Boasting of a refined V6 engine, an extensive list of options, a peerless resale value, an excellent off-road ability, and a responsive touchscreen, the redesigned 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a great choice for a midsize truck. We should expect its release date in October 2017 if online reports are anything to go by.
The Tacoma has been for decades now been the preferred option for shoppers who feel regular full-size trucks are just too big or too expensive. It then doesn’t come as a surprise when the same mechanical underpinnings are used during the construction of the new model. Away from the mechanical tidbits, there are several tidbits that Toyota has infused on the new model to make it look and feel fresh.
Such changes are spread throughout the entire vehicle. For instance, it comes with a revamped interior design, an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover, and in the lockable damped tailgate. Other upgrades are inform of the overall performance such as in handling, and steering precision. Matters under the hood however remain unaltered.
In overall, we’d say the new 2017 Toyota Tacoma is well-positioned to retain its throne as the king of the segment. However, there are several rivals nipping at its heels and some of which can also be desirable options depending on your priorities. For instance, you may find the GM’s Canyon and Colorado to be appealing in terms of offering a comfortable ride and a stronger V6 engine.
Another capable truck would be the 2017 Nissan Frontier which offers an appealing refinement and fuel economy consumption advantage over other options.
Offered Trims – Toyota Tacoma
Five trims are available for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, and Limited trim model. Additionally two cabs are offered: extended Access Cab, and Double Cab.
Interior Review & 2017 Toyota Tacoma Exterior Changes
The redesigned, base SR model features an adjustable tie-down, full power accessories, a rearview camera, an auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a sliding rear window, a cargo bed rail system, 16-inch steel wheels, a GoPro windshield mount, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface.
Options available for the SR include 16” black alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, black plastic pieces, a sliding rear window, adaptive cruise control, and body-color door handles.
Stepping up to the SR5 model gets you a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome exterior accents, foglights, a 7-inch touchscreen display, body-color over-fenders, an upgraded infotainment bundle, rear parking sensors, auto-diming rearview mirror, a navigation app, a color trip computer, variable intermittent wipers, and a rear privacy glass.
The TRD Sport trim model brings you a bed mounted 120-V power outlet, 17-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded infotainment bundle, a special upholstery, a leather-trimmed shift lever, keyless ignition and entry, a sport-tuned shock absorber, LED daytime running lights, a wireless phone charger, and an a unique exterior trim.
The TRD Off-road upgrades you with Bilstein shock absorbers, an electronic locking rear differential, a chin-spoiler delete, adaptive cruise control, and special 16-inch wheels. More details will be added upon its release date.
At the helm of the trim ladder is the Limited model which on top of what the TRD Off-road offers adds a unique interior and exterior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather upholstery, and an upgrade JBL stereo system.
2017 Toyota Tacoma Engine Specs
A standard six-speed automatic transmission system is offered across all 4×2’s (rear-wheel drive models), and a six-speed manual transmission for the 4×4’s.
The base models get a four-cylinder 2.7L engine rated at 159 hp and 180 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA says automatic-equipped 4×2 models should return 23/19/21 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 22/19/20 mpg for the 4×4’s.
On the other hand, top-of-the-line models get a six-cylinder diesel V6 good for 278 horsepower and 265 pounds-feet of torque. The 4×2’s with an automatic return 24/19/21 mpg, and 21/17/19 mpg for the manual-equipped Access Cabs.
A time of 8.5 seconds is required to lope from 0-60 mph with the TRD Off-Road Double Cab.
Price & 2017 Toyota Tacoma Release Date
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is expected to go for sale for around $23,300, and $24,130 for the Tacoma Double Cab. Its release date although shrouded in mystery, should be expected in October 2017.