2004 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2004 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab: If you're not really feeling particularly generous, you can reject the "all brand-new" 2016 Toyota Tacoma household (including this TRD Off-Road Double Taxi) as little bit more than moderate if comprehensive refresh. The designing is new, but only just-- a variation on a theme, not a clean-sheet change, and also in that feeling, I expect it approaches the ever-evolving Jeep Wrangler.

2004 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 general size is just a couple of inches higher on the brand-new vehicle. The bed is an inch deeper, however the same size. And so on.

On the other hand, you ought to recognize that Toyota had a very darn good vehicle to begin with in the outgoing Tacoma. Was it revealing its age, especially as compared to up-and-coming midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Aesthetically, possibly, yet the Tacoma's stout supports needed improvement, not reinvention. There's lots of merit in the transformative strategy.

The powertrain on this specific Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and also one shot of brand-new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. As with the larger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, and also the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, it all plays along with delightful, unforeseen level of smoothness. You 'd never know the engine is down half a litre, and there's a lot of additional oomph above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is actually fun to paddle through, and also much like the guidebook on the Wrangler, it seems like an excellent suitable for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.

Naturally, I really did not have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I actually wish to see exactly how it manages itself off the sidewalk since I have actually invested a long time in the vehicle. I'll choose chances to do so as soon as points heat up. And I did pack on the miles in comfort-- as well as take on a genuinely unpleasant slog through the period's worst ice tornado to this day with confidence. The vehicle didn't even toss a grip control warning.

That's the day I found one notably old-school facet of the Tacoma: its 4x4 system. Forgetting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, protected parking structure, I located the vehicle carrying, binding and-- to my embarrassment-- stalling as I tried to make a tight become a vehicle parking area. So you'll certainly want to switch it to 2WD, which you must do by hand through a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement maneuvering.

Well duh, you will tell me, most likely in a disparaging e-mail. This is standard 4WD things. True sufficient, yet it's simple to get accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing located on a raising number of trucks (consisting of the GMC Canyon). Critics will certainly hold this against the Tacoma, verifying that it's behind the technical curve; fans will certainly claim this strengthens its hardcore off-road cred.

Of what it deserves, the fuel economy estimates seem optimistic. With limited 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been exactly flogging the truck, which included substantial number of traffic-free expressway miles.

Like the modestly resculpted exterior, the indoor gain from a series of rather refined upgrades. The functional designs are a little rickety in the beginning, thanks to a seat that really feels either a tad too expensive or a little also near to the pedals. But the cabin does feel fresher, extra exceptional, much less oppressively plasticky.

If the Tacoma has your interest, however the $36,630 sticker label (adding faux-beadlock wheels as well as various other rewards will certainly increase that also additional) is a stumbling block, bear in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road variation. The base SR starts at $24,200, and the Restricted starts at a soaring $38,720. In between those 2 extremes, I make sure you could set up the Tacoma of your dreams.