Two years have passed since the Ford killed the midsize Ranger, leaving Toyota and Nissan as the two lone horsemen in the midsize truck race. Not ones to rest on their proverbial laurels, Toyota has been hard at work redesigning an all-new 2015 Toyota Tacoma, which aims to improve on an already stellar platform.
Why No Single Cab Option?
Toyota’s toughening up, dropping the X-Runner trim for 2014 while flat-out eliminating the slow-selling single cab. Why? Well, many buyers simply want more versatility and passenger capacity from their trucks, and streamlining the cab sizes will help Toyota leverage the economies of scale. The vast majority of truck buyers opt for either Access Cab or Double Cab models vs. Single Cab models, of which the latter cater to commercial fleets who need them for single or two-man jobs—not exactly Toyota’s target market.
In addition to the cab changes, Toyota has a host of changes for the 2015 model, including an all-new interior with more infotainment features than ever before. The new system will undoubtedly be Entune-based, with a larger, more robust navigation/audio display. Premium JBL sound will also be an option, while a integrated backup camera display will move to the head unit itself vs. the rear-view mirror.
Engine options will consist of a large-displacement 2.7L 4-cylinder engine and either a 3.5L V6 or 4.2L V6 which will produce more power, torque and fuel economy than their predecessors. All-new 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions featuring heavy-duty torque converters and revised gear ratios will be get mated to either of the aforementioned engines. A Hybrid powertrain is rumored, but we think it’s more fiction than fact.
Pricing should start around $19,250 for the 4x2 Extended Cab (plus $845 in destination) while topping out at $33,900 for the DoubleCab 4x4 Long Bed with automatic transmission. Production of the all-new Tacoma will begin in Q2 of 2014.
2015 Toyota Tacoma Quick Facts
Base MSRP Price: $19,250
Release Date: August 2014
Changes: Complete Redesign
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder (170 hp, 170 lb-ft. torque); 2.7-liter four-cylinder (190 hp, 200 lb-ft. torque); 3.5-liter V6 (220 hp, 260 lb-ft torque); 4.2-liter V6 (250 hp, 280 lb-ft. torque)
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
Drivetrain: RWD or 4WD
MPG: Up to 24 city/30 highway mpg
Body Styles: Access Cab, Double Cab, Double Cab Long Bed
Bed Lengths: 73.5 inches (Access Cab, Double Cab, Double Cab Long Bed), 60.3 inches (DoubleCab)
Towing Capacity: Up to 9,500 lbs.