2003 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2003 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab: If you're not really feeling especially generous, you might disregard the "all brand-new" 2016 Toyota Tacoma family members (including this TRD Off-Road Double Cab) as bit more than moderate if detailed refresh. The designing is new, yet only just-- a variation on a style, not a clean-sheet change, as well as in that sense, I mean it approaches the ever-evolving Jeep Wrangler.

2003 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review

The similarities (to place it gently) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase equals, and total length is simply a few inches better on the new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, but the same width. And so forth.

On the other hand, you should certainly acknowledge that Toyota had a pretty darn great vehicle to start with in the outward bound Tacoma. Was it showing its age, particularly as compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Visually, probably, but the Tacoma's stout foundations required refinement, not reinvention. There's a lot of quality in the evolutionary approach.

The powertrain on this specific Tacoma TRD Off-Road is round of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- as well as round of brand-new-- a downsized 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. Similar to the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, all of it plays together with wonderful, unexpected level of smoothness. You would certainly never ever recognize the engine is down half a liter, and also there's a lot of added pizzazz above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is really fun to row with, and much like the handbook on the Wrangler, it seems like an excellent fit for an enthusiast-oriented truck.

Normally, I really did not have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I actually want to see exactly how it handles itself off the pavement since I've invested a long time in the truck. I'll seek out opportunities to do so once things heat up. And also I did pack on the miles comfortably-- as well as deal with a really horrible slog with the period's worst ice tornado to date with confidence. The truck really did not even toss a traction control caution.

That's the day I discovered one notably traditional facet of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Neglecting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a completely dry, protected auto parking framework, I discovered the vehicle lugging, binding and also-- to my embarrassment-- stalling as I attempted to make a limited transformed into a parking spot. So you'll most definitely want to change it to 2WD, which you need to do by hand by means of a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement maneuvering.

Well duh, you're about to inform me, probably in a disparaging e-mail. This is fundamental 4WD things. Real enough, however it's easy to obtain accustomed to the automatic 4WD establishing found on an enhancing variety of vehicles (consisting of the GMC Canyon). Detractors will hold this against the Tacoma, proving that it's behind the technical curve; fans will state this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.

Of what it's worth, the gas economy estimates seem confident. With limited 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't exactly flogging the truck, and that included significant variety of traffic-free expressway miles.

Like the decently resculpted outside, the indoor gain from a collection of somewhat refined upgrades. The functional designs are a little wonky at first, thanks to a seat that really feels either a bit too high or a tad too near the pedals. But the cabin does feel fresher, a lot more superior, much less oppressively plasticky.

If the Tacoma has your rate of interest, but the $36,630 sticker label (adding faux-beadlock wheels and various other goodies will increase that also further) is a stumbling block, remember that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road variation. The base SR begins at $24,200, as well as the Restricted starts at a lofty $38,720. Between those two extremes, I make certain you could set up the Tacoma of your desires.