The 2014 Toyota Tacoma will have a new exterior design package, called the SR Package, which gives it a sportier look to go with its new features. The SR Package replaces the Tacoma X-Runner, which has been discontinued.
The SR Package will be available on the PreRunner and 4x4 models of the Tacoma. The SR Package includes color-keyed fenders, door handles, bumpers, grille surround, and side view mirrors. It also includes smoked headlight housing and Baja-style wheels.
Base model Tacomas will come with a 2.7 liter four-cylinder, producing 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The four-cylinder will be available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The power powerful 4 liter V6 produces 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Both engines use Toyota's variable valve timing system to maximize low and mid range power.
The 2014 Tacoma has a list of options which get the most out of its versatile platform. For people looking to tow, the Tow Package is rated for a capacity of up to 6,500 lbs. Automatic limited-slip differential technology uses the brakes to control the rear wheels, while the TRD Off-Road Package helps in descending or ascending hills. The hill climbing assist can control specific brakes to keep the Tacoma in check while on a steep hill, and the downhill assist uses engine braking to safely regulate steep downhill grades.
Other features from the TRD Off-Road Package include an electronic locking rear differential, new springs and shocks, and off-road tires.
For those looking for more serious off-road performance, Toyota will sell the limited edition Baja Series Tacoma. The Baja Series takes its name from the famous Baja 500 and Baja 1000 off-road races, and offers performances features worthy of the name. Baja Series Tacomas will be equipped with more aggressive BFGoodrich T/A KO tires with special off-road wheels finished in gunmetal gray. The Baja Series will also have TRD exhaust, and new heavy duty suspension. Bilstein shocks raise the ride height by nearly two inches, and increase wheel travel by over an inch.
Base model Tacomas will now come standard with a 6.1 inch touchscreen which can play media through Bluetooth, USB, iPods, and the AUX port. The optional entertainment packages add navigation and app compatibility, and JBL amplifier and speaker upgrades.
The pickup truck market is evolving at a rapid pace. The Ford F-150 Raptor, which many thought would not have a big enough market, is increasing production to keep up with demand. Other compact trucks, such as the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, are set to make their returns in early 2014.