The Toyota Tacoma is a midsize pickup truck. It replaced the aptly-named "Toyota Pickup" in 1995. Bigger than its predecessor, the Tacoma was designed with utility and comfort in mind, targeting those customers who wanted to use their pickup for work, and for commuting. Now in its second generation, last redesigned for the 2005 model year, the Tacoma is offered in no fewer than nine different trim levels. These include 4- and 6-cylinder powerplants, three different cab configurations, and regular or off-road driveline options. The Tacoma received a small refresh for 2009, which included a revised grille and several option changes. Just two years later, the 2011 Toyota Tacoma is again upgraded with a new front grille, standard air conditioning on regular cab models, and new Tacoma TX and TX Pro packages.
The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is offered in Regular, Access (extended), and Double Cab (crew cab) configurations, with a 5- or 6-foot bed, depending on configuration. In base trim, the Tacoma is lightly equipped as the automaker sees its role as a work truck. Base Tacomas are configured with air conditioning, cloth upholstery, 4-speaker audio system, 15-inch steel wheels, and more. Across the Tacoma line, options are bundled based on cab configuration and powertrain. The options list includes power locks, power windows, upgraded upholstery, rear bench seating, alloy wheels, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and other amenities. The new Tacoma TX trim starts with the TRD Off-Road package and adds 16-inch TRD "bead lock" wheels with off-road tires, stainless steel exhaust tip, and black tube steps. The Tacoma TX Pro adds a TRD performance exhaust and unique body side graphics.
The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is offered with two different engines. The standard powerplant is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 159 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 4-speed automatic, with a 5-speed manual optional. A 4.0-liter V-6 engine rated at 236 horsepower is optional. It is mated to a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Rear-wheel drive (2WD) is standard, with 4-wheel drive (4WD) optional. When properly equipped, the 2011 Toyota Tacoma is able to tow 6500 pounds, according to the manufacturer. The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma between 14 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, depending on powertrain.
The 2011 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab starts at a base price of around $17,000, and the model range tops out with the Tacoma V6 Double Cab, which starts at around $27,000.
|Base (M5)||5 speed manual||$16,365||159-hp / 2.7L 4-cyl||21/25|
|PreRunner (A4)||4 speed automatic||$21,315||159-hp / 2.7L 4-cyl||19/25|
|PreRunner V6 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$22,750||236-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl||17/21|
|Base V6 (M6)||6 speed manual||$25,045||236-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl||14/18|
|X-Runner V6 (M6)||6 speed manual||$25,735||236-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl||15/19|