|MPG||City 18 / Hwy 20|
|Engine||V6 Cylinder Engine|
|Drive Train||Rear-wheel drive|
As they say in Tuntutuliak, if the customers want seal meat, don't bring back a walrus. The Tacoma serves up the winning Toyota recipe by the bucketful. Yet, the truck, which isn't assembled in Tuntutuliak or even Tacoma but in Freemont, California, is thoroughly reborn. It's longer, wider, roomier, smoother, and a whole bunch of other -ers, including heavier and pricier. Styling and development duties went to Hino, Toyota's heavy-truck subsidiary in Japan, even though the Tacoma sells exclusively in North America. Hino won Toyota's internal design competition by turning up the Tacoma's testosterone with square shoulders, fender arches, and a Kenworth-compatible grille. The Tacoma pickup and the 4Runner sport-ute now share the frame of the mid-size Toyota Prado, a sort of low-carb Land Cruiser sold in overseas markets. A thick box-section front member, seven cross members, and a center section of reinforced steel C-channel contribute to increased frame stiffness. The result is a ride expunged of creaks and body shivers, even when clobbered by the mini-McKinley frost heaves between Fairbanks and Buckshot Betty's diner in Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory. Generous sound insulation hushes the cabin against wind noise and pebble spray from the wheels. The 245-hp, 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 mated with the new four-speed automatic, yields rapid acceleration.
1181 Aurora Rd Melbourne, FL 32935
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