Truck Review: 2005 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4×4 V6

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Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Truck Review: 2005 Tacoma Double Cab 4×4 V6

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2005 Toyota Double Cab 4×4 V6

If the desire for items is not genetically-encoded in the human perhaps it’s a meme in the consciousness of American society. For reason, from clothing to meal portions to car and truck everything seems to get ever

What brought on that bit of musing? It occurred when I the 2005 Toyota Tacoma Cab 4×4 that I’ve driving for the past week to a mid-`80s Toyota pickup. The new dwarfed its ancestor. Another parking next to an example of the Tacoma, in nearly identical Cab 4×4 form, was more of the although not quite as obvious. pickups, including Toyota’s, been growing, but the gentle from generation to generation has replaced by a growth spurt time. Toyota’s mini-truck is no mini.

But that is not necessarily Pickups, more than any vehicles, are used for work as as recreation. And the more stuff you can fit in the and in the cab, the better — for pursuits. The Tacoma is still than a full-size truck, but not by as Call it mid-sized instead of

Little but the Tacoma name over from last In a reversal of twenty years of history, the Tacoma pickup is now on the 4Runner SUV chassis. If anyone was why, when the 4Runner was a year ago, it was on a new and larger here’s the answer. This the latest Tacoma larger, and more powerful, yet more and more fuel-efficient than

And it means that a full lineup is available right the start, as there are eighteen based on three cab types the basic «Regular Cab,» the extended «Access Cab,» now dual access doors and rear seats, and the four-door Cab.» As before, 4×2 and drivetrains are offered. The popular models, which combine the ride height and styling of a with a 4×2 drivetrain, Double Cab 4x4s and PreRunners are in two bed lengths, 60.3 or 73.5 And the street-sport market hasn’t forgotten — the new X-Runner, its 245-hp V6, six-speed manual reinforced frame, and sport-tuned is the muscle-truck performance leader of the line. That V6 also Access Cab and Double Cab PreRunner and models, while an upgraded version of the 2.7-liter four-cylinder introduced last year others.

My Tacoma Double Cab 4×4 V6 truck has the «TRD Off-Road #2» and other options. ready for anything, almost and will get you there in comfort, plenty of room. The V6, matched a five-speed automatic transmission, has to spare, and seems relatively considering the Tacoma’s newfound While larger, it’s not too for tight urban parking or trails, and it has all the virtues that made Toyota’s trucks over the years. If you think of the Tacoma Double Cab as a midsized with lots of power and clearance, and a huge trunk, have the right idea its comfort and versatility.

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

APPEARANCE: You road presence? You’ve got presence. The angular 4Runner-inspired massive chrome grille, and headlights give the front of the new a very aggressive look. And in any but especially Double Cab, noticeably higher, wider, and than any previous Toyota Clearance is not a problem — is obviously a body-on-frame truck, as the part of the frame rails are from the side of 4×4 and models. I measured 20 inches to the of the door sills, and 9.4 inches to the of the rear differential. Despite the 265/70 R16 tires on alloy — part of the comprehensive TRD Package #2 that includes about every suspension, and cosmetic goodie imaginable there is plenty of clearance for travel and mud in the oversized wheel The cargo bed, while not long, is usefully-sized. An SMC composite bed with integral storage removes the need for a separate bed liner, and an optional «bed fold-down rack, used the tailgate down, adds space. It can be a bit of a workout to lift over the bed extender, however. An 115V AC plug in the cargo

area is a useful item, and its 400 maximum output can do more recharge a laptop.

COMFORT: It seems that of the new Tacoma’s extra length into the cab. And despite the high ground clearance, is painless as the seat cushions are at height for anyone over and a half feet tall. of this, the seating position is car- than truck-like, legs outstretched, but it works, and the seats are very comfortable. has noticeably increased. Interior owes more to contemporary cars than old-style and features metal-bezeled instruments and plastic trim. Interior have been upgraded, and soundproofing decreases road and noise. Useful storage abound, front and rear. And the space promised by real doors is delivered, with access. When not transporting two or passengers, the rear seat 60/40 for cargo, or for access to compartments.

SAFETY: Standard equipment levels are high all 2005 Tacoma models, the regular-cab, four-cylinder 4×2, with anti-lock brakes, brake-force distribution, and brake All have dual-stage front those with front seats also use the «Occupant System» to determine the strength of based on occupant weight.

ON THE ROAD: With the heavy-duty, ready suspension that is of the TRD Off-Road Package, a Tacoma Cab unsurprisingly feels like a in ride and handling. The unsprung of huge tires and a leaf-sprung axle sees to that. But smoother, more comfortable, and than last year’s Control effort is moderate and is good. It’s civilized town and on the highway. When the new was introduced to the press, I had the opportunity to one on moderately-difficult technical trails at California’s Hollister Hills Vehicular Recreation Area. No lots of fun in the dirt, and absolutely no issues.

PERFORMANCE: The 4.0-liter V6 in all Double Cab and most Access Cab is a typical Toyota engine. overhead cams per bank, valves per cylinder, and aluminum construction sound like the for a premium sports sedan but they work as well in a Its 245 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 282 lb-ft of at 3,800 rpm are considerably more the 190 hp and 220 lb-ft of the old 3.4-liter V6, and push it to V8 territory in power output. VVT-i variable valve system helps reduce and fuel consumption and improve There is very good right from idle to making the five-speed automatic an excellent choice for all-around Gas mileage, at around 19mpg in mostly city driving, is considering the Tacoma Double size.

CONCLUSIONS: The 2005 Toyota is bigger, stronger, and more

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab


Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

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