Even though it’s now in the seventh year of this generation, the Toyota Tacoma is arguably the best truck in a field of solid midsize pickups. It’s certainly the most popular, dominating the market for midsize pickups. It comes in a wide range of configurations to please a wide range of buyers.
The 2011 Toyota Tacoma gets new grilles on all models, along with a number of package changes, with air conditioning now standard on the regular cabs. However, the mechanicals are unchanged for 2011. Three manual-transmission PreRunner models have been dropped, and no less than five new four-cylinder models with automatic transmissions have been added to the 2011 Tacoma lineup.
Tacoma Access Cab models add more standard features, including functional consoles for the floor and ceiling. Double Cabs come with upgraded seat fabric, plus power windows, mirrors and door locks. Access and Double Cabs also get satellite-ready six-speaker audio systems, and offer an in-dash six-CD changer; Access Cab and Double Cab models offer a premium JBL system (that’s wrapped into other packages) with CD changer and amplified subwoofer. Both audio upgrades feature steering wheel controls.
Tacoma PreRunner models are 2WD, but feature the high stance and general appearance of a 4WD truck. (Desert racers use this style of truck to scout or pre-run the course before the big race.) The Regular Cab PreRunner was discontinued, so now the four-cylinder Access Cab with 4-speed automatic transmission is the entry-level PreRunner.
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