In a day and age where “Bigger is Better” seems to be the ruling principle, it’s interesting to see which vehicles prove to be the exception to the rule––vehicles like the Toyota Tacoma. The midsize truck entered the market in 1995, and though it has been nearly thirty years since the introduction of the Tacoma, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but up with its newest arrival, the 2023 Toyota Tacoma.
In the late 1990s, trucks were becoming more popular with families, outdoorsy types, and those who enjoyed riding high. It used to be that pickups were primarily working vehicles––they could deliver, haul, and tow quite a lot, and even farmers and ranchers used them on and off-road to maintain their land, check on animals, and do other such chores. Due to the rising popularity of pickups, however, they are now considered both for work and fun, hosting tailgate parties or towing a camper or boat on the weekends and hauling lumber, smaller machines and tools, and appliances during the week. The versatility, durability, and capability of a pickup lend it a certain desirable quality, even among people who would have never given a truck a second glance.
The newest iterations of midsize pickups seem to have it all––off-road capability, hauling and towing abilities, the newest in safety and technology features, and a host of special editions, packages, accessories, available add-ons, etc. You don’t have to settle for a boring work truck anymore. You also don’t have to give up luxury just because you want to or need to own a pickup. You can have it all with the Toyota Tacoma.
Max Towing (lbs): 6,800
Horsepower (hp): 159-278
Torque (lb-ft): 180-265
One of the biggest reasons people decide to purchase a truck is performance. Whether you’re looking for a long-hauler, an off-roader, or a capable daily commuter, the Toyota Tacoma has your back. There are seven trim levels in total and two engine options. The first is the standard 2.7L inline-4 cylinder with Toyota’s VVT-i technology, which produces 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The second is a 3.5L V6 Atkinson-cycle engine with VVT-iW technology that generates 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. If you want a little more oomph while still trying to be an eco-conscious person, then you’ll want to ensure that you get the V6.
Depending on which engine you go with, you may also have a choice between transmissions. If you want to go with the base inline four-cylinder engine, then it will come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. If, however, you want a manual transmission, you’ll need to upgrade the engine to the 3.5L V6, which can come with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Some people prefer the convenience of an automatic transmission, while others seem to enjoy wrangling the manual transmission because it helps them stay alert and feel more connected to their vehicle. With the Tacoma, you have the power to choose whichever you prefer.
Other areas of interest when it comes to performance are the four-wheel drive options, suspension, and brakes. The 2023 Toyota Tacoma comes with a standard rear-wheel drive with an automatic limited-slip differential. If you upgrade to four-wheel drive, you will get 4WDemand part-time four-wheel drive with an electronically controlled transfer case as well as an automatic limited slip differential.
The suspension system consists of a coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension and stabilizer bar, as well as a leaf spring rear suspension (this comes with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers and stabilizer bar). If you go with the TRD Off-Road package, then you’ll also get off-road tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks. The Tacoma’s front brakes are power-assisted and ventilated, while the rear brakes have a tandem booster and Toyota’s own Star Safety System.
Even if you’re interested in a pickup for more enjoyable activities, it’s still a good idea to get a vehicle that can haul or tow all the equipment, toys, and necessities you’ll need on a weekend trip. Many people enjoy being outdoors on the weekend and own a variety of things that can be hauled or towed to another location in order to maximize their enjoyment. Boats, trailers, campers, four-wheelers, mountain bikes, skis, snowboards, motorcycles, ATVs, canoes, and the like can come along when you have the 202 Toyota Tacoma.
The Tacoma has two engine options, which means two potential caps on the power. The first is the base 2.7L I-4 that can tow up to 3,500 lbs. While that is a modest amount, it is enough for taking along your smaller recreational equipment. If you need more power, there is the 3.5L V6. When fully set up with towing equipment and a proper configuration, this engine can tow up to 6,800 lbs. This is great for those who may need to haul gravel for a new garden project one day and then need to turn the Tacoma into a fall harvest ride the next.
If you’re interested in taking home on the road while you explore, many trailers and campers are under 6,000 lbs. The Tacoma can also handle boats, horse trailers, livestock trailers, and even multi-car trailers, which is a wonderful bonus for those who live on or work at farms, ranches, plant nurseries, and the like. The Tacoma is capable of hauling a payload maximum between 1,525 and 1,685 lbs, depending on the engine you choose, which is perfect for those who want to venture out into the wilderness for a few days but prefer to keep their sleeping arrangements as close to home as possible.
No matter what you want to haul or tow, the Tacoma is quite capable of getting you where you need to go with all the equipment, tools, toys, and necessary things you want to take along. Even if you don’t plan to haul or tow often, you’ll be glad you have the Tacoma when the time comes, as people generally don’t realize how often an opportunity or need will arise. It might also be a good idea to keep a pickup around for the inevitable call from friends, children, acquaintances, and older relatives who need assistance moving from one place to the next. You’ll be the good samaritan with the pickup for all those who aren’t able to rent, buy, or borrow a vehicle themselves.
The 2023 Toyota Tacoma has new special editions and packages to choose from, as well as the golden oldies that have been a mainstay in this model’s history. The seven trim levels––SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD-Off Road, Limited, Trail Special Edition, and TRD Pro––all have a variety of available editions and packages to choose from. This means you have plenty of options to customize your truck to fit you.
If you want something to make your new pickup pop, you might want to check out the Chrome package. It comes complete with a chrome finish here and there around the exterior, including the wheels, tailgate, and outer door handles. If you’d rather go with something a little darker and more mysterious, then the Nightshade Special Edition Package might be the perfect match. Instead of chrome, the exterior is peppered with black, particularly on wheels, fog light bezels, grille, and mirror caps. It’s an optional package but well worth it if you want to complement the sleek, powerful exterior of the Tacoma.
The TRD Premium Sport Package comes with auto headlights, leather-trimmed seats, a moonroof, and a bevy of 1-10 year trials of Toyota’s services such as Remote Connect, Destination Assist, and Service Connect. The SR5 Dynamic Navigation Package includes 1-3 year trials of premium audio and navigation and destination assist as well as parking sonar. The TRD Premium Off-Road Package adds 1-10 years of trials of Toyota’s special tech assistance services, as well as heated front seats.
Only looking to use your pickup for the rough and tumble world of work and off-roading? Check out the Utility Package, which removes not only the speakers from the back but also headrests, seatbacks, and seatbelts. It also gets rid of the rear intermittent wiper and cup holders, which means you can pack the truck full and not have to worry about such things as spills, overflow, or anything breaking.
When you need a truck that can be a workhorse, but you don't want something big, you need to check out the 2023 Toyota Tacoma. This midsize model has the power you need to get work done packed into a size that is easy to manage. Not to mention, it is loaded with all of the latest tech from Toyota. If you're ready to check out this truck for yourself, visit Future Toyota of Yuba City.
Taking care of such a workhorse is a challenge, and we here at Future Toyota of Yuba City understand that you can’t always do everything yourself. You may not have the time and the right tools, or you might need assistance wrangling a part. That’s why we offer maintenance and scheduled services, proudly done by our exceptional, highly-qualified mechanics who are not only versed in diesel and gas engines but hybrid vehicles as well. No issue is too big or too small––they can give you a diagnostic report, talk parts and pricing, let you know when your oil and filters need to be changed, and let you know when an ordered part arrives. You can schedule a service appointment online, via phone, or in person.
There is a lot to love about the Toyota Tacoma, and there is a lot to love about Future Toyota of Yuba City. It's only natural to put those two things together and visit a dealership that is well-versed in everything Toyota to find your 2023 Tacoma. Give us a call or stop by our dealership and let us help you find the truck you've been waiting for.