When it comes to a mid-size pickup truck, Ford and Ram may dominate the scene but Toyota is no stranger either! The Toyota Tacoma has been a favorite with buyers in this segment since its inception. Also Japanese car giant has refreshed the 2017 Toyota Tacoma to take on the competitors and the new model comes with several enhancements. This includes improved engines, advanced safety features, and a rugged body.
2017 Toyota Tacoma – New Architecture
While the 2017 Toyota Tacoma may not ooze masculinity from every angle like the Ford F150 Raptor or Ram Power Wagon, it has a rugged build for sure. It comes in six trims- SR, SR5, TRD Sport, limited, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro. All trims can be bought in either double cab or access cab configurations. The exterior design has a mix of subtle curves and angular lines. Its hexagonal grille and wraparound headlamps at the front look appealing. The TRD Pro gets a differently designed grille. The truck is available in 9 exterior hues including Silver Sky Metallic, Blazing Blue Pearl, and Barcelona Red Metallic. Tacoma logo is embossed in the tailgate. Projector-beam headlights are standard while projector-beam headlights are available. The Tacoma TRD Pro gets skid plate as standard along with LED fog lights.
The cabin of 2017 Toyota Tacoma looks sophisticated and practically designed. While TRD Pro gets some special elements in a cabin as well. Limited trim gets leather surfaces. Available options include dual-zone climate control and a moonroof. The GoPro camera mount is offered as standard in each trim. The in bed storage ensures valuable things do not get covered in sand and dust.
2017 Toyota Tacoma – Engine Specs:
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is powered by a 4 cylinder 2.7-liter engine which makes 159 hp. The upper trims get a beefier 3.5-liter V6 unit that generates 278 hp. The 4WD models get a six-speed manual transmission unit while others get an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission unit. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road gets features like Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control –leading to off road prowess.
It has maximum towing capacity of 6800 pounds while rated maximum payload is 1400 pounds.
2017 Toyota Tacoma – Safety Features:
Also, Toyota Tacoma 2017 is laden with technology and safety features. Along with available Tow Package, you get Trailer-Sway Control. Tire Pressure Monitor System is standard on each trim as is Toyota’s Star Safety System. This comprises of safety features like Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Traction Control, Smart Stop Technology and Brake Assist.
Unique to SR5 trim is Keyless entry and engine immobilizer. The TRD Sport while gets Entune Premium Audio and navigation.
2017 Toyota Tacoma – Price and Release Date:
The 2017 Tacoma SR trim has a starting price of $24,120 and that of SR5 is $26,205. The TRD Sport pricing starts at $30,485 and TRD Off-Road begins at $31,740. For Limited trim pricing while starts at $37,200 and TRD Pro costs $40,760. It will go on sale late in 2016.
Also, Toyota has come up with a decent midsized pickup truck in form of 2017 Tacoma. The trim choices and pricing are quite versatile, catering to various types of buyers. The 2017 Tacoma may not exude raw macho appeal of a Ram Rebel or Ford Raptor but it is not bland looking either. The entry level engine is not very powerful but TRD Pro gets a beefy version. Advanced technology and safety features of Toyota are commendable. Even the entertainment and comfort features in cabin deserve applauds and so does the user-friendly features available in bed and in-cabin storage. If you do not need extreme adventure and off-roading at all times, it fits the bill quite well.