2017 Toyota Tacoma – Release Date, Reviews, Design

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2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Toyota Tacoma Overview

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Car Reviews – The two engines offered on the 2017 Toyota Tacoma carry over from 2016, when the truck was a brand-new model. A 2.7-liter I-4 rated at 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque carried over from the previous-generation Tacoma largely unchanged. A 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 hp and 265 lb-ft was new for the 2016 model year, replacing the 4.0-liter V-6. Both engines can be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual is available only with the V-6. The base four-cylinder is offered standard with a five-speed manual transmission. Properly equipped, the Tacoma with the V-6 Tow Package is capable of towing up to 6,800 pounds, slightly less than the class-leading Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, which are rated at up to 7,000 pounds with the V-6 and up to 7,700 pounds with the optional diesel.

Pro, Do You Even Taco?2017 Toyota Tacoma Overview

The TRD Pro is an extension of the Tacoma TRD Off-Road model, a four-wheel-drive, stick-shift version of which we tested last year and deemed exceedingly manly.

That assessment had less to do with the truck’s goodness when judged as an everyday vehicle and more irrationally to do with its general brawniness.

The TRD Pro takes that four-wheeled, chest-thumping persona to the next level with a comprehensive basket of toughened components: New front springs lift the ride height by 1.0 inch and are abetted by Fox internal-bypass shocks at all four corners, a sport exhaust, TRD-branded wheels, and a front skid plate.

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Specific design touches, such as a black hood scoop and a chunky grille with bold TOYOTA lettering, make the TRD Pro hard to miss.

Safety

As with all new cars and trucks, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma comes with dual front- front-side and side curtain airbags, as well as knee airbags for the driver and front passengers. Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is optional. The 2017 Tacoma received a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with a five star rating for the side crash test, and four stars for rollover. The 2017 model has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, however, the 2016 model received the top score of Good on the moderate front overlap and side impact tests.

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What We Think

In a First Test of the 2016 model, we noted that the Tacoma continues to have excellent steering feel with quick self-centering, with noteworthy improvements in interior refinement, a quieter cabin, and better build quality. However, editors noted the brake pedal felt overly sensitive with too aggressive initial “bite.” Off-road ride quality in the lower trim levels like the SR5 isn’t as smooth as the more off-road optimized higher trim levels, and can get bouncy on rough surfaces. Not unexpectedly, TRD models exhibited more tire noise on pavement compared to the SR5, with the tradeoff being superior off-road performance. The 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic are a big step forward in fuel economy and refinement compared to the 4.0-liter V-6 it replaces.

EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR DESIGN AND IMPROVEMENTS

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First generation of this great pickup truck was released back in 1995, and since then it has become one of the most desirable vehicles in this class. The new 2017 Toyota Tacoma should keep this same affection and show even better results than its predecessors. New Tacoma will be made mostly of aluminum and carbon fiber. These materials will make it lighter than before and with reduced weight its general performances and fuel economy will be improved. The new Toyota Tacoma will look almost the same as its predecessor but with some minor changes. Its wheelbase will be bigger than before. This will cause bigger cabin and more space inside. New Tacoma will offer three body sizes which are: access cab, double cab and double cab long bed. It will be built on the Kazein platform which gives more length in the wheelbase. Beside the more space inside the cabin, interior of the new truck will be improved with the latest technology features and gadgets like camera, navigation, infotainment system, push start button, blind spot monitoring and many more.

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New for 2017

New for 2016, the big news for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is the reintroduction of the TRD Pro trim, adding a specialized off-road suspension including Fox internal bypass shocks, special 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels, a TRD Pro front skid plate, and Rigid Industries LED fog lights, and of course, generous TRD Pro badging throughout. The TRD Pro model is available in Cement (Gray), Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White. Optional on the SR5 and TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited models is a new power sliding rear window on Double Cab (four-door) models. SR5 models get a new appearance package, standard on V-6 models and optional on four-cylinder models. The package includes color-matched overfenders and new 16-inch alloy wheels, and optional mudguards.

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The result is one purposeful-looking truck, although the Kevlar-lined Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires carried over from the lesser TRD Off-Road represent a missed opportunity for even more attitude. Leather upholstery, heated seats, automatic climate control, navigation, a Qi wireless charging pad, blind-spot monitoring, a backup camera, and a proximity key are standard; the TRD Pro comes only in crew-cab form with the shorter of the Tacoma’s two available bed lengths.

Four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case, a locking rear differential, the Tacoma’s optional 278-hp V-6, and a six-speed manual transmission also are built-in TRD Pro fare, although our test truck came with the available six-speed automatic for $2000. Performance is on par with other similarly equipped Tacomas we’ve tested, with a 7.7-second zero-to-60-mph run and a 180-foot stop from 70 mph—decent for a mid-size pickup on all-terrain tires—but the brake pedal has the same strange stepped resistance as other Tacomas. The TRD Pro’s Fox shocks feel slightly firmer than the TRD Off-Road’s Bilstein pieces, diminishing that model’s body movements without degrading ride quality, but our test truck still listed heavily during its modest 0.70-g skidpad orbit.

Other Tacoma idiosyncrasies are part and parcel of the experience, including the V-6 engine’s grainy nature as well as the low seating position and the high floor—the latter two of which lend the cabin a feeling of tightness you won’t find in, say, a Chevrolet Colorado (a truck that soon will be getting a ZR2 edition that should stack up neatly with the TRD Pro in a head-to-head comparison). The six-speed automatic transmission suffers from dimwitted programming and excessively tall fifth and sixth gears. At highway speeds, the transmission will dramatically downshift from either overdrive ratio to fourth gear when the Tacoma detects even a whiff of an uphill grade or a request for even mild acceleration.

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2017 TOYOTA TACOMA POWERTRAIN

According to some sources we should see the new 2017 Toyota Tacoma offered with two engine types. The first one should be a 2.7-liter inline 4 cylinder gasoline engine. The second one will probably be a 3.5-liter V6 cylinder power unit. New Tacoma will probably use a 6-speed automatic transmission. It will be presented with a Stop Start technology which gives the engine an option to operate under the direct fuel injection and independent suspension. According to some rumors Toyota may also offer and a hybrid option under the hood of the new Tacoma.

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RELEASE DATE AND PRICE

We are expecting to see the 2017 Toyota Tacoma revealed sometime at the end of 2016.

The Toyota is by no means as intense or capable as Ford’s F-150 Raptor, a veritable stadium truck with airbags and heated seats. But the TRD Pro’s suspension is claimed to enhance rear-axle articulation and to better absorb large bumps both when crawling and at higher speeds. We found the Fox shocks could handle quick successions of washboard terrain—natural expanses of speed bumps known as whoops—up to nearly highway speeds before smacking their bump stops and causing the chassis to buck fore and aft. The shocks, which feature remote reservoirs at the rear axle for additional fluid capacity and cooling, also soak up landings from mild jumps with aplomb. And the Tacoma can indeed jump.

Climbing the tallest dunes posed no major traction-related hurdles, although we found the throttle must be pinned early in order to tap the V-6’s swell of high-rpm torque and build momentum before hitting really steep sections. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma five-mode Multi-Terrain Select traction-control settings, a range of electronic assists for everything from mud and sand to rock crawling, were unnecessary in the deep sand; instead we favored the freedom afforded by simply deactivating the electric watchdogs altogether. With 9.4 inches of ground clearance, it takes some commitment to scrape the Tacoma’s dirty bits, and we escaped having only once bumped the front skid plate on a particularly ambitious approach. This isn’t shocking given the Tacoma’s 35-degree approach angle, which trails the smaller Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s absurd 42-degree measurement, although the Toyota sits just 0.6 inch lower and boasts a slightly better breakover angle. Perhaps the TRD Pro’s greatest demerits in the rough are its small, awkward tow hooks buried under the front bumper’s extreme overbite, which make attaching a flag mount or any type of tow strap frustratingly difficult. That’s a serious oversight for a vehicle designed to traverse challenging terrain.

Whether you use it to play in the sand or bash rocks, the TRD Pro stands out as one of the few convincingly off-road-focused trucks you can buy new from a dealership. Even so, the TRD components don’t get in the way of the Tacoma’s day-to-day livability. Harder to swallow is that the truck costs $43,700 to start, and our example expanded that figure to $44,627 with optional mud flaps, side steps, floor mats, and a cargo-bed mat. That’s a few shoulder shrugs and a mysterious reduction in your children’s college fund away from a $49,520 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCab, meaning this Taco’s size, bulletproof reputation, and specific sort of crunch will need to touch a nerve in a very particular sort of buyer.

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