Toyota Tacoma
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With General Motors going full-bore into the compact-truck category, Toyota is fighting back with a more focused line and a new TRD Pro trim level.

Holdover 2.7-liter four-cylinder and truck-specific 4.0-liter V6.

After a long run of near-absence of competition, the Toyota Tacoma is getting the full court press from General Motors in 2015 with its all-new line of small pickups. But despite its relative age, Toyota is hoping a trickle of updates back will help maintain its reign until a new model arrives in about a year. Under the long hood rests a base 159-horsepower four-cylinder engine. However if towing/hauling is a concern, the Tacoma turns up the wick to the tune of 236 horsepower via the optional 4.0-liter V6. The mid-size Tacoma comes in only extended Access-Cab and four-door Double-Cab models — no regular cab for 2015 — and your choice of rear-or four-wheel-drive for all. The box (available in two lengths) floor and walls in all cases are made of composite plastic that obviously won’t dent or rust. Up-level models also get hose-out heavy-duty all-weather flooring. The radio doubles as the backup-camera monitor, and every Tacoma comes with Toyota’s Entune mobile application and wireless Bluetooth system. Adding a little class to the mix is a Limited Package, which includes plenty of chrome inside and out, plus heated front sport seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel and more. There are some disappointing disappearances, though. Gone are the Baja Series packages, which included black bead-lock wheels, blacked-out tube sidesteps and a custom exhaust. In its place is a new Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Pro Series package with 16-inch locker wheels with BF Goodrich off-road tires, and TRD exhaust system. Also included is an increased ride height and extra suspension travel courtesy of TRD springs and Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks.