2001 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2001 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab: If you're not really feeling especially charitable, you could reject the "all new" 2016 Toyota Tacoma family (including this TRD Off-Road Double Taxicab) as bit greater than mild if extensive refresh. The styling is brand-new, however only just-- a variant on a style, not a clean-sheet change, and also in that feeling, I expect it's comparable to the ever-evolving Jeep Wrangler.

2001 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 is identical, and also overall size is simply a few inches greater on the new vehicle. The bed is an inch deeper, yet the same size. And so on.

On the other hand, you should certainly recognize that Toyota had a quite darn excellent truck to start with in the outward bound Tacoma. Was it revealing its age, specifically compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado and Canyon? Aesthetically, maybe, however the Tacoma's stout supports required refinement, not reinvention. There's plenty of advantage in the evolutionary approach.

The powertrain on this particular Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- as well as round of new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. Similar to the bigger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, as well as the 2015 Tacoma before it, everything plays along with wonderful, unexpected level of smoothness. You would certainly never understand the engine is down half a liter, as well as there's a lot of additional zest above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is in fact enjoyable to paddle with, and just like the manual on the Wrangler, it seems like an excellent fit for an enthusiast-oriented truck.

Naturally, I didn't have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I in fact wish to see how it handles itself off the pavement since I've invested time in the vehicle. I'll seek chances to do so once things warm up. And also I did pack on the miles in comfort-- and also tackle a really horrible slog via the season's worst ice storm to date with self-confidence. The vehicle didn't even throw a grip control warning.

That's the day I found one especially old-school element of the Tacoma: its 4x4 system. Neglecting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, covered car park structure, I found the vehicle carrying, binding and also-- to my shame-- delaying as I attempted to make a tight turn into a parking spot. So you'll most definitely want to switch it to 2WD, which you must do by hand by means of a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement handling.

Well duh, you're about to tell me, most likely in an insulting e-mail. This is basic 4WD stuff. Real sufficient, but it's simple to obtain accustomed to the automated 4WD setting discovered on an increasing variety of trucks (consisting of the GMC Canyon). Detractors will hold this versus the Tacoma, confirming that it's behind the technical curve; fans will state this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.

For what it deserves, the fuel economic situation estimates seem confident. With restricted 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't precisely flogging the vehicle, which consisted of significant number of traffic-free expressway miles.

Like the modestly resculpted exterior, the interior take advantage of a collection of somewhat refined upgrades. The functional designs are a little wonky at first, thanks to a seat that really feels either a little bit too expensive or a bit too near the pedals. However the cabin does really feel fresher, a lot more superior, less oppressively plasticky.

If the Tacoma has your interest, but the $36,630 sticker label (adding faux-beadlock wheels and also various other rewards will certainly enhance that also additional) is a stumbling block, keep in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR starts at $24,200, as well as the Minimal beginnings at a soaring $38,720. In between those 2 extremes, I make certain you could configure the Tacoma of your desires.