Roadfly.com – 2011 Toyota Tacoma Road Test & Review

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma remains the preeminent midsize truck in its class; dependable, reliable, and perfect for hauling cargo or equipment. Host Ross Rapoport spent a week driving in the Tacoma and his impressions have remained unchanged since his last review of the same truck.

Much like its competitors, the Tacoma’s last redesign was the better part of a decade ago, but has led the pack thanks to its variety of cab-styles and sizes.

Tacoma has been dominate in all areas of the competition, from the drivetrain to the interior and exterior aesthetics. For starters, we had the V6 Tacoma, its engine is a 4.0 liter V6 that boasts 236 and an impressive 266 pound feet of torque, and any body style can come in either two wheel drive or four wheel drive. Gas mileage isn’t great, you get 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, but it’s not exactly a surprise out of a heavy work truck.

Our test Tacoma is capable of hauling over 3 tons, and its interior is the most comfortable and roomy out of its competitors. Amenities are decent; satellite radio, bluetooth, GPS, plenty of ample headroom, cupholders galore. The backseat is incredibly spacious as well, our double cab was more than capable of handling a few passengers. And as an added bonus, the rear seats can lift open, revealing a work table underneath, a very handy feature for onsite usage.

Some Tacoma buyers may find that the 4-banger engine that Tacoma offers might be better suited towards their needs, but we preferred the stronger of the two, and for our money, our tester the double-cab V6 4×4 Tacoma is easily the best midsize truck you can buy on the market today.

Host: Ross Rapoport

Vehicle: 2011 Toyota Tacoma

Base Price: $27,025

Price as tested: $30,484

Engine: 4.0L DOCH 24V V6 VVT-I engine

Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Horsepower: 236 hp / 266 lb-ft torque

EPA: 16 city / 20 highway MPG

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Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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