available. In Pre-Runner or rugged off-road forms, it's a good-looking sport truck serving a specialized task. While the interiors of Tacoma models are not particularly luxurious, Toyota has equipped the trucks with the latest in sound systems and infotainment.

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What's New For 2015

Ahead of a major redesign slated for next year, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma has only minor changes. Notably, the regular cab model has been dropped, leaving only the extended Access Cab and the 4-door Double Cab. Elsewhere, a new off-road TRD Pro package has joined the lineup.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 2 Years / 25,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 4 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Additional Equipment
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Specifications for 2015 Toyota Tacoma

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags w/Passenger Off Switch
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Fixed Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Voice Activation
    • Radio: Entune AM/FM/CD -inc: MP3/WMA playback capability, 6.1" touch-screen display, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port, iPod connectivity and control, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming
  • Exterior Features
    • Rear Splash Guards
    • Argent Grille
    • Reverse Opening Rear Doors
    • Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Integrated Storage
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • LED Brakelights
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window
    • Black Manual Remote Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Black Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
    • Black Rear Step Bumper
    • Black Front Bumper w/1 Tow Hook
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Full-Size Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Regular Composite Box Style
    • Tires: P215/70R15 AS
    • Wheels: 15" x 6J+45 Style Steel
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 4-way adjustable seats w/passenger-side fold-flat, active headrests, center console w/covered armrest and storage compartment
    • Jump Front Facing Fold-Up Cushion Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer and Trip Odometer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • 4 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cigar Lighter(s)
    • Remote Entry w/Illuminated Entry
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Passenger Visor Vanity Mirror
    • Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, Rear Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Regular Dome Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 2nd Row Underseat Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks
    • Analog Display
    • Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.7L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve -inc: cast iron block w/aluminum alloy head and VVT-i
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
    • 3.307 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,900 lbs
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 356CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 1285# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 21.1 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Leaf Rear Suspension w/Leaf Springs
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Brake ABS System (Second Line) - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.8
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 10
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) - 73.5
    • Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - 56.7
    • Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) - 56.7
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 41.5
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 18
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 356
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) - 356
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.7 L/164
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 159 @ 5200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 180 @ 3800
    • Engine Oil Cooler - None
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 127.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66.1
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.1
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21.1
    • Fuel Tank Location - Midship
    • Aux Fuel Tank Location - Midship
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.6
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35.2
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 28.2
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.7
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 25
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 42.3
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Toyota Tacoma
    • Body Style - Extended Cab
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Leaf
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Rigid Axle
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.31
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.31
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/70SR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/70SR15
    • Spare Tire Size - Full-Size
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 525
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 3500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.95
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.06
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.44
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.81
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.22
    • Trans PTO Access - No
    • Transfer Case Power Take Off - No
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5.0
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.2
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 4900
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 7500
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Full-Size
    • Front Wheel Material - Styled Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Styled Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2015 Toyota Tacoma Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Barcelona Red Metallic Black Blue Ribbon Metallic Magnetic Gray Metallic Pyrite Mica Silver Sky Metallic Super White
  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Black
  • Blue Ribbon Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Pyrite Mica
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Super White

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Introduction

An all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma goes on sale fall 2015.

Until then, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma is available, a second-generation product launched as a 2005 model. Tacoma is unchanged for 2015, although there is a new Tacoma TRD Pro model available. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development.

Toyota has been off-road racing for three decades and has more than 300 victories, and the 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro continues that heritage. There are also TRD Pro models for the Tundra and 4Runner.

Tacoma TRD Pro has its own suspension geometry with fat Bilstein dampers, tuned stainless twin exhaust, unique interior color, big BF Goodrich offroad tires, black bead-lock 16-inch alloy wheels, TRD trim and badging, and more.

Tacoma has been the most popular pickup in its class for a decade, with many awards over that time. Its main rivals are the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Tacoma dominates the segment with more than 100,000 sold each year, while some competitors have left the stage, namely Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota.

Tacoma offers a comfortable cab, refined ride, responsive handling, and quality construction with proven offroad capability and durability. It comes in many configurations to meet a wide range of needs, from 2WD work truck with four-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission, to a loaded V6 4WD Double Cab Long Bed with rear seats that offer sedan-sized room. Properly equipped Tacoma V6 models can to tow up to 6,500 pounds.

The tried-and-true no-frills bench-seat Regular Cab Tacoma has been dropped, long may she live. Even the base Tacoma has rear seating and three doors.

Toyota Racing Development offers parts to sharpen the performance, both on and off road. The Off Road Package includes much of the equipment on the TRD Pro models, including Bilstein off-road shocks, locking rear differential, advanced ATRAC traction control and other electronic off-road assists, an engine skid plate, tow hook, many luxury and convenience items and special graphics.

Lineup

The 2015 Tacoma is available in 19 different models and configurations, from Access Cab with a 6-foot bed to Double Cab with available 5-foot bed. The base engine is a 2.7-liter inline 4-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 4-speed automatic optional. A 4.0-liter V6 is standard on 4WD and long-bed Double Cabs, and optional on some other models. Four-wheel-drive is available throughout the line. Other available transmissions include a 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual.

The 4×2 Access Cab with 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission is entry level at $20,965. After 18 price jumps, you’re at the fully loaded TRD Pro 4×4 Double Cab V6 with 5-speed automatic ($37,615).

Standard features on the Access Cab and Double Cab models are plentiful, with bucket seats, floor and ceiling consoles, and 6-speaker sound systems. Double Cab V6 models offer a premium JBL system with amplified subwoofer, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, Navigation, Entune, and App Suite, with steering wheel controls.

Tacoma PreRunner models are 2WD, but feature the high stance and general appearance of a 4WD truck. (Desert racers use this style of truck to scout or pre-run the course before the big race.) The four-cylinder Access Cab with 4-speed automatic transmission ($22,525) is the entry-level PreRunner. The V6 is optional on PreRunner Access Cabs and Double Cabs.

There are five core packages: a convenience package, two levels of SR5 and two levels of TRD, sport and off-road.

A Convenience Package for Access Cabs and Double Cabs adds rear privacy glass, a sliding rear window, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, power mirrors and remote keyless entry.

The SR5 Package gives a monochrome look, with body-color bumpers, mirrors, door handles, fender flares, and grille surround, with smoked headlamps. Tires are 245/75R16 on black alloy wheels. SR5 packages bundle styling and comfort features such as bucket seats with lumbar support, and a long list of car-like conveniences. Price varies ($665-840) depending on body style and trim level.

The TRD Sport Package starts with SR5 equipment and adds or substitutes P265/65R17 tires, sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, water-resistant sport seats, overhead console and with compass and outside temperature, rearview camera, and turn signals integrated into the outside mirrors; plus a hood scoop, lots of body-color trim, and its own graphics package. The TRD Sport Package is available only with the V6, and only PreRunners and 4×4’s with Access Cab ($3190) or Double Cab ($3055).

The TRD Off-Road Package also starts with the SR5 equipment and adds or substitutes BF Goodrich P265/70R16 tires, locking rear differential, off-road suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, ATRAC off-road traction control, engine skidplate, sport seats, overhead console with compass and outside temperature, rearview camera, heavy-duty front tow hook, 115v/400w deck-mounted power point, and unique TRD graphics. TRD Off-Road is also available only on V6 PreRunners and on V6 model 4×4 Access and Double Cabs, but not on Double Cab Long Beds. Price varies ($3185-3585) depending on model.

A Limited Package ($7010), available only on Double Cabs with V6 and automatic transmission, adds all the luxury and convenience goodies, including SofTex-trimmed four-way adjustable front sport seats with heat, metallic tone instrument panel trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, 18-inch polished alloy wheels with P265/60R18 tires, chrome grille surround, chrome rear bumper, variable speed windshield wipers, dual sun visors with mirrors and extenders, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with outside temperature gauge and HomeLink universal transceiver; a rearview camera linked to the audio display, all the content of Convenience Package; the JBL stereo; and more.

An optional tow package ($650) for V6 models comprises a 130-amp alternator, heavy-duty battery, transmission oil cooler, and a Class IV hitch with seven-pin connector.

Safety features that come on all models include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, and the Automatic Limited-slip Differential. 4WD models with automatic transmission and the TRD Off-Road Package add Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control. In addition, front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags are standard on all models.

Standard on all models is Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC). An Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which uses brake intervention in place of a mechanical-type limited-slip to help reduce wheel-spin, is standard on all Tacoma models with the exception of those fitted with TRD Off-Road package; those have conventional, mechanical-locking differential.

Walkaround

The Tacoma TRD Pro with its big black grille replaces the limited-edition Tacoma Baja, while using its beefed-up chassis and body, with black alloy bead-lock wheels and BF Goodrich LT265/70R16 All-Terrain KO tires. The ride height is raised 1.75 inches in front, using TRD springs with decreased rate for better control over rough terrain. The front suspension adds 0.75 inches of wheel travel, using Bilstein high-performance shocks with 18mm shaft (stock is 12mm), 60 mm pistons (stock is 32mm) and remote reservoirs to increase oil capacity and run cooler. The rear shocks are 46mm-piston Bilsteins (stock 30) also with reservoirs, with TRD springs that add 1.5 inches to wheel travel.

The TRD Pro comes in black, white, or its own color, a burnt orange called Inferno. A TRD cat-back exhaust makes the 4.0-liter V6 growl, and adds 5 to 8 wheel horsepower.

The SR Package is more sporty than rugged. It comes monochrome, with bumpers, grille surround, fender flares, door handles and mirrors all one color, with smoked headlight lenses and black Baja wheels.

The Tacoma is clearly a Toyota truck, looking tough without going over the top like American trucks we might mention. A thick arch over the grille and a big air opening under it, makes the truck look like a menacing fish. Fog lights flare out from the fish mouth.

Length changes everything, when it comes to looking menacing. Access Cab and Double Cab short-bed models are 208.1 inches long on a 127.4-inch wheelbase, while Double Cab long-bed models are 221.3 inches overall on a 140.6-inch wheelbase. All models have 6-foot beds except the Double Cab short-bed with its 5-foot bed.

Access Cabs feature large dual rear auxiliary doors, not good for people but very good for gear. Double Cabs have long, conventionally hinged rear doors that open 80 degrees for ease of entry or loading gear. Double Cabs offer the people-carrying comfort of a sport-utility. Long-bed Double Cabs can carry more stuff but are unwieldy in tight places.

Tacoma comes with a composite inner bed, as durable as steel; it offers two-tier loading and four tie-down cleats on rails, that accept cross bars, a fork-mount bike rack, and other Genuine Toyota Accessories.

Interior

The Toyota Tacoma cabin is comfortable in a familiar kind of way. There’s no guessing where things are, it all makes sense, no distraction from switchgear or controls trying to be clever or cute. The instrument panel and display is simple and clean, including the icons. The information display between the speedo and tach is tidy. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has car-like styling but feels great to grip, although when you turn the wheel sharply, your right elbow might hit the big padded center armrest, where the cupholders live.

The climate and audio controls are in a blacked-out panel (for contrast) in a slightly bulging center stack. Big rotary knobs make it easy to adjust cabin temperature even with gloves on. The radio in the upper center stack is easy to operate. CDs sound good through the JBL speakers. We were totally thrilled with the air conditioning, which blasts real cold real fast.

Models with automatic transmissions come with a foot-operated parking brake, while the manual transmission models use a pull-out handbrake, a blast from the past we could do without.

There’s black trim on the switch bezels and door panels, with carbon touches on the dash in the TRD Pro, which also has its own TRD-badged shift knob and floor mats.

We loved the fit of the seats in the TRD Pro, the same seats in the Sport Package, except the Pro’s are water resistant. Sturdy fabric with excellent bolstering and driver lumbar support. An overhead console includes a compass and outside temperature gauge.

The driver’s seat is height-adjustable, delivering an excellent seating position for women; there’s a good view of the Tacoma’s nose and corners. Big mirrors offer a good view to the rear. Excellent grab handles on both A-pillars make it easy to climb in and out.

On models without sport seats, the front passenger seatback flips down to form a tray table.

The rear seats in the Double Cab are particularly comfortable for the class, offering good leg and shoulder room and decent headroom. The seatback is angled back slightly for comfort. A younger person should be okay to ride across the state in the back seat of a Tacoma Double Cab, and even adults won’t complain too much on short trips. The rear windows go all the way down.

Flip the 60/40 seat bottoms forward and fold the backs down to form a flat cargo bay inside. It takes two hands and you have to first remove the headrests, but at least the space is there. The hard backs of the seats make a sturdy cargo floor, good place for a dog, as long as he can jump to get there.

The Access Cab has kid-sized rear seats, with the access coming only on the passenger side. Our kids are 5′ 0 and 5′ 5 and they were okay for a short ride but said they would rather have ridden in the bed with the dog.

The Standard audio system is AM/FM with single-disc CD and Bluetooth, using a 6.1-inch touch-screen display the view from the optional backup camera is now also displayed, rather than in the rear-view mirror as before.. Toyota’s Entune is standard. . Entune is a media-savvy technology that links with your smart phone and allows you to access its apps through the Tacoma’s audio controls. Entune’s features are operated using the vehicle’s controls or, for some services, by voice recognition. Entune requires no subscription.

Access Cabs and Double Cabs can upgrade to Entune Audio Plus ($680), which adds HD Radio with iTunes tagging, SiriusXM, and HD Traffic and Weather (90 day trial subscription); or to Entune Premium Audio ($730), with navigation plus the Entune App Suite, which includes Bing, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp and Facebook Places; plus real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks.

V6-powered Double Cabs can opt for the Entune Premium setup plus a JBL GreenEdge audio system with seven speakers ($2,330). GreenEdge technology helps reduce fuel consumption by lowering the electric power demand on the vehicle.

Driving Impressions

We got a lot of seat time in the 2014 Tacoma, and a few miles on Oregon forest service roads in the 2015 TRD Pro. In the Tillamook Forest (where they make the cheese), we faced a natural obstacle course with deep moguls and rock steps, which our truck aced. Shifting into 4WD and 4WD low range is as easy as twisting a knob.

Sadly, we didn’t get to go bounding across the boonies in Baja. Our suspension remained unchallenged. However, testing a 2014 Tacoma with the TRD suspension, we were lucky enough to bound up a ski run at Alyeska Resort in Alaska, and our truck had no trouble meeting that challenge.

Surprisingly, given that the springs are softer in the TRD Pro, we found it to be way stiff in what could be called around-town driving. It must be from those fat Bilsteins that make the truck Baja-worthy, while helping its handling on the road.

We managed to find a couple of 50-mph sweepers on bumpy pavement, and the cornering was confident even with the tall all-terrain tires. The 16-inch rims are made with high-pressure alloy, light and strong. An aggressive +10 mm wheel offset gives the truck a wider track (and look) without changing fender flares. Toyota chose to go with the TRD 16-inch wheels for their light weight of 23.5 pounds, while allowing room for the tires with tall sidewalls.

But Tacoma doesn’t need the TRD suspension to handle well. Any Tacoma drives well, cruises nicely, and feels fairly refined. The smooth V6 delivers responsive performance. The 4.0-liter engine uses dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing (VVT-i, or Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) to optimize power and torque over a broad range of rpm. It is rated at 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

It’s easy to peel out and lay down a chirp when upshifting to second gear, while the strong torque makes it easy to cruise in 5th or 6th gear without needing to downshift to accelerate.

The V6 works well with the 5-speed automatic transmission. That’s our first choice for powertrain. The automatic is smooth and responsive, quickly downshifting when you mash the throttle.

The 6-speed manual transmission is easy to shift, but first gear is a very low ratio, leaving a broad stretch to second. The 6-speed gearbox requires long throws but takes downshifts well. It’s a good, solid truck transmission, without a lot of room for error; you have to press the clutch pedal all the way to the floor when shifting gears or you’ll hear a crunch.

For fuel mileage, the V6 with automatic is EPA rated at 17/21 mpg City/Highway mpg, while the V6 manual gets 16/21 with 2WD and 15/19 with 4WD.

The four-cylinder engine is no throwback, it’s a double-overhead cam 2.7-liter with VVT-i. It makes 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, and is EPA-rated at 21/25 mpg with 2WD and the 5-speed manual, and 19/24 mpg for 2WD with the 4-speed automatic.

Tacoma is large for its size, a so-called compact truck. The long-bed Double Cab needs 44 feet to make a circle, while the short-bed Double Cab needs a bit more than 40. Parking can be a challenge.

Brakes are smooth, easy to modulate, and halt the truck without drama. The rear brakes are drums.

Summary

The Toyota Tacoma is basically a fault-free pickup. It has a comfortable cab with quality materials, clean instrument panel and simple controls. Powertrain reliability and offroad capability is proven. Even the 4WD models offer reasonably taut handling and a balanced ride. The new TRD Pro model is ready for anything, including floods and blizzards.

NewCarTestDrive.com editor Mitch McCullough contributed to this report.

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About These Prices

As you know, pricing cars is particularly complicated. One of our duties at CarQuotes.com is to help our customers comprehend this process better.

Three important prices we may show on a particular vehicle

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Price is for research purposes only. It reflects a typical, negotiated price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, license and registration, and where applicable, finance charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. The Estimated Target Price is NOT a price quote from CarQuotes.com or any other dealer. If you request a price quote from a dealer via CarQuotes.com displaying an estimated target price, your price may differ.

Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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