2014 Toyota Tacoma Review: Car Reviews

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1. Engine: V6 with 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.

2. Five-speed automatic or six-speed

3. Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city/21 mpg

4. Pricing: Starts at $18,735, our Double Cab 4×4 model $28,645.

After being by multiple family members, I set out for a day of hard driving through winter weather. Why? My Ski-Doo MXZ 800 had just been and needed to be rescued from the clutches in time to go for a ride. OK, I need to go…

But as every snowmobiler once the white stuff the itch to sled can be unbearable. it gave me a chance to test my Toyota Tacoma test in unusually challenging circumstances.


Once the Tacoma was loaded the necessaries, we set out for the road and the great north on a roughly 500 mile trip. Of course a trailer was to retrieve the sled, so we hooked up an car carrier to the back of the truck weighs about 3,000 by itself. While this trailer was wholly unnecessary for a it offered a good test of the hauling capability.

Hitching the trailer up in the morning smoothly. The Tacoma offers hook ups for safety chains and a two-inch hitch receiver, of which work well. The light connections on the other sit underneath the bumper. That the connector hard to reach and to damage when the truck the pavement.

Punchy to Start, to Pass

Our tester was a 4×4 double cab outfitted with a V6 that makes 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of This is the largest engine for the Tacoma, and its power is adequate. fully loaded, the trailer/snowmobile we had hitched up to the rear of the small weighed about 3,600 sitting about 2,800 lbs shy of the 6,400-lb maximum tow rating and the handled it with ease. to highway speed wasn’t the bit taxing on the engine, which torquey down low.

Once up to speed though, the automatic transmission hesitates a if you ask for more power. Accelerating to is also slow.

Running empty, the power from the V6 great, with solid response. On the other hand, the pedal feels squishy and grab with the confidence a truck should have.

economy is rated at an average 18 mpg for the 4×4 V6 Tacoma, but our time the truck returned 15 mpg, due to the fact that weight was on the of the truck the entire time. considering the leaps that been made with fuel economy, this truck simply doesn’t the sort of numbers it should.

To the Tacoma really isn’t even though it tends to be that way. The double cab we tested is 74.6 inches 70.1 inches tall and inches long with a bed. In comparison, the Toyota is 79.9 inches wide, inches tall and 228.9 long with a short Length is the biggest difference, but it comes to height and width, the is nearly as big as its big brother.

Torture Tests

A long of uneven, snow-packed road was the obstacle I faced. The Tacoma is sprung and that caused the end to bounce around beyond my zone even with the trailer to weigh it down. the steering is fairly communicative, though it isn’t particularly Even with the back end around, the wheel will calm in hand to make the truck in line relatively

This particular day happened to be windy, bringing another trait of the Tacoma to the forefront: noise. At highway speeds, on clear days, the wind is intrusive, and after eight on the road, it was a grating experience. The high seating position help either. I spent the looking through the top quarter of the Worse still, there a seat-mounted armrest.

The rest of the offer a no frills experience. by black plastic, the Tacoma has a user experience, though the system’s small buttons and controls can be frustrating.

Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma looks big from the but the interior doesn’t feel as as you might assume. Front room is adequate, but packing 32.6-inches of rear legroom, it short of the Nissan Frontier’s inches of back seat

After reading everything you may think that the Tacoma all that popular, but you’d be In fact, it’s the most truck in the segment, though is more due to the fact that it has no competition. That, however, soon change with the the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon set to go on this year.

But the Tacoma elicit one strong trait of its capable hauling ability, and is off-roading.

Hello Deep Goodbye Road

Arriving at my happy place presented a new about two feet of fresh The trailhead hadn’t been but I couldn’t just leave the in the road. With no other I built up speed and hit the snow momentum. Getting the trailer in was the part, but stopping and starting had me worried.

After the trailer was dropped I had taken a quick spin on my repaired sled), it was time to for home. After engaging drive, the truck crawled out of the effortlessly. Perhaps more it managed the slog with tires.

While most 4X4 would have likely out of the heaps of snow, the Tacoma did so surprising agility that can be attributed to its relatively modest curb weight. Getting out to inspect the truck’s tracks that the Tacoma hadn’t broken through to the very layer of snow, instead it was atop the near two inches of pack at the bottom of the fresh

The Verdict

So yes, the Tacoma did all of the tasks it was asked to with ease. But compared to the new generation of riding pickups, the littlest truck is unrefined and desperately to be updated.

Thankfully, General is introducing two new mid-size pickups, the Colorado and GMC Canyon, to the market in

This move should be to spur Toyota to update the decade-old Tacoma and if the revisions are like those that to the Tundra, the Tacoma will certainly retain its segment-leading However, if the budget at Toyota no room for Tacoma updates, the brand is leaving the door for GM to swoop in and steal sales.

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