Toyota introduced the Tacoma compact truck to the American market in 1995. It is available with two- or four-wheel drive and various cab and truck-bed configurations. The Tacoma is equipped with a four- or six-cylinder engine.
The Tacoma base engine is a 16-valve, 2.7-liter, overhead-cam four-cylinder motor, paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission is available. This engine is rated at 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Gas mileage is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
A 24-valve, 4-liter, overhead-cam V-6 engine is available with this truck, paired with a five- or six-speed manual transmission, depending on the body style. Four- and five-speed automatic transmissions are also available. This engine is rated at 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Gas mileage is rated at 14 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, with the manual six-speed and all-wheel-drive truck.
The smaller engine is found in regular-cab Tacomas while double-cab trucks offer only the larger engine. Truck weight, fuel economy, payload and towing must be considered when choosing a truck and power-plant combination.
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