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Toyota has dropped the goods on next year's Tacoma, and it looks like the company will be giving the people what they want by offering more automatic transmissions as standard equipment. For 2011, the Japanese automaker is nixing three manual gearbox models and adding five new slusher versions of the pickup. Prices for the pickups will start at $16,365 for a bare bones, manual-transmission, two-wheel drive regular cab and top out at $27,525 for a V6-equipped four-wheel drive with an automatic gearbox and a double cab long-bed.

Buyers will continue to be able to opt between a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 159 horsepower or a more potent 4.0-liter V6 with 236 horsepower. Those power figures have stayed on from last year, so we're betting fuel economy from both will stay on par with 2010 models as well. That means that the base truck will hit close to 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway while the topped out version will land closer to 16 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Hit the jump for the full press release.

[Source: Toyota]

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Toyota Announces Prices for 2011 Tacoma Pickup Truck

TORRANCE, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for the 2011 Tacoma, the best-selling compact pickup truck in North America.

The base MSRP for the 2011 Tacoma will range from $16,365 for the Regular Cab 4x2 equipped with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, to $27,525 for the Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 long bed with a 4.0-liter V6 and five-speed automatic.

All 2011 Tacomas will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) in Baja California, Mexico and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio, Texas.

For 2011 Toyota has discontinued three low volume manual transmission models and added five four-cylinder, four-speed automatic models. The new models include: Access Cab 4x2 PreRunner; Double Cab 4x2; Double Cab 4x2 PreRunner; Regular Cab 4x4, and Access Cab 4x4.

Added features include a newly designed grille on all Base, SR5, TRD Off-Road, TRD Sport and X-Runner models. All Regular Cab models will now include air conditioning as standard equipment and 15-inch styled steel wheels will be standard on 4x2 Regular Cab models. Models with the available six-disc CD changer now come with integrated satellite radio (subscription required). A new Convenience Extra Value Package for Double Cab models adds cruise control, a sliding rear window with privacy glass, remote keyless entry and steering wheel audio controls. One existing color, Black Sand Pearl will be changed to Black.

The 2011 Tacoma line offers two engines: a 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder that produces 159 horsepower with 180 lb-ft. of torque and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that produces 236 horsepower with 266 lb-ft. of torque. In both engines, variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) provides strong low-end and mid-range torque.

An Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i) helps optimize performance and fuel economy. The V6 engine can be teamed with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder models offer a choice between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with a V6 Tow Package Access Cab models have a maximum tow capacity of 6,500 pounds.

Standard on all Tacoma models is the Toyota Star Safety System(TM), which includes the anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC). An Automatic Limited-slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which uses brake intervention to help reduce tire slippage at the rear wheels, is standard on all Tacoma models.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm shocked as a European... $16,000 for a pick-up? For that money you can't get a decent small car here...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm continually shocked what you guys are willing to pay for cars- it's ridiculous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a VERY small pickup - the tacoma 'minitruck' for 16k. Its quite different from the regular tacoma pictured. However it is a compact pickup, similar in size to the ford ranger. The tacoma pictured is much larger than the ranger - more of a midsize pickup.

        It is probably the size of an outback or something to give you perspective. And ride height is much lower than what is pictured also.

        That said you can get full size pickups on sale for 18k. Granted not a lot of features, but basically everything you need besides the v8 and 4wd...you can get these deals all day long.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm interested in the new RWD Access Cab Prerunner with auto and four-cylinder. I don't know if I'd want a 4wd with four-cylinder and automatic, unless they chopped off around three-hundred pounds somehow. It just seems like a lot of truck to lug around with a four-banger.

      I wish EPA would test Prerunners separately from the regular models. Surely there must be a loss of fuel mileage comparing a five-lug Taco with a Prerunner Taco, even if only due to added weight and aerodynamics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A new grille and some shuffling of the model/option matrix? Must be one helluva slow news day. The Taco is a great truck, but this non-news hardly warranted its own post.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota needs to either shrink the Tacoma or introduce a smaller model. The new Tacoma is getting as big as the older Tundras, where's the compact truck segment and why does gas mileage seem to be getting worse?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with Wally. That thing is UGLY! But then all Toyota's are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "deletes some manuals, adds more automatics"

      Ugh. Depressing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The primary reason why people would have bought a manual transmission version of the Tacoma is for the cost savings. It's not a particularly heavy-duty truck, so it's not like you need to use a manual transmission for some kind of durability reason. And frankly I suspect that very few people actually get the manual version-why build something nobody buys. It's not like they canceled it entirely anyway, they just took it out of the trucks that people are more likely to use as daily drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Erik: look at the take up rate for manuals in the US. Sadly, we are becoming an very small minority.
        @some1: yes, they can pry a manual from my cold dead hands.. but, that's not where the market is or is going.... we are becoming niche. We probably already are, but I'm holding belief.
        Toyota is a business after all, from what I've heard, certifying a manual transmission to the EPA is quite expensive. Manufacturers need the numbers to justify the cost... or they will write it off to have the image of "enthusiast".
        • 4 Years Ago
        It sucks. The manual tranny is dying and being replaced by more expensive and less enjoyable crapomatics. I blame the parents that were to lazy to teach there kids. Driving a manual is just so much better. Pushing buttons isn't the same and driving in traffic is no different. If you can constantly step on the brake you can do the same for a clutch!
        • 4 Years Ago
        While Joe is right, it saddens me that the cheapest 4wd Taco just got not only more expensive, but also slower and less capable off road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with everything Joe K said

        I for one, would pay extra for a manual. I know I'm not alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "looks like the company will be giving the people what they want by offering more automatic transmissions"

      Ouch... why does it hurt to read
      • 4 Years Ago
      New grille on select models is okay, but what does it look like? Could be good, could be not-so-good, but no M/T on any Access Cab or PreRunner? That's not good. Yeah, I know the take-rate wasn't high for the M/T, but c'mon there's lots of us who would want at least a PreRunner with M/T.

      Biggest problem is those headlights. They didn't change. That's not good. The front of the Tacoma is way too bulbous as it is and those headlights aren't helping any.
      • 4 Years Ago
      still overpriced, especially compared to it's competitors
        • 4 Years Ago
        What competitors?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Overpriced? How? Frontier pricing is similar. And a Colorado with a V8(which is slower and not any more capable than the Taco) is right there too. Not sure what you're comparing it to.

        As far as people wanting visually larger models, perhaps it's the fact that they want a V6 and 4wd? That's what I was looking for when I got my Taco last year. For my uses, a 2wd 4cyl truck with small tires is useless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Tacoma is a great truck but this is a sad day. I owned a 2005 with a 5-speed manual and had planned to purchase another one. I won't be now that I can't get a stick!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only three of the *eleven* manual transmission models are going away. There are no details on which three, but out of the remaining eight you'll likely find a suitable replacement. (Six of the eleven manual models are the 5spd manual, btw.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is more of a midsize than a compact truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Waiting to see the new Tacoma Toyota....

      I Love the X-Runner my fav Tacoma....Did Toyota stop making it ?


      4.0 liter DOHC V6 with VVT-I valve control that puts out 245 hp, a 6-speed manual with lowered suspension with stiffer shocks and springs and sticky tires....hmmmmm
        • 4 Years Ago
        and LSD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The x-runner is still listed on Toyota's website. Frankly, I always thought the x-runner looked kind of silly, the wheel/tire package looked entirely too small under the huge fenders.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stuff the 5.7 V8 in from the Tundra and now we're talking!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        the X-runner is mentioned in the press release as getting the new grille, so it must still be in the program.
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