Toyota Tacoma stays versatile midsize truck

One thing for everybody within the Tacoma lineup

Roseville, Calif.- For greater than twenty years, the Toyota Tacoma has been a extremely popular different for consumers who really feel full-size vehicles are simply too massive and too costly.

Debuting in 1995, gross sales virtually instantly took off for the Tacoma. The previous 4 years have been at an all-time excessive, exceeding gross sales of 239,000, together with an all-time excessive of 252,520 in 2021.

Reportedly, half the midsize vehicles offered within the U.S. are Tacoma fashions. It has remained the best-seller in its class for the final 14 years.

A part of the success story with the Tacoma is its variety. The 2022 Toyota Tacoma lineup options eight trim fashions – SR, SR5, Path Particular Version, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Street, Restricted, Nightshade Particular Version, TRD Professional). The Path and Nightshade particular editions are new final 12 months.

The versatile Tacoma additionally has a number of configurations, giving truck patrons a alternative of the two-door Entry Cab or the four-door Double Cab, together with a five- or six-foot cargo mattress. Equally, all however the TRD Professional enable for a alternative of rear- or four-wheel-drive.

4×4 double cab model

We check drove the 4×4 double cab model of the Tacoma SR5 for per week. One of many options we liked was the lockable mattress packing containers within the truck mattress.

The Tacoma additionally has a lockable tailgate. The mattress is product of a composite materials that doesn’t require a liner, and incorporates a mixture of fastened and movable tie-downs. Loading is straightforward as a result of the tailgate opens low and its bedsides are reasonable dimension.

There’s some draw back when buying this truck. The V6 acceleration stays modest, the towing capability (6,800 kilos) has been criticized as missing, and fuel mileage continues to be a problem for individuals who count on extra interesting numbers. And it solely has a 1,685-pound most payload capability.

The usual Tacoma engine is a modest 2.7-liter, inline-4 that generates 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of being a smaller engine, the gas financial system isn’t a lot totally different than the V6 – 20-23 mpg.

If extra efficiency is the purpose, there’s a 3.5-liter, V6 that produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. But even the V6 is comes up missing, clocked at roughly 7.7 seconds going from 0-60 mph.

Nevertheless, the latest engine enchancment within the V6 has led to raised fuel mileage (18-23 mpg), plus a smoother and quieter journey than beforehand.

TRD Off-Street

Some of the intriguing Tacoma fashions is the TRD Off-Street. It has a rugged physique and particular 16-inch alloy wheels that can assist take in the bumps over tough pavement and filth surfaces.

The truck comes with Bilstein shock absorbers and can be geared up with an digital locking rear differential and a Crawl Management system that provides cruise management for off-roading between 1-5 mph.

Dealing with is clean for a truck and the Tacoma is pretty simple to maneuver in tight spots. One difficulty is the brakes, which really feel grabby.


  • Efficiency: 2.7-liter, four-cylinder, 159 horsepower; 3.5-liter, V6, 278 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 20-23 mpg; 18-23 mpg
  • Value: $27,400 to $48,700
  • Guarantee: 3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain 5 years/60,000 miles; corrosion 5 years/limitless; roadside help 2 years/limitless

Security & Inside

Commonplace on all Tacoma fashions are the next security options – lane departure warning, computerized high-beam management, adaptive cruise management, computerized emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and a driver drowsiness warning system.

Inside highlights embody an easy-to-master 7.0-inch touchscreen interface and a totally adjustable 10-way driver’s seat. The inside is extra about sturdiness than luxurious, however that’s anticipated in a truck.

The entrance seats gained’t be good for all drivers because of a low mounting place and lack of top adjustment. Headroom is restricted within the backseat of the crew cab and is snug for youngsters solely. Nevertheless, that’s not an issue within the bigger prolonged cab.

For people who desire a midsize truck, there are various good causes to choose the well-rounded 2022 Toyota Tacoma. With eight trim fashions, there’s one thing for everybody within the Tacoma lineup.

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