Auto Review: Leading the Pack of Midsize Pickups
Dec20

Auto Review: Leading the Pack of Midsize Pickups

Mean-spirited midsize pickups shook me into a denim and tie-dyed froth in the ’70s . I looked like some sort of wobbly hippie-dippy milkshake when I poured myself out of those trucks — and that was after just a 10-minute trip to the grocery store. My first puny pickup — a tinny, mustard-colored ’77 Datsun that I bought after extended exposure to the Grateful Dead and Elvis Costello — bounced and vibrated so badly that I could not see...

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Auto Review: Tacoma Equally Adept, on or off Road
Oct04

Auto Review: Tacoma Equally Adept, on or off Road

After three days of city and highway driving, I was ready to dismiss the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup as a very nice, very tall sedan. One of those citified trucks. It’s so quiet, cushy and comfortable that it hardly seemed to be a truck at all. The plush seats, lush suspension, refined interior and single-finger steering lulled me into a Barcalounger-like state of relaxation. Floating above traffic, I imagined the best use of this...

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The Basics: 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Highs: Quiet and comfortable on-road, quite capable off-road Lows: Sluggish, even with a big engine Vehicle type: Four-door, five-seat, pickup truck Base price: $34,630 Price as tested: $37,665 Powertrain: 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine Transmission: 4×4 automatic Horsepower: 278 Torque: 265 pound-feet Zero to 60 mph: N/A EPA fuel economy rating: 18 mpg city/23 highway/20...

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