By Cars.com EditorsFebruary 27, 2014
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Remaining mostly unchanged since it debuted in 2012, the current-generation Toyota Tacoma sees a few upgrades for the 2014 model year. Check out the video for Mark's impressions on Toyota's revised compact pickup truck.
(high energy music) I'm Mark Williams for PickupTrucks.com. And we're here in Arizona with the 2014 Toyota Tacoma. Just a few changes, but to start,` let's take a look under the hood. Power trains for 2014, basically carry over. Base engine is the 2.7
-liter four-cylinder engine, 159 horsepower, 180 foot pounds of torque. Has a manual and an automatic transmission. 4-liter V6, carry over as well. 236 horsepower, 266 foot pounds of torque. Also has a manual or an automatic transmission. That hasn't changed. But what has changed is some of the look up front. What is new is an SR package, which sits just underneath the SR5, has a unique front grill, standard fog lights with blackout surrounds. Also, blacked out side view mirrors and door handles. In the bed area, not a lot of changes, but a lot of features that we've always liked. Plastic inner bed saves weight. We have storage on both sides of the bed for tools. Also, we have a ledge to offer different storage configurations. Finally, tie downs fully adjustable on all three sides of the bed. It's worth noting that some people find it a little tricky to get inside because of just how tight and how high the floor is. Beyond that, for 2014 models, standard backup camera that now comes through the screen on the center stack instead of a much smaller screen that's up in the rear view mirror. As far as Cab configurations, three cab configurations: Regular, Access and Double. Three wheelbase options, two bed length options. So there's just about any type of truck that you want. There's a configuration of Tacoma for you. As far as payload and towing numbers, 6,500 pounds maximum towing capacity with the V6, and also about 1300 pounds payload capacity in the bed when equipped with the V6 as well. As far as how the Tacoma drives, we've always liked the way it felt. Drives very solid and is very nimble as well, both on and off road. Fuel economy ratings for the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine are 21 and 25, city and highway, in two wheel drive with a manual transmission and offers a 23 MPG combined number. The V6, which is our favorite motor because of how quick it is, gets a 17 mile per gallon in the city and a 21 mile per gallon on the highway with a 19 fuel economy rating combined. It's not great, but you're getting a lot of power and performance from that engine as well. The Tacoma has been the number one player in the segment for a long time, but that might be about to change because we have two new mid-sized pickup trucks coming in 2015. The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Right now, the Tacoma sits between an 18 to $28,000 price range. But with more competition, we're expecting a more aggressive pricing structure. For all the details on the new Tacoma and the new pickup trucks in the segment, go to PickupTrucks.com (truck engine roaring)