Buyer's Guide / Toyota / 2007 Toyota Tacoma

 
 

Overview

The evolution of the popular Tacoma pickup continues to add to Toyota's rich truck heritage that began over 40 years ago. A bigger, more versatile truck in its second-generation, Tacoma's bold looks and rugged performance are matched with an array of comfort and convenience features in a wide range of model configurations to meet the many needs of the large U.S. truck segment.

For 2007, new larger seats enhance Tacoma's interior comfort, while a new two-tone instrument panel, redesigned audio head units and new chrome trim around the gauge panel lend a more upscale look. On Access Cab Sport grade models, front seats feature convenient new “walk-in" memory. Drivers can now disengage the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system on models so equipped.

The Tacoma line offers 18 different model configurations based on three cab types: Regular Cab, Access Cab, and the four-door Double Cab. The Tacoma Regular Cab and Access Cab models feature a 73.5-inch-long bed. The Double Cab is available with a choice of a 60.3-inch bed or the 73.5-inch bed.

The Tacoma offers four-cylinder and V6 engines, 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, and the popular PreRunner models that combine the 4x2 drivetrain with the 4x4's raised riding stance and styling. Leading the Tacoma line in performance and style, the unique X-Runner model blends concept-truck design with sports car performance from a 236-horsepower V6 engine and a specially tuned chassis.

Tacoma moves well beyond the compact-truck dimensions of the previous model. Regular Cab 4x2 models are built on a 109.4-inch wheelbase; PreRunner and 4x4 Regular Cab Tacomas are built on a 110-inch wheelbase; 4x2 Access Cab models ride on a 127.2-inch wheelbase, and Access Cab PreRunner and 4x4 wheelbase is 127.8-inches.

The Double Cab with the standard five-foot bed shares the 127.8-inch wheelbase, and the Double Cab long-bed models use a 140.9-inch wheelbase. Front and rear track have been widened by nearly four inches compared to the previous-generation Tacoma, yielding more than four inches of additional shoulder and hip room. Even with its large dimensions and passenger room, the Tacoma is very maneuverable.

Power and Drivetrain
The Tacoma line features two engines: a 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that produces 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque. In both engines variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) helps provide substantial low-end and mid-range torque. An Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i) also helps optimize performance and fuel economy. The V6 engine can be teamed with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder models offer a choice between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission.

Tacoma offers some of the most sophisticated dynamic control technology in the segment. The optional VSC system, which integrates traction control (TRAC), enhances traction on or off-road by helping to keep the vehicle going on its intended course. VSC detects front-wheel slide and rear-wheel slide during cornering and attempts to control either condition with throttle intervention and/or by braking individual wheels.

Some models' VSC and TRAC systems also include Automatic Limited-slip Differential (A-LSD), which uses brake intervention in place of a mechanical-type LSD unit to help reduce tire slippage at the rear wheels. (The TRD Off-Road Package uses a locking rear differential, and the TRD Sport Package is equipped with a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.)

On automatic transmission models, VSC and TRAC option includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). By independently controlling the brakes at each wheel as needed, HAC helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward or slipping sideways during transition from a stopped position to climbing a grade.

When VSC is ordered along with the TRD Off-Road Package on 4x4 V6 automatic models, it includes HAC and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). DAC uses engine braking to regulate downhill speed and independently control the brakes at each of the four wheels to help improve directional stability. DAC also works in reverse and is automatically de-activated if the driver depresses the brake or accelerator pedals, presses the DAC button, or shifts into neutral.

Interior
While offering rugged durability, the Tacoma interior offers excellent comfort with high-grade fabric and generous standard equipment. Sound absorption material in the headliner and behind the rear seats and insulating carpeting help to provide a quiet cabin. Exterior aerodynamic details help reduce wind noise. A three-pod instrument gauge panel lends a sporty look in all models.

The center console (standard on Access Cab and Double Cab models; available with bucket seats on Regular Cab models) flows into the instrument panel for a unified appearance. The console integrates three cupholders, two of which can accommodate extra-large containers. All models provide dual bottle holders in driver's- and passenger's-side doors.

Audio controls are mounted high for easy access. Higher-grade models feature fabric-covered sun visors and an overhead console with map lights and compartments for sunglasses and a garage door opener.

All Tacoma models are equipped with the advanced dual-stage airbag system. A front passenger cutoff switch is standard on Access Cab models. Double Cab models offer optional front seat side airbags and roll-sensing side curtain airbags (now with a cutoff switch for 2007). All seating positions on every Tacoma model are equipped with three-point seatbelts.

 

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Specifications

Retail Price:
Regular Cab 4x2
$14,180 (I4 Man)
$15,050 (PreRunner I4 Man)
$15,080 (I4 Auto)

Access Cab 4x2
$17,620 (I4 Man)
$18,380 (PreRunner 4-cylinder Man)
$18,520 (I4 Auto)
$19,835 (PreRunner V6 Man)
$20,715 (PreRunner V6 Auto)

Double Cab 4x2
$22,440 (V6 Auto)
$22,940 (Long Bed V6 Auto)

X-Runner 4x2
$23,945 (V6 Man)

Regular Cab 4x4
$18,125 (I4 Man)

Access Cab 4x4
$21,455 (I4 Man)
$23,010 (V6 Man)
$23,890 (V6 Auto)

Double Cab 4x4
$24,635 (V6 Man)
$25,515 (V6 Auto)
$26,015 (Long Bed V6 Auto)

Add $645 destination charge

Engines:

2.7-liter DOHC Inline 4-cylinder
159 hp
180 lb-ft
@5200 rpm
@3800 rpm
 
4.0-liter DOHC 6-cylinder
236 hp
266 lb-ft
@5200 rpm
@4000 rpm
 

Transmissions:
- Six-speed manual
- Five-speed automatic

Fuel Economy:

Reg Cab Man, PreRunner Reg Cab Man, Access Cab Man, PreRunner Access Cab Man
4x2 I4
23 mpg
28 mpg
City
Highway
 
Reg Cab Auto, Access Cab Auto,
4x2 I4
21 mpg
27 mpg
City
Highway
 
PreRunner Access Auto, PreRunner D-Cab Auto, PreRuner
D-Cab Auto LB
4x2 V6
19 mpg
22 mpg
City
Highway
 
PreRunner Access Man,
X-Runner Man
4x2 V6
17 mpg
21 mpg
City
Highway
 
Reg Cab Man, Access Cab Man
4x4 I4
19 mpg
23 mpg
City
Highway
 
Access Cab Auto, D-Cab Auto,
D-Cab Auto LB
4x4 V6
18 mpg
21 mpg
City
Highway
 
Access Cab Man, D-Cab Man
4x4 V6
16 mpg
20 mpg
City
Highway
 

NHTSA Safey Ratings:
Frontal Crash Test
- 4x2 Regular Cab: 5/5 Stars
- 4x4 Regular Cab: 5
/5 Stars

Rollover Crash Test
- 4x2
Regular Cab: 4/5 Stars
- 4x4
Regular Cab: 4/5 Stars

Side Crash Test
- 4x2
Regular Cab: 5/5 Stars
- 4x4
Regular Cab: 5/5 Stars

IIHS Safey Ratings:
2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Access Cab Tested
- Overall: Good
- Structure / Safety Cage: Good
- Head/Neck:
Acceptable
- Chest: Good
- Leg/Foot Left, Right:
Good
- Restraints: Good

 
 

Competitors:

Compact:
Ford Ranger
Maza B-Series

Midsize:
Chevrolet Colorado
Dodge Dakota
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
GMC Canyon
Nissan Frontier