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- 4dr 4WD SB
- Avg. Price: $15,621
The Toyota Tacoma lineup receives no significant revisions in 2006, after several mechanical and build upgrades for the 2005 model year. More changes came in 2007.
The Tacoma is available in many variations, thanks to the truck's interchangeable cab styles, engines, drive trains, bed lengths and transmissions. Offering eighteen Tacoma models in all, Toyota aims to provide a truck for every possible buyer.
Most models are minimally equipped, but several performance and convenience upgrade packages are available. Standard item increase with the cab size, as no specific trims levels are found on the Tacoma. Access Cab models get a CD audio system, a full size spare, bucket seats instead of the bench, and air conditioning.
A 2.7 liter DOHC inline four is the base engine, giving the Tacoma 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. A four speed automatic transmission sends the power to all four wheels on this model.
- 4dr SB w/automatic
- Avg. Price: $14,117
The 2006 Toyota Tacoma is carried over from the previous model year. In 2005, there were several updates, including a new 4.0 liter engine and an entirely new chassis. Toyota has carefully studied the truck market for some time, categorizing the needs and wants of all truck buyers. The company's "there's a truck for everyone" theory is put into practice with eighteen different Tacoma variations for 2006.
There are no trim levels used for the Tacoma, and features and options are organized most directly by cab size. The Access Cab is essentially an extended cab, but two smaller rear doors have been added. Access doors swing open in the opposing direction from the fronts, allowing for easy entry and exit for rear seat passengers. Standard features include a CD sound system, full size spare, and air conditioning. Options are arranged together in packages, which include SR5, TRD Sport, and TRD Off-Road.
All Access Cab Tacomas are equipped with a 2.7 liter DOHC four cylinder engine, which provides 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. A four speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels on this model. The four cylinder RWD Access Cab Tacoma is a light duty pickup. Towing capacity is just 3500 pounds, and the short bed can carry a payload of just under 1400 pounds. Fuel economy for the smaller engine is 20/27 mpg.
- 4dr SB w/manual
- Avg. Price: $13,735
There are no major appearance or mechanical changes to the Tacoma lineup for 2006, but a tire pressure monitor has been added to all models. The Tacoma was fully redesigned in 2005, and a few less significant revisions came in 2007.
The Access Cab models are positioned between the three passenger Regular Cab and full 4-door Double Cab models, with respect to size, price, and features. The Access Cab comes standard with a full size spare, air conditioning, and a CD player. Convenience and power items are packaged together as options. The Access Cab configuration also replaces the front bench with two bucket seats. The extended cab's rear quarters are easier to get in and out of, thanks to two smaller rear doors.
The Tacoma base engine is found on this model, teamed with a five speed manual transmission. This 2.7 liter DOHC four cylinder engine provides 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque; enough power to tow about 3500 pounds. All non-4x4s are rear wheel drive.
Bed length is compromised on this model in favor of cab space, reducing the overall payload, but a long bed version is also available.
- V6 4dr 4WD SB w/automatic
- Avg. Price: $17,549
After a full redesign for the 2005 model year, Toyota replaced what they called the "Xtra Cab" with the clever new "Access Cab." The Access Cab Tacoma still uses the extended cab layout, but two smaller rear doors have been added to allow for easier entry and exit for back seat passengers.
The Access Cab comes equipped with a full size spare, a composite-lined cargo bed with storage units, a CD player, air conditioning, and a tire pressure monitor. An anti-lock braking system with Toyota's Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and BrakeAssist has been added to all models.
Although a more potent engine became available in 2005, many models retain the modest 2.7 liter inline four. This engine provides 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, which is enough power to tow about 3500 pounds. A four speed automatic transmission guides the power to all four wheels. Tacomas with this engine and drive train setup are also eligible to receive options like Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control.
- V6 4dr 4WD SB w/manual
- Avg. Price: $17,508
Toyota is perhaps best known for the reliability, build quality, and safety of its vehicles. But what about flexibility? The Tacoma pickup is the embodiment of Toyota's recognition that one size does not fit all, or actually even five or ten sizes. The 2006 Tacoma can be configured eighteen different ways, thanks to several cab size, bed length, drive train, appearance, transmission, and engine choices. The lineup becomes even more variable when packages like SR5, TRD Sport, and TRD Off-Road are added.
The Access Cab Tacomas are the equivalent of a mid-level trim, adding more features than the Regular Cab, but not as fully equipped as the Double Cab. The Access Cab evolved from the extended cab setup when two rear doors were added. Features include a CD audio system, air conditioning, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a full size spare. All power accessories and convenience features are available through option packages.
Toyota's recently added 4.0 liter DOHC V-6 supplies 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This potent engine is mated to a six speed manual transmission, which distributes the power to all four wheels on this model. The V-6 Tacoma will tow 6500 pounds.
- X-Runner V6 4dr SB
- Avg. Price: $17,196
The Tacoma returns without any significant revision for 2006, but a tire pressure monitor has been added as a standard feature to all models. There are eighteen Tacoma variations offered this year, as Toyota continues its pursuit to provide a truck tailored to the needs of every possible truck buyer.
The X-Runner is the most unique of all Tacoma models. Presented as a street truck, the X-Runner comes uses a lowered Access Cab body equipped with a cross-braced (x-braced) sport suspension system. This model is also differentiated by an athletic-looking body kit, complete with fog lamps, a hood scoop, ground effects and side flares.
The RWD X-Runner is only available with the 4.0 liter V-6, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The V-6 delivers 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, sending the 3725 pound X-Runner from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds.
The application of the X-Runner finish also adds several features beyond the other Access Cab models' list of standard items. The X-Runner gets power windows and door locks, cruise control, keyless entry and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
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- V6 4dr 4WD LB
- Avg. Price: $19,961
The 2006 Toyota Tacoma is carried over from the previous model year, which brought several build-related changes to Toyota's popular line of compact pickups.
This model, the V6-equipped Double Cab with 4WD and the long bed, is the top shelf Tacoma for 2006. While Toyota is attempting to build a truck for everyone, with eighteen available model in 2006, this Tacoma's combination of power, capability, and cargo space will certainly make it a popular selection.
The Double Cab models receive the longest list of standard features, including a CD sound system, air conditioning, a full size spare, keyless entry, and full power accessories. Available upgrade packages include SR5, TRD Sport, and TRD Off-Road.
The larger power plant is a 4.0 liter DOHC V6, which generates 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. For a 4000+ pound 4x4, this model is fairly quick, speeding from 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds. The V6 Tacomas will also tow 6500 pounds.
- V6 4dr 4WD SB w/automatic
- Avg. Price: $19,060
Between the full size Tundra and compact (actually mid-size) Tacoma, Toyota seems to have truck for everyone. Through the years, more and more variations of these durable trucks have been created. A full overhaul of the Tacoma in 2005 brought forth eighteen possible configurations.
This model is one of the most fully equipped Tacoma variations available for 2006. The Double Cab functions like a high level trim here, available with many standard features that are optional on the other cabs. All Double Cabs come with air conditioning, a CD sound system, keyless entry, a full size spare, and power windows/locks/mirrors. Different optional finishes may also be applied, including SR5, TRD Sport, and TRD Off-Road.
The potent 4.0 liter V-6 generates 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, with the power being sent to all four wheels through a five speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. The short bed Double Cab models weigh just over 4000 pounds when equipped with 4WD, and automatic transmission gas mileage is estimated at 17/21 mpg.
Bed space is significantly compromised here in favor of Camry-size cabin, but a massive long bed variation of the Double is also available.
- V6 4dr 4WD SB w/manual
- Avg. Price: $20,406
The 2006 lineup of Toyota's (semi)compact Tacoma pickup returns without any changes, but a tire pressure monitoring system has been added to all models. The Tacoma was all new for the previous model year, and also received some light interior revisions for 2007.
This is the Double Cab model which is offered with the six speed manual transmission. It is mated to a 4.0 liter DOHC V-6, which is further enhanced by Toyota's Variable Valve Timing + intelligence system. The VVT-i engine generates 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, which allows for the hauling of an impressive 6500 pounds. Fuel efficiency is estimated at 16/20 mpg for the V-6/six speed manual combination. Acceleration and braking numbers are also at the top the class: this model speeds from 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds and brakes back to zero in just 125 feet.
All Double Cab are the most well equipped Tacoma models, coming standard with a CD audio system, keyless entry, full power accessories, air conditioning, and a full size spare. A JBL seven-speaker audio upgrade is an exclusive option for the Double Cab.
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- 4dr Access Cab SB
- Avg. Price: $13,764
The Toyota Tacoma is unchanged for 2006, after a full overhaul before the 2005 model year. The only news for this year is the addition of a standard tire pressure monitor to all models.
There are eighteen Tacoma variations available in 2006, do to a myriad of cab size, bed length, drive train, engine, and transmission combinations. Several of these models wear the PreRunner badge, which signifies the addition of a durable off-road suspension system to a 4x2 truck. PreRunners are also finished with athletic look of an aggressive 4x4, and this appearance may be applied to any cab size.
Access Cab models serve as the mid-level trim for Tacoma, with respect to both price and features. Access Cabs get a four speaker CD sound system, full size spare, rear jump seats accessible through two smaller rear doors, air conditioning, cup holders, and intermittent wipers. The Regular Cab's front bench is replaced by two bucket seats.
The Access Cab PreRunner is powered by a 2.7 liter DOHC inline four, with a five speed manual transmission sending power to the rear wheels. This engine delivers 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, which allows for 3500 pounds in tow.
- V6 4dr Access Cab SB w/automatic
- Avg. Price: $16,744
- V6 4dr Access Cab SB w/manual
- Avg. Price: $16,744
This year's Tacoma is carried over from the fully redesigned 2005 model lineup. The only significant piece of news is the addition of a tire pressure monitoring system on all models. Minor minor changes would follow for 2007.
The PreRunner models are designed to meet the needs of many non-traditional truck buyers. These trucks are finished with an athletic look and fitted with an aggressive suspension system, but they are only available with rear wheel drive. PreRunner equipment is dependent on what cab size this finish is applied to. Access Cab models come with a full size spare, CD audio system, air conditioning, and the convenient rear-access doors.
The PreRunner Access Cab is equipped with a 4.0 liter V-6, which produces 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Power is fed to the rear wheels through a six speed manual transmission. The six speed cannot be had with the Double Cab version of this PreRunner. Gas mileage is estimated at 16/21 mpg for this model. Drivers can also haul 6500 pounds and carry 1600 in payload.
- V6 4dr Double Cab LB
- Avg. Price: $16,972
The 2006 Tacoma PreRunner V6 Double Cab is perhaps the ideal truck for those who have no intention to go off road. This variation is spacious, powerful, and even offers an extended bed for increased payload.
The PreRunner models are all 4x2, but they are equipped with the same durable 4x4 suspension and finished with the rugged presentation of a capable off-roader. Double Cab Tacomas are the most equipped, with standard features like keyless entry, air conditioning, a CD sound system, and full power accessories. The Double Cab is the only model eligible for for the JBL audio upgrade.
Tacoma's larger engine is a 4.0 liter V-6, which generates 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The V6-equipped models add over a ton to Tacoma's towing capacity, which jumps from 3500 to 6500 pounds.
- V6 4dr Double Cab SB
- Avg. Price: $16,969
The PreRunner is a unique variation of Toyota's capable and durable truck. These models all ride on a 4x2 drive train, but a rugged 4x4-like suspension system has been included. The PreRunners are also finished with a more aggressive look. However, this is an appearance designation more than it is a trim level, with standard features still largely dependent on the cab size.
Double Cab models offer the most comprehensive standard equipment list, including a CD audio system, full size spare, air conditioning, keyless entry, and full power accessories. Tacoma trucks with this cab configuration are also eligible for a premium JBL sound system upgrade.
Toyota's 4.0 liter DOHC V-6 provides 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, which gets sent to the rear wheels on all PreRunner models. The sporting orientation is backed up here by an 8.8 second 0-60 mph time. Although this PreRunner is not intended for the traditional truck duties, it will still tow 6500 pounds.
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- 2dr 4WD SB
- Avg. Price: $12,535
Toyota's compact Tacoma has actually grown into a mid-size pickup, after a full redesign in 2005. The Tacoma lineup is now built from the Land Rover Prado chassis, and is quite variable in length and weight due to a multitude of cab sizes and bed lengths. At 190 inches long and 3600 pounds, the short bed Regular Cab models are as close as the Tacoma comes to compact.
The base engine on the Regular and Access Cab models is a 2.7 liter DOHC inline four. This small power plant generates 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, and may be paired with a four speed automatic or five speed manual transmission. Towing capacity is just 3500 pounds for this model, but its 19/23 mpg fuel economy is the highest of all 4x4 Tacoma models.
The automatic transmission version of this 4x4 truck is also eligible to receive features like Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control.
The Regular Cab models come standard with a four speaker CD audio system, cup holders, all season tires with a full size spare, and bed storage compartments. Toyota's ABS system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and BrakeAssist is included on all models.
- 2dr SB w/automatic
- Avg. Price: $10,459
This Tacoma variation ascends one step beyond the absolute base level of the lineup, by replacing the five speed manual transmission with a four speed automatic. The transmission is mated to a 2.7 liter DOHC inline four, supported by TRD's Variable Valve Timing + intelligence technology.
The engine provides the rear wheel drive compact truck with 59 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The EPA estimate for this model is 21/26 mpg.
The Regular Cab models are fairly stripped features-wise, with just a CD player, cup holders and all season tires with a full size spare as notable standard items. All models are equipped with ABS, featuring Toyota's Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and BrakeAssist systems. The three-passenger front bench seat is only found in the Regular Cab layout.
- 2dr SB w/manual
- Avg. Price: $11,921
The 2006 Toyota Tacoma is sandwiched between two years of notable changes. The 2005 model year brought a complete redesign, and several interior revisions came in 2007.
The eighteen model lineup begins with this very modestly priced and minimally equipped base model, which can be had for more than $10,000 less than the top shelf Tacoma. The Regular Cab models come standard with a CD audio system and a full size spare. Some convenience and power features packages are available, but these models are not eligible for as many add-ons as the Access or Double Cab variations.
The power is delivered by a 2.7 liter DOHC inline four, which sends 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. This engine is paired with a five speed manual transmission, but a four speed automatic is optional. This model is 20 inches shorter and half a ton lighter than the largest Tacoma, which certainly helps fuel economy. The four cylinder-equipped Regular Cab will get 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
This is the lightest-duty Tacoma, able to tow just 3500 pounds and carry a payload of 1370 pounds.
- PreRunner 2dr SB
- Avg. Price: $11,525
Toyota's class leading compact pickup returns without change for 2006, just one year after a full overhaul of the lineup. The Tacoma continues to be offered in a variety of configurations, as Toyota aims to meet the needs of every possible truck buyer.
The PreRunner exemplifies this Toyota commitment to Tacoma variety, because it is not a traditional pickup driver's truck. The PreRunner presents as an aggressive and capable off-roader, and is even equipped with the rugged suspension to back it up, but all models are offered as only a rear wheel drive 4x2. This may sound odd, but the PreRunner's very existence proves that Toyota has discovered a desire for such a truck.
The Regular Cab models feature a short list of standard equipment. A four speaker CD audio system, and all weather tires with a full size spare are included. All other convenience features are packaged together as options.
This PreRunner is powered by a 2.7 liter DOHC inline four, which is mated to a five speed manual transmission. Just 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque are delivered to the rear wheels, but the 20/27 mpg gas mileage is the most efficient of any Tacoma.