With the 2005 redesign, the Tacoma got substantially larger, moving firmly into mid-sized territory. For a truck of this size, an impressive 6,500 pounds can be towed behind a properly configured and equipped V6 drivetrain.
Toyota has created model and option choices that allow buyers to project an on-road or off-road personality, to taste. The PreRunner versions add such goodies as raised ride height, a front skid plate, and mud and snow tires to create a four-wheel-drive look on lower-cost two-wheel drive trucks. PreRunner versions of all body types are available. The X-Runner goes in a completely different direction, adding a limited-slip differential, a more rigid and lowered suspension, 18-inch wheels with low-profile tires, a hood scoop, and other styling and performance enhancements as befit a street performance machine. The X-Runner is availably only in a two-wheel-drive V6 Access Cab version with a six-speed manual transmission.
The main option packages carry these themes further. The SR5 package adds many of the usual cosmetic and comfort improvements, including chrome exterior accents, upgraded seat fabric, a leather steering wheel, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and more. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) packages are available in both Off-Road and Sport versions. The Off-Road package takes the SR5 package and adds sport seats, off-road suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers and progressive-rate front springs, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a locking rear differential, and skid plates. The Sport package is similar, but substitutes a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a limited-slip differential. Both TRD packages add a 115V/400W power outlet in the bed and fog lamps.
Standard on all models are anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist. A composite bed with a built-in rail system and adjustable tie-downs is a unique feature. Stability control is available on all models, and can be disengaged as desired.