2001 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner - Road Test - Motor Trend

David Newhardt
Dec 16, 2003
Customizing trucks has evolved into big business. Toyota's been keeping an eye on what owners do with their compact trucks and has released its own version, the S-Runner, for '01.

To create the S-Runner's sport truck look, Toyota lowered a 4x2 Xtracab pickup truck by an inch and fitted performance-minded Tokico gas shocks. Other S-Runner suspension mods include increased-rate springs, front and rear anti-sway bars, and modifications to the power steering to increase effort and feel. Toyota's 3.4L/190-hp DOHC V-6 is bolted to a five-speed manual gearbox, and its exhaust system is tuned to evoke musclecar memories.
The monochrome paint is available in two hues, Radiant Red and Black Sand Pearl, a color that works sunlight well. The S-Runner rides on P235/55R16 Bridgestone Potenza RE910 stickies that complement the massaged underpinnings to keep the truck well planted. All said, it's a ball to drive. Pickups often get twitchy in the rear during cornering and on bumpy pavement, but the S-Runner's tail stays planted.
MSRP is $19,400, and the S-Runner is at dealers now. Toyota's building only 200 per month, so if you like what you see, you'd better get in line.

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