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2013 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 DoubleCab V6. Click image to enlarge

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2013 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 DoubleCab V6

Well, a truck is a truck is a truck, as it turns out. Not much has changed there, I’m afraid.

I’ve always been a fan of the Toyota Tacoma. In the end, much of what I know and remembered about the ones I drove in the past remains true, and many of the compromises of driving a true truck remain solidly stuck in place. Maybe it turns out that I’ve been a fan of the idea of a Tacoma, rather than the ownership of one. But that’s my problem, and not yours. Nor the Tacoma’s.

Under the hood, you’ll find Toyota’s venerable V6 – over the years, its displacement has crept up to 4.0 L. When you hear it, it’s got the same rushing, roaring sound under throttle that this engine’s ancestors made 20 years ago. Some things never change.

The V6 makes 236 hp at 5,200 rpm and more importantly, a fairly accessible 266 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. This Tacoma tips the scales at 1,939 kg (4,275 lb.). Though this differs vastly from North American half-tons, it’s refreshing to drive a truck that doesn’t feel like it weighs a few tons.

The power is fed through a five-speed automatic, which didn’t impress nor offend. It just… shifted.

The Tacoma has an 80 L fuel tank, which is lovely, because it’s rated at 8.6 L/100 km on the highway and 12.9 L/100 km in the city. I averaged roughly 19 L/100 km and I wasn’t driving with a heavy foot. Yikes. That’s not me making that gurgling sound, it’s the Tacoma’s engine. Downing gas like a Scotsman does whisky on Robbie Burns Day. Gulp!

Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6 trucks toyota car test drives reviews Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6 trucks toyota car test drives reviews
2013 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 DoubleCab V6. Click image to enlarge

My truck, with the optional TRD Sport package had a 2,948-kg (6,500 lb.) towing capacity – nothing to sneeze at for a light truck.

Toyota has continued to refine the Tacoma over the generations, but really, the look has remained relatively static. In my opinion, that’s a good thing. The Tacoma has a great mix of size, shape and utility. The four-door looks a bit portly and slightly less handsome than the AccessCab.

The Tacoma has muscular, flared-out lower door panels and fenders. Ground clearance continues to be exemplary, and it defines this truck’s stance as well.

There’s no missing the high step-up into this truck. The ingress might be considered difficult for some, and frankly, painful for others. Hey, it’s part of having a truly capable off-roader.

Inside I found excellent head and leg room for my 5’10” frame. You’re surrounded by a sea of hard plastics. The heated, manually adjustable seats are quite comfortable and offer surprisingly decent bolstering. In front of you is a very short dash, and a couple of “Oh crap!” handles on the A-pillars.




About Tom Sedens

Tom Sedens is an Edmonton-based automobile journalist, husband, dad and driving enthusiast, as well as an accredited member of AJAC.