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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The wide variety of standard and optional features…makes the Tacoma useful both for work and for play
“class-first roof-rack system” (Double Cab)
Kelley Blue Book
“There are no strippos”
The 2010 Tacoma model line covers a wide range of needs in base form, especially if you're willing to add a few options, but two specialized models, the PreRunner and X-Runner, are focused for tough terrain and look the part. The PreRunner adds a higher-riding suspension, locking rear differential, and other appearance cues. The X-Runner gets wider wheels and tires; a lowered, sport-tuned suspension; and an X-braced frame (hence the name), along with extra interior conveniences. Also available is a TRD Off-Road Package that brings special badging, plus an off-road suspension with Bilstein dampers, fog lamps, and a transfer-case skid plate. Taking the concept to an extreme is the Off-Road Rugged Trail Package, which includes a locking rear diff, 16-inch Baja wheels, additional skid plating, black overfenders, and Bilstein shocks.
AutoWeek praises the performance-oriented X-Runner, “special X-brace out back to keep cowl shake to a minimum” and the limited slip differential that “helps put the power down.” But they are less impressed with the “silly ground FX (like a hood scoop that doesn't actually do anything)” and the “Big Brake Kit, which strangely is paired with rear drum brakes.”
Available as a dealer-installed accessory is a supercharger kit from TRD, or Toyota Racing Development. It boosts the horsepower of the V-6 from 236 to 304. Other accessories include a bed divider, bed net, cargo crossbars, Yakima roof rack, bike rack, running boards, flip-out bed extender, SnugTop Super Sport hard shell, and a rubber bed mat.
Automobile Magazine says, “the wide variety of standard and optional features (among them under-the-floor and behind-the-seat storage cubbies, rear seats that fold flat, a 400-watt outlet in the cargo bed, bed storage boxes, a bed extender, and TRD sport and off-road packages) makes the Tacoma useful both for work and for play.”
The options list on the 2010 Toyota Tacoma is expansive, with plenty of heavy-duty upgrades and appearance add-ons, but one item that many people have come to expect—a navigation system—isn’t offered.
Cars.com reports “well-heeled Tacomas include a JBL premium stereo with a six-CD changer, power windows, remote entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls.” That highest-level JBL/satellite option includes a free three-month subscription to XM radio and Bluetooth compatibility.
But the equipment list is beginning to look a little dated. Any 2010 Tacoma without that JBL system doesn't come with Bluetooth, and there's no factory navigation system option.
The 2010 Toyota Tacoma is available with a long list of optional and dealer-installed add-ons, though it's missing some tech features.