The Toyota Tacoma is a compact pickup that ain’t. What I mean by this is that it started in 1995 as Toyota’s compact pickup truck, but with the recent update in 2005 they upped it to a mid-sized, which is the trend with all trucks except for the Ford Ranger – the only compact still in production. Well, on the basics, since 1995 the Toyota Tacoma has been in full production and so far it is the final originator from the much beloved and ancient Toyota Hilux, and can be traced all the way back to 1935. This is the descendant of the Toyota Truck manufacturing legacy, culminating in more than seventy years along the exact same line of trucks. Well, the Tacoma comes in either two or four door front engine rear wheel or all wheel drive and has itself a four speed automatic or a five speed manual transmission, and along with that it came with three different engines over its life span until 2004, being the 2.4L four cylinder 142 horse engine, the 2.7 four cylinder 150 horse, and finally the much improved 3.4 V6 with 190 horses. The first era underwent a change in 2000, but it was minor and mostly cosmetic.
In 2005 Toyota rolled its new Mid-sized Tacoma off the line and let it be known that compact trucks were dead to them. They included eighteen configuration options along with extended cabs, bigger beds, and a whole bunch of other goodies to choose from. Of course they updated the transmission and engines too, and there have even been after market kits released by third parties that can make the horsepower 50% higher on some of the engines. The current engine lineups are the 2.7L four stroke 159 horse, and the 4.0L V6 at 236 horses, transmissions include a four speed and five speed auto, along with a five speed and six speed manual, also, depending on the engine you can have either a 17 gallon or a 21 gallon tank.