The compact pickup segment has changed over the years, and Toyota created a new breed with the Mexican- and American-built Tacoma. Beginning with the full redesign that took place a couple years ago, the midsize pickup truck is stronger and bigger than traditional compacts on the market. Amazing amounts of hauling and towing are available with the V-6, 236-horsepower engine and the stout Tacoma frame with optional towing packages.
The diverse cab configurations of the Toyota Tacoma make it easy to choose the truck upon the type of vehicle needed. The body styles include the regular, an extended cab called Access Cab, and the Double Cab crew cab option. Toyota also has another version called PreRunner, which sports a suspension that acts like a four-wheel drive without all of the running gear typically used in actual 4WD vehicles. There’s another long-bed option on the crew cab, as well as a street performance-oriented model called X-Runner.
Overall, the 2007 Toyota Tacoma has no major faults to speak of within the midsize or compact pickup truck segment. It offers off-road-worthy, powerful, and versatile options to suit every type of driver for most purposes.
Body Styles: Pickup truck
Engines: 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five speed automatic, five-speed manual, six- speed manual
Models: Tacoma Base, Tacoma PreRunner, Tacoma PreRunner V6, Tacoma V6, Tacoma X-Runner V6
The Toyota Tacoma receives only minor changes for 2007. The seats in front are upgraded, and audio units and dash are revised.
The midsize Tacoma for 2007 has optional cab versions that include the Regular Cab, Access Cab, and Double Cab. The Access Cab has rearward-opening small doors, and the Double Cab has four full-size doors. The 73.5-inch cargo bed comes on the Access Cabs and Regular Cabs, while the Double Cab comes with a shortened bed to allow space for five passengers. Toyota also offers the long bed on the Double Cab with an extended wheelbase.
The larger Tacoma models have more features, beginning with the standard amenities of the Regular cabs’ workhorse equipment and adding upon them for higher models. The steel wheels come in 15-, 16-, or 18-inches, along with skid plates, intermittent wipers, cargo tie-downs, and privacy glass, depending on the model.
The 2007 Toyota Tacoma’s interior doesn’t seem particularly luxurious or flashy, but it does provide loads of comfort and practicality. Some of the standard features available include a telescoping/tilt steering wheel, CD four-speaker stereo, and auxiliary power outlets on the Regular cabs. Air-conditioning, a six-speaker system, and an overhead console come with the Access Cab models. The five-passenger Double Cab models comes with power locks and windows, keyless entry, and upgraded seat fabric.
The utility aspect of the cargo bed is enhanced by adding a dent-resistant and non-rusting composite. An optional 400-watt and 115-volt electrical outlet comes bed-mounted. The storage space and cargo room is more than sufficient, and the seats are all very comfortable.
Performance & Handling
The 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine comes standard and produces 159 horsepower with 180 lb-ft torque. On the other hand, the four-liter V-6 alternative provides 236 hp with 159 lb-ft of torque. All body styles can be a four-wheel drive or rear-drive. The transmission choices on the four-cylinder are automatic four-speed and manual five-speed, whereas the V-6 can opt for either an automatic five-speed or manual six-speed transmission.
Anti-lock brakes with brake assist are standard on all 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks. Stability control is an optional feature on all the models. The crew cabs also offer front airbags and curtain airbags as an option. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) have been provided as standard for models with 4WD, automatic transmission, and stability control. In NHTSA crash tests, the Toyota Tacoma received a top rating of five stars for occupant protection in side and front impacts. The IIHS gave a top score of ""good? for frontal crash protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Tacoma Regular Cab Base: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Tacoma Regular Cab PreRunner: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Tacoma Access Cab Base: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Tacoma Access Cab PreRunner: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Tacoma Access Cab PreRunner V6: 17/21 mpg city/highway
Tacoma Access Cab V6: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Tacoma Access Cab X-Runner V6: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Tacoma Double Cab Pre-Runner V6: 17/21 mpg city/highway
Tacoma Double Cab V6: 16/20 mpg city/highway
- Diverse body configuration selection
- Unique bed features
- Well-designed interior
- Excellent off-road ability
- Potent V-6 engine
- Solid build excellence
You Won't Like
- Noisy V-6 engine
- Low seating
An ideal selection for those looking for a midsize or compact pickup.
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