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- Avg. Price: $15,791
Tacoma's "Access Cab" features smaller rear doors that open in the opposite direction from the front doors to offer easier access to the back seats. Access Cab Tacomas are only offered with the full 73-inch bed.
While there are a couple of engine options, this variant includes the 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The EPA mixed-driving mpg average for the four-cylinder Tacoma is estimated to reach into the low 20s.
This lower-level trim is not eligible for all Tacoma options packages; availability increases on the V6 and 4WD models. Buyers may opt for a Convenience Package, which adds some additional features like power windows and door locks, a keyless entry system, cruise control, and a sliding rear window. An appearance-oriented SR5 Package includes a chrome grille surround and rear bumper, metallic-tone instrument-panel trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
- Avg. Price: $17,986
The four-wheel-drive Access Cab is available with both engine options. This trim houses the 2.7-liter DOHC inline four, which provides 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The 4x4 models add larger tires, but towing capacity remains at 3,500 pounds. If enthusiasts desire Toyota's TRD Off-Road package, they will have to upgrade to the V6.
All Access Cab Tacomas come standard with a six-speaker CD audio system and air conditioning. Almost all available safety features are standard, including Toyota's Advanced Airbag System, ABS, and child restraints. Options on the 4x4 include the SR5 appearance package, automatic limited-slip rear differential, and Hill Start assist Control.
- V6 4WD
- Avg. Price: $20,318
This well-equipped Access Cab model comes with the recently added 4.0-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The 4WDemand system is also standard. The engine provides 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The addition of the manual transmission will lift highway mpg up around 20, but a five-speed automatic is also available. Towing capacity is estimated at 6,500 pounds.
Standard safety features include ABS, front airbags with Toyota's Advanced Airbag System, and a child restraint system. All Access Cab Tacomas come standard with a six-speaker CD audio system and air conditioning.
- Avg. Price: $16,285
Both the Tacoma and Tundra pickups offer a variety of niches to satisfy the needs of all possible truck buyers. The Tacoma PreRunner is designed to offer the aesthetics and suspension of a durable 4x4 truck, but it's powered by a two-wheel-drive powertrain. The PreRunner package is available with all three cab layouts.
The PreRunner Access Cab houses the 2.7-liter DOHC inline four, which is good for 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The inclusion of the smaller engine and front-wheel drive improve fuel economy, and this truck will achieve a mixed-driving miles-per-gallon average in the low 20s.
Upgrading from the Regular Cab to the Access Cab adds standard features like a six-speaker CD audio system and air conditioning. The 4-cylinder and front-wheel-drive Tacomas are not eligible for any TRD packages.
- PreRunner V6
- Avg. Price: $18,544
Tacoma's PreRunner trim includes an enhanced appearance, giving this 4x2 the look of a durable off-road machine. The PreRunner also includes more-rugged suspension tuning, but four-wheel drive is not available. The PreRunner itself is not a separate trim level, and interior features are consistent with the rest of the Access Cab Tacomas. Access Cab adds air conditioning, an upgraded CD audio system, full power accessories, and higher-quality upholstery.
PreRunners are powered by the 4.0-liter V6, which produces 236 hp and 266 lb-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a new six-speed manual transmission, but a five-speed automatic is also available. Mixed-driving fuel economy averages about 20 mpg. The inclusion of the V6 engine allows buyers to add the TRD Sport and SR5 option packages.
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- V6 4WD
- Avg. Price: $22,987
Tacoma's Double Cab offers a sedan-size cabin with four full doors and seating for five. All Double Cabs house the 4.0-liter V6 DOHC engine, which generates 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. On this trim, it is available with a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Long-bed trims are automatic only.
All 4x4 Tacomas include Toyota's 4WDemand system: a part-time 4-wheel-drive system with a two-speed electronically controlled transfer case. Buyers of V6 trims can also opt for a towing package, which adds a Class-4 towing hitch and a heavy-duty battery. Double Cab Tacomas are differentiated from the smaller models by additional standard features like keyless entry, full power accessories, and higher-quality upholstery.
- V6 4WD LB
- Avg. Price: $23,078
This Double Cab model is the largest and perhaps the best equipped of all the 2008 Tacoma variants. This trim combines the V6 engine, four-wheel drive, Double Cab layout, and the longer bed. The bed stretches from 60.3 inches to 73, but this extension eliminates the availability of the manual transmission.
The 4WD V6 Tacomas are eligible for the TRD Off-Road option package, which includes trail-oriented suspension and tires, a locking rear differential, and front tow hook. The Double Cab models feature four full-size doors and additional standard amenities like keyless entry, powered accessories, and higher-quality upholstery.
The Double Cab is available only with the 4.0-liter V6, which makes 236 hp and provides 266 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity is estimated at 6,500 pounds.
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- Avg. Price: $14,062
Toyota's midsize Tacoma lineup begins with this modestly equipped Regular Cab variant. Standard features become more abundant as the cab size increases. All cab sizes can receive the PreRunner styling upgrade, which adds the look and suspension of a rugged 4x4. Additional Prerunner features include two 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, a CD player, telescoping steering wheel, and cup holders. An optional Standard Package adds bucket seats with a center console, sliding rear window, and air conditioning. This cab size includes a 60.3-inch-long bed.
Regular Cab Tacomas house the 2.7-liter DOHC inline four, which generates 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Toyota's VVTi variable valve timing technology not only improves engine power, but also enhances efficiency; this Tacoma will reach into the high 20s (mpg) for highway mileage.
- Double Cab V6
- Avg. Price: $19,923
PreRunners are rear-wheel-drive 4x2 trucks with the aggressive good looks of a durable 4x4. The PreRunner is a more-expensive option than the regular 4x2 trucks, and it is available on all three cab sizes. All Double Cabs come standard with air conditioning, CD player, rear cup holders, power windows, and two 12-volt power outlets. Buyers may choose between a 60- and a 73-inch bed. TRD Sport and the V6 towing option packages are also available on this model.
Double Cab Tacomas are available only with the V6. This 4.0-liter V6 debuted in 2006, offering 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to either a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual. EPA mixed driving estimates are in the high teens.
- Double Cab V6 LB
- Avg. Price: $20,687
PreRunners are differentiated from other 4x2 Tacomas by a bolder exterior appearance. The Double Cab features four full-size doors and seating for five. This particular variation also features the expanded bed, stretching from the standard 60.3 inches to 73 inches. Standard features include air conditioning, CD player, rear cup holders, power windows, and power door locks. Toytota's TRD Sport package is optional.
Double Cab variants are available only with a V6, and the long-bed trucks all come with the 5-speed automatic transmission. The 4.0-liter V6 supplies 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and will achieve fuel economy of 19/22 mpg.