2008 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2008 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab: If you're not really feeling particularly charitable, you can dismiss the "all brand-new" 2016 Toyota Tacoma family members (including this TRD Off-Road Dual Cab) as little bit more than moderate if detailed refresh. The styling is brand-new, but only just-- a variant on a motif, not a clean-sheet transformation, and also in that feeling, I mean it's comparable to the ever-evolving Jeep Wrangler.

2008 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review

The resemblances (to put it gently) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase equals, and overall size is just a few inches greater on the brand-new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, but the very same size. And so forth.

On the other hand, you should certainly acknowledge that Toyota had a quite darn excellent vehicle to start with in the outbound Tacoma. Was it showing its age, particularly compared to up-and-coming midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Visually, perhaps, however the Tacoma's stout underpinnings needed refinement, not reinvention. There's plenty of benefit in the transformative strategy.

The powertrain on this particular Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and also round of new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. As with the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and also the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, everything plays together with wonderful, unforeseen smoothness. You 'd never know the engine is down half a litre, and there's a lot of extra zest above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is actually enjoyable to paddle through, as well as just like the manual on the Wrangler, it feels like a good fit for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.

Normally, I really did not have the possibility to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I in fact want to see just how it manages itself off the pavement now that I have actually invested time in the vehicle. I'll seek opportunities to do so once things warm up. And I did pack on the miles in comfort-- as well as take on a really nasty slog through the season's worst ice storm to date with self-confidence. The truck didn't so much as toss a traction control caution.

That's the day I uncovered one notably old-school element of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Forgetting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, protected vehicle parking structure, I found the truck lugging, binding and also-- to my humiliation-- stalling as I attempted to make a limited transformed into a car parking spot. So you'll absolutely want to change it to 2WD, which you must do by hand via a console-mounted dial, prior to on-pavement maneuvering.

Well duh, you're about to tell me, most likely in a disparaging e-mail. This is basic 4WD stuff. True sufficient, but it's simple to get accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing found on an enhancing number of vehicles (including the GMC Canyon). Detractors will hold this versus the Tacoma, confirming that it lags the technical contour; fans will certainly say this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.

Of what it's worth, the gas economic situation approximates seem confident. With minimal 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been exactly flogging the vehicle, which included considerable variety of traffic-free expressway miles.

Like the decently resculpted outside, the interior take advantage of a collection of somewhat subtle upgrades. The comfort designs are a little rickety in the beginning, thanks to a seat that really feels either a little too high or a little bit also close to the pedals. Yet the cabin does feel fresher, extra exceptional, less oppressively plasticky.

If the Tacoma has your interest, yet the $36,630 sticker (including faux-beadlock wheels and other rewards will enhance that also further) is a stumbling block, keep in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR starts at $24,200, as well as the Minimal begins at a lofty $38,720. In between those two extremes, I make sure you could set up the Tacoma of your dreams.

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