2002 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2002 toyota Tacoma Double Cab: If you're not feeling particularly charitable, you might disregard the "all brand-new" 2016 Toyota Tacoma family (including this TRD Off-Road Double Taxicab) as little greater than moderate if extensive refresh. The designing is brand-new, however only just-- a variation on a theme, not a clean-sheet transformation, as well as because sense, I suppose it's comparable to the ever-evolving Jeep Wrangler.

2002 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review

The similarities (to place it gently) continue under the skin. The wheelbase is identical, and also overall size is simply a few inches higher on the new vehicle. The bed is an inch deeper, but the same width. And so on.

On the other hand, you ought to recognize that Toyota had a quite darn great vehicle to begin with in the outgoing Tacoma. Was it showing its age, specifically compared to promising midsizers like the born-again Colorado as well as Canyon? Aesthetically, probably, but the Tacoma's stout underpinnings needed improvement, not reinvention. There's a lot of merit in the transformative method.

The powertrain on this specific Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- as well as one shot of new-- a scaled down 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. Just like the larger, V8-powered Toyota Expanse, and the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, it all plays along with fascinating, unexpected level of smoothness. You would certainly never ever recognize the engine is down half a liter, and there's a lot of additional zest above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is in fact fun to paddle via, and also just like the handbook on the Wrangler, it seems like a great suitable for an enthusiast-oriented truck.

Normally, I didn't have the possibility to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I in fact want to see exactly how it manages itself off the pavement since I have actually invested time in the truck. I'll choose opportunities to do so when things warm up. As well as I did pack on the miles comfortably-- as well as deal with a genuinely unpleasant slog with the period's worst ice storm to date with self-confidence. The vehicle didn't so much as toss a grip control caution.

That's the day I uncovered one significantly old-school aspect of the Tacoma: its 4x4 system. Failing to remember to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a dry, protected auto parking structure, I found the vehicle hauling, binding and also-- to my embarrassment-- delaying as I aimed to make a tight develop into a vehicle parking spot. So you'll most definitely want to change it to 2WD, which you need to do manually through a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement handling.

Well duh, you will inform me, most likely in an insulting email. This is standard 4WD stuff. True enough, but it's easy to get accustomed to the automated 4WD setting discovered on a boosting number of vehicles (including the GMC Canyon). Detractors will hold this versus the Tacoma, verifying that it's behind the technological curve; followers will claim this strengthens its hardcore off-road cred.

Of what it's worth, the fuel economic situation approximates appear confident. With restricted 4WD use, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't specifically flogging the vehicle, which included significant variety of traffic-free expressway miles.

Like the decently resculpted outside, the interior benefits from a series of somewhat subtle upgrades. The comfort designs are a little rickety at first, thanks to a seat that really feels either a little bit expensive or a bit as well near the pedals. However the cabin does really feel fresher, extra exceptional, less oppressively plasticky.

If the Tacoma has your rate of interest, however the $36,630 sticker label (including faux-beadlock wheels and also various other rewards will certainly enhance that even more) is a stumbling block, bear in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR begins at $24,200, and also the Limited starts at a lofty $38,720. In between those two extremes, I make sure you could configure the Tacoma of your desires.