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Pre-Owned 2005 to 2015 Toyota Tacoma

Midsize Madness

Colin Ryan
Mar 23, 2016
Photographers: Courtesy of Toyota
A midsize truck could be a just-right size for many buyers, since not everyone needs to pull a horse trailer. However, we all need to find a parking spot in the Home Depot lot. While the Big Three automakers have excelled at fullsize trucks, the companies’ attention to the midsize market hasn’t been so intense, leaving companies like Toyota and Nissan to step in with fine examples.
The ’05-’15 Toyota Tacoma represents the nameplate’s second generation and launched with 18 configurations. There’s the regular cab, Access Cab (an extended cab that comes with air conditioning and bucket seats), and Double Cab. This last one is quite roomy, like a crew, and has power windows, locks, and mirrors.
There are two bed lengths: 5 and 6 feet. It’s unusual for a smaller pickup to offer a crew cab with a choice of bed lengths, but that’s one of the Tacoma’s many positive points, along with a composite bedliner as standard throughout the range.
Photo 2/4   |   2008 09 04 09 Tacoma ACab
The engine complement started out with a 4.0-liter V-6 making 245 hp and 283 lb-ft of torque or a 2.7L four-cylinder developing 164 hp and 183 lb-ft. But one year into the run, a revised Society of Automotive Engineers testing methodology resulted in those identical engines being rated at 236 hp/266 lb-ft and 159 hp/180 lb-ft, respectively.
The V-6 is linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The four-potter has a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Maximum towing capacity with the V-6 is 6,500 pounds.
Equipment wise, generally speaking, the bigger the Tacoma, the more gear it has. One useful option is a 115V AC outlet in the bed. All models, except for the X-Runner, are eligible for hill start assist and downhill assist options.
The X-Runner comes with the V-6 and the six-speed manual transmission and is definitely more focused for the road. As well as a hood scoop, it has a lower ride height than standard and an X-brace at the rear end for a stiffer suspension tune.
Photo 3/4   |   2008 09 21 09 Tacoma ACab
Although the regular Tacoma is still pretty useful when the tarmac runs out, there’s a specialist TRD (Toyota Racing Development) off-road package for Access and Double cab models with four-wheel drive. This package includes 16-inch wheels, skidplates, locking rear differential, greater wheel articulation than standard, a dedicated off-road suspension, all-terrain tires, and a heavy-duty tow hook at the front. The PreRunner version has four-wheel-drive looks and suspension but is just rear-drive.
The other TRD package is the Sport, also applicable to Access and Double cab versions with four-wheel drive. This brings 17-inch wheels, Bilstein shocks, and a hood scoop. Between ’05 and ’08, the limited-slip diff was a real mechanical version. From ’09, it was replaced with a brake-assisted electronic differential function. There’s also a higher level to this bundle that includes oil and transmission fluid coolers, towing package, aluminum skidplates, and a beefier alternator.
A minor facelift took place in ’09. Traction and stability control also became standard, along with front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, limited-slip differential, and a better audio system. The Access Cab was fit with an improved rear seat, plus power windows and locks as standard. And a rearview camera became standard in the Access and Double cab models.
Air conditioning became standard throughout in ’11, while another refresh in ’12 brought more infotainment technology. The X-Runner was discontinued in ’14 and there was no regular cab model for ’15.
Photo 4/4   |   2008 09 25 09 Tacoma ACab
Tacoma has arguably one of the strongest resale values among pickups. A hypothetical ’10 truck—with the regular cab, 60,000 miles on the odometer, V-6, four-wheel drive, air conditioning, and a 6-foot bed—in good condition, is valued at $13,061. A comparable Nissan Frontier checks in at $12,424, and a similar GMC Canyon (with the five-cylinder engine) checks in at $11,326.
2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma
Body type: 2-door/4-door pickup
Drivetrain: Front engine, RWD/4WD
Airbags: Driver, front passenger, side curtain (optional, standard from 2009)
Engines: 4.0L/245hp DOHC V-6 (’05); 4.0L/236hp DOHC V-6 (’06-on); 2.7L/164hp DOHC I-4 (’05); 2.7L/159hp DOHC I-4 (’06-on)
Brakes, f/r: Disc, drum, ABS
Price range, whlsl/retail (KBB): $3,746/$7,504 (’05, regular cab, 6-foot bed, RWD 2.7L I-4); $28,294/$30,925 (2015, 4WD, Double Cab, 5-foot bed, TRD Sport, 4.0L V-6) NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/fr pass: Five stars/five stars

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