2014 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab: If you're not feeling especially generous, you might dismiss the "all brand-new" 2016 Toyota Tacoma household (including this TRD Off-Road Double Cab) as little bit more than light if comprehensive refresh. The styling is brand-new, however only just-- a variant on a motif, not a clean-sheet transformation, as well as in that sense, I expect it's comparable to the ever-evolving Jeep Wrangler.

2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review

The similarities (to put it gently) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase is identical, and also overall size is just a few inches higher on the brand-new vehicle. The bed is an inch deeper, however the very same width. And more.

On the other hand, you ought to recognize that Toyota had a quite darn good truck to start with in the outgoing Tacoma. Was it showing its age, especially compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Visually, possibly, however the Tacoma's stout underpinnings needed refinement, not reinvention. There's a lot of advantage in the transformative technique.

The powertrain on this certain Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and also round of brand-new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. Just like the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, as well as the 2015 Tacoma before it, all of it plays together with fascinating, unforeseen level of smoothness. You would certainly never understand the engine is down half a litre, as well as there's a great deal of extra pizzazz over the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is actually enjoyable to row through, and also just like the guidebook on the Wrangler, it feels like a good fit for an enthusiast-oriented truck.

Normally, I didn't have the chance to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I actually intend to see just how it manages itself off the pavement since I've spent time in the truck. I'll seek possibilities to do so as soon as points heat up. As well as I did pack on the miles comfortably-- and deal with a truly unpleasant slog through the period's worst ice storm to date with confidence. The vehicle really did not even toss a grip control caution.

That's the day I discovered one significantly traditional element of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Forgetting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, protected parking framework, I discovered the truck lugging, binding and also-- to my humiliation-- stalling as I aimed to make a tight transformed into a car park area. So you'll most definitely wish to change it to 2WD, which you have to do manually by means of a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement maneuvering.

Well duh, you will inform me, most likely in a disparaging e-mail. This is standard 4WD things. True enough, yet it's easy to obtain accustomed to the automatic 4WD establishing discovered on an enhancing number of vehicles (including the GMC Canyon). Detractors will certainly hold this against the Tacoma, confirming that it lags the technical curve; fans will say this strengthens its hardcore off-road cred.

For what it deserves, the gas economic climate estimates appear optimistic. With limited 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't exactly flogging the truck, and that included significant number of traffic-free expressway miles.

Like the modestly resculpted exterior, the indoor take advantage of a series of somewhat subtle upgrades. The functional designs are a little rickety in the beginning, thanks to a seat that feels either a little bit too expensive or a little bit also close to the pedals. However the cabin does feel fresher, a lot more premium, less oppressively plasticky.

If the Tacoma has your passion, but the $36,630 sticker label (including faux-beadlock wheels as well as various other goodies will certainly boost that even more) is a stumbling block, remember that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR begins at $24,200, and the Limited begins at a lofty $38,720. In between those two extremes, I'm sure you could set up the Tacoma of your dreams.

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