Page 1: Intro
ANCHORAGE, AK-There are Car People. And, there are Truck People, and never should the two come to an agreement when it comes to the things that make vehicles worth talking about. It's a divide between those who appreciate the ride and those who want to take that ride down a ditch - with some cargo in back.Consider the divide conquered. After a day spent behind the wheel of the all-new Toyota Tacoma, it's clear that the traditional choice between car comfort and pickup practicality is really no longer a choice at all: The eighth-generation of Toyota's original compact pickup delivers both, and may well be the easiest pickup to live with in recent memory.
Page 2: Winner
Page 3: Big & Strong
Page 4: Lots of Choices
Page 5: A New Look
The Tacoma's larger dimensions have created a more spacious cabin with abundant head, shoulder, and legroom. Taller drivers and passengers will find the front seats on Access and Double Cab models more accommodating thanks to the front seats' additional fore-aft travel. On Double Cab models with standard bucket seats, the front passenger seat folds flat to double as a workspace or table. Larger rear doors on Access Cab and Double Cab models that open to nearly 90 degrees make for easy entry and exit. Like most extended cab pickups, the two rear jump seats in Access Cab models are cramped enough that they're really only useful in a pinch. The rear bench seat in the Double Cab version is another story, having been raised by 1.25 inches and given a 23-degree seatback angle for greater comfort.
Page 6: Golden Silence
Page 7: Your Inner Bed
Elsewhere in the interior, designers added a number of storage areas to accommodate the ever-growing amount of stuff we seem to be schlepping around these days. All Tacomas feature dual bottle holders in the front doors, while upper trim levels get an overhead console with map lights and compartments designed to give sunglasses and a garage door opener a permanent place to call home.
Page 8: Engines
This V-6 engine also stacks up mighty well against the competition, cranking out more horsepower and very nearly as much torque as the Dodge Dakota's standard 4.7-liter V-8 while still managing to return EPA fuel mileage estimates as high as 18 city/22 highway, albeit on pricier premium fuel.
To put that power to the ground, four-cylinder buyers can choose from a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Two new transmissions are offered with the V-6, including a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic.
The final drivetrain decision is a choice between rear-wheel or part-time four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive versions feature a two-speed transfer case with low-range for serious off-road capability.
These new powerplants have a dramatic impact on performance numbers. According to Toyota, the V-6 four-wheel drive Tacoma with anautomatic can sprint from 0-to-60 in a respectable 7.5 seconds. Towing capacity has also been increased by 30 percent-1,500 pounds-over the 2004 model. Properly equipped, a V-6 Tacoma can pull a 6,500-pound trailer.
Page 9: Suspension
The Tacoma's handling characteristics were equally impressive. The optional Sport suspension package from Toyota Racing Development on our test truck allowed very little body roll in turns. This level of cornering stability in a pickup was startling; a performance we might not have believed had we not experienced it for ourselves.
Page 10: Enzo & Tacoma
Adding to the driving experience is the Tacoma's excellent rack-and-pinion steering. The power-assisted system delivers good on-center feel and a nicely weighted action that makes it easy to hustle this truck along a twisty stretch of two-lane road.
And just in case there's something on that twisty stretch of two-lane road, Toyota has equipped all models of the Tacoma with antilock brakes-10.83-inch discs up front (PreRunner and 4x4 models get 12.56-inch discs) and 10-inch drums out back.
Page 11: Safety
Dual-stage front airbags are standard on all Tacomas. Models with front bucket seats also get an occupant classification system which automatically turns off the front passenger airbag if the seat is occupied by a child or small stature adult that may be injured by the force of its deployment. A key-activated airbag on/off switch is also standard on Regular and Access Cab models. Torso-protecting side-impact and head-protecting side-curtain airbags-which have been shown to significantly reduce fatalities in broadside collisions-are offered as an option on Tacoma Double Cabs.
Two slick new features available for the first time on Tacoma aim to take much of the drama out of climbing and descending steep hills. Aptly named Hill-start Assist Control, which uses automatic applications of the brakes to keep the vehicle from rolling backwards on uphill starts, is included on models equipped with an automatic transmission and the optional stability control system. Downhill Assist Control, which is standard on four-wheel drive models, does pretty much what the name implies -- limiting downhill speed in forward or reverse to under six miles-per-hour while automatically braking individual wheels as needed to help improve stability on steep downhill sections.
Page 12: Few Downsides
Page 13: FAQs
The larger size, multiple trims and engine offerings. The once-compact Tacoma is now nearly six inches longer, two-inches taller and, most significantly, nearly four inches wider than the outgoing model. The result is a midsize pickup truck with substantially more room for passengers and cargo. What leaves you cold about the 2005 Toyota Tacoma?
These new styling cues give the Tacoma an odd cartoonish look, but the package achieves the rugged appearance its designers sought to achieve.
What's the difference between the PreRunner and the Xrunner?
The PreRunner is named after the trucks off-road racers use to scout (or "pre-run") the race course, offers the rugged looks and suspension bits of four-wheel drive models in a less expensive two-wheel drive package. The X-Runner is named because of its X-shaped cross brace-reinforced frame, combines the looks and performance of a sports compact car with the active lifestyle benefits of a pickup. Add it all up and there are a total of 18 different Tacoma models.
Page 14: Notes
The Tacoma offers a choice of two bed lengths. Regular and Access Cab models come standard with the 73.5-inch long bed. For the first time, Double Cab models will be offered with a choice of a 60.3 inch short bed or the same 73.5-inch long bed. We think this last option-which means crew cab buyers will no longer have to give up cargo room to gain the additional passenger space as is the case with other four-door pickups that are only offered with short beds-gives the Tacoma a distinct advantage over the competition.Interior features
All Tacomas feature dual bottle holders in the front doors, while upper trim levels get an overhead console with map lights and compartments designed to give sunglasses and a garage door opener a permanent place to call home.
The Tacoma offers two new engines for 2005, a 164-hp, 2.7-liter inline four-cylinder, which powers most regular and extended cab models, and an impressive new 245-hp 4.0-liter V-6 is standard on X-Runner and Double Cab models and available as an option on PreRunner and four-wheel drive Access Cabs. These new powerplants have a dramatic impact on performance numbers. According to Toyota, the V-6 four-wheel drive Tacoma with anautomatic can sprint from 0-to-60 in a respectable 7.5 seconds. Towing capacity has also been increased by 30 percent-1,500 pounds-over the 2004 model. Properly equipped, a V-6 Tacoma can pull a 6,500-pound trailer.