2014 Toyota Tacoma US pricing announced

Article by Anita Panait, on September 5, 2013

2014 Toyota Tacoma could now be availed in a sporty new SR appearance package, after the carmaker discontinued the Tacoma X-Runner sport truck for the year. The 2014 model year of Toyota’s compact pickup truck features four levels of Entune Audio, with the backup camera display moved from the rear-view mirror to the Entune head unit display.

The new SR Package provides sporty styling thanks to a color-keyed exterior appearance that includes overfenders, bumpers, grille surround and mirrors, door handles as well as smoked headlight lenses. The new SR Package is available for the Tacoma PreRunner and 4x4 Access Cab base grade models, with those powered by a V6 receiving fog lights.

2014 could be availed in two new exterior colors for 2014, Silver Sky Metallic and Blue Ribbon Metallic. The 2014 Toyota Tacoma will have a manufacturer suggested retail price that starts from $17,875 for the Regular Cab 4x2 with a four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual gearbox to $28,285 for the Double Cab 4x4 V6 Long Bed with a five-speed automatic.

The MSRPs for the Toyota 4Runner and Tacoma do not include a delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $860.

Under the Tacoma, Toyota said that it will be offering TRD Off-Road Package especially for the 4x4 automatic V6 models. It will have the Downhill Assist Control, or DAC, and even the Hill-start Assist Control, or HAC. The HAC in particular is operated by controlling the brakes at each of the wheels in an independent manner. This is done in order to prevent the vehicle from even rolling backward.

It also ensures that slipping sideways is prevented, which typically occurs when the vehicle is in a stopped position and shifts to climbing a grade. Meanwhile, the DAC makes use of engine braking in order to manage the downhill speed. The DAC also controls independently the brakes at the wheels in order to enhance directional control. In addition, the DAC itself is deactivated immediately based on certain actions. These include shifting to neutral, pressing the DAC button, or depressing the accelerator or brake pedals.

There is also the Automatic Limited-slip Differential, or the Auto-LSD. This feature utilizes brake intervention as a way of lowering tire slippage at the vehicle’s rear wheels. Toyota revealed that this particular feature is included as standard on all the Tacoma models. Going back to the Off-Road Package, it will also have a locking rear differential, which by pressing a switch located in the cab, instantly activates it.

For the PreRunner and 4x4 variants, an electronic rear differential will be offered. Safety is an important aspect for Toyota and this is why all Tacoma models will have the Toyota Star Safety System equipped as standard. Features in this system are the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Smart Stop brake override technology, Traction Control (TRAC), and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). All Tacoma models will also contain the usual three-point seatbelts available to all the seating positions.

Then there is the advanced dual-stage airbag system in the front, side airbags mounted on the front seat, and the roll-sensing side curtain airbags, which has a cutoff switch. A cutoff switch for the front passenger is fitted as standard for all the Access Cab versions. Speaking of Access Cab models, featured as standard are the front seats having active headrests.

Should there be a risk of encountering a rear-end collision, the headrests are able to immediately move forward and up. This ensures that the distance of the person sitting and that of the headrest is lowered. The active headrest is also included as standard on the Double Cab variants.

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