The 2013 Toyota Tacoma offers style and reliability for workers and families alike. The new concessions to entertainment and comfort on the interior, with a nod to new style on the exterior, makes Toyota’s rough and tough truck another one to reckon with in transportation competition.
There are three choices for cab size and three options for driver preference for the 2013 Tacoma, providing consumers with nine possible options. Tacomas are available in two-wheel drive, in a PreRunner model and in four-wheel drive. Each truck is available with a regular cab, access cab or double cab (X-Runner in the case of the two-wheel drive). The PreRunner model combines two-wheel drive drivetrain with a four-wheel drive style and riding stance. The PreRunner is distinguished by the same overfenders that signify the four-wheel drive models.
With this in mind, in addition to the fact that the truck can have an automatic or manual transmission, the estimated fuel economy is quite varied. For a 5-speed manual two-wheel drive Tacoma, city driving will average out to 21 miles per gallon, while highway travel will see 25 miles per gallon. In a 5-speed automatic four-wheel drive package, however, fuel economy is expected to top at 16 miles per gallon for city driving and 21 for highway travel.
Other options for fuel economy include the 5-speed manual 4×4 (18/20 miles per gallon); the 4-speed automatic (19/24 miles per gallon) and the 4-speed automatic 4×4 (18/21 miles per gallon); the six-speed manual two-wheel drive PreRunner (16/21 miles per gallon); the six-speed manual 4×4 (15/19 miles per gallon) and the five-speed automatic (17/21 miles per gallon). A 21-gallon gas tank, however, does mean longer distances conquered, although that does little for higher numbers on the monthly fuel bill figures.
Base price tags then, understandably, vary a bit as well. The regular cab two-wheel drive models start at the following prices: regular cab – $17,525; double cab – $22,425; access cab – $20,315; PreRunner double cab – $23,075 and the PreRunner double cab with V-6 engine – $24,510. The four-wheel drive models have the following base price tags: regular cab – $21,375; double cab V-6 – $27,585; and the access cab – $24,150.
The Tacoma is available in a variety of exterior paint choices, including Magnetic Gray Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Spruce Mica, Super White, Black, Silver Streak Mica and Nautical Blue Metallic. Fabric trimmed seats are standard, with packages available to add such niceties as heated seats and different trim. Those packages include a Limited Package, offering SofTex-trimmed heated first row sporty seats, 18” chrome clad alloy wheels, a rear bumper completely in chrome, other chrome accents and mirrors with turn signal indicators, a metallic tone instrument panel trim and fog lamps. The TRD Sport Package offers cruise control, Sport seats that are engineered to have lumbar support for the driver compared to normal bucket seats, power mirrors and a sliding rear window with privacy glass. An intriguing feature of the TRD Sport Package is a tailgate-handle centric back-up camera linked to an auto-dimmin1g mirror with a monitor. The TRD Off-Road Package includes Bilstein shocks, off-road tuned suspension, Hill Start Assist Control, a tow hook, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metallic tone trim on the instrument panel. The Off-Road Package also includes the tailgate-handle camera.
The six-cylinder Tow Package includes a Class 4 hitch, both transmission options and supplemental oil coolers, a long lasting battery and a 7-pin connector featuring a converter.
Standard exterior features for all models of the 2013 Tacoma include a deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats, a bed with storage compartments, rail caps and a removable tailgate. It also has 2-speed windshield wipers (not available on the X-Runner Access), two stationary cargo bed tie-down points and the all-important regular-sized spare tire. Towing capability for this truck is 1,335 lbs for the regular cab and up to 3,500 lbs for the access cab and double cab. Bed length for the regular cab and access cab is 73.5 inches long. For a double cab, bed length choices are either 60.3 inches or 73.5 inches.
The interior of the 2013 Tacoma can fit from three passengers in the regular cab to as many as five in the double cab. All of the truck options are fully carpeted with LED-illuminated gauges that include a speedometer, tachometer, digital clock and trip meter. Air conditioning, power windows and door locks (with the exception of the regular cab models), sculpted door trim with two bottle holders and three front cupholders, two in the bench seat models, cover basic needs and hopes. There is one 12V power outlet in addition to the cigarette lighter in all models.
For consumers on the market for a truck that leaves the work noise outside, the Tacoma is ideal. New sound absorption material in the headliner and behind the rear seats, coupled with insulating carpeting, provides a respite from the noise of the construction site or other high-volume work location.
Despite the impression of a Tacoma as a work vehicle or as a hauling machine, the entertainment aspect of the amenities is not ignored. All models come with a 6.1-in. touch-screen AM/FM CD player that also handles MP3 and WMA playback, six speakers (four in the regular cab), an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port. Entune, Toyota’s new system that offers access to Pandora, dinner reservations and movie ticket purchases for the first three years after the vehicle purchase, is available in the two-wheel drive double cab and the PreRunner double cab only, and it is only available by adding the six-cylinder package.
Safety is another area that isn’t ignored in any of the 2013 Tacoma models. The Star Safety System, a Advanced Airbag System that protects both the front passenger during a collision, seat installed side-airbags protecting the driver and front passenger and front and rear side curtain airbags and three-point seatbelts for all seating positions means safety is a priority Tacoma buyers can check off the list.
Each Tacoma has a rear spring suspension with gas shock absorbers, an automatic limited slip differential and variable assist rack & pinion steering. This makes for reliable handling regardless of the season and despite any sudden storms.