Better maneuverability than a full-size truck; wide range of models and build combinations; special performance and off-road variants; 6,500-pound towing capability; reputation for reliability and historically good resale value
For 2011, the compact Toyota Tacoma pickup gets new TX and TX Pro packages, which add a combination of official Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road and appearance accessories to the Tacoma's Off-Road Package. All Tacoma models get a slightly new look to the grille, and air conditioning is now standard on all models. Also, Toyota has cut several unpopular models out of the line and added five 4-cylinder models, including PreRunner and 4x4 models, as well as Access Cab and Double Cab styles.
Two different engines are available on the 2011 Toyota Tacoma line: a 159-horsepower, 2.7L 4-cylinder and a 236-hp, 4.0L V6. Both engines have variable valve timing to help provide both strong low-end torque as well as higher-rev passing power. A 6-speed manual transmission is available with the V6 as is a 5-speed manual, which comes with the 4-cylinder. For automatic transmissions, a 5-speed can be optioned with the V6 and a 5-speed is available with the 4-cylinder models.
Just as most other pickup models, the Tacoma is available in several different configurations so as to suit a wide range of uses. Regular Cab models come with two doors, with the Access Cab including a small backseat as well as rear doors that open 80 degrees for easy access; 4-door Double Cab models include 60/40-split rear seats that are comfortable enough for adults. Access Cab models also have fold-up rear seats, but add under-seat storage. All Tacoma models now come with electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and an automatic limited-slip differential. With the available Off-Road Package, there's also Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control, which help keep traction on steep slippery slopes or moderate speed and traction on steep downhills. Seat-mounted side airbags, roll-sensing side airbags and active front headrests are also included.
The Toyota Tacoma X-Runner model is the highest-performance version of this truck line and carries over with a number of serious performance mods as well as appearance upgrades. The suspension is specially tuned for road performance, while there's a full body kit, hood scoop, and special fog lamps. With the V6, it's claimed to accelerate to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, but there's even more performance potential on tap with an available supercharger kit, bringing output up to 304 hp and 334 lb-feet of torque.
Base Tacoma models are quite simply equipped and don't even include power windows or locks. They do come with air conditioning and a 4-speaker CD sound system. Access Cab and Double Cab models include power windows and locks, while Double Cab models also get a lumbar-adjustable driver's seat.
Options on Access and Double Cab models include upgraded audio, steering-wheel controls, and a backup monitor system.
A Tow Package available on Access Cab V6 models brings tow capacity up to 6,500 pounds. Also available as a dealer-installed option is a TRD Big Brake system, which includes bigger vented rotors, aluminum 4-piston calipers and braided steel lines.
The new TX and TX Pro packages this year give the Tacoma PreRunner and 4x4 models a more aggressive, more off-road-capable look with special accessories and performance enhancements. The TX package brings the menacing look, with BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires on 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels, special tube-side steps, a stainless steel exhaust tip, and exterior graphics, while the TX Pro gets a special cat-back performance exhaust system. Both include what's otherwise offered as the TRD Off-Road Package, with progressive-rate front springs, an electric-locking front differential, Bilstein shocks, a larger stabilizer bar, and fog lamps, plus a 400-watt, 115-volt powerpoint, sport seats and an overhead console.
There aren't as many compact truck models on the market as there used to be, but Toyota has done a great job keeping the Tacoma competitive, up-to-date and finding recreation and performance appeal. Toyota boasts that it has more model variations than any other truck manufacturer in this class. Also with expanded standard features, such as air conditioning, included even on base models for 2011, the Tacoma is an even better value--especially when considering the model's reputation for reliability and resale value. And for those who don't have to tow much more than a small boat or trailer, the Tacoma might provide all the hauling ability you need yet feel more maneuverable for daily driving.
Vehicle Price: 17,175.00
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