Air conditioning is no longer an option on four-cylinder Regular Cab models—all of them get it—and upgraded 15-inch styled steel wheels are now standard on the base 4x2 Regular Cab. Base, SR5, TRD Off-Road, TRD Sport, and X-Runner models of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma all get a newly redesigned grille.
The engine lineup and mechanical specs remain unchanged; the 2011 Toyota Tacoma comes powered by either a 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a 236-hp, 4.0-liter V-6, paired with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic for the V-6 or a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic for the four-cylinder. Tow ratings range up to 6,500 pounds with the V-6.
Satellite radio is available on more Tacoma models, as it's now included with the six-disc CD changer. Cruise control, a sliding rear window, keyless entry, and steering-wheel audio controls have been made more available with a Convenience Extra Value package on Double Cab models.
The offerings combining the base four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission have been expanded for 2011, while fewer trims in the lineup offer the manual gearbox.
Pricing has changed by $1,020 for the entry-level Tacoma Regular Cab, but most of the models have gone up just $275 for 2011. That leaves the current range running from $16,365 to $27,525, not including Toyota's destination fee of approximately $800 (it varies by region).
Overall, at The Car Connection, we appreciate the Tacoma's affordability and its fuel-efficient base engine, as well as its simple interior layout, reputation for toughness and reliability, and strong resale value, but note that its ride quality and seats aren't nearly as good as in full-size trucks.
For 2011, Toyota's moving a big chunk of Tacoma production from the shuttered NUMMI plant over to a non-union plant in San Antonio, Texas. Some U.S. Tacomas will still be built in Baja California, Mexico.
The 2011 Toyota Tacoma models will begin arriving to dealerships in late July.