Before there was a Toyota Tacoma, there was the Toyota Truck. In different countries, the truck is also more widely well-known as the “Hi-Lux.” The Tacoma sells hundreds of thousands of trucks per year, and it all started with this, the Toyota would no real definitive name.
The base Toyota pick ups came equipped with the bulletproof 22R engine, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 114 horsepower and 140-lb.ft. of torque. An optional 3.0 liter, six-cylinder engine was available, also capable of 150 horsepower and 180-lb.ft. of torque, shared with the Toyota 4Runner.
These trucks were also available in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive platforms, with optional automatic transmissions for the all-wheel-drive set up.
Over the years, most of the styling hasn’t changed. While Toyota trucks had been around for awhile, this was the first truck that really put Toyota into the truck market and spawned the Tacoma line up. In fact, the layouts haven’t changed. There are still four and six-cylinder engines available. It’s also available in rear or all-wheel-drive. There is still an option for a manual transmission.
This generation of Toyota truck really stamped the word “dependability” right next to the reputation of “reliability.” Like In-N-Out burger, the menu doesn’t change, but the level of success continues to grow.