Toyota Tacoma Engine
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The first generation Toyota Tacoma spanned from 1995-2004. Toyota used 3 engine types for the production vehicle. The 1st was the 2.4 liter 2RZ, a 2.7 liter 3RZ, and the 3.4 5VZ V6 DOHC motor. The 2.4 liter engine was the economy version for the Tacoma. Built for economy and produced 142 hp. With this size engine, the Tacoma was not offered in a 4 wheel drive. The 2.7 liter was still a DOHC 4 cylinder but produced 150 hp with 177 lb-ft of torque. Toyota felt this engine was suitable for both 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive trucks. The 3.4 liter DOHC V6 was the most powerful version producing 190 hp. For all version of the Tacoma both automatic and 5 speed transmissions were available.
When the Tacoma was built in the 4 wheel drive version, it received 6 lug wheels instead of 5 lug for extra strength and make the truck look more rugged. The Tacoma had attracted a younger audience started selling better in 1998. The Toyota Prerunner was introduced this year and like the Tacoma had the TRD Off-road package as an option. For some reason Toyota did not offer the 5 speed transmission that year. The TRD version did receive upgraded suspension and a locking rear differential was standard for the 3.4 liter truck.
In 2001 Toyota gave the Tacoma a major face lift. They added a crew cab which is a 4 door cab which was very popular. Now the Tacoma would have 16” wheels, Tokico gas shocks and a 5 speed was now an option. This package was called the S-Runner and was only produced on 200 trucks a month which helped drive up demand some. Even with these new upgrades, the Tacoma was having a hard time competing with the Ford Ranger but was in front of the Nissan Frontier in overall sales.The newest generation now has a 2.7 liter engine or the new 4.0 liter 1GR high output motor.