Motor Trend takes us through the life of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner V-6 as they give us their final view of this popular staffer pickup. Take a look back with real daily driving and personal accounts of what this vehicle did in the hands of the Motor Trend team.
As per Motor Trend, Our 2005 Truck of the Year showdown featured some tough competition, but from the outset, we knew the new Toyota Tacoma was going to be a serious player: bigger and bolder looks, a strong powertrain, a vast improvement over the previous model. In the end, it took home the well-deserved honors, which earned it a place in our long-term fleet for a one-year evaluation.
"Can't really call this a compact anymore. Tons of room. And for the engine-what a nice surprise when you get on the throttle. It really gets up and scoots. Weight savings on the 2WD seems to help. A lot of personality for $25K."
"Just spent three days of prerunning for a future truck test-this TRD package is more at home on a truck-wide dirt road than it is on a concrete freeway-you can almost feel its sigh of relief when it leaves the pavement."
Fleet Update: Long-Term Verdict
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Fleet Update: Total mileage 14,559
Fleet Update: One-Month Update