Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4x4

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4x4     Photo: Photo courtesy of Toyota

THE SELL: Toyota's bomber 4WD pick-up added a full-size rear passenger area and now seats five adults.
THE TEST: This Toyota may look small on the outside, but it drives like a big truck. Or more specifically, it drives like a long and narrow 2x4 piece of lumber: three-point turns on my suburban street were a challenge. Steering around tight doubletrack in the Colorado mountains was a no-go. Nice: the spacious rear bench seats are as comfortable as the front seats, and the six-foot-long bed can haul all five passengers' gear.
THE VERDICT: What the Tacoma's 4.0L, V6 lacks in horsepower (236) it makes up for with legendary reliability and capable low-end torque. Already pricey at $27,250, our test vehicle's fully-optioned $33,000 outfit induced multiple cases of sticker shock. $33,183; 16 mpg city/20 hwy; toyota.com

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