2008 toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2008 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab: If you're not really feeling especially generous, you could reject the "all new" 2016 Toyota Tacoma family members (including this TRD Off-Road Double Cab) as bit greater than light if thorough refresh. The styling is new, but only just-- a variant on a style, not a clean-sheet transformation, as well as because sense, 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 place it lightly) continue under the skin. The wheelbase is identical, as well as overall length is just a couple of inches better on the brand-new truck. The bed is an inch deeper, yet the exact same width. And more.

On the other hand, you should certainly acknowledge that Toyota had a very darn excellent truck to begin with in the outward bound Tacoma. Was it revealing its age, specifically compared to promising midsizers like the reborn Colorado as well as Canyon? Visually, perhaps, yet the Tacoma's stout foundations needed refinement, not reinvention. There's a lot of value in the evolutionary technique.

The powertrain on this specific Tacoma TRD Off-Road is round of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- as well as one shot of new-- a downsized 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. As with the larger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, and also the 2015 Tacoma before it, it all plays together with fascinating, unforeseen smoothness. You 'd never ever know the engine is down half a litre, and there's a great deal of extra oomph above the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is in fact enjoyable to row with, and just like the manual on the Wrangler, it feels like a great suitable for an enthusiast-oriented vehicle.

Normally, I really did not have the possibility to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Thing is, I really intend to see exactly how it manages itself off the sidewalk now that I've spent some time in the vehicle. I'll look for chances to do so as soon as points warm up. As well as I did pack on the miles comfortably-- as well as take on a truly nasty slog via the period's worst ice storm to this day with self-confidence. The vehicle didn't even toss a traction control caution.

That's the day I discovered one notably old-school aspect of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Forgetting to de-power the front wheels prior to transitioning from slushmaggedon to a completely dry, protected car park structure, I located the truck hauling, binding and also-- to my humiliation-- stalling as I attempted to make a tight turn into an auto parking spot. So you'll certainly want to switch it to 2WD, which you have to do by hand using a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement maneuvering.

Well duh, you're about to inform me, most likely in an insulting e-mail. This is standard 4WD stuff. True enough, yet it's very easy to get accustomed to the automatic 4WD setting found on a raising number of vehicles (including the GMC Canyon). Detractors will hold this versus the Tacoma, confirming that it's behind the technical curve; followers will certainly say this boosts its hardcore off-road cred.

For what it deserves, the gas economic situation approximates appear optimistic. With restricted 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I wasn't precisely flogging the vehicle, which consisted of substantial variety of traffic-free expressway miles.

Like the modestly resculpted exterior, the interior benefits from a series of somewhat refined upgrades. The comfort designs are a little rickety initially, thanks to a seat that feels either a little bit too expensive or a little too near the pedals. But the cabin does really feel fresher, more premium, much less oppressively plasticky.

If the Tacoma has your rate of interest, but the $36,630 sticker (including faux-beadlock wheels and various other rewards will enhance that even further) is a stumbling block, bear in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road variation. The base SR starts at $24,200, and the Minimal begins at a soaring $38,720. Between those 2 extremes, I'm sure you could set up the Tacoma of your dreams.