The 2015 Tacoma is the little brother of the Tundra, and is one of a relatively small number of models of its size available in the market today. That may mean the Tacoma has less competition to deal with than the larger Tundra, but that doesn’t mean it’s taken its eye off the ball since its last major redesign. The Tacoma used to be available in Regular, Access and Double Cab variants, but the 2015 model year has seen that offering streamlined with the discontinuing of the Regular Cab.
There are currently two engine options available in the Tacoma, which presents the choice between the base 2.7-liter four-cylinder unit that puts out 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque, and the larger 4.0-liter V-6 that delivers a very respectable 236 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Depending on the model and engine choice, there are four different transmission options, which are five and six-speed manuals and four- and five-speed automatics. If that isn’t enough choice for you, the 2015 Tundra also comes in three different drive systems: rear-wheel drive with an automatic limited-slip differential, rear-wheel drive with 4x4 suspension, and four-wheel drive with 4WDemand that is a part-time four-wheel-drive system with two-speed electronically controlled transfer case. All three systems are available with both engine options.
One of the really great things about the Tacoma is its ability to be adaptable to just about anybody’s needs. You can configure a Tacoma to be everything from a capable off-roader to a sporty personal commuter, or a fairly Spartan workhorse at an extremely attractive price point. But even in its most basic form, the Tacoma has adapted to the more demanding modern truck buyer by adding features including Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and six speakers to go with its AM/FM/CD player as standard.
The 2015 Tacoma comes in three trim levels, which are Base, PreRunner and TRD Pro. And as you would expect with a Toyota, there are plenty of safety features in evidence throughout the range. Standard across all models are anti-lock brakes, stability control, brake assist, active front headrests, and six airbags that include curtain and front seat-mounted side protection.
Add-in Toyota’s reputation for reliability and durability and strong resale values, and you can see the enduring attraction of the Tacoma in a market that has been seeing continued growth for some time now. With a starting MSRP of just $20,965, there’s a Tacoma for almost every application and every budget.