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2004 new car guide, model guide, new car reviews, by brand


Pickup trucks from Toyota consist of multiple variations for the compact-class of Tacoma and a full-size truck called Tundra.

The Tundra series, produced at a Toyota manufacturing facility in Indiana, expands in 2004 with the introduction of the four-door Double Cab, which measures 13 inches longer from tip to tail than Tundra's two-door Standard Cab and four-door Access Cab. It's bigger due to a wheelbase stretch plus three inches added to the rear track and overall width and height. New Double Cab also totes a bigger cabin lined with plush seats in front and back and optional gear for luxury and convenience.

The compact Tacoma trucks ride on a rugged chassis with cabins configured in regular and extended lengths plus the four-door Double Cab. There are three powertrain options for 2004 as well as rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) traction modes, and many trims including sporty S-Runner and popular PreRunner.

All versions of Tacoma come together at a California assembly plant in Freemont that Toyota operates in joint venture with General Motors.

Toyota Tundra
2004 Toyota Tundra

Big trucks under the badge of Tundra grow even larger in 2004 with the introduction of a four-door Tundra Double Cab, which expands the chassis and cab of Tundra to forge Toyota's largest truck ever. Consider the Double Cab not only big but comfortable, even luxurious. It offers a power sliding rear window and power moonroof to open the cabin.

The box in back is also large, as long as the box in Tundra's Access Cab but with the sidewall depth increased by four inches. Tundra's returning regular-length chassis has two-door regular-cab and four-door extended-cab designs, short and long box lengths, RWD or 4WD traction, and engines with six or eight cylinders, plus trim choices in three series labeled Tundra, SR5 and Limited.

Tundra's V8 displaces 4.7 liters and achieves 245 hp. It has exceptional low-end torque and can handle up to 7200 pounds in a trailer plus a one-ton payload. A base 3.4-liter V6 ranks at 190 hp. Either a manual five-speed or electronic automatic four-speed transmission works with the V6, while the V8 uses the automatic exclusively.

Toyota Tacoma
2004 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota's compact truck from Toyota looks tough with a raised hood and big front grille. Models include three cabin designs with the regular two-door and extended XtraCab plus four-door Double Cab.

Powertrains begin with the base twin-cam 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine worth 142 hp. The 4WD Tacomas and PreRunners use a twin-cam 2.7-liter four that rises to 150 hp. Optional power for 4WD Tacomas and 2WD PreRunners is supplied by a 3.4-liter dual-cam V6 good for 190 hp.

Low-to-the-ground S-Runner effects the stance of a customized drop job, while the Double Cab does the opposite with its 11-inch clearance designed for off-pavement treks. PreRunner RWD has the look of a customized 4WD truck with a tall stance and flared fenders. Also, it carries the suspension of the 4WD Tacoma, with independent double-wishbone design in front and a live axle in back working in conjunction with leaf springs and hydraulic shocks.

An optional TRD Off-Road package, available on 4WD Tacoma trucks, is on tap for PreRunner too. The package adds Bilstein shocks for a Regular Cab or Tokico shocks for the Double Cab, a locking rear differential with the V6 engine, progressive-rate front coil springs and modified rear leaf spring suspension, a thicker stabilizer bar up front and 16-inch alloy wheels capped by P265/70R16 tires and rugged black overfenders. Tacoma's S-Runner variation consists of a 4x2 Xtracab with five-speed manual stick and V6 power.

A suspension tuned for sporty performance also applies, as do Tokico gas shocks. Further, the ride height drops by one inch from the standard 4WD Tacoma.



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