One of the most important additions to the midsize truck category is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma model. This is a model which is pretty important and well liked in the industry and since its ascension in 2005 it continued almost unchanged till now, so it is high time that some new changes get to be introduced to the model. The refresh will give an all new look for the Tacoma which are expected to make their debut with the 2017 model.
But, some critics would say that we are not getting an all new design and that this term has been used too loosely here. In fact, the frame of the Tacoma is going to be a carryover part and it is also going to carry the entire drivertrain, both the four-cylinder engine and the transmission system. We have to say that the frame has been made from high strength materials which are beneficial but regardless of the said parts, everything else is pretty much the same for the model.
GM has already refreshed their Chevy Colorado model and the GMC Canyon as well, which left Toyota no choice but to start updating as well. Maybe they managed to go through unchanged for the time being but now it is very important and in fact necessary that they manage a decent update which we see this one as being. Keep reading the review and see what the model gets before its release date.
The redesign of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma takes an evolutionary approach. The main differences compared to the previous car include the grille part and all of the four fenders to the rear end of the car. Also, the cab section is reported as being completely new even though it looks fairly similar to the previous model look. But on closer inspection we see that the beltline has been raised while the greenhouse is a bit smaller.
The front side of the truck sees a completely new nose design. The new hood design adds a new a lower air dam bulge to it which immediately shows us which styling approach they are going with. The LED daytime running lights have also been incorporated here and pose a very modern look to the Tacoma redesign.
An unique feature is that each trim level of the car has its own grille design. So we have the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and Limited trim levels and all of them have their own distinguishing features. The SR5 also comes with 16-inch alloy upgrade, while the TRD Sport includes the 17-inch alloys ones as the Limited goes even further with the 18-inch polished alloy wheels.
The exterior has been revamped in terms of styling but the inside of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma receives a much needed upgrade. The slew of improvement are more than necessary here and really take the cake when it comes to the 2017 Toyota Tacoma redesign. The hard plastic and the bulky knobs are gone and have been substituted with some modern and contemporary inclusions. The materials have been improved all over the cabin and it goes a long way for the given model. The ergonomics have also been updated and the position and the layout of the buttons and the controls on the dashboard has been upgraded. The model also gets an Entune infotainment system on a 7-inch touch screen while below it the dual-zone HVAC controls with a digital display have been added.
The controls also include an electronic 4WD dial and push-button start, auxiliary switches for blind spot monitoring and parking sensors. There are also USB and aux inputs, as well as a helpful Qi wireless charging button. There is also going to be a difference based on the trim levels as the higher ones are going to go through a different treatment with the Limited getting leather seats and leather covering which go over the dash.
One of the largest news for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is the thing which is under the hood as the engine offer is updated a bit. The largest news is the inclusion of a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine, which replaces the old 4.0 liter one. The specs say that this model is going to be able to deliver 278 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm and it also comes with a great choice of transmissions offered. You get to chose between a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
There is also an option for those who do not have the budget to support the base version choice as you can opt for a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. This one delivers 159 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 180 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm and comes with a choice between a five-speed manual or the new six-speed automatic.
Release date and price
The newest 2017 Toyota Tacoma comes to us sooner than expected. The release date of the newest Tacoma is set of the start of the upcoming year as it places it somewhere in the first quarter of the year as available for sale. The sales stats are going to be dependent on the pricing with the starting offer being $23,300 and the top one $37,820.