The Toyota Tacoma 4x4 is a mid-size pickup powered by a standard inline-4 engine or an optional V-6 engine. The first generation of Tacomas, built from 1995 to 2004, were considered compact pickups, but the second-generation Tacoma, which was introduced in 2005, was made larger to compete in the mid-size pickup market. While Tacoma 4x4s feature four-wheel drive, rear-wheel-drive-only versions are also available.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma's base inline-4 engine produces 159 horsepower and 180 foot-pounds of torque, while the V-6 engine produces 278 horsepower and 264 foot-pounds of torque. Fuel efficiency for the base engine is approximately 21 miles per gallon in combined driving, while the V-6 gets 20 mpg; however, fuel efficiency may vary depending on the combination of transmission, drivetrain and cab size of a given Tacoma. Both automatic and manual transmissions are available with either engine, but an optional towing package is only available with the more powerful V-6. Extended and crew cabs options are available on 2016 models, but there is no standard cab available.
Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pickup trucks are notable for their excellent off-road performance for their class. Four-wheel drive models have raised suspensions that give them ample ground clearance for off-road driving. Though this feature was exclusive to 4x4s in previous model years, both four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive versions receive the same raised suspension for the 2016 model year.