Page 8: EnginesThe 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.The four-cylinder's 22 additional horsepower and improved fuel economy (22 city/28 highway) makes it a good compromise for those on a tight budget. The V-6 is the real stand-out performer, however, producing 55 more horsepower than the 3.4-liter engine it replaces.
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.