+ Publish Ad FREE !
Ads stats: last 24h - 81, actual - 1248, total - 91218

Tacoma vs. Tacoma: Old and new Toyotas make an epic Canadian roadtrip

15 October 2017 - Autoblog

Tacoma vs. Tacoma: Old and new Toyotas make an epic Canadian roadtrip

I'm about to throw the skid plate across the garage. We were supposed to leave hours ago, and our tight shooting schedule is getting worse by the minute.

I've spent more time under this truck, cursing, than checking road conditions for this ambitious early-season adventure. "Roads" is generous; these are more like dirt ribbons cutting through the mountains well above the snow line. The snow pack this year has been epic, and by May it's barely started melting. I've spent weeks getting my 1998 Tacoma into shape for this trip, but it seems like we'll be lucky to get up into the hills at all.

Three hours and a few unplanned stops later ("Does that smell like ATF or gear oil burning?"), we have both trucks at the top of a rugged utility service road high in a Cascade Mountains pass. The air, crisp and pine-scented, snaps and pops under the high tension lines. Beyond the towers, a snow-dusted ridge swells above a narrow river valley — all of it densely carpeted with Douglas fir. It's just an appetizer, a consolation jaunt after some long hours in the garage instead of traversing a low range. But we all felt an intense relief, pumping out the stress with each breath of cool air at 3,000 feet.

Time, inevitable and irreversible, changes all things. I traded some mountain time for a last-minute fix. Stuff breaks, even on a Toyota, but moreover that's part of owning a 20-year-old truck. But part of this trip was about just that: seeing how far the Tacoma has come in the 23 years since the first-generation truck hit the scene. Its two successors got larger and more refined. And more capable, but at what expense? That's what I was wondering after I bought my 1998 Tacoma, a 4x4 extended cab with a manual and a V6 — and anachronisms like roll-up windows and a truckish ride.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro, as I know from the first drive I did last November in Hawaii, is a serious upgrade over run-of-the-mill '17 Tacomas — at a serious price. In isolation, it's a remarkably competent truck, with moderate off-road chops. It needs more aggressive tires, but those Fox shocks are superb for bouncing along rough dirt roads without making its occupants sick. But it's also much larger, with the kind of sound deadening and comfy ride that would almost make you forget it's a pickup if you didn't have the super-chunky dash design screaming "TRUCK!" at you to remind you it's not a strangely-shaped Camry.

A notion was born: Let's take my truck on a 1,600-mile journey to perhaps the most beautiful place in North America, Banff, and let the TRD Pro tag along. I'd get hundreds of miles of seat time in both trucks, on-road and off-, to see if Toyota has kept the '17 TRD Pro honest about its roots. There's no winner here, since both trucks represent wildly different compromises along a sliding scale. And also because both were more than capable of handling what we threw at them, and then some — you can say we underestimated them a bit. But the juxtaposition was enlightening. Tag along for the journey with us.

 

News By Tags

2011 models2012 models3D printing458 italia6-series coupeA1A2abc motorsabu dhabiaccidentaccidentsaccordACIMacuraadvertisingafricaAIairbagairbagsairbusairportalcotestalfaalfa romeoalgeriaalibabaAlmaalpineamazonamendesamphibiousandroidAnil Bachooappappleappointmentsappsapriliaarabiaargentinaarielarnold schwarzeneggerArtashok leylandasiaastonaston martinauctionaudiaudit reportaustraliaAustralian Grand Prixaustriaautoauto industryauto shanghaiauto showauto-écoleautonomous carautonomus carAutopilotautopont Decaenautoroute M1aventadorawardsAxessBagatellebahrain grand prixBAIBaie-du-TombeaubajajBalaclavaBambousBangkok International Motor ShowBangkok Motor ShowBangladeshBarklybatmobilebatterybattlebeachbeachesBeau-BassinBeau-VallonBeaux SongesBeaux-SongesbeetleBeijing Auto ShowBeijing Motor Showbelgian grand prixBelgiumBell-Villagebentleybernie ecclestonebetamaxbetamax casebicyclebicyclesbikebikesbiodieselBlue-BaybmwBMW i8bmw m5BMW x7boatboatsBogota Auto ShowBois-MarchandBois-Marchand accidentBologna Motor ShowbondboschBPObrabusbrakesbrazilbribebribesbridgebridgestonebrioBritish Grand PrixbudgetbugattiBugatti Chironbugatti veyronbuggybuickburnoutbusbusesbuyingbydcadillaccalebassescamaroCamp-ChapelonCamp-DiableCanadaCanotcaporal Chooluncarcar buying tipscar dealerscar importcar marketcar rentcar rentalcar salescar servicecar sharingcar showcar theftcar washcarbon fiberCarPlaycarscartingcascavelleCaudanCCIDCCTVCEBcelebretiescelebritiesCentres De FitnessCESChamarelChamp de MarsChamp-de-MarsChemin-GrenierChengdu Motor ShowcherychevroletChevrolet CamaroChicago Auto ShowchinaCHINESE GRAND PRIXChris Evanschryslercitroencivicclassicclassic carclassic carsclassicscode de la routecollectioncommercialcomparisonconceptconceptsconsumer reportscontraventionsconvertiblecoromandelcorruptioncorvettecour suprêmeCourtCourtsCPBcr-vcrashcrash testcrash testscrossovercrowdfundingCubaCurepipecustom carcustomsCUVCWAcyclonedaciadaihatsudaimlerdakardartzdash camdashcamdatsundecongestion routiereDelhi Auto ExpodeloreandesignDetroitDetroit Auto Showdéviationdéviationsdéviations routièresdieseldiesel scandalDIYDLCdodgeDPPdragdrag battledrag racedrag racingdriftdriftingdriver licensedriverless cardrivingdriving licensedriving schooldriving schoolsdriving testdriving tipsdronedronesdrugsdrunk drivingdsDubaiDubai Motor ShowducatiearthquakeEbayebeneecoecologyeconomyelecticelectricelon muskemissionsengen motor showengineenginesEOCethanoletios livaEUEuropeeveventsexpofacebookfakefake policeFast And Furiousfaux permis de conduireFCAfermetureFernando AlonsoferrariferryFIAfiatfiestafilmsfinancesfinefinesfinlandFirefiskerfitness centerFlacqFlic-en-FlacfloodFloodsFlorealflying carFond-du-SacFootballForbachForbach accidentforce indiafordford focusFord mustangforest-sideformula Eformula1forza motorsportFrancefrankfurtfrankfurt motor showfraudFSCfuelfuel economy scandalfuel pricefuel stationfuel stationsfunnyfutureGaikindo Indonesia International Auto ShowGaikindo Indonesia International Motor Showgamesgare VictoriageargeelygenesisGeneva Auto Showgeneva motor showgerman grand prixGermanygirlsgmgodzillagolfgolf carGoodlandsgoodwoodgooglegoogle glassGoProgovernmentgpsgran turismogrand tourgrand-baieGrand-Bassingreat wallgreecegreengreen energygrnoGros-CaillouxGRSE accidentGTAGymkhanahackershakershamannharley-davidsonHatchbackhealthcarehellcatHennesseyherohistoryhitachiholdenHollandHollywoodhondaHonda BrioHonda Cityhonda civichonda cr-vhonda fitHonda HR-Vhonda jazzHonda VezelHong Konghorsepower falsifyinghospitalshot wheelshotelhotelshoverbikehoverboardhow toHuayrahummerhumorhungarian grand prixhurricaneHusqvarnahybridhydrogenhypercarhyundaiHyundai CretaHyundai i20Hyundai Konahyundai Santa FeHyundai TucsonHyundai Velosteri3i40ICACiframacIIHSillegal racesillegal racingillegal rallyillegal taxiillegal transportIMCimportindiaIndia Auto ExpoIndian Motorcycleindian motorcyclesIndian OilindicaIndonesiaIndonesia International Motor Showindonesia motor showinfinitiInfinityinfotainmentinfrastructureinsuranceintelinteriorinteriorsiPadiphoneiranirelandIRPisraelisuzuIsuzu D-maxitaliaItalyjaguarjamesjames bondJames Mayjapanjapaneese carsjapanese carjapanese carsJapanese Grand PrixjazzJDMjeepJeep Grand CherokeeJeep Renegadejeep wranglerJeremy ClarksonjettaJin FeijobskartkawasakiKawasaki Ninjakei carken blockKenyakhankiaKia CeedKia ForteKia NiroKia SportageKia StingerKoenigseggkoreaKoshik ReesaulKTMKTM DukeLALA Auto ShowLa MarieLa PrairieLa VigieLallmatielamborghiniLamborghini Aventadorlamborghini huracanLamborghini Uruslancialandland cruiserland roverLand Rover DefenderLarsen & ToubroLaventurelawlawsLe Morneleallegolewis hamiltonlexuslicenselight metrolimousineLionel Messilotuslow cost carLRTluxuryluxury carluxury carsL’EscalierM1m3macondemad maxMadagascarMahebourgmahindramaintenancemalaysiamanmansorymapsMare d’Albertmarketmarketingmartinmarutimaruti suzukiMaruti SwiftMaruti Wagon RmaseratiMatt LeBlancMauritiansmauritiusmaybachmazdaMazda MiataMazda Mx-5mazda3McLarenMcLaren 720smecedesmercedesmetroMetro Expressmexicomichael schumacherMicrosoftMidlandsminiminivanMITDmitsubishiMitsubishi OutlanderMitsubishi PajeroMitsubishi TritonMitsubishi XpandermitsubushimitsuokaMMMMokamonacomonaco grand prixMont-ChoisyMontagne-BlancheMontebello accidentmontereymoparMoroccomotomoto-écolemotormotor showMotor vehicle test centremotorcyclemotorcyclesmotorsportmotorsportsmotosportmoviesmpvMRAmugenmuscle carMusicmustangmv agustaMVDANADA Auto ShowNandanee SoornackNando Bodhananonascarnavigation systemnavigation systemsNavin RamgoolamNCGNDUNepalnetherlandsnew carnew york auto shownew zealandnfsNHTSANigerianissanissannissan altimaNissan GT-RNissan KicksNissan LeafNissan Leaf NismoNissan navaraNissan NoteNissan TerranorwayNouvelle-FranceNTANTCNürburgringoff-roadoffroadOlympic Gamesopelpaganipagani huayraPagani ZondaPaillesPakistanPamplemoussespanasonicParisparis motor showparkingparliamentPebble Beachpenaltiespenalty pointsPereyberepermis de conduirePetit-RaffrayPetite-RivièrepetrolpeugeotPhilippinesPhoenixpickuppickupspininfarinapirelliPitonPlace de l’ImmigrationPlaine-des-PapayesPlaine-LauzunPlaine-MagnienPlaine-VerteplayboyPNQPointe-aux-SablespolandpolarispolicepoliticspollutionPomponettepontiacporscheporsche 911porsheportPort LouisPort-LouisPoste-de-FlacqPoste-LafayettePPCPPPprankPravind JugnauthpricepricespriusproguardprotestsprotonPSApublic transportpublict transportQ3qorosQuartier-Militairequatre-bornesr8Raceracingrainrallyrallye illégalramrangerange roverratingsRDArecallrecallsrecordrecordsred bullreduitrenaultRenault Kwidrenderingrent a carrepairreplicaReunionRezvaniRHTRiambelRichard DuvalRichard HammondRiche-TerrerickshawrimacRing RoadrioRipaillesRiviere-des-AnguillesRiviere-du-RempartRiviere-Noireroadroad accidentroad accidentsroad rules & regulationsroad safetyRoad Traffic ActRoad Traffic Amendment Actroadsroads safetyrobberyrobotrobotsroche-boisRodrigo DuterteRodriguesrolls-royceromeorose-belleRose-HillroverRoyal EinfieldRoyal EnfieldRRSRSUrue VandermeerschrumoursRussiaRussian Grand Prixsaabsafetysafety ratingsafety ratingssafety testsafety testsSaint-PierreSainte-Croixsalesamsungsamusao paulo auto showSao Paulo Motor Showsaudisaudi arabiascamscandalscaniaschool busschool vanscooterscootersseatsebastian vettelsecond hand carsecond hand carssecond hand cars importself driving carself-drivingself-driving carself-driving carsSEMASEMA showSeoul Motor Showservice stationsShanghaishanghai motor showshelbyShellshowsingaporeSingapore Grand PrixskodaSlovakiasmartsnakeSobrinho caseSodnacSohail Sesungkursolar energysorezesoreze accidentsoulsound systemssouthsouth africasouth koreaspainspare partsspeed cameraspeed camerasspeed limitspeedingsportSportscarspy shotsssang yongSsangYongSt-JeanSt-Julienstar warsstartupstatisticsSTCSte-Croixstreet racingstrikestudysubaruSudhir SesungkursudySunshine AutosupecarssupercarssuprcarssurveySUVsuzukiSuzuki ErtigaSuzuki IgnisSuzuki IntruderSuzuki JimnySuzuki Swiftsuzuki vitaraSuzuki Wagon RSuzuki XbeeSwedenswiftSwitzerlandTATaiwantakatatamarintankTanzaniaTarisa Resorttatataxtax fraudtaxestaxiTBStechnlogytechnolgytechnologytenderTerre-RougeTerre-Rouge–Verdunteslatesla model stest driveteststhailandThailand International Motor ExpoThe Grand TourtheftThierry Henryticket pricetipstiresTMRSUtokyoTokyo Auto Salontokyo motor showtoptop geartotaltourismtourism authoritytoyotaToyota AlphardToyota Centurytoyota corollaToyota HiluxToyota Land CruiserToyota RAV4Toyota Rushtoyota supraToyota Tacomatoyota yaristoystoytatrafficTraffic Branchtrailertransformerstransporttransport policetrendsTrianontricksTriolettriumphTrou d’Eau DouceTrou-FanfarontrucktruckstsunamituningtuniningTurkeytvstyresUAEuberUBSukukraineunionsuomuralUSused carused car importused carsVacoasVacoas-PhoenixvalettaVallee-Pitotvanvarma caseVeer Luchoomunvehicle inspectionVehiclesvelostervenezuelaVerdunVictoria Bus StationVictoria stationvideoVienna Auto ShowvietnamVintagevintage carsVipervivo energyvolvolkswagenvolvovwwaymoWeatherwheelsWootonWorldyachtyamahayariszagato
Sell Your Car