The Toyota Tacoma has been extremely popular ever since it rolled its tires on roads for the first time in 1995 for its amazing Camry-like interior, a powerful pair of engines, and robust four-wheel-drive system. The 2017 Toyota Tundra model year brings major upgrade for the Tacoma. Don’t worry; it will remain the rugged and durable, compact pickup it has always been.
To be more specific, its proportions move it to the realm of a midsize pickup but still the Japanese carmaker advertises it as the compact truck and main competitors are from this segment. Tacoma’s major competition is pretty stiff this year. The newcomer will compete with the Nissan Frontier and the GM Colorado and Canyon models. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a perfect choice for those drivers that are looking for a capable off-roader with a gold reputation for rugged reliability and durability.
2017 Toyota Tacoma Release Date
Since its real competition hasn’t arrived on the market yet, the next-gen Tacoma has the fight on its hands and good chance to become one of the leaders. The official introduction could happen in the next few months, but it still isn’t clear if it will occur during the third or fourth quarter of this year. Will it be good enough to dethrone the mighty Chevrolet and GM? Read the article below to find out more juicy details.
The carmaker finally released a teaser image of the upcoming Toyota Tacoma and the shot clearly reveals what’s new for the 2017 model year. The new look of the Tacoma is pretty cool. The front end of the car looks far more interesting than before with newly designed grille. The vehicle adopted a new, bolder grille which gives it rather exciting look. Also new is a Cheshire Cat lower air intake in combination with the larger fenders give the vehicle wider and more courageous stance.
The rear fenders are also redesigned and wider. The bottom edge of the revised tailgate hosts a large “Tacoma” badge. To complete the package, the carmaker added a brand-new set of alloy wheels. The trailer wiring harness has been relocated to lower part of the bumper. In general, the redesigned 2017 Toyota Tacoma looks powerful with its muscular and rugged attitude. If you opt for the entry-level model, you will get a vehicle with a black bumper and black grille. Higher trim levels all have their unique details including chrome accents.
Everything inside of the cabin revolves around the driver himself. The newly designed instrument panel with new “handlebar” design theme looks pretty awesome. The carmaker changed materials and dressed up the cabin in better and more premium, soft-touch materials, but they still managed to keep the well-known sports truck theme. As far as the new features are concerned, novelties come in the form of a new Qi wireless charging dock, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and more. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma’s cabin will be the most pleasant place to be as it is quieter since the carmaker added acoustic laminated windshield along with sound-absorbing headliner. This is further improved with the addition of sound absorbing elements such as floor carpet and improved door sealing system.
The Tacoma’s tired and not so modern 4.0-liter V6 has been finally replaced by a 3.5-liter V-6 with direct and port fuel injection in combination with Atkinson combustion cycle. Details about power output are kept in secrecy, but the carmaker claims that it will be more powerful than the previous drivetrain. The latest we could hear is that it will deliver about 278 hp which is far more than 236hp of the older 4.0-liter unit. Smaller engine and added technology resulted in lower fuel consumption even it brings more power compared to a bigger unit. The 19/24 mpg city/highway is what we now get instead of 17/21 mpg, nice improvement.
The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is still in the game and comes as a base choice. It delivers 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. This is a decent amount of power but in case you want to tow more and to be capable of completing tougher jobs, we certainly recommend more powerful engine. Another benefit is that there is no penalty regarding fuel economy in case you choose a bigger engine. Both engines rely on six-speed automatic gearbox as standard and a six-speed manual shifter as an optional extra; this mainly depends on the trim level you choose.
Among the most interesting versions in 2017, Toyota Tacoma lineup is the TRD Pro model. With this truck, you get the slightly more off-road capable vehicle but still it can’t compete with Ford Raptor and similar fully spec off-roaders. If you choose TRD Pro, trim you will be granted with more aggressive looks in combination with a higher clearance that will allow you to go over much bigger obstacles than the standard version can. Stronger wheels and dedicated off-road tires clearly point out what is the main goal of this pickup.
The starting price of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma will be around 23,660 for a base Access Cab body style, and the Double Cab can be chosen for $24,490. Check out the table with a full list of prices.
|Access Cab||Double Cab|
|SR Manual 4WD||$25.185||SR5 2.7L Short Box||$26.635|
|SR5||$25.745||SR5 V6 Short Box||$28.345|
|SR Automatic 4WD||$26.735||SR5 3.5L V6 Long Box||$28.845|
|SR5 V6||$27.355||SR V6||$29.275|
|SR5 4WD||$28.820||TRD Sport Automatic Short Box||$31.125|
|TRD Sport Automatic||$30.025||TRD Off Road Automatic Short Box||$31.125|
|SR5 V6 4WD||$30.530||SR5 V6 4WD Short Box||$31.420|
|TRD Sport Manual 4WD||$31.680||TRD Sport Automatic Long Box||$31.625|
|TRD Sport Automatic 4WD||$33.310||SR5 V6 4WD Long Box||$31.920|
|TRD Off Road||$33.310||TRD Sport Manual 4WD Short Box||$32.460|
|TRD Off Road Manual 4WD Short Box||$32.460|
|TRD Sport Automatic 4WD Short Box||$34.090|
|TRD Off Road Automatic 4WD Short Box||$34.090|
|TRD Off Road Automatic 4WD Long Box||$34.700|
|TRD Sport Automatic 4WD Long Box||$34.700|