2013 Toyota Tacoma Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 03, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Best-selling midsize pickup
  • New Limited Package
  • Offered with 4-cylinder or V6 power
  • Rear or 4-wheel drive
  • Three cab sizes, two bed lengths

Introduction

The Toyota Tacoma is a midsize pickup available with 4-cylinder or V-6 power,  rear- or 4-wheel drive, two bed lengths, and three cab sizes.

The Toyota Tacoma competes with a decreasing number of rivals that includes just the Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline. General Motors has announced it will return to the midsize pickup market.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma is offered with 73.5- or 60.3-inch beds. The regular cab seats 2 or 3 passengers and comes only with the long bed. The extended cab, which Toyota calls Access Cab, comes with the long bed, seats four passengers, and has rear-hinged rear doors. The crew cab, which Toyota calls Double Cab, comes with the short or long bed, seats five, and has 4 regular doors.

All Tacomas come standard with a bedliner and a full-size spare tire. The base version gets painted bumpers, and 15-inch tires on steel wheels. Four-wheel-drive models get a raised suspension, skid plates, more aggressive fenders, and 16-inch tires. The X-Runner adds rear privacy glass, sliding rear window, fog lights, color-keyed bumpers, lowered sport suspension, and 18-inch tires on alloy wheels.

Interior Features

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma regular cab comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, bench seat, AM/FM/CD stereo, auxiliary input jack, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and carpeting. The 4-wheel-drive version gets bucket seats and, when the automatic transmission is ordered, a center console.

The Access Cab adds front bucket seats, center console, fold-flat passenger seat, rear jump seats, power windows, and power door locks. The Double Cab adds driver's seat lumbar adjustment, split folding rear seat, and power mirrors. The X-Runner Acces Cab adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, driver's seat lumbar adjustment, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, outside-temperature display, and a 115-volt power outlet.

Optional Features

The SR5 Package adds cruise control, remote keyless entry, sliding rear window, rear privacy glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, outside-temperature display, variable-intermittent wipers, visor mirrors, visor extensions, fender flares, color-keyed front bumper, and chrome grille surround and rear bumper. A TRD Off-Road Package comes with the SR5 Package, plus a locking rear differential, front sport bucket seats with driver's side lumbar adjustment, 115-volt power outlet, fog lights, front tow hooks, skid plates, off-road suspension, and 16-inch tires on alloy wheels. When equipped with 4-wheel drive and the automatic transmission, it also gets hill ascent and descent control.

The new Limited Package adds heated front sport bucket seats with Softex vinyl upholstery, JBL sound system, high-definition radio, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, outside-temperature display, universal garage door opener, 115-volt power outlet, sliding rear window, rear privacy glass, fog lights, and 18-inch tires. Also offered are Toyota's Entune infotainment system, a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic, a towing package, tubular side steps, and running boards.  
 

Under the Hood

The base engine in the 2013 Toyota Tacoma is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder that produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. It is also offered with a 4.0-liter V6 that makes 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic.

Rear-wheel drive is standard and 4-wheel drive is available. This part-time 4-wheel-drive system should not be used on dry pavement. It includes low-range gearing.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Toyota Tacoma are:

  • Tacoma with 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive: 21/25/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Tacoma with 4-cylinder engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive: 19/24/21 mpg
  • Tacoma with V-6, 5-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive: 17/21/19 mpg
  • Tacoma with V-6, 4-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive: 16/21/18 mpg
  • Tacoma with 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drive: 18/21/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Tacoma with 4-cylinder engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive: 18/21/19 mpg
  • Tacoma with V-6, 5-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drive: 16/21/18 mpg
  • Tacoma with V-6, 4-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive: 16/19/17 mpg

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2013 Toyota Tacoma include dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, active front head restraints, tire-pressure monitor, traction control, and electronic stability control.

Several versions of the Toyota Tacoma were tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its New Car Assessment Program. All versions received four stars, out of five, for the overall rating and rollover test. Extended cab trucks with rear- or 4-wheel drive received four stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side crash test. Rear-and 4-wheel drive regular cabs received four stars in the frontal and side crash tests, while rear- and 4-wheel drive crew cabs received three stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side crash test. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the Tacoma received the highest rating of Good  in the moderate front overlap, side impact, and rear crash protection tests, and a Marginal rating in the roof strength test. The Tacoma has not been subjected to the new small overlap front test.

Technology

Entune is Toyota's infotainment system. It pairs with owners' smartphones to provide access to mobile apps, including Pandora and iheartradio music streaming, Bing local search with navigation, movie ticket purchases through movietickets.com, and OpenTable dining reservations. It also features XM data services, which provides information on stocks, sports scores, fuel pricing and locations, and live weather and traffic.

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