2011 Toyota Tacoma: Introduction
In this review we are going to attempt to answer the age old question, “does size really matter?” We are, of course, talking about the size of compact and full-size pickup trucks. What did you think we were talking about? Seriously, get your mind out of the gutter. This is a family website.
Many pickup truck shoppers go out looking for a full size model like an F-150, Tundra or Dodge Ram when in fact a compact pickup truck like this 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab will suit their needs just as capably all without needing to expand the size of your garage. This isn’t to say that the Tacoma isn’t a very large vehicle as this Double Cab model sometimes had trouble staying in one parking spot but thanks to its relatively narrow dimensions, this truck really is far more capable off-road than a Ram, F-150 or even big brother Tundra would be in most situations.
This fact is made even more clear with our tester’s T/X Pro off-road package developed by Toyota Racing Development which includes the TRD Off-Road Package in addition to 16-inch black Beadlock style alloys with wheel locks, BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires, a stainless steel exhaust tip, black tube rail running bars, special body graphics and a TRD exhaust that turns the standard 4.0-liter 236 horsepower/266 lb. feet of torque V-6 into a burbling and growling monster that does a terrific imitation of the macho 5.7-liter V-8 from the Tundra. The package is worth it just for the cool sound effects offered by the special exhaust.
Prices for the most basic 2011 Tacoma start at just $16,365, but that model comes with what we would imagine to be a rather weedy 2.7-liter 159 horsepower/180 lb. feet of torque four-cylinder engine. There are two door regular cab versions: two and a half door extra cab models and full four door double cab models like the one tested here for those who actually like to be able to carry five passengers. There is also a lowered X-Runner model meant only for street use which sort of seems to defeat the purpose of a pickup truck but is available to buyers nonetheless.