2017 Toyota Tacoma
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize pickup truck that has been manufactured by the Japanese automaker here in the United States since 1995. First classified as a compact truck through its first decade-long generation, Toyota has since redesigned and rebranded the Tacoma as a fully capable midsize pickup. From the 2005 model year on, the Tacoma has remained a confident competitor in this highly competitive segment, earning the title of Truck of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine to kick off its second generation. Toyota has made the Tacoma available in various markets throughout North and South America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and Chile. Today, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma stands as one of the most capaTacomable trucks on the road. While it may not be designed by an American-based automotive company, the popular truck from Toyota is very certainly made right here in the U.S.A. The latest iteration of the pickup truck is arguably the best yet, and has a lot to offer buyers in this highly contested segment.
For the latest iteration of the Tacoma midsize pickup truck, Toyota left no stone unturned. The newly redesigned pickup doesn’t just look incredible, but performs well because of this newfound exterior appearance. Chiseled lines give way to a more muscular and toned truck, which serve to show off the Tacoma’s strength to anyone who happens to be paying attention. Optional equipment such as a hood scoop and a more aggressively designed front grille, have the ability to transform your Tacoma into a one-of-a-kind powerhouse of a pickup.
The 2017 Tacoma is much more than what simply meets the eye. This performance-enhanced truck was constructed from high-strength steel that is both stronger than conventional steel, and also lighter. The result? A performance-ready pickup that is as tough and as ready as ever before to play with the big boys.
One of the most interesting and purposeful design changes made to the 2017 Tacoma, was the installation of a three-piece rear bumper. Not only does this newly redesigned bumper look incredible, it was designed for maximum durability and to make maintenance easier than ever before. When drivers take advantage of all 1,440 pounds of payload capability, they won’t have to lose out on any sleep regarding whether or not the rear bumper and truck bed can handle the heavy load. As a part of this new three-piece bumper, the Tacoma is available with a 4-/7-pin connector that has been moved from the exterior of the bumper, to actually inside the bumper. This is made possible because of the three-piece bumper design, and will better protect important wiring mechanisms from being exposed to weather and the aggressiveness of the elements that are a part of all-terrain exploration. The standard composite bed on the 2017 Tacoma makes every truck box ultra-durable and ready for the most rugged treatment you can throw its way. Composed of a fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite surface, every 2017 Tacoma truck bed will look great for years to come. For drivers who need even more function out of their truck bed, the Tacoma is offered with an optional bed-mounted 120-volt/400-Watt outlet, ready to power your tools and keep you going regardless of where you end up on your journey.
For pickup owners who rely on their truck to house their tools and other important equipment, the 2017 Tacoma comes with a standard locking tailgate handle, and an available locking hard tri-fold tonneau cover. Whatever your security requirements happen to be, the newest Toyota Tacoma has you covered.
Performance & Capability
If there is one thing that pickup truck drivers expect from their vehicle, it’s performance. While it is nice when cars and crossovers perform well, it is necessary that trucks perform exceptionally well, both on and off the road. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma does not disappoint when it comes to enhanced performance and capability.
The base 2017 Tacoma pickup comes equipped with a 2.7-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine, complete with variable valve timing, and a horsepower rating of 159. With standard rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission, this entry-level truck can still manage to tow a respectable 3,500 pounds, and is a great option for drivers who don’t need the frivolous strength.
If the base engine isn’t enough to get your particular job done, the 2017 Tacoma is available with a high-performance 3.5-liter V6 DOHC 24-valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine. Complete with Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide, this powerful truck offers a horsepower rating of 278, and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired with a six speed manual transmission, drivers can opt for the six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, on the higher end trim levels. Tacoma trucks equipped with the 3.5-liter engine come standard with 4WDemand part-time 4WD with electronically controlled transfer case and automatic limited-slip differential technology. With the ability to tow upwards of 6,400 pounds, the well-equipped 2017 Tacoma is a midsize pickup truck that isn’t messing around.
When it comes to capability, it’s not a surprise that the 2017 Toyota Tacoma delivers. The properly equipped Tacoma models with Crawl Control technology can conquer whatever your off-road targets happen to be. The advanced and intuitive system works by automatically changing the throttle and brakes on five different low-speed settings so that as the terrain changes on your off-road adventure, you can stay focused on what lies ahead. Multi-Terrain Select is another technology available on certain Tacoma models, designed to enhance your experience off-road. With five different modes to choose from, this system automatically adjusts the throttle and traction control of your Tacoma, giving it better traction and the ability to take on even the most unforgiving of trailheads. With other advanced technologies like Hill Start Assist Control, electronically locking rear differential, and electronic shift transfer case, there is nothing that you cannot conquer from behind the wheel of this highly capable pickup truck.
The pickup truck segment has not always been one full of the latest technological innovations, but that all ends with the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Teeming with the latest available in-vehicle technology, the 2017 Tacoma is as well connected and equipped as any SUV or sedan. For starters, the truck comes equipped with the advanced Smart Key with Push Button Start. This incredible new tech is able to sense your proximity when the keys are on your person, and will unlock your Tacoma with a simple touch of the door handle. No more fumbling for your keys, no more scrambling to get the doors unlocked or the engine to start – it can all be done without even needing to have the keys in your hand.
Aside from this hands-free entry and engine start technology, the 2017 Tacoma also offers Qi-compatible wireless charging, which turns your truck into a wire-free charging haven. An available 7-inch touchscreen display is able to connect to your smartphone device through Toyota’s Entune Audio system, which can access your phone, navigation, apps, and more, directly to your Tacoma’s large touchscreen display. A standard rear backup camera is mounted on the Tacoma’s tailgate, and gives you a clear picture of what is directly behind you while reversing the midsize truck. Other available intuitive safety technology includes a Blind Spot Monitor system and a Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
While all of these tech features are great convenience items to have on your pickup, one of the most exciting tech devices that comes standard on the Tacoma is purely for fun. The standard GoPro camera mount on the Tacoma’s windshield can turn an ordinary day out on the trail into a unforgettable memory you can experience over and over again. While the GoPro camera itself is not included, the awesome standard windshield mount may be enticing enough to go out and buy one for your next adventure.
Take it for a Test Drive at Rolling Hills Toyota
Here at Rolling Hills Toyota, we have plenty of brand new 2017 Tacoma models in stock. Come down and take a few out for a test drive. Explore for yourself all of the impressive updates made to this year’s Tacoma, and discover whether it has what you are looking for in your next new truck. Rolling Hills Toyota is located at 1617 Cross Street in St. Joseph, Missouri, and is a top rated dealership for customer satisfaction and service. With a full inventory of brand new Toyota vehicles from the 2017 lineup, there is no better place to find your next new Toyota than here at Rolling Hills Toyota. We hope to see you soon.