Toyota Tacomas are well-regarded in the mid-size pickup segment, as evidenced by their traditionally strong resale values.
For 2009, all three of the typical pickup body styles are offered: regular cab, Access Cab (extended cab), and Double Cab (crew cab). All body types are available with a 6-foot composite bed, and the Double Cabs also offer a shorter 5-foot bed. Model offerings range from the workaday 4-cylinder 2-wheel-drive regular cab, starting at about 15,000, all the way up to the V6 4-wheel-drive Double Cab that can be optioned north of $32,000. Within that range, there's something for nearly everyone with an interest in this size pickup.
The 159-horsepower, 2.7L 4-cylinder versions are available with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission; regular cabs are only available with the 4-cylinder. The 236-horsepower 4.0L V6 is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission.
After its redesign in 2005, the Tacoma got substantially larger, moving firmly into mid-sized pick-up territory. For a truck of this size, an impressive 6,500 pounds can be towed behind a properly configured and equipped V6 drivetrain.
Toyota has created over 50 model and option choices that allow buyers to configure their truck with either an on-road or off-road personality to taste. The PreRunner versions add such add-ons as raised ride height, a front skid plate and mud and snow tires to create a 4-wheel-drive look on lower-cost 2-wheel drivetrain. PreRunner versions of all body types are available. The X-Runner goes in a completely different direction, adding a more rigid and lowered suspension, 18-inch wheels with low-profile tires, a hood scoop and other styling and performance enhancements as befit a street performance machine. The X-Runner is availably only in a 2-wheel-drive V6 Access Cab version with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The main option packages carry these themes further. The SR5 package adds many of the usual cosmetic and comfort improvements, including chrome exterior accents, upgraded seat fabric, a leather steering wheel, remote keyless entry, cruise control and more. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) packages are available in both Off-Road and Sport versions. The Off-Road package takes the SR5 package and adds sport seats, off-road suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers and progressive-rate front springs, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a locking rear differential, and skid plates. The Sport package is similar, but substitutes a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a limited-slip differential. Both TRD packages add a 115V/400W power outlet in the bed and fog lamps.
Standard safety features on all models are anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, dual front passenger airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), a limited-slip differential, active front headrests, and roll-sensing curtain and side seat airbags.
Toyota's popular Tacoma pickup sees several small changes but no major ones for 2009. All Tacomas get slightly revised grilles and taillights, new interior front door panels, as well as an upgraded stereo system, with an MP3/CD player and XM satellite radio capability.
Tacoma Access Cabs get standard power windows and locks, plus a new rear seat with center console and storage. Access and Double Cab Tacomas add an extra set of speakers as standard, and a backup camera is available.
Across the line, standard safety equipment now includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC). A standard limited-slip differential, active front headrests, and roll-sensing curtain and side seat airbags also bolster the Tacoma's safety.
New colors include Pyrite, Barcelona Red, Timberland and Magnetic Gray.