Toyota Tacoma is the best truck 2011 photos and videos full review

Toyota Tacoma is the best truck 2011 photos and videos full review

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma’s styling changes involve minor alterations to the grille and are typical of revisions intended to keep a model fresh as it advances in years. In fact, this generation Tacoma has been around so long – since model-year 2005 -- that the 2011 changes constitute the second facelift since its introduction. They build on a model-year 2009 freshening that included an argent-painted grille and some new passenger-compartment trim. None of these changes alter the size or shape of a handsome pickup that counts variety among its strengths.

The crew-cab is dubbed the Double Cab and it’s by far the most popular configuration at 54 percent of Tacoma sales. The 2011 Tacoma Double Cab continues on the 127.4-inch-wheelbase with a 5-foot bed or on a 140.6-inch-wheelbase -- longest in the class -- with the 6.1-foot bed. Tacoma Crew Cabs have four conventional doors and a rear bench seat for five-passenger capacity.

Tacomas offered are PreRunner models that mimic the raised-suspension look of the TRD four-wheel-drive (4wd) models but come only with two-wheel drive (2wd).
For 2011, Toyota adds five new Tacoma configurations, starting with a 4wd regular-cab with automatic transmission. It expands the Access Cab roster to include 2wd and 4wd four-cylinder, automatic transmission models. And it stretches the Double Cab line to include PreRunner and non-PreRunner versions with 2wd, the four-cylinder, and automatic-transmission.

The 2011 Tacoma power ratings carry over from the 2010 model, with the four-cylinder at 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and the V-6 at 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Again available is a dealer-installed TRD supercharger kit that boosts the V-6 to 304 horsepower and 334 pound-feet of torque and carries a 5-year, 60,000-mile factory warranty.

The V-6 is standard on 2011 Tacoma Double Cabs and available on Access Cabs. Toyota hasn’t offered the V-6 in Tacoma regular-cabs and isn’t going to start. Four-cylinder 2wd models continue to offer both transmissions. V-6 Tacomas repeat with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, though the 2011 X-Runner continues with manual only.

The 4wd models make up about half of 2011 Tacoma sales. Additionally, about 35 percent will have the TRD Off-Road package. Available on 4wd V-6 Access or Double cabs, the TRD package includes a fortified and raised suspension, hill-start and hill-descent control, and a locking rear differential activated by an electronic switch in the cab. Manual-transmission 4wd Tacomas are also among the few modern vehicles that can be started in gear without depressing the clutch – a trick employed by off-roaders on steep inclines.

Toyota offers a plethora of option packages for Tacoma Access and Double cabs. These include cruise control, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, sliding rear window with privacy glass, and steering-wheel audio controls.

Audio options for 2011 include a premium JBL system with seven speakers and subwoofer. Access Cabs with the premium system mount a 7.9-inch 65-watt subwoofer on the bulkhead between the rear jump seats. Satellite radio is newly integrated into the audio system of models with the 6-CD changer. Bluetooth cell-phone connectivity is included with the upgraded audio systems, but Toyota has limited Tacoma’s iPod interface to an auxiliary jack; it’s overdue for the more interactive USB linking.

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