Toyota continues to compete in the mid-size pickup field with the new Tacoma and hold its own quite nicely. The all-new Tacoma does not disappoint, with up-to-date technology and safety features that make driving this little truck even more enjoyable. Toyota also brought back a beautiful trim that was sorely missed last year to give Tacoma lovers a more aggressive little truck to take off-road. Here are the answers to your most pressing Toyota Tacoma questions.
Are there any new features in the Toyota Tacoma?
Yes, the TRD models have regained the TRD Pro trim. It isn't new. It just wasn't offered in earlier years. This is a trim level that is especially beefed up. The special off-road suspension includes Fox internal bypass shocks and a TRD Pro front skid plate. It also comes with 16" black alloy wheels, and Rigid Industries LED fog lights. New for the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, SR5, and Limited is the power sliding rear window in the 4-door, double cab models. The SR5 models also got a bit of a facelift with the new appearance package. It comes standard with the V6 and is available on the 4-cylinder models. Color-matched over-fenders, 16" alloy wheels, and mudguards are included in the new appearance package.
How much does the Tacoma cost?
That all depends on which package/trim/model you get. Base prices range from just over $24,000 to around $41,000.
How many different Tacoma models are there?
There are six different Tacoma models, or grades as Toyota calls them: The SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro. The Tacoma is not available with a regular cab. You can only get a crew cab, although there are two different styles available on all but two of the models. The Access Cab has a smaller crew area with the longer 6' bed. The Double Cab is roomier in the crew area, but the bed with this model is only 5' long. The Limited and TRD Pro only come with the Double Cab.
How many trim options does the Tacoma have?
The SR and TRD Off-Road have five different trim options. The SR5 has nine and the TRD Sport has eight. The Limited and TRD Pro only have two available trim options.
What size engine does the new Tacoma have?
There are two different engine sizes available in the Tacoma, but you can't get both sizes in all models. The 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine is available in the SR and SR5. The 3.5-liter V6 is also available in the SR and SR5. It is the only engine option for the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Limited.
Does the Tacoma get good gas mileage?
Yes, although the mileage varies, depending on the model/engine you get. In general, you can expect to get between 17-19 mpg in the city and 20-24 mpg on the highway. Of course, you will also get less mileage while traveling with a heavy load and while towing. The Tacoma with a V6 engine and 6-speed transmission has a 6800-pound towing capacity, by the way.
What kind of Drives are available on the new Tacoma?
You can get either 2-wheel rear-wheel drive or the 4WDemand part-time 4-wheel drive in all of the models except the TRD Pro. You can't get that model with the 2-wheel rear-wheel drive. It only comes with the 4WDemand 4-wheel drive.
Does the Toyota Tacoma have any new safety features?
The new Tacoma has knee airbags for the front seats as well as dual front-/front-side and side curtain airbags. You can also get the blind spot warning system with the rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sonar, but they do not come standard. The TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring System and Star Safety System do come standard.
What type of infotainment system and technology does the Tacoma have?
You can get into your Tacoma and start the engine without even taking the keys out of your pocket or bag. The Smart Key lets you unlock the door and start the truck with just the touch of your hand. There is a GoPro Mount on the front windshield. Qi-compatible wireless Smartphone charging is available as well as Entune Audio with a 7" touchscreen and Bluetooth so that you can stream from your mobile device. You can also get an Integrated Navigation system and a rear-view camera.
Are there any trucks that are similar to the Tacoma?
Yes. The Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are the Toyota Tacoma's top competitors. The lowest priced competitor is the Nissan Frontier at a base price of $18,390. The most expensive is the Honda Ridgeline. It starts out at $29,475.
Has the Toyota Tacoma gotten good reviews or won any awards?
Yes, it has. Motor Trend gave the Tacoma an overall rating of four out of five stars. It won IntelliChoice awards in Best Overall Value of the Year Mid-Size Pickup, Lowest Cost of Ownership Midsize Pickup, Lowest Maintenance Costs Mid-Size Pickup and Lowest Repair Costs Midsize Pickup. U.S. News & World Report gave the Tacoma an Overall Score of 8.4 out of 10. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) gave it five stars in all crash tests except the rollover tests, in which it was awarded four stars. U.S. News & World Report gave the Tacoma a Safety Score of 8.9 out of 10.