2006 toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

Our 2005 Truck of the Year face-off showcased some hard competitors, yet from the beginning, we understood the brand-new Toyota Tacoma was mosting likely to be a significant player: larger and bolder appearances, a strong powertrain, a substantial enhancement over the previous design. Ultimately, it took home the well-deserved honors, which made it an area in our long-term fleet for a 1 year evaluation - 2006 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6.

We chose the PreRunner with a TRD package-it provided the tough appearances of a determined 4 × 4, sans the weight of a transfer case, additional driveshaft, and all the front-axle components that would certainly've added nearly 400 extra pounds. The weight financial savings gave a great amount of extra throttle reaction and far better general gas economic situation. Regrets? Opting for the runningboard action rails ($ 369). They just weren't functional, really did not fit with the truck's stance, and also left dust on the back of a driver's pant legs.

2006 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

2005 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6

In its very first 6 months, our Radiant Red RWD Tacoma showed so prominent, the odometer clicked up another 5000 miles every 2 months, with trips to Reno as well as Phoenix az, and also it invested hours of abuse task in Southern California traffic. Testers kept in mind the car felt tight as well as solid from the beginning, with just a single comment made regarding the seals around the back doors, an usually tough location in which to avoid extended-cab air leaks. Past that, a lot of logbook entries concentrated on just how strong the engine and also transmission felt, visibly raising the front end when beginning with a period. One motorist composed that the PreRunner advised him of a sprinter at a beginning line, tensely awaiting the weapon to fire. The indoor obtained full marks from all team member, with its numerous cupholders as well as huge lockable storage bin, with even a couple of covert areas under the back fold-down seats. Team digital photographers liked the integrated 115V inverter, which enabled them to plug in their laptop computers to download photos right away complying with a shoot. It additionally aided keep camera batteries charged-though a plug inside the taxicab, along with the one in the bed, would certainly've been even more handy.

The Tacoma performed numerous lugging stints, coming across minimal tail wiggle despite a 3500-pound Fleetwood camper in back. The truck's soft rear springs meant taking safety measures relating to tongue weights so as to not direct fronts lights right into oncoming traffic during night driving. Gas economic situation balanced 13.8 mpg when towing, the center console shifter making for very easy handling between 3rd as well as 4th gears to help keep the engine revs in the strongest part of the powerband-an advantage hauling up qualities at altitude. Other towables consisted of a rented U-Haul trailer (from Sacramento to Los Angeles) as well as a microsize foldout camper. Lots of camping equipment, colders, as well as mountain bikes have been loaded into the bed, dragged as well as banged around, without making a considerable scrape, thanks to the weight-saving composite bed.

The Tacoma's first service at 5000 miles was regular, setting you back about $45; yet at the 10,000-mile mark, a few issues had to be taken care of under warranty. First, some brake resonance and also a small "clunk," after that one of the home window networks began to stick, and also finally, the AIR CONDITIONING recirc light blinked, after that went out totally, making us presume the whole air-conditioning system (not a good idea throughout a Los Angeles summer). Turns out the brake rod required adjusting, the home window channel required some lube, and also it was only a burned-out recirc light in the A/C (which indicated the whole AIR CONDITIONER control device needed to be changed since there was no chance to simply change the recirc bulb). The 10,000-mile service expense $45 also.

Not a surprises at 15,000 miles, either, although the home window channel again needed to be relubricated with the typical solution setting you back $138.45, due to some much deeper upkeep checks. After 20,000 miles, the brake pedal resonance came back once more, however after a front-disc resurface, all returned to regular. Cost: $68.08.

Tires were turned at every solution interval (5000 miles) and our BFGs appeared as if they would last a minimum of 40,000 miles. Regarding sustain economy, a great deal depended on that was driving (lead- versus featherfeet), however the Tacoma balanced just under 18 mpg, with an ideal long-haul highway travelling standard of 22 mpg.

There's lots of truck here for $25K: The Tacoma stood up under substantial usage and also abuse as well as verified significantly popular with our team throughout its time below. No wonder it's become the best-selling small or midsize pickup in the U.S. Ford as well as GM, Nissan as well as Honda, are you taking notes?

From The Logbook
" I like how they've slotted 3rd as well as 4th a simple slide from each various other on the shifter-makes it perfect for individuals that tow to keep the engine accelerates. We maintained a continuous 75 miles per hour up Donner Pass (7500-foot altitude), with a 3500-pound Fleetwood no worry."
- Brian Vance

" Chassis does a good task of maintaining points silent beneath you on a long highway drive (we took a trip to Arizona), yet discovered on some high-wind areas, the seals around the back doors get loud."
- James Dryden

" Cannot actually call this a small any longer. Tons of space. And for the engine-what a good surprise when you hop on the throttle. It actually rises and runs. Weight savings on the 2WD seems in order to help. A great deal of personality for $25K.".
- Julia LaPalme.

" Simply invested three days of prerunning for a future truck test-this TRD plan is a lot more in the house on a truck-wide dirt roadway than it is on a concrete freeway-you can practically feel its sigh of relief when it leaves the sidewalk.".
- Mark Williams.

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