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2000 Toyota Tacoma Truck

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2000 Toyota Tacoma

Source: New Car Test Drive

4X4 models among the best available.

by Dean Stevens

Base Price $11,528
As Tested $28,596

It's a given that Toyota makes tough, high-quality trucks. The basic Tacoma pickups offer economy and value and those Toyota attributes of quality, durability and reliability. The TRD (Toyota Racing Development) trucks are designed to be sporty, fun-to-drive off-road warriors. These spunky TRD trucks, available in either 2WD or 4WD are just the thing for people who want to play on rough tracks, moguls, or sand dunes. Or for those who have to deal with snow, mud, or ice as part of winter life. Surprisingly, though, the TRD trucks feature a superb ride on pavement-a ride that belies the serious offroad suspension underneath them.

Model Lineup

There's something for everybody in the Tacoma line-up. Base 4X2 Tacomas start at just under $12,000. Frugal in features, these are working machines powered by an economical 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that will push them along for many years of reliable service.

If you want something a little more rugged in appearance and performance you might want to look at a Tacoma PreRunner. These 2WD trucks feature an off-road suspension. They are available in either regular cab or the extended Xtracab configurations. Choose between a 2.7-liter inline-4 and a 3.4-liter V6. PreRunners start at about $14,000.

The 4X4 end of the line is also available in regular and Xtracab configurations, with either the 2.7 4-cylinder (starting just over $16,000) or the 3.4-liter V6 (starting at just over $19,000). The Xtracab 4X4 Limited, which starts just under $25,000, comes loaded with features and chrome.

You can add a TRD off-road option package to 2WD PreRunner or 4WD Xtracab models except those equipped with 4-cylinder and automatic transmissions. The TRD package adds Bilstein shocks, locking rear differential, increased-rate front coil springs and rear leaf spring suspension, modified camber rear springs, a larger stabilizer bar, 31x10.5R15 white-letter Goodyear tires, overfenders (color-keyed on Limited models), and special graphics. As a $435 option on the V-6 Xtracab Limited, it's a bargain.

This fall, Toyota will introduce Double Cab (four-door crew cab) and Step Side models.


Aside from a minor facelift in 1998, Tacomas have changed little in styling since they were introduced in 1995. For the 2000 model year, Toyota added two new colors (Black Sand Metallic and Lunar Mist Metallic), and an appearance package on Tacomas with Sunfire Red Pearl exteriors. The package includes color-keyed front and rear bumpers, grille, door handles, and exterior mirrors. A color package that features color-keyed front bumper, valence, and grille is available on other models.

Interior Features

Tacoma's interior is straightforward. The instruments are large and easy to read, the controls well placed and functional. Standard interior features include carpeting, two auxiliary power outlets, dual cup holders, a diver-side footrest, and adjustable front seatbelts. Xtracabs get a 60/40 split seat and, in the extended rear cab area, a little table that folds up to serve as either a cup holder or as a support for a child-restraint seat.

Drivers over 6 feet tall will find the regular cab a mite cramped for space. The Xtracab has a little more legroom (41.7 inches versus 42.8) and, more important, room to recline the seat.

The Xtracab's standard 60/40 split bench seat is comfortable for driver and front passenger. The big bucket seats in the Xtracab Limited we test drove felt too big for the cab - they gave the space a cramped feeling. But they sure were comfortable. And that lumbar support in the driver's seat was a godsend on a long drive.

Driving Impressions

We drove an Xtracab 4X4 Limited from Los Angeles to the desert town of Yuma. During this four-hour drive Toyota's 4x4 behaved with good manners, providing a surprisingly smooth ride and excellent handling.

Toyota's 3.4-liter V6 is a powerful engine, and it's matched well to the optional four-speed electronically controlled transmission. This combination offers good acceleration performance for passing, allowing us to cruised around slow-moving semi trucks on two-lane stretches of a highway skirting the Salton Sea with no trouble.

But the amazing thing is the ride. It used to be that a four-wheel-drive truck rode like it was going over the wooden plank road that used to be the only way to cross the Imperial Sand Dunes in the 1920s. With a suspension developed by Toyota and its off-road racing teams, this truck rode like we were traversing newly rolled blacktop, not sun-buckled asphalt. At times it was easy to forget that we were driving a 4WD truck. Only the occasional extra front-end bounce inspired by a bump in the road reminded us that this was, indeed, a 4X4. Toyota's 4X4 also holds corners very well. With its high center of gravity you don't want to try anything too radical, but it really hangs onto the decreasing-radius turns on freeway on-ramps and in other moderate maneuvers.

Bypassing the Imperial Dunes for the less traveled desert surrounding Yuma revealed lots of different terrain to try out, from rough, almost nonexistent, dirt roads to steep sandy hills that would turn back a lesser truck. Our truck featured autolocking hubs (Toyota still offers manual hubs) and a 4WD-High button that lets you shift on the fly at speeds less than 50 mph. The shift-on-the-fly button lets you slip into 4-High when a good road goes bad on you. This happened near Yuma when a dirt road we were tooling down turned sandy.

That same sand patch gave us the opportunity to try the push-button locking differential. We purposely stopped in the middle of the pool of sand. Pressing the button locked the rear differential, forcing the rear wheels to turn at the same speed. This enabled the Tacoma to walk out of the ankle-deep sand with absolutely no trouble. The locking rear differential is indispensable for driving in an area prone to mud and snow. At moderate speed over desert moguls the Tacoma suspension keeps the tires on the terrain for good grip without jarring the occupant's internal organs loose.

The 3.4-liter V6 is available in either 2WD or 4WD models. It's a little screamer with 24 valves and twin cams. It puts out 190 horsepower and 220 foot-pounds of torque at 3600 rpm. Even at that it's still reasonably economical with an EPA city/highway mileage rating of 18/21 on a 2WD with a 5-speed manual.

Two four-cylinder engines are also available. The base Tacoma 2WD uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This impressive powerplant puts out 142 horsepower and 169 foot-pounds of torque at 4000 rpm. It compares well to Frontier's 2.4-liter (143 hp and 154 ft.-lbs. of torque), and even better against the Ford Ranger and Mazda B-2500 2.5-liter engines (119 hp and 146 ft.-lbs. of torque). The Toyota 2.4-liter is economical to run, too, with an EPA-estimated city/highway mileage of 22/26 mpg when matched with a 5-speed manual transmission. It might wilt on steep grades and you certainly don't want to tow anything big with it, but otherwise it's a nice, economical engine that's well matched to a good, basic truck.

For 4X4 models, Toyota offers a beefed-up 2.7-liter four-cylinder that puts out 150 horsepower and 177 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is equipped with a direct ignition system that replaces the distributor with a crank fire sensor and an individual coil for each cylinder. This results in more accurate timing, and helps an onboard computer detect and correct misfires.

Final Word

There are bigger trucks on the market (including Toyota's new full-sized Tundra), and there are more powerful trucks. But there are few 4WD trucks that offer the combination of style, comfort, and rugged performance you find in the Tacoma Xtracab 4X4 Limited.

© New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

1-year of Roadside Assistance***

160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection

CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportTM****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportsTM are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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