It was popular and Toyota pickups were everywhere in North America. Were they under powered, sure. Did they feel stiff to drive, yes. Was your arm tired from shifting gears all the time. Maybe, but that was the fun in owning a 4×4 truck. You learned to adapt and you had fun driving it. Who wouldn’t have fun driving along a ravine with a hundred-foot cliff 3 inches from the passenger side and the back tires digging in as you release the clutch. Or coming down from a mountain logging road and falling into a washed-out creek. Fun! Now you strap a 500lb tent on top of the box and drive to work everyday wondering if you should open it up and see how the tent sets up.
Not to mention the gas you’re burning with all that weight your driving around with. Well not to worry because the Toyota Tacoma TRD is here to rekindle that lost spirt. And yes, it has an optional 6 speed manual transmission.
Classic interior with many tech upgrades. Seating for up to five with available premium leather seats and leather wrapped steering wheel. 4.2” TFT multi-information display featuring Apply Car play or Android Auto or upgrade to an 8” touch screen display, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and intelligent clearance sonar.
The Tacoma is equipped with a 3.5-litre, DOHC V6 with VVT-I mated to a 6-speed automatic or 6 speed manual transmission. The engine puts out 278 hp and 265 lb ft of torque. This combination of power and size allows you to tow up to 6500 lb and is equipped with trailer sway control.
Available electronically controlled locking differential provides more traction on the rear wheels. A Multi Terrain select regulates wheelspin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle and brakes, helping improve traction. Available crawl control that adjusts acceleration and braking when driving over rocks or slippery terrain and minimizes wheelspin and wheel lock up.
Optional features include a plethora of exterior goodies (bed hooks, cargo netting, step sides, blackout logos, etc.) as well as Fox racing shocks over the stock Bilstein’s. A TRD Performance Air Intake System is also optional for that extra oomph.