2015 Toyota Tacoma Reviews

2015 Tacoma New Car Test Drive

Introduction

An all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma goes on sale fall 2015. 

Until then, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma is available, a second-generation product launched as a 2005 model. Tacoma is unchanged for 2015, although there is a new Tacoma TRD Pro model available. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development. 

Toyota has been off-road racing for three decades and has more than 300 victories, and the 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro continues that heritage. There are also TRD Pro models for the Tundra and 4Runner. 

Tacoma TRD Pro has its own suspension geometry with fat Bilstein dampers, tuned stainless twin exhaust, unique interior color, big BF Goodrich offroad tires, black bead-lock 16-inch alloy wheels, TRD trim and badging, and more. 

Tacoma has been the most popular pickup in its class for a decade, with many awards over that time. Its main rivals are the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Tacoma dominates the segment with more than 100,000 sold each year, while some competitors have left the stage, namely Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota. 

Tacoma offers a comfortable cab, refined ride, responsive handling, and quality construction with proven offroad capability and durability. It comes in many configurations to meet a wide range of needs, from 2WD work truck with four-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission, to a loaded V6 4WD Double Cab Long Bed with rear seats that offer sedan-sized room. Properly equipped Tacoma V6 models can to tow up to 6,500 pounds. 

The tried-and-true no-frills bench-seat Regular Cab Tacoma has been dropped, long may she live. Even the base Tacoma has rear seating and three doors. 

Toyota Racing Development offers parts to sharpen the performance, both on and off road. The Off Road Package includes much of the equipment on the TRD Pro models, including Bilstein off-road shocks, locking rear differential, advanced ATRAC traction control and other electronic off-road assists, an engine skid plate, tow hook, many luxury and convenience items and special graphics. 

Lineup

The 2015 Tacoma is available in 19 different models and configurations, from Access Cab with a 6-foot bed to Double Cab with available 5-foot bed. The base engine is a 2.7-liter inline 4-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 4-speed automatic optional. A 4.0-liter V6 is standard on 4WD and long-bed Double Cabs, and optional on some other models. Four-wheel-drive is available throughout the line. Other available transmissions include a 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual. 

The 4×2 Access Cab with 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission is entry level at $20,965. After 18 price jumps, you're at the fully loaded TRD Pro 4×4 Double Cab V6 with 5-speed automatic ($37,615). 

Standard features on the Access Cab and Double Cab models are plentiful, with bucket seats, floor and ceiling consoles, and 6-speaker sound systems. Double Cab V6 models offer a premium JBL system with amplified subwoofer, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, Navigation, Entune, and App Suite, with steering wheel controls. 

Tacoma PreRunner models are 2WD, but feature the high stance and general appearance of a 4WD truck. (Desert racers use this style of truck to scout or pre-run the course before the big race.) The four-cylinder Access Cab with 4-speed automatic transmission ($22,525) is the entry-level PreRunner. The V6 is optional on PreRunner Access Cabs and Double Cabs. 

There are five core packages: a convenience package, two levels of SR5 and two levels of TRD, sport and off-road. 

A Convenience Package for Access Cabs and Double Cabs adds rear privacy glass, a sliding rear window, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, power mirrors and remote keyless entry. 

The SR5 Package gives a monochrome look, with body-color bumpers, mirrors, door handles, fender flares, and grille surround, with smoked headlamps. Tires are 245/75R16 on black alloy wheels. SR5 packages bundle styling and comfort features such as bucket seats with lumbar support, and a long list of car-like conveniences. Price varies ($665-840) depending on body style and trim level. 

The TRD Sport Package starts with SR5 equipment and adds or substitutes P265/65R17 tires, sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, water-resistant sport seats, overhead console and with compass and outside temperature, rearview camera, and turn signals integrated into the outside mirrors; plus a hood scoop, lots of body-color trim, and its own graphics package. The TRD Sport Package is available only with the V6, and only PreRunners and 4×4's with Access Cab ($3190) or Double Cab ($3055). 

The TRD Off-Road Package also starts with the SR5 equipment and adds or substitutes BF Goodrich P265/70R16 tires, locking rear differential, off-road suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, ATRAC off-road traction control, engine skidplate, sport seats, overhead console with compass and outside temperature, rearview camera, heavy-duty front tow hook, 115v/400w deck-mounted power point, and unique TRD graphics. TRD Off-Road is also available only on V6 PreRunners and on V6 model 4×4 Access and Double Cabs, but not on Double Cab Long Beds. Price varies ($3185-3585) depending on model. 

A Limited Package ($7010), available only on Double Cabs with V6 and automatic transmission, adds all the luxury and convenience goodies, including SofTex-trimmed four-way adjustable front sport seats with heat, metallic tone instrument panel trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, 18-inch polished alloy wheels with P265/60R18 tires, chrome grille surround, chrome rear bumper, variable speed windshield wipers, dual sun visors with mirrors and extenders, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with outside temperature gauge and HomeLink universal transceiver; a rearview camera linked to the audio display, all the content of Convenience Package; the JBL stereo; and more. 

An optional tow package ($650) for V6 models comprises a 130-amp alternator, heavy-duty battery, transmission oil cooler, and a Class IV hitch with seven-pin connector. 

Safety features that come on all models include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, and the Automatic Limited-slip Differential. 4WD models with automatic transmission and the TRD Off-Road Package add Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control. In addition, front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags are standard on all models. 

Standard on all models is Toyota's Star Safety System, which includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC). An Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which uses brake intervention in place of a mechanical-type limited-slip to help reduce wheel-spin, is standard on all Tacoma models with the exception of those fitted with TRD Off-Road package; those have conventional, mechanical-locking differential. 

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