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Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« on: February 21, 2013, 06:28:49 am »


As part of Tom's initiation rites, we made him review a pickup truck, in this case the small but capable Tacoma. Spoiler alert: it drives like a truck.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 07:06:45 am »
$37gs is a lot of money, what kind of money is Toyota leaving on the hood?
18l/ 100km  :(, I have avg 16l/ 100km with using the remote start most mornings in my truck

One thing I have never like was the low sitting position  :hurl:

Headrest making it hard to see out the back  :rofl2: :rofl2:, that is why you have side mirrors
Maybe time for a driving lesson

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013, 07:30:10 am »
About a year and a half ago, before I got the Sahara, I was looking at swapping the SE-R on lease I had for a Nissan Frontier QuadCab 4X4 - I always liked the concept of a compact pick up with 4 doors.

I never test drove the Tacoma, but did some price comparisons seemed to favour the Toyota on CCC.

The pricing was VERY high for a smaller truck relative tot he full sizers, though. Especially as Chrysler had Ram Quad cabs going for ~$10,000 less that these trucklets / granted maybe not feature for feature.

The baser (sp?) are not bad value propositions (or were).

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 08:40:02 am »
 This is a typical Toyota piece of crapola..When was the last design change?  This article seemed to be one excusal after another for it's gross sort-comings...All this for a mere 38 grand?  Last time I rode in one of these the driving position was so low I felt like a little kid..
  By the way, not all pick-ups are leaf springed. For several years now, Dodge's half tons have had coils in the rear...And, if I'm not mistaken, ride much nicer, with much less outside noise than this little overpriced ugfest. Get much better gas mileage too..Much more horsepower, also..
   Why would anyone buy this little crap box??  Thanks...Jack

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2013, 08:49:14 am »
This is a typical Toyota piece of crapola..When was the last design change?  This article seemed to be one excusal after another for it's gross sort-comings...All this for a mere 38 grand?  Last time I rode in one of these the driving position was so low I felt like a little kid..
  By the way, not all pick-ups are leaf springed. For several years now, Dodge's half tons have had coils in the rear...And, if I'm not mistaken, ride much nicer, with much less outside noise than this little overpriced ugfest. Get much better gas mileage too..Much more horsepower, also..
   Why would anyone buy this little crap box??  Thanks...Jack

Not everyone thinks bigger is better.  That is why Canada is stuck with the car options they have, Americans dictate because they are a bigger market.  Obvikously your going to get a nicer rider, with a longer wheelbase.  Isn't the ride better in a Taurus compared to a Focus?  Piece of crap?  Check the reliability of this truck compared to another dodge in it's class, like say the Dakota, not a full size truck like the RAM.  If your going to do that, use the Tundra.  I agree with the author, nothing wrong, don't change it.  Many car companies do this, especially when the public has no complaints.  How old was that Town Car before they changed it.....



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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013, 08:55:15 am »
The Tacoma's a good trucklet and has come a long way from its offering two decades ago. It handles and parks much better than a 1/2 ton and better outward visibility. Take value out of the equation and I'd rather have a Tacoma/Frontier than any 1/2 ton.

Then there is the price....as in way over priced. The Tacoma and Frontier have always been overpriced and there has been many a rant/post about why. Nissan is at least cutting a minimum of $4000k off the Frontier, still not enough IMO, but its a start.

Put value back into the equation and I am looking at 1/2 tons instead.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2013, 09:00:27 am »
This is a typical Toyota piece of crapola..When was the last design change?  This article seemed to be one excusal after another for it's gross sort-comings...All this for a mere 38 grand?  Last time I rode in one of these the driving position was so low I felt like a little kid..

And yet, people love Tacomas and their resale values are insanely high because they're so desirable.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2013, 09:03:13 am »
$37gs is a lot of money, what kind of money is Toyota leaving on the hood?
18l/ 100km  :(, I have avg 16l/ 100km with using the remote start most mornings in my truck

One thing I have never like was the low sitting position  :hurl:

Headrest making it hard to see out the back  :rofl2: :rofl2:, that is why you have side mirrors
Maybe time for a driving lesson

After reading this article, I thought the average fuel economy was wrong.  To verifiy I checked this website for other reviews, Jil did one back in 2006 and averaged 15L/100km in mixed cold weather.  After doing a google search on real world fuel economy on the same vechicle (double cab v6) I see 13.5 to 15.5L/100km as the average.  Not sure how the author got 18L/100km, and how many km did he drive.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2013, 09:43:24 am »
Once again we get the N/A version of what Toyota has to offer.

Here it is the Toyota Hilux pickup with a strong proven diesel engine with excellent fuel economy.

The burning question once again is why can't we get this ?



http://www.fuelly.com/car/toyota/hilux/2012/diesel%20l4

10.4Avg L/100km

Let the plebs chime in.....
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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2013, 10:01:07 am »
$37gs is a lot of money, what kind of money is Toyota leaving on the hood?
18l/ 100km  :(, I have avg 16l/ 100km with using the remote start most mornings in my truck

One thing I have never like was the low sitting position  :hurl:

Headrest making it hard to see out the back  :rofl2: :rofl2:, that is why you have side mirrors
Maybe time for a driving lesson

I agree. I like the Tacoma but it has always struck me as a truck for teenagers.
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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2013, 10:10:43 am »
For climbers/skiers that need to access places that a CUV can't reach, the Taco is a perennial favourite choice.  They fit in tight spots, have good off road performance, and are very comfy.  They're frickin' expensive, and used ones are not even remotely a bargain, but people that own them swear by them.
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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2013, 10:28:10 am »
Compared to a full size truck the Tacoma costs more, tows less, hauls less, offers less passenger comfort (what with those go-kart like seats and all) and burns more fuel (or at least no less).  Given its proven reliability, you can regret not having bought a full size for a long time to come. 

I am not all hung up on the "bigger is necessarily better" philosophy, but the Tacoma offers but few comparative advantages. 

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2013, 10:38:38 am »

After reading this article, I thought the average fuel economy was wrong.  To verifiy I checked this website for other reviews, Jil did one back in 2006 and averaged 15L/100km in mixed cold weather.  After doing a google search on real world fuel economy on the same vechicle (double cab v6) I see 13.5 to 15.5L/100km as the average.  Not sure how the author got 18L/100km, and how many km did he drive.

I drove it for a week, mostly city driving. I always calculate my own mileage, as I've found the computers in vehicles aren't very accurate with that. Also, the Tacoma doesn't have a fuel economy read-out.

I was honestly shocked too - I achieved the same mileage in a Raptor I reviewed last summer - which I beat the crap out of and took off-roading.

I have to agree with most of the comments here - after reviewing the Tacoma, I found a good truck with plenty of compromises and a high price premium. Like I said, take it or leave it - it doesn't seem Toyota cares either way, and the resale values remain sky-high.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2013, 10:51:43 am »
For climbers/skiers that need to access places that a CUV can't reach, the Taco is a perennial favourite choice.  They fit in tight spots, have good off road performance, and are very comfy.  They're frickin' expensive, and used ones are not even remotely a bargain, but people that own them swear by them.

I've spent a fair amount of time in a current model and I agree with all of your comments except for comfort. With that high floor I'd say the Tacoma scores low among trucks for comfort (although the seats are pretty good)...plus the rear seat is very tight even on the crew cab.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2013, 11:04:34 am »
the 4.0L V6 reminds me of the dog used in the Ranger...in this day and age, why on Earth are they using such a large and comparatively weak engine...most 3.5L V6s now make about 100 HP more and get better fuel economy...i'm not sure why using a (what seems like) 30 year old engine in a new vehicle seems like a good idea.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2013, 11:06:55 am »
Compared to a full size truck the Tacoma costs more, tows less, hauls less, offers less passenger comfort (what with those go-kart like seats and all) and burns more fuel (or at least no less).  Given its proven reliability, you can regret not having bought a full size for a long time to come. 

I am not all hung up on the "bigger is necessarily better" philosophy, but the Tacoma offers but few comparative advantages.

I'll echo nlm's comments - the Tacoma (and Frontier) handle and park much better than a 1/2 ton, with better outward visibility.  And they are easier to get into/out of for short people (like my wife).  Not to mention they fit into garages much more easily than current 1/2 ton trucks do (especially since the 1/2 ton trucks all seem to be on steroids these days - can anyone explain why the hood has to be 5' off the ground??)  So I think there are inherent advantages to a "midsize" truck that the current 1/2 ton trucks simply cannot match.  (Ironically, the 1/2 ton trucks from 10+ years ago could, as their height/length/weight weren't as big - but they also had far less passenger space and capability than today's 1/2 tons.)

But there is no question that the value isn't there with the midsize trucks (compared to 1/2 ton), if by value you mean more capability for your money.   Some of that poor value can be remedied by incentives - Nissan has been throwing BIG cash on the Frontiers (last year a loaded crew cab at the local dealer was 8K off sticker, to just over 30K).  OTOH, the full size trucks are continually refreshed and improved, with cutthroat pricing pretty much all the time.  If the midsize trucks had the same level of competition and refinement, I think the offerings (and value) would be vastly improved - and they could compete better against the full-size trucks.  But even in North America I'm not sure the truck market isn't big enough to have highly competitive full AND mid/compact size truck offerings...


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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2013, 11:18:19 am »
Compared to a full size truck the Tacoma costs more, tows less, hauls less, offers less passenger comfort (what with those go-kart like seats and all) and burns more fuel (or at least no less).  Given its proven reliability, you can regret not having bought a full size for a long time to come. 

I am not all hung up on the "bigger is necessarily better" philosophy, but the Tacoma offers but few comparative advantages.

I'll echo nlm's comments - the Tacoma (and Frontier) handle and park much better than a 1/2 ton, with better outward visibility.  And they are easier to get into/out of for short people (like my wife).  Not to mention they fit into garages much more easily than current 1/2 ton trucks do (especially since the 1/2 ton trucks all seem to be on steroids these days - can anyone explain why the hood has to be 5' off the ground??)  So I think there are inherent advantages to a "midsize" truck that the current 1/2 ton trucks simply cannot match.  (Ironically, the 1/2 ton trucks from 10+ years ago could, as their height/length/weight weren't as big - but they also had far less passenger space and capability than today's 1/2 tons.)

But there is no question that the value isn't there with the midsize trucks (compared to 1/2 ton), if by value you mean more capability for your money.   Some of that poor value can be remedied by incentives - Nissan has been throwing BIG cash on the Frontiers (last year a loaded crew cab at the local dealer was 8K off sticker, to just over 30K).  OTOH, the full size trucks are continually refreshed and improved, with cutthroat pricing pretty much all the time.  If the midsize trucks had the same level of competition and refinement, I think the offerings (and value) would be vastly improved - and they could compete better against the full-size trucks.  But even in North America I'm not sure the truck market isn't big enough to have highly competitive full AND mid/compact size truck offerings...

I agree that those are advantages relative to a full size.  I note, though, that I paid in the range of $26k for my 2011 F150 Supercrew XLT 4x4 Ecoboost (with back up camera and tow package).  That is $4k less than the Frontier, even with the cash incentive to which you referred.  The mid-size trucks would need a much bigger incentive to attract a buyer sharing my profile.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2013, 11:19:07 am »
Compared to a full size truck the Tacoma costs more, tows less, hauls less, offers less passenger comfort (what with those go-kart like seats and all) and burns more fuel (or at least no less).  Given its proven reliability, you can regret not having bought a full size for a long time to come. 

I am not all hung up on the "bigger is necessarily better" philosophy, but the Tacoma offers but few comparative advantages.

How does the Tacoma cost more compared to full size trucks?  Are you talking used?  The Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab V6 starts at $30,000, the Ford F-150 CrewCab 4x4 starts at $40,000.  And according to many websites, the Tacoma  burns at least 15% less (not stellar, but still a fact)than any V8, and probably about 10% less than the real world fuel economy of the ecoboost.  And its supposed to tow less.  Unless your over 6' and 250lbs, the seats are just as comfortable as any other light duty truck.  I find sitting in a full size truck I can't see around as well, sitting too high, and loading is a pain in the butt.

I do wish the Tacoma diesel was offered here, but given Toyota is stuck on this hybrid mission, a diesel in the showroom would never work here.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2013, 11:23:13 am »
Seems to me if someone wants a mid-size truck with terrible fuel economy, pick-up a 2-3 year old Dakota V8 at one-third the price.  Sure, it may not be quite at Toyota quality standards, but it will be under warranty and you can bank over $20,000!  And it looks better in my view.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 DoubleCab V6
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2013, 11:29:56 am »
Bony-backside backcountry enthusiasts find the seats very good.  I've only been on one trip in a Taco and found it fine.

Toyota prices it high as they sell them.  Good business.

Resale is insane.  I thought it was a bunch of dreamers, but evidently not.