Toyota Tacoma – named taco by its legions of fans – is a mid-sized, first-sized, off-road minivan. However, its legend is greatly influenced by the latter, especially when combined with Toyota’s reliability. Although most of its competitors are more accurate, the Gladiator Jeep is more capable, Tacoma has gained worship by following the hard way: over time,
offering what customers want. Not all of its four-cylinder and V-6 engines are impressive, and its automatic transmission is as coordinated as the newborn bird, but the truck’s TRD models are particularly good at handling tracks and playing in the mud. While the interior is plastic and even the crew cabin model has a slim rear seat, the Tacoma 2021 is popular for reasons of the heart rather than the head.
What’s new for 2021?
For 2021, Toyota will offer a limited version of Tacoma Trail Edition, but only 7,000 copies will be available. This version is based on the SR5 crew compartment and provides a rear or four-wheel drive. It comes with unique 16-inch TRD-style wheels with all-terrain tires.
In addition to the black exterior badges and the different networks, the Trail version has a lockable volume and a 120-volt port in the charging box. Inside, the cab features all-weather ground brushes and black upholstery with contrasting stitching.
The TRD Off-Road crew cabin (also known as Double Cab) is Tacoma for it. The standard comes with an electronic rear differential with a lock, and we’ll take it with the optional all-wheel-drive system. We were passing the basic four-cylinder squeak engine and upgrading to the more powerful V-6 option.
While not selecting an automatic transmission means losing some options, we prefer to change gears ourselves and avoid the clumsy behavior of the car.
This decision limits us to a shorter 5.0-foot shipping box because for whatever reason the guide does not correspond to tacos with a 6.0-footbed. Similarly, Premium packages are not offered with our transmission option however, each model has 16-inch wheels, black racks, great driver assistance, and an entertainment information system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. We also choose a technology package with options, which provide selected front lighting with LED elements plus blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, and parking sensors.
Engine, transmission, and performance
Tacoma’s optional V-6 engine delivers decent performance and tow muscle, but the four core cylinders are weak and best avoided. We also recommend that you stay away from the six-speed automatic transmission with any engine – manually stick to the six-speed and V-6 engine.
It is installed by automatic, and the larger engine struggles sometimes the TRD Sport and Limited models are directed towards driving in the city, while the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro versions are directed to look for rugged paths. However, none of these options are particularly fast. Away from the first choice of ride quality and handling, Tacoma can handle tracks or off-road roads easily.
It can be equipped to take advantage of the opportunities of dirt or sailing on the pier. The Limited provides smoother and quieter driving than off-road versions. We pushed Tacoma TRD Pro west and found its high suspension, thick shock absorbers, and sinister tires made it one of the best off-road trucks but less fun for everyday driving.
Tow and payload capacity
At its strongest, Tacoma can pull up to 6,800 lbs with rear-wheel drive; Tacoma’s maximum payload capacity of 1,685 lbs is only available on dual-wheel drive models with a four-cylinder engine;
Fuel economy and MPG in the real world
Fuel economy classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the Tacoma V-6 is classified in the middle of the package, but in our real-world highway test, it does not amount to the most efficient competitors. Although a manual transmission with a V-6 engine has the worst fuel economy, driving is more fun.
In testing real-world fuel economy, Tacoma matches EPA’s estimate of the 23 mpg highway. However, this was 5 mpg lower than honda ridgeline and Diesel GMC Valley.
Interior, comfort, and cargo
Sticking to your roots is commendable, but it doesn’t work for the Tacoma cabin. Design and utilitarian materials from a different era. Higher cutting levels are heavily dependent on hard plastic and simple materials. However, Tacoma finally offers an electrically adjustable driver’s seat.
Narrow neighborhoods remain a key element of Tacoma. The rear seat of the crew compartment is where passengers in Tacoma will have to press, as the legroom is very poor. Tacoma has more than enough size in his five-foot-6-foot bed, but it’s disappointing to have a few storage rooms and limited carrying space inside.
The storage capacity is restricted inside Tacoma, and the crew cabin we tested was able to carry only nine handbags in the back seat. Apart from the central console box, there are not many storage boxes or small usable boxes.