Toyota Tacoma X-Runner V6

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Toyota Tacoma X-Runner V6

By Jim

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

If the variety Tacoma isn’t enough for you, you can go upmarket to a of TRD versions that, depending which one you choose, add extra off or sport capabilities. Or you may be intrigued by the X-Runner V6, a mucho macho that’s as much of an eye and ear grabber as it is a hauler. It sports no TRD labels, but it sports.

And as a practical hauler it more than just stuff! The X-Runner also …!

The Tacoma X-Runner V6 a bunch of very un-truck things such as a 6-speed transmission, aero stuff, a tail pipe, a hood (well, it looks like a scoop), sport seats up and 18-inch alloy wheels. a handsome package, though to middle aged eyes it aimed at the twenty or thirty

And that’s fine, though it me feel decidedly old.

The wheel drive X-Runner’s is a 4.0 liter DOHC, 24 valve 6 monster with intelligent valve timing. Toyota it puts out 236 horses @ 5200 rpm and 266 lb. ft of @ 4000 rpm. It seems more than that, because this truck like heck! It still like you’re driving a but this is as close to sports car as I’ve experienced in a truck though, I’ve undoubtedly driving a few worthy competitors.

The is low, with low profile you also wouldn’t expect to see on a and that gutsy V6 emits a growl when spurred, a sound that makes you to keep the gas pedal floored.

I was Driving the X-Runner is a gas! a lot more fun than it has any right to be!

The truck’s suspension is independent wishbone up front, with springs in the rear. The shock are Bilsteins. The beast also a limited slip differential.

are power assisted vented up front and drums in the rear, ABS all around and Electronic Brake Distribution. They stop the straight and true; you may not be able to this beast on its nose, but you can capably and experience good feel.


My tester had 235/50R 18 mud and snow tires installed. equipment (summer) tires are Performance Summer Radials. You get a full size spare.

is variable assist power and pinion, with good feel. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes.

If you own an X-Runner no one will be able to you of being shiftless, because 6 speed manual transmission is a gearbox that shifts well. Okay, its throws sports car short, but they’re enough to make running up the gears very entertaining.

The is very truck-like, which undoubtedly surprise few people. The controls work fine but a decidedly old tech look and and offer no automatic setting. But it’s a very comfortable for the two people up front. Both are very sporty buckets are comfy and supportive and which you in nicely in the twisty bits. a seat the likes of which expect in a sporty car, not a truck.

The news isn’t as good for anyone cursed being a passenger in the rear Getting in and out is pretty good, to a pair of rear-hinged … (oops, we aren’t supposed to them that, are we?), that remind me of those on the RX-8. But the bench seat reminds me of the cheap bleachers at the stadium, and once your there, the back support the spine at precisely the wrong Clearly, this is a seat for use only.

On the upside, there’s quite a bit of to haul stuff back as long as what you’re doesn’t have nerve

The audio system is okay. an AM/FM CD changer with 6 and steering wheel-mounted controls as is unfortunately typical of many its weakest parameter is its sound I had to lower the bass and crank the to make it passable. It played loud enough, though.

door locks and windows are on the X-Runner, as is keyless entry. plenty of storage space, vanity mirrors (for the really vain!) and a sliding window that, alas, offer a defogger. You also get intermittent wipers, which is on most other Tacomas.

Trucks are generally about stuff, of course, and the X-Runner’s six double walled bed comes lined and there’s a nifty 400 (125V) power outlet would undoubtedly come in handy at a tailgate party. are also tie downs mounted the bed’s edge.

Safety includes dual stage and three point lap and shoulder

I never thought I’d a week with a pickup and be sorry to give it back. But Tacoma X-Runner is a blast! I can see it well into the lifestyle of a couple who want sporty and the ability to haul stuff often — even if to the stadium.

Who’d have thunk?

The Tacoma X-Runner sells for U.S./ $31,855 Canadian.

Jim publishes TechnoFile Magazine at He is an affiliate with the Automobile Association of Canada and his careers included journalist, technology video store pioneer, and columnist; he does a biweekly on CBC Radio One’s The Business Jim can be reached at: Letters@canadafreepress.com

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