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2003 Toyota Tacoma V6

2003 Toyota Tacoma
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The 2003 Toyota Tacoma is available in 17 different versions, based on three cab types, standard, extended Xtracab with rear jump seats and the four-door Double Cab (ABS). Tacoma standard-cab and Xtracab models feature a 74.5-inch long bed. The Double Cab comes with a bed length of 61.5 inches. The V6 engine powers 6 models in 2003.

Also this year, all Tacoma models get a standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system. Child restraint system (CRS) anchors have been added to the front passenger seats in standard and Xtracab models and to the rear outboard seats in the Double Cab models. Factors like this attention to family safety and reliability in general have proven successful for the Tacoma line-up. It's in its sixth generation in North America, built now in Fremont California, and it represents 10% of Toyota sales.

Available Models
The 6 V6 Toyota models are the 4WD Xtracabs (manual and automatic), 2WD PreRunner Xtracab and Double Cab (automatics), 2WD S-Runner Xtracab (manual), and 4WD Double Cab (automatic).

Interior Features
The 2003 Toyota Tacoma line is designed to be affordable and versatile and as sushc the list of standards is small and the options packages are extensive. This allows buyers to choose the amenities that work best for them. For example, the SR5 options package air conditioning, 3-in-1 audio, tilt steering wheel, tachometer, digital clock, sunvisors with vanity mirrors, and a chrome or color-keyed appearance package. Other packages, like the Chrome Package, for example, offers air conditioning, 4-in-1 audio system, tachometers and various exterior detailing.

The S-Runner is a slightly different story. Its sporty interior is features front sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, white-faced instrument gauges and other amenities.

Exterior Features
The Toyota Tacoma has bold exterior styling, and its many permutations add up to a wide variety of different looks. For example, a sporty StepSide bed /SR5 option package combination is available for all standard-cab and Xtracab models. This distinction sacrifices just under 9 inches of width and makes a loud and stylish statement.

The Tacoma S-Runner is another example of a different look and feel. This "customizing" alternative features a dealer-installed TRD color-keyed body kit. This 4X2 Xtracab, powered by the V6 engine with a five-speed manual transmission, has a performance-tuned suspension, which lowers the S-Runner by an inch and sharpens handling response. The S-Runner comes in Black Sand Pearl and Radiant Red. The StepSide bed can be combined with the S-Runner to make a muscular sporty truck with a custom look and feel.

The V6 engine choices developed by Toyota for the Tacoma are a brawny but smooth DOHC 3.4-liter capable of pumping out 190-hp and 220 lb-ft. of torque. This engine can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Adding to this, a TRD supercharger kit for the V6 mentioned above boosts horsepower to 260.

Perhaps more important though, is the fact that these are true off-road vehicles. The 4WD models have 2-speed transfer cases, skid plates, tow hooks, manually locking hubs, mud guards and ample ground clearance.

Safety and Security
Safety is a key design priority for Toyota and the Tacoma is a safe vehicle because of its height and the extensive visibility allowed by the truck seat position. However, this safety is enhanced further with dual-front airbags and 4-wheel antilock disc brakes.

2003 Toyota Tacoma Highlights

Outstanding power-to-weight ratios help give Tacoma models impressive performance and fuel efficiency. Toyota dealers offer a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) supercharger kit for the V6 that boosts horsepower to 260. The system carries a full factory warranty and is EPA-certified.
Tacoma offers both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models in all body styles. Forty percent of all Tacoma's sold are 4X4 models, which feature a two-speed transfer case and a heavy-duty chassis. A locking rear differential is available as an option.
A sporty StepSide bed is available for all standard-cab and Xtracab models in conjunction with the SR5 option package. The steel StepSide cargo box provides the same functional bed length, overall exterior width and cargo box depth as the regular bed. The cargo floor width between the wheelwells also remains the same. The interior bed width is reduced by just under nine inches, but payload remains the same.
The Tacoma offers a wide variety of interior and exterior upgrade options, as well as a large selection of dealer-installed accessories to personalize the truck. Many buyers choose the sporty SR5 package to add the most desirable options at a high-value price. The SR5 package includes air conditioning, 3-in-1 audio, tilt steering wheel, tachometer, digital clock, sunvisors with vanity mirrors, and a chrome or color-keyed appearance package.

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Fast Stats
3 / 5
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2.4L 4-cylinder
2.7L 4-cylinder
3.4L V6
142 hp @ 5,000
150 hp @ 4,800
190 hp @ 4,800
4-speed auto
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
2.4L auto 22/25
2.7L auto 19/22
3.4L auto 17/19

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