BY H. THROTTLE
Cab style pickups have become popular with the short beds and five passenger seating, making for a very versatile and practical vehicle. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited is a strong entry into the competitive world of pickup trucks with a suggested list price of $40,215, including options.
The Tacoma has a 3.5L, V6 engine that delivers 278 horsepower linked to the eight-speed variable transmission and four-wheel drive easy auto-transfer case. The truck rides on a front coil spring double wishbone suspension system and leaf-spring rear suspension. The ride is firm and supportive in pulling a trailer or hauling a heavy load.
The truck comes with a boosted engine oil cooling system and a rear towing hitch for hauling a trailer or boat into the high country.
The truck has all of the latest Toyota safety systems that earn the pickup an overall four-star safety rating.
The rear doors allow for easy access for passengers who have easy access to second-row seating. The rear seat also makes for extra room for freight, packages and grocery items. Especially handy to keep packages dry in summer rain showers.
The truck is very flexible and easy to drive, a larger vehicle, but handles easily and has a short turn radius. Fuel economy of 22 mpg on the highway and 18 in city driving. Larger engines consume more fuel, compared to new popular four-cylinder vehicles.
This is a popular pickup and very adaptable to Colorado driving conditions with all-wheel drive, additional seating, a sunroof, rear hitch and all the features to pull a boat and head to the high country.
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