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Used Toyota Tacoma for sale in Jefferson City, MO

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The Tacoma is Toyota’s most popular pickup, fulfilling multiple rules across multiple markets worldwide. It’s a workhorse, a daily and an off-roader, wrapped in one unique and intriguing proposition. Officially categorized as a compact pickup, the Tacoma is or has been sold in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, Panama, and Bolivia.

During the early 1990s Toyota saw that the popularity of smaller pickups was on the rise, so they decided to join the market with a competitor of their own. Introducing the Tacoma. It was supposed to be one of Toyota’s largest projects to date, bringing in big chunks of profit, but even they didn’t realize the magnitude the Tacoma would take on. It has stormed the American continent with surprise and is now in its third generation of production. It has been crowned the Truck of the Year award several times in the last 20 years, most notably winning Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year back in 2005. Currently assembled in Freemont, California, San Antonia, Texas, and Tijuana, Baja California, production of the Tacoma is going stronger than ever, despite the recent trend shift in favor of the SUV.


First Generation Used Toyota Tacoma for sale in Jefferson City, MO


The first-gen Tacoma was introduced back in 1995, remaining in production for nearly ten years straight, up to 2004. The Tacoma was the Hilux’s direct replacement, a truck also known as the Toyota Pickup in the states. Although the Hilux is still widely regarded as one of the most robust and reliable pickups you can get, the Tacoma succeeded it in more ways than one. Toyota made it more comfortable, practical and spacious compared to its predecessor, not to mention a lot more refined. The design was intended to better suit U.S. and Canadian customers, where pickups are commonly used as personal vehicles rather than just conventional workhorses.

Toyota offered a choice of three engines for the Tacoma. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 142 horsepower was the base engine, the 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower covered the mid-range and right at the top, you had the 3.4-liter flagship V6 with 190 horsepower. As far as transmissions go, you had two choices: a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto. Two-wheel drive Toyota Tacomas were easily recognizable by their 5-stud wheel lug patterns, as opposed to the 4WD Tacomas’ six-stud wheel lug pattern. The Tacoma’s frame was fully boxed to increase rigidity and stiffness, i.e. capabilities. In 2000 Toyota introduced a minor facelift, as well as an S-Runner trim.


Second Generation Tacoma for sale in Missouri


The second generation Tacoma made its public debut in 2005. The car had already been under development for 4 years at that point though, with final designs and patents filed in 2003, in Japan. The second-gen Tacoma offered a lot more versatility as opposed to its predecessor. For starters, it was available in eighteen different configurations. You were able to pick from three cab configurations and two bed lengths, as well as two engines and four transmissions. The 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower was the base unit, but Toyota upgraded their V6 to a more powerful 4.0-liter with 236 horsepower. Early Tacomas were offered with a 5-speed manual, a 4-speed automatic and a 5-speed auto, but Toyota later introduced the X-Runner trim which came outfitted with a six-speed manual.

Following a minor facelift in 2009, GM broke all ties with Toyota following their bankruptcy. Demand for the Tacoma was so high Toyota had to shut down production of the Corolla in Texas and Mississippi to deliver the necessary amount of pickups. In 2012 Toyota refreshed the Tacoma again, but it would be the last facelift for the back-then dated design.

Third Generation Used Toyota Tacoma for sale in Jefferson City, MO

At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show Toyota unveiled the third-gen Tacoma to the world, and needless to say, they didn’t fail to deliver. Looking sharper, aggressive and more modern than ever, the latest Tacoma is the embodiment of what a ‘compact’ pickup can and should be. The exterior design is a no-nonsense form follows function sort of deal. It’s still a handsome truck, but you can tell everything on it has its purpose and function. The larger grille up front further aids cooling and the project-style headlights enhance night visibility. The air dam at the front will aid fuel economy, an increasing worry in today’s world.

The 2.7-liter four-cylinder was slightly tweaked to produce 159 horsepower, but the 3.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower is all-new. A 5-speed manual is standard on the four-cylinder, and a 6-speed auto is optional (the V6 gets a 6-speed manual). For off-road enthusiasts, Toyota makes the TRD Off-Road trims which get terrain select mode, but if you want the best of the best, the TRD Pro will have to do. It’s got a skid plate, FOX shocks, a cutback exhaust, and LED fog lights.


Conclusion


Whether you’re looking at buying a reliable daily or need something to haul stuff around for work, you won’t find a better choice than the Tacoma. The latest model is comfortable and luxurious, but truth be told, you can’t go wrong with any of the generations.