There isn't much change to Toyota's highly-touted compact
pickup truck. The 2004 model basically returns with everything
that made it a standout last year. About the only piece
of news worth reporting is that the 2004 Toyota Tacoma loses
an optional flare-fender StepSide cargo box.
The lineup continues unabated from last year. The 2004
Toyota Tacoma is offered as two-door regular-cabs, extended
Xtracab models and crew-type Double Cabs. These have four
conventional side doors, plus a three-passenger rear bench
seat. Xtracabs have two forward-facing rear jump seats.
Variety is one of the main selling points of the 2004 Toyota
Tacoma - along with ruggedness, reliability and versatility.
There are a total of six options packages available for
2004. And that doesn't include the numerous stand-alone
There are seemingly countless Toyota Tacoma models offered.
In addition to the three cab sizes and options packages,
there are base and PreRunner trims, an S-Runner Xtracab
and a top-line 4WD Double Cab.
Regular cabs have a front bench seat that lets them sit
up to six. Xtracabs and Double Cabs can hold five passengers.
When speaking of interior features with the Toyota Tacoma,
it's not what's standard that's important, but what's available.
The Limited Package, offered with uplevel V6 models, includes
such things as power windows and door locks, remote keyless
entry, an AM/FM/cassette/CD player, a digital clock and
Stand-alone options for 2004 include air conditioning and
cruise control for base models, a security system and the
The aforementioned Limited package also contains chrome
power mirrors and color-keyed bumpers and grille. From the
options list, you can add a bed extender, a tonneau cover,
tubular side steps and running boards.
The 2004 Toyota Tacoma comes with rear-wheel drive or a
four-wheel drive system that must be disengaged on dry pavement
but has low-range gearing. Limited-slip rear differential
is optional for 4WD V6 models and PreRunner V6 models.
There are three engines for 2004. The base model uses a
2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. It puts out 142 horsepower
at 5000 rpm and 160 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
The other I4 driving the 2004 Toyota Tacoma is a 2.7-liter
model with 150 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque
at 4000 rpm.
Leading the class for 2004 is a tough 3.4-liter V6 engine.
It will get you up to 190 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 220
lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm.
Safety and Security
Antilock brakes are standard on all Toyota Tacomas. Daytime
running lights are optional.