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2013 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab Truck

2013 Toyota Tacoma Review

(0 Stars)  The best mid-size truck.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
A new Limited Package, available only on certain trim levels, adds niceties such as heated leatherette seats, eighteen-inch wheels, and a backup camera. All Tacomas now come with a 6.1-inch color touch screen.
Overview
Much like the 4Runner SUV, the Tacoma is the best product left in a segment other automakers have chosen to abandon or neglect. It’s also pretty darn cool, especially in X-Runner guise, which has a lowered suspension and eighteen-inch wheels, as well as a standard six-speed manual transmission. For shoppers with more premium predilections, Toyota now offers a Limited Package with heated front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, leatherette seating surfaces, a backup camera, and eighteen-inch wheels. At the other end of the spectrum, the Tacoma can be had as a basic work truck with a modest 159-hp four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual. The 4.0-liter V-6 would likely be the best choice for most buyers, as it enables up to 6500 pounds of towing. Altogether, there are about two dozen body and trim combinations, but the basic lineup consists of the regular cab; the Access Cab, which has rear-hinged doors; and the Double Cab, with full-size rear doors, flexible rear seatbacks, and a storage unit behind the second row. The Tacoma has long faced competition from cheap full-size trucks, but its smaller size offers agility that those trucks can’t match. Piloting a Tacoma around a crowded city is a refreshing reminder that not all pickups have to be monstrously oversized and difficult to park.

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2013 Tacoma Base Extended Cab Pickup Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.7L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 24 MPG highway, 21 MPG combined and 443 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 159 hp @ 5,200 rpm; 180 ft lb of torque @ 3,800 rpm

'13 Toyota Extended Cab Truck Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Full Spare Tire
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