NEW FOR 2008:

– Base Access Cab "B" Package adds air conditioning

For 2008, the Toyota Tacoma mid-size pickup truck is virtually unchanged from the 2007 models.

The Tacoma is available in Access Cab or Double Cab configuration (a regular-cab model sold in the U.S. is not available in Canada); the Access Cab is available in two- or four-wheel drive models, while the Double Cab is four-wheel drive only. The Access Cab uses a six-foot bed, while the Double Cab can be ordered with a five- or six-foot box.

The 4×2 Access Cab uses a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine, with five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic; the sportier 4×2 Access X-Runner uses a 4.0-litre V6 that comes only with a six-speed manual transmission. All 4×4 models use the 4.0-litre, with six-speed manual or five-speed automatic on the Access Cab, and automatic transmission on the Double Cab.

Features on the Access Cab 4×2 include 15-inch steel wheels, anti-lock brakes, CD stereo, front cloth bucket seats, foldable rear-seat cushions, tilt and telescopic wheel, floor mats, front tow hook, rear step bumper, removable tailgate, composite cargo bed, and two-speed wipers.

The Access Cab 4×2 X-Runner adds 18-inch alloy wheels, limited-slip differential, six-CD stereo with wheel-mounted controls, air conditioning, front sport seats, power locks with keyless entry, power windows, sliding rear window, leather-wrapped wheel, cruise control, power mirrors, privacy glass, 115-volt outlet in the cargo bed, variable intermittent wipers, fog lamps, and appearance package of coloured bumpers, hood scoop, side skirts and chrome tailpipe.

Features on the Access Cab 4×4 are similar to the 4×2 model, but with the addition of 16-inch steel wheels and air conditioning.

Features on the Double Cab 4×4 include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, CD stereo, cloth seats, 60/40 fold-down rear seat, power locks with keyless entry, tilt and telescopic wheel, floor mats, front tow hook, power mirrors, and two-speed wipers.

Depending on the model, packages of power accessories, and off-road plus tow packages are available.

Styled like a larger truck, courtesy of Toyota’s Hino division, the Tacoma presents a muscular appearance that’s tempered by a smooth ride and comfortable interior. All models come with a composite cargo box that’s more resistant to impact damage and rust than a conventional steel box. The base models make good, inexpensive work trucks, while the sporty X-Runner is an accessorized tuner truck right out of the box.

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