2005 Toyota Tacoma

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  1. #1 ILikeCars, Sep 1, 2004
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    With the old Toyota Tacoma poised to overtake the Ford Ranger in the compact/midsize truck market, can you image the assault the new Tacoma will make on the venerable sales leader?

    Just before the turn of the century, Ranger outsold Tacoma by more than 2-to-1. But with Ranger sales tumbling—including a 20-percent drop this year—and Toyota picking up market share every month, the Tacoma could overtake Ranger by year’s end. And with Ford not expected to bring out a new Ranger for a few years, don’t look for any comeback soon.

    But this story isn’t about Ford’s self-inflicted demise; it’s about the refinement, power enhancement and increasing stature of the eighth-generation Toyota Tacoma. Always a favorite of youthful buyers, the 2005 Tacoma has also matured in size and capability to meet more complex and upscale needs. While other manufacturers have cut their small-truck portfolio, Toyota has expanded and diversified its lineup. There are 18 model configurations across four cab-bed combinations:

    • Regular cab on 109.4-inch wheelbase with a 73.5-inch cargo bed
    • Access Cab on a 127.2-inch wheelbase with a 73.5-inch cargo bed
    • Double Cab on a 127.2-inch wheelbase with a 60.3-inch cargo bed
    • Double Cab on a 140.9-inch wheelbase with a 73.5-inch cargo bed
    All configurations are available in 2- or 4-wheel drive, and the popular PreRunner model with its desert-inspired suspension returns across the board in the 2WD lineup. New to the Tacoma roster is the X-Runner, a sporty 2WD model featuring a special frame, tuned suspension and radical body package.

    A new 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 164 horsepower is standard in all models except the X-Runner and Double Cabs. They come with a revised 4.0-liter V6 rated at 245 horsepower. The 4-banger is linked to a standard 5-speed manual transmission with a 4-speed automatic optional on 2WD models. The V6 is mated to one of two new transmissions: a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic, although both may not be available on some models.

    The familiar SR5, TRD Off-Road and TRD Sport packages will be available on many models. These packages tie popular options and specific equipment together in easy-to-order groupings and price structures. The SR5 adds a lot of chrome while the Sport package offers a color-keyed look. The Off-Road package beefs up PreRunner and 4x4 models with Bilstein shocks, skidplate, sport seats and locking rear differential. Toyota also offers a basic Enhancement Package and Convenience Package to add popular items such as air conditioning and power windows without getting the upscale options.

    Toyota officials were adamant about increasing the size and performance of their pickups pickups when they started developing future strategies for the Tacoma and the fullsize Tundra. “In anticipation of where we know we have to go with Tundra, and I knew the next-generation Tacoma would need to move well beyond the compact truck dimensions of the previous models,” said Tacoma Chief Engineer Yuichiro Obu at the truck’s introduction in Alaska.
  2. Wheelbases and overall body lengths were stretched out almost six inches across the line while front and rear tracks were widened by nearly four inches. This opened up passenger room and increased stability. The next-generation Tacoma is derived from Toyota’s Prado platform, which is the basis for the Lexus GX470 and Toyota 4Runner SUVs. The frame is fully boxed up front while the middle is rolled-lip C-channel and the rear is open C-channel.

    The basic suspension is double-wishbone with coil-over shocks up front and leaf spring/live axle in the rear. But there are variations at each end to meet specific needs. Four-wheel-drive and PreRunner models have the upper A-arm pivots mounted higher than 2WD and X-Runners. On 4x4s, the rear leaf springs are arched and mounted over the axle while 2WD leaf springs are flatter and mounted under the axle. Dedicated packages such as the X-Runner and TRD Off-Road or Sport get even more detailed with different bushings, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars in addition to tires meant for respective uses.

    The Tacoma has a standard towing capacity 3500 pounds using the step bumper. Add the V6 engine and a receiver hitch, the limit goes up to 5000 pounds. Up to 6500 pounds can be pulled with the tow package that includes an automatic transmission cooler, engine oil cooler, upgraded battery and 130-amp alternator.

    With 245 horsepower and peak torque of 282 lb-ft, the Toyota V6 is one of the top-rated engines of any compact/midsize truck. Nissan recently announced its 4.0-liter V6 will be rated at 265 horsepower and 284 lb-ft. Chevy/GMC offers an inline-5 engine rated at 220 horsepower and 225 lb-ft for the Colorado/Canyon siblings. The Dodge Dakota has a base V6 engine 210 horsepower and a base 4.7-liter V8 rated at 230 horsepower (a special High-Output edition is rated at more than 250 horsepower).

    We’ve seen the Toyota V6 engine in the 4Runner, and it’s available in the 2005 Tundra. Accompanying this engine are new 6-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmissions. The manual was engineered from the beginning to be a 6-speed; it’s not a carryover 5-speed with an extra gear tacked on the end. It has a stump-pulling 4.17:1 First Gear ratio and a 0.848:1 overdrive 6th Gear. The automatic was designed just for the 4.0-liter engine. This electronically controlled 5-speed features flexible logic for torque-converter lockup and is designed to provide more engine braking during off-road driving. Toyota also built a new transfer-case for 4WD models that has a 2.566:1 reduction and is electrically actuated.

    Toyota offers many of its innovative chassis systems to the Tacoma for safety and performance. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution is standard as is brake assist. The former balances brake force at each wheel while the latter increases brake force during panic stops. Vehicle Stability Control w/ Traction Control (VSC+TRAC) is available on all except X-Runner. This system detects front- and rear-wheel slide while cornering and assists the driver regain control with either throttle intervention or braking individual wheels. VSC uses an automatic limited-slip differential, which uses brake intervention instead of an internal mechanical device to reduce tire slippage. VSC+TRAC includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) that controls the brakes to prevent the Tacoma from rolling backward or slipping sideways while climbing from a stopped position on an upgrade. When ordered on a 4x4 V6 with the TRD Off-Road Package, Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is included. This system uses engine braking and independent control each wheel brake to regulate downhill speed.
  3. Off-road performance has always been a key factor in the Tacoma’s appeal. It’s always been a favorite in the desert and works quite well on mountain trails. All of the improvements to the new model work exceptionally well together. We took a TRD-equipped Access Cab up a ski hill and through a manufactured obstacle course with no problem. We preferred the 6-speed so didn’t get to try out the trick dynamic chassis systems available with the automatic, but Toyota’s expertise in off-road setup is quite apparent with any excursion off pavement.

    Toyota didn’t forget the owner who needs a work truck. The Tacoma is the first small truck with a composite inner bed that includes integrated storage compartments. This liner is dent resistant and 10 percent lighter than a steel bed. The cargo box also includes protective rail caps, 2-tier loading, removable tailgate, four adjustable tie-downs and two rear mounted tie-downs. Optional is a 115-volt, 400-watt grounded outlet for power tools. Numerous accessories such as dividers, storage boxes, bike racks and cargo cross bars are available at the dealer. Payload ratings range from 1405 pounds on 2WD regular cab to 1615 pounds on a Pre-Runner Access Cab.

    To distinguish the new Tacoma, Toyota designers reinforced the traditional truck grille with rigid bars and developed a 1-piece plastic bumper. The sides received stronger character lines and the rear got a curved tailgate and more integration of the bumper/combination taillamp. PreRunner and 4x4 models have bold overfenders.

    The extra interior room is enhanced with a new 3-ring instrument cluster that features all-LED illumination and a new tilt/telescope steering wheel. The seats are larger and come with more comfort features. There are four seating choices but our favorite, as usual, is the Sport with its extra support for off-roading and spirited driving. Toyota also offers plenty of rear under-seat storage in the Access Cab and Double Cab models.

    Standard audio equipment includes a CD player, 160-watt amp and six speakers (four in the regular cab). Optional in the Double Cab is a JBL 6-CD changer, 270-watt amp and 8-inch subwoofer with its own 65-watt amp.

    Overall first impressions are quite positive with the new Tacoma. I drove five different models on short trips during the press introduction. Toyota’s attention to detail on fit and finish is impeccable. Noise levels were reduced and conversations were much easier to conduct, even with rear-seat passengers. While the X-Runner showed off some ground-hugging potential, I’m still impressed with the off-road prowess of the Tacoma. Expect more coverage of all the different models, especially the Double Cab, as test vehicles become available for full road evaluations.

    more pics and info from the link in first post
  4. well id take the F-150 over it, but other then that its a nice truck
  5. I would take a Dodge Ram 3500 Dually over this & run this sorry piece of plastic over.
  6. I can see where the Ranger should be worried
  7. Keep in mind it is in a different class than the Ram.
  8. i think the colorado would be too
  9. More the Colorado than the Ranger.
  10. I like how you guys compare a $15k truck with a $40k truck.
  11. Tacoma Regular Cab
    $13,000 MSRP [1]

    Tacoma Xtracab
    $15,660 MSRP [1]

    Tacoma Double Cab
    $19,230 MSRP [1]

    Tacoma S-Runner
    $20,900 MSRP [1]

    the current 2004 pricing
  12. He's talking about the jackass that would prefer a 2500 Dually to this.
  13. oh, i wasnt quite sure which one he was talking about
  14. Yeah really.
  15. i like the x runner
  16. Good truck, as is the current. As Corolla said "Go Toyota"
  17. Good truck. It looks like Toyota has a winner.

    The only compact trucks I'd prefer over this are the new Dakota or Frontier.

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