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.
All models and trim levels of the Tacoma receive as standard equipment Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TC). An Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which uses brake intervention in place of a mechanical-type limited-slip to help reduce wheel-spin, is standard on all Tacoma models with the exception of those fitted with TRD Off-Road packages, like our test model; those will have a separate locking differential.
Tacoma Access Cab L4 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.
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