2006 Toyota Tacoma 4X4
There are 8 user reviews for the Access Cab V6 Automatic trim shown below
- strong engine, milage OK, smooth 5 sp transmission, solid brakes, reliable, access cab design
- cruse control engagement, trailer electrical mounting, larger, stuffy
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I bought this truck for off road vacations so I will review it in that context.
I like the 6cyl engine. It starts quick (my '95 Tacoma required a lot of cranking), runs smooth, has linear (not "goosey") throttle linkage, and has lots of power and torque. I also like the 5 speed automatic transmission. Fifth gear is really high (2000 rpm at 70 MPH) so if you pull hard at all, it will quickly down shift. If you try to drive 80 mph at higher elevations then the engine is unable to produce enough horspower to stay in 5th gear and must run in 4th.
The locking rear axle (off road package) is rarely used but essential in tough situations. I got the truck hung up with all weight on right front and left rear wheels. The other wheels just spun. Managed to back out and engaged lock-up rear axle and then proceeded through the tough spot with no problem.
Cruse control does not always engage consistently. Say I engage at 70 mph then take foot of accelerator. Speed drops till I hit 65 mph then cruse goes into panic mode where it shifts into 3rd gear (4000 rpm on Tach!) to get back to 70. Wow. Once it reaches 70, it maintains speed OK. Took to dealer, they found nothing wrong.
The mounting bracket for the trailer electrical socket is easly ripped off when going off road. I know, I ripped mine off somewhere in Utah.
I wish Toyota would provide "easy to remove" mud flaps. I would take them off when going into rough country. When the rear wheel drops off a large rock, the mudflap is jammed into the rock. They are tough but are taking a beating.
I like the rear jumpseat arrangment where the seat back folds down creating a flat surface ('09 Tacoma does not have this featue !?). I have the access cab with the short rear doors; that arrangment is perfect for hauling and accessing my camping stuff. The non metal cargo bed is nice in that I can drill holes in it without worry about rust.
The AC power unit is useless to me. It only works when the engine is running. I use my own unit for AC power for low drain toys while camping.
My previous truck, a '95 Tacoma, was smaller than my 2006 Tacoma. My '06 Tacoma is trending away from a compact pickup to a midsized pickup. I do like the extra room but tight hairpin switchback turns are a bit harder now with this bigger truck.
I always put a cap on my truck so I can sleep in the back. I have the back area carpeted, like a small living room. For some reason, the height of the side rail drops down behind the rear window causing a gap between the bottom of the cap and the side rail. The cap dealer stuffs foam in that gap but that never works well.
Over tinted: the rear window is tinted rather dark. The windows on my cap are also tinted. During the day, I can see OK but at night, I can't see a thing out the back. The day/night mirror is never used in night mode.
They took away a handgrip! My '95 tacoma had two handgrip spots for the passenger but the '06 has only one. Toyota: please don't let your truck slowly morf into a sedan like most SUV's are doing today.
I manage to get the milage that Toyota clames. To do that though, you need to drive gently: accelerate slowly, drive at 70 or below and coast when you can. If you hot-rod this thing then forget about any good milage.
The brakes on my '06 Tacoma are much improved over my '95 Tacoma. The pedal pressure and braking action seem very linear on my '06 Tacoma.
The cabin seems hot and "stuffy" compaired to my '95 Tacoma. My '95 Tacoma had a sunroof and "wedge open" rear windows that my '06 does not so I must always have the fan running to get any air flow. The air conditioner is strong and will freeze you out if you like.
My Tacoma is a good off-road truck; it has never let me down. I can camp in luxury in remote areas with no problem. I will buy another Tacoma if I manage to live long enough to wear this one out....read morehide
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- Good Power, good ride for 6200# towing cap.
- Light color interior shows dirt
Tried them all Colorado, Ranger, Dakota and the Frontier. The Fronteir is is the only one competitive to the Tacoma. It was a hard decision between the Fronteir and the Tacoma but I picked the Tacoma it had a little better gas millage and the interior is nicer. One thing I wish it had is a tailgate lock. I like the composite (no rust!) bed. Another thing about the Tacoma which is not a complaint about Toyota is the lack of aftermarket acsesories such as caps and tannou covers. Great truck it is head and shoulders over any of the so called American compact pickups....read morehide
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I have owned 3 toyota 4x4 small pickups.This new one looks like a ford or chevy.When the dealer told me it had a plastic bed,that did it for me.I WILL NOT spend my money on a truck with a plastic bed! GOOD LUCK TOYOTA! The dash is another big chunk of plastic! I am currently looking for a low mileage 2002-2004 toyota 4x4. I have seen plenty out there. I have found I can actually buy a new truck cheaper but all the plastic does not appeal to me....read morehide
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- Quite, smooth ride, power
- really bad fuel economy average 16 mpg
I love the truck, but the fuel economy on the sticker is to be polite, overly optimistic, to be impolite a fabrication. I average in a combo of highway and local driving about 16.6 mpg. The sticker claims 17 and 23.
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- Looks cool
- Bad value for the $$$$
Tacoma & Frontier = in performance & reliability, Frontier much better value $$$$ then Tacoma because of price. I f price not issue buy what you like. Both are great midsize trucks
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- Looks great, good power/torque, capable off road, civil/comfortable enough around town, gets babes
- Fuel economy (lets be honest, who expects good mileage from a truck???)
I've enjoyed my truck thus far. It's rugged, but not to the point where it becomes a chore in town. It's far more civil and nimble than any fullsize I've driven, and way more versatile and spacious (and powerful) than smaller trucks. In my opinion, it's the perfect balance. Power is very good, but I regret not getting a manual transmission. It's been great off road and is ready for almost any job. Unless you need a truck strictly for work and only work (in which case an f250 or ram 2500 would be great), I can't see myself needing any more cargo space or torque for any work or daily tasks. Perfect size. But it's still not small. Handles decent on road, is pretty comfortable. The stereo is great, too. On top of that, it looks great too.
BUT, my biggest mistake was not getting the optional LSD. Spins one tire too easily. However, when offroading using 4wd, it hasn't been a huge problem, though the advantages would be appreciated.
Also, as it's a toyota, I can expect it to be reliable....read morehide
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- drinks gas like a fullsize truck
poor mile per gallon and rides rough plus poor shifting want my fullsize truck back.
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To expensive for what it is! Fuel economy isnt that great the cab room is aweful!
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