2015 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD - Snow Days Dancer - Video Road Test

SNOW DAYS” imply that kids catch a break from school. Because roads are, at a minimum, slightly impassable. Forcing Mom or Dad to come up with a clever indoor activity plan. Lest they be driven “up the walls.”

Last Monday, Chicago got its first “Snow Day” of this winter season. It came on the heels of 20″-inches that fell on Super Bowl Sunday.

The “kids in us” at “Drive…He Says” decided to go out and play.

Standing in for sled or skis was a 2015 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 TRD.

This is the “swan’s song” for the 2nd generation of Toyota’s mid-size pickup truck.  The Gen. III replacement should start production sometime this summer. That way it can better stave off competition from Chevrolet’s resurrected Colorado.

Our Blue Ribbon Metallic double-cab, standard bed, V6 powered, part time 2-speed e-transfer case Tacoma based at $27, 885. Adding the Toyota Racing Division off-road package, with Bilstein dampers, e-locking rear differential, the Entune Application w/ Premium JBL Audio & SD Navigation suite and a trailer tow package begets a $36,254 bottom line.

The Old:

– Tacoma 4×4 TRD jolts abruptly when the gated gear-position lever is moved into drive. The throttle has a laggard tip in. It dives for cover on the moderate braking. The leather covered steering requires a high exertion and a turn too many to make a U-turn. The driver’s seat cushion is fixed for height. And it’s not heated.

Narrow running boards do little to aid in the tricky task of lifting, twisting torso and plopping the butt onto the seat. The only multi-function gauge cluster fuel economy calculator is a human brain’s extrapolation skills.

The Good:

– How about twin overhead console padded eye-glass holders inside the 2015 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 TRD? The JBL audio system sparkles and Entune apps work well.

The “Taco” is easy to perpendicular park…for a pickup. And it will fit inside pretty much any standard house garage. Something a comparably cabbed and bedded Colorado might not. The engine remains smooth except beyond 8/10ths of the throttle. Even then the cabin is quiet.

Despite leaf springs in the rear, the ride is far more compliant and bobs less than a coil sprung  Jeep Wrangler Rubicon .

And the V6-powered 2015 Toyota Tacoma 4×4, with “ancient” 5-speed automatic transmission, beat the EPA’s fuel economy projection. I returned 19 combined miles-per-gallon of regular unleaded.

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When it comes to four-wheel dancing, “SNOW DAYS JUST DON’T ARRIVE OFTEN ENOUGH.”

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