2013 Toyota Tacoma Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - February 6, 2013

Midway through the 1995 model year, Toyota decided to give its "Compact Truck" a name: Tacoma. This marked the first time it'd had a real name since the “Compact Truck” replaced the Hi-Lux in 1976. With its new American-friendly nomenclature, the Toyota Tacoma gained new traction in the compact truck segment -- and this success continues.

For 2013, America's bestselling compact pickup truck remains unchanged, except for the addition of a new Limited package. The Toyota Tacoma has five trim levels: Base, Base V6, PreRunner, PreRunner V6 and X-Runner V6. Base models have what you'd expect in a basic work truck: a bench seat, a CD player, and manual windows. PreRunners add features like power windows, center-console storage, and a four-wheel-drive look. The X-Runner, finally, includes premium features like: body-colored mirrors, fender flares and bumpers; sport fabric seats; and 18-inch wheels.

Beyond trim level, the Tacoma also has an array of cab styles including: regular cab, Access Cab and Double Cab. The regular cab, available only with in Base and Base V6 trim, has only two doors. The Access Cab, with two large front doors and two rear-hinged quarter doors, is available for all Tacoma models. There is also range-wide availability of the Double Cab, with four full-size doors. When properly equipped, the Tacoma can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

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