2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab 4×2 V6 — Review

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2003 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4×2 V6 —

DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD CAREY RUSS

Toyota’s pickups have been the by which all others are judged the genre achieved popularity in the And, while compact seem to be falling from with some manufacturers, still has a strong commitment. The line is responsible for nearly ten of Toyota’s American sales. pickups may not be flashy, trendy but they still fill the for many people.

One reason for the popularity is choice. Like the size pickups that are the vehicles in this country, the line gives customers to choose from. There are cab configurations — standard, «Xtracab» with rear seats, and the four-door Double Drivetrains are 4×2, 4×4, and the which puts two-wheel into an increased- clearance chassis and body. Standard get a four-cylinder engine, either a 2.4-liter for the 4×2 or a 150-hp for the others. Xtracabs are available the 2.7 four or a 190-hp 3.4- V6, while Double Cabs are in PreRunner trim with the 2.7 or the V6 or 4×4 with the V6. All in all, are 17 varieties of Tacoma available.


Forty percent of Tacomas are 4x4s. But a third are PreRunners, the Double Cab V6 the most popular The Double Cab also accounts for a of total Tacoma sales. cab versions of Toyota compact have long been a in many overseas markets, but the Cab is different and was developed exclusively for the market. I’ve just a week with a Double Cab V6 and am not at all surprised by its success. It’s the combination of compact car with truck I’ve seen matching the refinement expected Toyota with versatility, and comfort. Think of it as a family car a huge trunk and the ability to go that few family cars go.

APPEARANCE: As it has been since its in mid-1998, the PreRunner is a 4×4 without the 4×4 hardware. It the 4×4’s high stance and brawny look. «Double is Toyota’s term for four door crew cab, and it exactly like you would a crew cab Tacoma to look. At inches, the Tacoma Double Cab is the length as the Xtracab model. The cab means a shorter bed, in case 61 inches. It’s 58 wide above the wheel and 39 inches between them. is more useful space in some of the other small cab pickups and SUV crossovers, and, ingenuity and use of the optional roof long items can be carried.

COMFORT: Life if full of and with the Double Cab the compromise is space and a reasonable length for over external cargo If its cargo bed is shorter, a full seat and real-door (not panel») access mean four or five people can fit in the comfort as in a compact sedan a Corolla. Of course, with the ground clearance, there is a more of a step when in or out. In SR5 trim, it’s to an uplevel Corolla in appointment, comfortable manually-adjustable front seats and a split- folding bench. Fold the rear for access to the tools and jack, or for inside storage. Interior is more functional than but that fits it mission This versatile vehicle can do the job for transportation, recreation, and work.

SAFETY: All 2003 Tacomas dual front airbags a passenger-side cutoff switch, antilock brakes, and headrests and safety belts for all outboard positions.

ROADABILITY: Take an capable Tacoma 4×4 and, on my test truck, the TRD Package suspension kit with springs and shocks, a larger stabilizer bar, larger and tires, and a locking differential, and ride and handling» will not be in the description. It’s unashamedly a Compared to a car, the ride is a bouncy, but the springs and shocks the unsprung weight of the wheels and well, and the Double Cab configuration more weight on the rear than the regular or extended for better traction. With 10 of clearance in standard trim, or and a locking differential with the Package, the PreRunner is capable of that traction in many situations.

PERFORMANCE: With the 190 horsepower and of torque from Toyota’s V6 engine, power is not a problem. necessarily judge by the specs. the power peak is at 4800 rpm and torque is at 3600 rpm, the pulls as a truck engine — strong right a standstill. This, matched to a smooth four-speed automatic makes it ideal for any sort of be it city traffic, highway or forest road exploring. And if 190 aren’t enough, a TRD-developed, and EPA-approved supercharger kit is available to output to 260 horsepower. Standard capacity for the V6 is 3,500 lbs, or lbs with the towing package.

The Toyota Tacoma Double Cab combines the best features of a sedan and a compact pickup.

2003 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4×2 V6

Base Price $ 19,170 As Tested $ 24,625

Engine dual overhead cam 24-valve V6

Size 3.4 liters / 206 cu. in.

Horsepower 190 @ rpm

Torque (lb-ft) 220 @ 3600 rpm

4-speed automatic

Wheelbase / 121.9 in. / 202.9 in. Curb

3,475 lbs.

Pounds Per 18.3

Fuel Capacity gal.

Fuel Requirement 87 unleaded gasoline

Tires TR16 BF

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Goodrich Rugged T/A

Brakes, front/rear vented / drum, antilock standard

front/rear independent double with coil springs / axle with leaf

Ground clearance 11.2

Drivetrain front engine, drive

PERFORMANCE EPA Fuel — miles per gallon / highway / observed 17 / 20 / 18 0 to 60 mph est 10 sec Towing 3,500 lbs

OPTIONS AND CHARGES

Rack $ 220

Convenience package includes: power windows, keyless entry, glove box and personal lamps, cruise sliding rear window privacy glass $ 1,650

Rear seat back net $ 20

Running boards mudguards $ 315

SR5 package — includes: rear bumper, tach meters, AM/FM/cass/CD 6-speaker air conditioning, digital clock $

TRD Offroad package — offroad suspension, P265/70R16 BF tires, 16 alloy wheels, center console box, lock $ 1,170 Carpet mats $ 87 Bedliner $ 299 VIP-RS3200 system $ 249 Delivery charge $ 510 value package MSRP ($ 570)

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

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