2003 toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

Our 2005 Truck of the Year showdown featured some difficult competitors, but from the outset, we understood the new Toyota Tacoma was mosting likely to be a significant gamer: bigger and bolder looks, a solid powertrain, a large enhancement over the previous version. Ultimately, it took home the well-deserved honors, which earned it a location in our lasting fleet for a 1 year analysis - 2003 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6.

We went with the PreRunner with a TRD package-it provided the tough looks of a hard-core 4 × 4, sans the weight of a transfer situation, additional driveshaft, and all the front-axle components that would've included almost 400 additional pounds. The weight savings offered a great quantity of added throttle reaction and also far better overall fuel economic situation. Regrets? Opting for the runningboard step rails ($ 369). They weren't functional, really did not fit with the truck's stance, and left dirt on the back of a driver's pant legs.

2003 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

2005 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

In its very first 6 months, our Radiant Red RWD Tacoma verified so popular, the odometer clicked up one more 5000 miles every 2 months, with trips to Reno and Phoenix az, and also it spent hours of torment responsibility in Southern The golden state web traffic. Testers noted the car really felt limited and also strong initially, with just a single comment made regarding the seals around the rear doors, a typically tough area where to prevent extended-cab air leaks. Past that, the majority of logbook access focused on how strong the engine and transmission felt, noticeably increasing the front end when starting from a full stop. One motorist wrote that the PreRunner reminded him of a sprinter at a begin line, tensely waiting on the weapon to fire. The indoor got full marks from all staff members, with its countless cupholders and also large lockable storage space container, with also a few hidden compartments under the rear fold-down seats. Personnel professional photographers suched as the built-in 115V inverter, which permitted them to plug in their laptop computers to download and install pictures promptly following a shoot. It also helped maintain video camera batteries charged-though a plug inside the cab, along with the one in the bed, would've been a lot more useful.

The Tacoma executed several pulling stints, encountering marginal tail wag even with a 3500-pound Fleetwood camper in back. The vehicle's soft back springtimes indicated taking safety measures relating to tongue weights so as to not point headlights into oncoming web traffic throughout night driving. Fuel economic climate averaged 13.8 mpg when hauling, the center console shifter making for easy maneuvering in between third and 4th equipments to help maintain the engine revs in the best part of the powerband-an advantage towing up grades at elevation. Various other towables included a rented out U-Haul trailer (from Sacramento to L.a) as well as a microsize foldout camper. Lots of outdoor camping equipment, colders, and mountain bicycle have been filled into the bed, dragged and also banged about, without making a significant scrape, thanks to the weight-saving composite bed.

The Tacoma's very first solution at 5000 miles was regular, setting you back concerning $45; but at the 10,000-mile mark, a few problems should be taken care of under warranty. Initially, some brake resonance and also a slight "beat," after that among the home window networks began to stick, as well as ultimately, the A/C recirc light blinked, after that went out completely, making us think the entire air-conditioning system (not a good idea during a L.a summer). Turns out the brake pole required adjusting, the home window channel needed some lube, and it was just a burnt recirc light in the AIR CONDITIONER (which indicated the whole A/C control unit had to be changed since there was no other way to just alter the recirc light bulb). The 10,000-mile solution cost $45 also.

Not a surprises at 15,000 miles, either, although the window network once again had to be relubricated with the typical service setting you back $138.45, as a result of some further maintenance checks. After 20,000 miles, the brake pedal vibration returned once more, however after a front-disc resurface, all returned to normal. Cost: $68.08.

Tires were revolved at every service interval (5000 miles) and also our BFGs looked like if they would last at least 40,000 miles. About fuel economic situation, a whole lot relied on that was driving (lead- versus featherfeet), yet the Tacoma balanced just under 18 mpg, with a finest long-haul highway cruising standard of 22 mpg.

There's a lot of vehicle below for $25K: The Tacoma held up under considerable usage and also abuse and confirmed significantly popular with our personnel during its time right here. No surprise it's come to be the very popular compact or midsize pickup truck in the U.S. Ford as well as GM, Nissan and Honda, are you taking notes?

From The Logbook
" I like exactly how they've slotted 3rd and fourth a simple slide from each other on the shifter-makes it best for guys that tow to maintain the engine revs up. We kept a constant 75 miles per hour up Donner Pass (7500-foot altitude), with a 3500-pound Fleetwood no problem."
- Brian Vance

" Framework does a suitable work of keeping points silent below you on a lengthy highway drive (we took a trip to Arizona), however observed on some high-wind areas, the seals around the rear doors obtain loud."
- James Dryden

" Can not truly call this a small anymore. Tons of room. As well as for the engine-what a good shock when you get on the throttle. It actually rises and also scoots. Weight financial savings on the 2WD seems to assist. A great deal of character for $25K.".
- Julia LaPalme.

" Simply spent 3 days of prerunning for a future vehicle test-this TRD package is much more at home on a truck-wide dust roadway than it is on a concrete freeway-you could nearly feel its sigh of alleviation when it leaves the sidewalk.".
- Mark Williams.

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