- Access and Double Cab models
- New TRD Pro Series model designed for off-road performance
- Smaller of Toyota’s two pickup trucks
The 2015 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize truck that can handle big jobs, from hauling around town to getting off the beaten path with its new TRD Pro Series model.
The 2015 Tacoma is offered in two cab styles for the new model year (regular cab models have been dropped), Access and Double. Access Cab models over a six-foot bed, while Double Cab models come in five- and six-foot bed lengths. Those who still want the work utility of a front-seat only truck can opt for the utility package, which removes the back seats from an Access Cab model to offer more in-cabin storage.
From the outside, the Tacoma has kept pretty much the same styling for the past several years and the 2015 model is very identical to previous years. A dent-resistant inner cargo bed liner is standard, along with 15-inch wheels (16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels are also available). The new TRD Pro Series gets a few unique styling features, including 16-inch black alloy wheels, a unique grille, and a TRD exhaust system. It also gets specialized tires, high-performance Bilstein shocks, and upgraded front springs.
Under the hood, there are two engine options. The base engine is a 159-hp, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that comes with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. For those who want more power, a 236-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 is also available and it comes with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. A limited-slip differential comes standard. A 4x2 drivetrain configuration is also standard, with 4x4 available on both engine/cab configurations.
The Tacoma actually comes with a pretty good amount of standard equipment in any guise: air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB/iPod port are all standard. Navigation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, and heated front seats are also optional.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera for safer reversing is also available.