Changes for the 2014 Toyota Tacoma:
As the Toyota Tacoma enters its tenth year of production since the truck’s last complete redesign, it receives new Entune audio system options and a new SR Package that gives the Tacoma a sportier appearance. The performance-tuned street truck, the Tacoma X-Runner, is discontinued.
The 2014 Toyota Tacoma is offered in Regular Cab and Access Cab styles with a regular-length cargo bed, and as a Double Cab model with a choice between a short bed and a long bed. A PreRunner model, which has the look and ride height of a 4-wheel-drive version but remains a rear-drive truck, is available with Access Cab and Double Cab styles.
Trim upgrades are added in the form of option packages. Popular choices include SR5 and Limited trim upgrades, and buyers can also choose a new SR appearance package, a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Sport package, and a TRD Off-Road package.
Engines and Transmissions:
Depending on the cab style and whether or not you get a PreRunner model or a 4WD model, the 2014 Tacoma is available with a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 4.0-liter V-6 engine. The 4-cylinder can be paired with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, while the V-6 is bolted to a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 4.0-liter V-6 generates 236 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. When properly equipped, the V-6 can tow up to 6,500 pounds, and Toyota includes free scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles of ownership.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
If fuel economy is a priority, choose a Tacoma with a 4-cylinder engine. In combined driving, it will return between 19 mpg with 4WD and either transmission, and 23 mpg with 2WD and a manual transmission. Get the optional V-6 engine, and you can expect to get between 17 mpg with 4WD and a manual transmission, and 19 mpg with 2WD and an automatic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Tacoma earns a 4-star overall crash-test rating regardless of body style. However, the Crew Cab models fare worse in the frontal-impact test than other versions, and the Regular Cab models don’t perform as well in the side-impact test as other styles.
In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Tacoma receives the top rating of “Good” in all tests except for the roof strength assessment, for which the truck receives a “Marginal” rating. The IIHS has not conducted a small overlap frontal-impact test on the Tacoma as this summary is written.
For the 2014 model year, new Entune audio systems with smartphone integration enable access to applications that can run Pandora and iHeartRadio stations, provide access to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, and check in using Facebook Places. Real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, news, and more are also accessible though Entune App Suite technology.
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