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SR V6 4x4 Double Cab 127.4 in. WB
2018 Toyota Tacoma

For years, the Toyota Tacoma ruled the midsize truck roost. Sure, the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier had some success, but they were mostly bit players. The Taco was king in both performance and sales figures. That's not the case anymore. Since Chevy introduced the second-gen Colorado and variants like the Colorado ZR2, the Taco has had some serious competition. Sales are still strong, but it's facing competitors that are stronger than ever. Our test truck is a Tacoma TRD Off Road 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed, meaning it's the biggest Tacoma Toyota builds. Only the TRD Pro trim sits above it. Standard features include a two-speed transfer case, a limited-slip differential, a locking rear diff, Bilstein shocks, crawl control and 16-inch wheels with relatively knobby tires. This truck has a few options, including a $650 factory tonneau cover, a $120 bed mat, $129 mud guards and a $3,035 premium package. The latter includes a JBL audio system, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, automatic headlamps and a moonroof. Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: Toyota must be selling these Tacomas on name, style and off-road ability alone because I can't think of any other good reasons to buy this over something else. Seriously, this truck feels about 15 years behind the times when it comes to on-road driving. The engine feels underpowered and noisy, the transmission takes longer to shift than me when I'm getting out of bed, and the handling, oh the handling. Turn-in is slow, the steering is vague, and there's no grip. The body lists, the whole thing feels more ship-like than road vehicle. It's a real bummer because the truck looks quite good inside and out, especially in the solid light brown color of our test vehicle. It manages to avoid having the thick slab sides of most other modern pickups. It actually looks somewhat nimble and small(ish), it just doesn't drive like it. The interior is attractive, too, with chunky, beveled designs all over that feel like someone actually cared about the look, which is more than I can say for most midsize pickups. Even here, though, there are issues. Like almost every Toyota, it's way behind the times when it comes to infotainment. It does basic stuff fine, but it's still missing standards such as CarPlay and Android Auto. The seating position isn't particularly comfortable, either. But hey, if all you want is a good-looking truck with a high resale value and likely solid reliability, then the Tacoma will be fine for you. Video Production Manager Eddie Sabatini: The TRD trim makes the Tacoma one of the best-looking midsize pickups on the market. I also found the acceleration to be good on this truck, and I did like the feel of the cloth interior, but the admiration stops there. I'd prefer any Colorado or Canyon to the current offering of the Tacoma. No, I didn't take the Tacoma TRD Off Road off-road, but I didn't need to take the Colorado ZR2 off-roading …
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For years, the Toyota Tacoma ruled the midsize truck roost. Sure, the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier had some success, but they were mostly bit players. The Taco was king in both performance and sales figures. That's not the case anymore. Since Chevy introduced the second-gen Colorado and variants like the Colorado ZR2, the Taco has had some serious competition. Sales are still strong, but it's facing competitors that are stronger than ever. Our test truck is a Tacoma TRD Off Road 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed, meaning it's the biggest Tacoma Toyota builds. Only the TRD Pro trim sits above it. Standard features include a two-speed transfer case, a limited-slip differential, a locking rear diff, Bilstein shocks, crawl control and 16-inch wheels with relatively knobby tires. This truck has a few options, including a $650 factory tonneau cover, a $120 bed mat, $129 mud guards and a $3,035 premium package. The latter includes a JBL audio system, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, automatic headlamps and a moonroof. Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale: Toyota must be selling these Tacomas on name, style and off-road ability alone because I can't think of any other good reasons to buy this over something else. Seriously, this truck feels about 15 years behind the times when it comes to on-road driving. The engine feels underpowered and noisy, the transmission takes longer to shift than me when I'm getting out of bed, and the handling, oh the handling. Turn-in is slow, the steering is vague, and there's no grip. The body lists, the whole thing feels more ship-like than road vehicle. It's a real bummer because the truck looks quite good inside and out, especially in the solid light brown color of our test vehicle. It manages to avoid having the thick slab sides of most other modern pickups. It actually looks somewhat nimble and small(ish), it just doesn't drive like it. The interior is attractive, too, with chunky, beveled designs all over that feel like someone actually cared about the look, which is more than I can say for most midsize pickups. Even here, though, there are issues. Like almost every Toyota, it's way behind the times when it comes to infotainment. It does basic stuff fine, but it's still missing standards such as CarPlay and Android Auto. The seating position isn't particularly comfortable, either. But hey, if all you want is a good-looking truck with a high resale value and likely solid reliability, then the Tacoma will be fine for you. Video Production Manager Eddie Sabatini: The TRD trim makes the Tacoma one of the best-looking midsize pickups on the market. I also found the acceleration to be good on this truck, and I did like the feel of the cloth interior, but the admiration stops there. I'd prefer any Colorado or Canyon to the current offering of the Tacoma. No, I didn't take the Tacoma TRD Off Road off-road, but I didn't need to take the Colorado ZR2 off-roading …
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$31,665 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 3.5LV-6
MPG 18 City / 22 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd auto w/OD
Power 278 @ 6000 rpm
Drivetrain four-wheel
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