2006 toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

Our 2005 Truck of the Year face-off included some hard competition, however from the outset, we understood the brand-new Toyota Tacoma was mosting likely to be a major player: bigger and also bolder looks, a strong powertrain, a vast enhancement over the previous design. In the long run, it took home the just honors, which earned it a location in our long-lasting fleet for a 1 year assessment - 2006 toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6.

We selected the PreRunner with a TRD package-it offered the difficult looks of a hard-core 4 × 4, sans the weight of a transfer instance, added driveshaft, and all the front-axle parts that would've added practically 400 additional pounds. The weight financial savings supplied a great quantity of additional throttle feedback and far better overall fuel economy. Regrets? Choosing the runningboard step rails ($ 369). They weren't practical, really did not fit with the truck's position, and also left dirt on the back of a driver's pant legs.

2006 toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

2005 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

In its very first 6 months, our Radiant Red RWD Tacoma confirmed so preferred, the odometer clicked up an additional 5000 miles every 2 months, with journeys to Reno as well as Phoenix, and also it spent hrs of torture task in Southern The golden state traffic. Testers kept in mind the lorry felt limited and also strong initially, with only a solitary remark made about the seals around the back doors, a typically challenging area where to prevent extended-cab air leakages. Past that, most logbook access concentrated on exactly how strong the engine and transmission felt, visibly increasing the front end when starting from a full stop. One vehicle driver created that the PreRunner advised him of a sprinter at a beginning line, tensely awaiting the weapon to fire. The indoor obtained full marks from all team member, with its countless cupholders as well as big lockable storage space bin, with also a couple of concealed compartments under the rear fold-down seats. Team photographers suched as the integrated 115V inverter, which permitted them to plug in their laptops to download and install images immediately complying with a shoot. It also helped keep camera batteries charged-though a plug inside the taxi, along with the one in the bed, would certainly've been even more practical.

The Tacoma executed a number of towing stints, coming across very little tail wiggle despite having a 3500-pound Fleetwood camper in back. The vehicle's soft back springs indicated taking precautions pertaining to tongue weights so about not direct fronts lights right into approaching website traffic throughout night driving. Fuel economic situation balanced 13.8 mpg when hauling, the facility console shifter creating very easy handling in between 3rd as well as fourth gears to assist maintain the engine revs in the greatest part of the powerband-an advantage towing up qualities at elevation. Other towables consisted of a rented out U-Haul trailer (from Sacramento to L.a) and a microsize foldout camper. A lot of camping gear, colders, and also mtb have been packed right into the bed, dragged and banged about, without making a substantial scratch, thanks to the weight-saving composite bed.

The Tacoma's initial service at 5000 miles was regular, setting you back about $45; but at the 10,000-mile mark, a few concerns should be dealt with under service warranty. First, some brake vibration and a small "clunk," after that one of the window networks began to stick, and lastly, the AIR CONDITIONING recirc light flashed, then went out completely, making us believe the entire air-conditioning system (not an advantage throughout a L.a summer). Turns out the brake rod needed adjusting, the window channel needed some lube, as well as it was just a burnt recirc light in the AIR CONDITIONING (which implied the entire AIR CONDITIONING control unit had to be changed since there was no other way to just alter the recirc light bulb). The 10,000-mile service cost $45 also.

No surprises at 15,000 miles, either, although the window channel again needed to be relubricated with the standard service costing $138.45, as a result of some deeper upkeep checks. After 20,000 miles, the brake pedal resonance came back once more, yet after a front-disc resurface, all went back to typical. Expense: $68.08.

Tires were rotated at every solution period (5000 miles) and our BFGs looked like if they would last at least 40,000 miles. Regarding fuel economic situation, a lot depended upon who was driving (lead- versus featherfeet), however the Tacoma balanced just under 18 mpg, with an ideal long-haul freeway cruising average of 22 mpg.

There's plenty of truck below for $25K: The Tacoma held up under considerable usage and misuse and also showed significantly prominent with our team throughout its time here. No wonder it's become the best-selling portable or midsize pickup truck in the U.S. Ford and GM, Nissan and also Honda, are you remembering?

From The Logbook
" I like just how they've slotted 3rd and also 4th a very easy slide from each various other on the shifter-makes it ideal for people that tow to keep the engine revs up. We kept a constant 75 miles per hour up Donner Pass (7500-foot altitude), with a 3500-pound Fleetwood not a problem."
- Brian Vance

" Chassis does a good task of maintaining points quiet beneath you on a lengthy freeway drive (we travelled to Arizona), yet saw on some high-wind sections, the seals around the back doors get loud."
- James Dryden

" Can't really call this a compact anymore. Lots of space. And for the engine-what a wonderful surprise when you jump on the throttle. It actually gets up and also scoots. Weight financial savings on the 2WD appears to assist. A great deal of personality for $25K.".
- Julia LaPalme.

" Simply invested 3 days of prerunning for a future truck test-this TRD plan is more in the house on a truck-wide dirt roadway compared to it is on a concrete freeway-you could practically feel its sigh of relief when it leaves the sidewalk.".
- Mark Williams.

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