For 2007, Toyota pares down the Tacoma line-up: it’s dropped the Prerunner, the two-wheel drive Double Cab version available in 2006. For 2007, Access Cab models can be had in two- or four-wheel drive configurations, while the Double Cab is 4×4 only. (A regular cab model available to U.S. buyers is not sold in Canada.) There is also a new option package including air conditioning for the Access Cab 4×2.

Two engines are available. The Access Cab 4×2 uses a 2.7-litre four-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission or available four-speed automatic, while the X-Runner Access Cab 4×2 and all 4×4 models use a 4.0-litre V6 with six-speed manual transmission or available five-speed automatic.

The Access Cab 4×2 includes 15-inch steel wheels, CD player with six speakers, front bucket seats, rear folding jump seats, telescopic wheel, dual manual remote mirrors, fixed intermittent wipers and removable tailgate.

The sporty X-Runner includes full skirt package, hood scoop, fog lamps, six-CD changer with wheel-mounted controls, leather-wrapped wheel, air conditioning, power windows, power locks with keyless entry, sliding rear window, cruise control, and 115V cargo bed power outlet.

The Access Cab 4×4 includes air conditioning, CD player with six speakers, front bucket seats, rear folding jump seats, 16-inch steel wheels, dual manual remote mirrors, fixed intermittent wipers and removable tailgate.

The Double Cab 4×4 includes air conditioning with rear seat heater ducts, CD player with six speakers, 60/40 split rear bench seat, power locks and windows and power mirrors. Towing packages can be added to all 4×4 models.

Numerous packages are available for the various Tacoma models, and add such features as alloy wheels, sliding rear window, chrome bumper and grille, fold-down front passenger seat and illuminated entry. There are also off-road, towing and TRD Sport packages available.

All models come with a composite cargo box that’s light, durable and resistant to deformation, impact damage and rust. Its big-truck styling – courtesy of Toyota’s Hino division – gives it a muscular appearance, but under all that, it’s smooth-riding, intelligently designed, solid and refined, and with a built-to-last feeling to it.

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