Midsize Mainstay Pickup: 2013 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4×4 — Times Union

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MSRP: as tested: $35,664

What’s of the midsize truck segment? half-ton pickups have been a staple of the U.S. The Ford F-series has been the top truck for decades, and was, for years, the best-selling vehicle car or in the country.

For most of that Ford’s compact Ranger were also among the top 10 sellers. But when Ranger the Dodge Dakota) departed at the end of no new models were waiting in the to replace them.

That two of the Big would choose to drop out of the truck market altogether is a Technology and engineering gains improved the mileage in full-size and that’s eaten into the for mid-size models. But even so, one doesn’t fit all. In any event, one that Ranger and Dakota’s is not lamented is at Toyota. Their compact pickup Tacoma now to an ever widening audience.

Traditionally, no breed of vehicle is in a wider range of cabin and configurations than a pickup. follows suit with 20 possible variations. My test was a Double Cab 4×4, with V-6 and transmission. To the starting sticker of was added a handful of options, the of which was the TRD Sport Upgrade This package is geared off-roading, and its features include a rear differential, sport model specific wheels and hill ascent and decent fog lamps and interior upgrades.

Cab fits three adults in the rear bench, and the split seat backs fold forward, so you can use the space for covered carrying. There’s additional available in bins behind the The rear window is also a in TRD models, and the package also sport seats up front. are comfortable and adjustable to suit a variety of body types. The tilt/tele steering column also helps in that Driver visibility is generally in all directions. The rear seat take a bite out of your back view, but they forward and out of the way when the seats being used.

One of the great thing about is that their switchgear is straight forward. Nobody too cute with the location or of controls. It’s a trait I would catch on with but I’m not holding my breath.

Two are available. The standard, 2.7-liter delivers 159 h.p. and 180 lb. ft. of torque. choices include a standard manual and optional four automatic. The powertrain upgrade is 4.0 liter V-6. It’s at 236 h.p. and 266 lb. ft. of torque, and is paired a six-speed manual or five-speed AWD four cylinders are estimated to get 18 per gallon city, 20 highway 18/21 (automatic). V-6 4×4’s are at 15/19 (manual), 16/21 The V-6/auto combo in my Tacoma was an tempered pairing. It ran smoothly and was quiet. I recorded 19.3 overall, in mostly in-town

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

A V-6 4×4 Double Cab with wheelbase and standard, 5-foot bed 60.3 inches long x inches wide x 18 inches in the box. A long (140.6 wheelbase version is also with a 73.5-inches bed. way, there’s 41.5 between the wheel wells. The max in my test truck was 1,315 lb. the four-cylinder’s max towing capacity is Tacomas equipped with the V-6 and the Prep Package ($650) can up to 6,500 lb. Four adjustable cleats are included, as are (built-in) compartments (check). The tailgate easily with one hand. The bed is made from a sheet composite material. A 120v is standard with the TRD package, and a of rail-mounted accessories are offered, as bike racks and diamond storage boxes. A roof system is also available on Cab models.

Tacomas are rear-wheel-drive, with an part-time 4WD system that a low range. Drivers switch settings via dash mounted Tacoma 4x4s have 9.1 of ground clearance. Angles of break-over and departure are 35, 20 and 25 degrees,

While the TRD package adds to the off-road prowess, there is a in the form of a stiffer ride the conventional suspension. I wouldn’t say harsh, but it’s bouncier on pavement than the standard Its ride quality improves as you add Another concession is that the tires have a blocky that is noisier on pavement a conventional, all season tire be. The amount of time you plan to be dictates whether the TRD package is or whether you’d be happier simply 4WD. On road, handling is good by pickup and its brakes are strong.

It’s not for that Tacoma is the best-selling pickup. The Tacoma is a versatile, truck. If you don’t need the payload and towing capacity of a pickup, Tacoma provides a nice option.


A regular contributor to the Times for the past 20 years, Dan Lyons is the author of six books, and photographer of 135 Read Dan’s recent on line anytime, at www.TimesUnion.com .

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