2005 Toyota Tacoma 4X4
There are 4 user reviews for the Regular Cab I4 Manual trim shown below
- good fuel economy, AWESOME off road, composite bed a plus
- a bit wide, no 4X4 switch illumination
Ive owned two ford explorers, a kia sportage, and a subaru impreza, and the 05 tacoma i just bought knocks them all out of the water in nearly every category... including off road, which is of course, the most important. i dont have the trd package, and i really dont think that i need it. i just pulled my brothers F150 4X4 out of some snow, and it was amazing. i was running circles around him to try to get the right angle and it just never got stuck. great truck... im so very happy with it. and it gets 22 mpg average for me....read morehide
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- More space, improved 4x4 system, better gizmos (vs. previous Tacoma)
- Slightly oversized and/or underpowered for the 4-cylinder engine
I am specifically comparing this truck to the pre-2005 4x4 regular cab with the 2.7L 4-cylinder. This is based on a few test drives. I like the improved interior room (in theory) and the dash-mounted automatic 4WD system vs. the old manual locking hubs. Other notable changes are an easier to reach oil filter, more dash instruments and a better designed interior. The handling also seems more controlled and the ride is better damped. The new bed rail system isn't a miracle but nice to have. Bigger stock tires on the 2005 means more cost to replace them and presumably more power used to turn them. Despite 245s instead of the old 225s, ground clearance doesn't seem improved. The whole chassis appears to ride lower.
I wish Toyota hadn't made the truck a foot longer and 300 lbs heavier. The 5" or greater width can literally mean not being able to squeeze through tight spots, like a blockade of cars at a red light when you want to make a right turn. If they had put this new vvt 2.7 in the old model it would have been a near perfect combination of power and efficiency. The 2005 barely breaks even with its power/weight ratio (the gas-hungry 4.0 solves that quandary with power overkill; my reptilian side wants that engine!) But again, they could have made the 4-cyl. model both more efficient and quicker if they'd not enlarged the chassis. I see this truck as 1 step forward and about 1.5 steps back. I would still buy it if it was to be my first Tacoma....read morehide
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- GOOD GAS ECONOMY
- IDLE IN AM
RIDE IS GOOD for wheel drive system works excellent, would buy another rwo or three.
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- My 2nd Tacoma, no comment, self explanatory
- No tonneau cover from Snugtop yet.
I'd rather push a Toyota than drive a nissan.
Nissans are ok but Toyotas are proven.
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