2008 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2008 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab: If you're not feeling particularly charitable, you might dismiss the "all new" 2016 Toyota Tacoma household (including this TRD Off-Road Dual Cab) as bit more than light if thorough refresh. The designing is brand-new, but only just-- a variant on a style, not a clean-sheet revolution, and because sense, I intend it approaches the ever-evolving Jeep Wrangler.


2008 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab


The similarities (to put it lightly) continue under the skin. The wheelbase equals, as well as general length is simply a couple of inches greater on the brand-new vehicle. The bed is an inch deeper, yet the exact same size. And so on.

On the other hand, you should acknowledge that Toyota had a pretty darn good vehicle to begin with in the outgoing Tacoma. Was it showing its age, specifically as compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado and Canyon? Visually, maybe, however the Tacoma's stout underpinnings needed refinement, not reinvention. There's plenty of merit in the evolutionary method.

The powertrain on this specific Tacoma TRD Off-Road is round of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and also one shot of brand-new-- a downsized 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. Similar to the larger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, and also the 2015 Tacoma before it, all of it plays along with fascinating, unforeseen level of smoothness. You 'd never understand the engine is down half a liter, and there's a lot of additional zest above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is actually enjoyable to paddle through, and similar to the handbook on the Wrangler, it feels like a good suitable for an enthusiast-oriented truck.

Normally, I didn't have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I in fact want to see how it handles itself off the pavement since I've spent some time in the truck. I'll look for chances to do so when things heat up. And also I did pack on the miles in comfort-- as well as take on an absolutely awful slog via the season's worst ice tornado to this day with confidence. The vehicle didn't so much as toss a grip control caution.

That's the day I discovered one especially old-school facet of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Failing to remember to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a completely dry, covered vehicle parking framework, I located the vehicle lugging, binding and also-- to my humiliation-- stalling as I tried to make a tight develop into a parking place. So you'll definitely want to switch it to 2WD, which you must do by hand using a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement maneuvering.

Well duh, you will tell me, probably in a disparaging e-mail. This is standard 4WD stuff. Real sufficient, however it's easy to get accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing found on a boosting number of trucks (including the GMC Canyon). Critics will certainly hold this versus the Tacoma, confirming that it lags the technological contour; fans will certainly claim this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.

For what it's worth, the fuel economic climate estimates appear hopeful. With limited 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been exactly flogging the vehicle, and that consisted of significant variety of traffic-free expressway miles.

Like the modestly resculpted exterior, the interior gain from a collection of rather subtle upgrades. The functional designs are a little rickety at first, thanks to a seat that really feels either a bit expensive or a bit too near the pedals. But the cabin does feel fresher, more premium, less oppressively plasticky.

If the Tacoma has your interest, however the $36,630 sticker (adding faux-beadlock wheels and various other goodies will certainly enhance that even further) is a stumbling block, bear in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR starts at $24,200, as well as the Limited starts at a lofty $38,720. Between those two extremes, I make certain you can set up the Tacoma of your dreams.