HISTORY OF THE Toyota Tacoma
The Tacoma has always been the popular kid in the compact truck class. In fact, it has never really had a rival in terms of dependability and function. The Tacoma was first introduced in 1995 as a replacement for the Hilux and was an immediate success, thanks to its comfortable ride and indestructible drivetrain. Engine choices included a 2.4L 4-cylinder, 2.7L 4-cylinder or a 3.4L 6-cylinder, sending power to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive was standard with four-wheel drive available.
Second Generation Tacoma (2004-2015)
As amazing as the first generation Tacoma was, by 2014, it was time for a redesign. The second generation Tacoma was larger and more powerful, moving the Tacoma from the compact truck class to the mid-size class. Engine options were limited to either the 2.7L 4-cylinder or 4.0L 6-cylinder. New safety and comfort features were also made available, allowing the Tacoma to feel less like a truck and more like a car.
In 2006, the Tacoma received a tire pressure monitoring system to help motorists stay informed as to the condition of their tires. For 2007, the Tacoma got updated seats, as well as a revised audio unit. The Tacoma remained unchanged for 2008.
Model year 2011 introduced standard air conditioning on all Tacomas, as well as a modified exterior on some trim levels. Two off-road packages also make their debut. In 2012, the Tacoma underwent a refresh both inside and out, offering a new appearance and features. In 2013, an upscale limited package was introduced. A new SR appearance package was introduced in 2014, along with an upgraded touchscreen infotainment system. Finally, model year 2015 saw the introduction of the TRD Pro Series trim and the 4-cylinder Access Cab Utility Package.
If you’re in the market for a mid-size truck, you want a Tacoma. A well-maintained Tacoma will last a quarter, or even a half a million miles, and as a result, Tacomas have an exceptional resale value. Don’t settle for second best – drive the rig that defined the small truck market.