How my curiosity about the Tacoma got started

First time to be writing in Oppositelock as I’ve been a car fan most of my life which turned me into a miniature car collector starting with the Lesney Matchbox cars. However I have not really explore the ins and outs of a real car except on what I am driving so I decided to get my hands dirty (not literally for now) and explore the world of real cars. Also pardon the poor quality of the photos as my phone takes lousy pictures. Now on to the topic.

So if you are wondering how my interest in writing about the Tacoma got started, it’s when I heard my colleague started discussing about how her husband was planning to purchase a 2015 Tacoma. That subject tickled my ears so I decided to join in and asked why her husband wanted that particular year. She said that her husband likes the look of the truck and that they will be driving to that dealership that is selling the truck that weekend. And no doubt they are serious about it as to get there will be a 4 hour drive. When another colleague mentioned that her husband has the Tacoma TRD Sport, that definitely peak my curiosity even more and if the saying ‘Curiosity killed the cat’ was ever true then I’m definitely glad I’m not one.

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One weekend while my Toyota was in the dealership for maintenance, I was waiting at the showroom and right in front of me was this bright shiny blue 2019 Tacoma. With nothing better to do, I started exploring and even taking some photos. What first attracted me was the color which they called Voodoo Blue.

After a quick glance on the exterior, its time to check on the interior.

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I sat on both the front and back and the back seat is raised so you have a good view of the front but the leg room is a bit small for me as I can barely get in and when I did there was very little head room as I can feel my hair almost touching the ceiling. Can you imagine being at the back while going thru rough terrain?

Next I pop open the hood.

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I’ve notice there is a big space between the front grill and the engine.

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This hood felt like it weighed a ton when I lifted it up. Either it’s because it has thicker metal on the hood or could be due to the higher stance of the truck.

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Next I started looking at the info on the window sticker.

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Sticker Shock!! Of course this may not be a surprise to some but for me it’s been years since I’ve check on car prices and I used to see this price only on luxury vehicles.

But then here is the reason why.

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This happens to be a top of the line trim for the Tacoma and it got all the bells and whistle you can ever dream of for off roading like 3.5-liter V6 making 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, active Traction Control (A-TRAC), which prevents all four wheels from spinning out at the same time. Also comes with off-road skid plating with red TRD lettering under the front end.

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And a nice black wheel with the TRD logo to match with the truck. And if your wondering what is a TRD, it stands for ‘Toyota Racing Development’.

And my curiosity did not end there. It’s now time to get a little dirty.

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Getting underneath and taking photos that is.

And hidden behind the tire is a Fox 2.5-inch Internal Bypass Shocks which is considered an upgrade for serious off roader.

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I check the lot and so far this seems to be the only TRD Pro that they have so I did not get the chance to test drive it.

If you’re still wondering if my colleague ever got the truck, well.. let’s just say it didn’t pan out but they ended up getting the 2019 Tacoma locally instead. If you will excuse me, I think they are finished with my vehicle.

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