There are pickup trucks for hauling cargo, and then there are pickup trucks for haulin’ @$$. Toyota’s Tacoma X-Runner is definitely aimed at the latter task. Featuring a 4.0-liter V6 engine, a specially tuned chassis, and a six-speed manual transmission, the X-Runner can get from 0-to-60 MPH in less than seven seconds. Equally impressive, the X-Runner can survive lateral acceleration in excess of 0.9-G, comparable to some performance cars.
Slick But Practical
Key to the X-Runner’s look are a full body kit, a hood scoop, and integrated fog lamps, all finished off in a color-keyed monochromatic exterior. The X-Runner package is built on the Tacoma’s “Access Cab” (extended cab) configuration. The Access Cab models ride on a 127.4″ wheelbase. Rear doors on the Access Cab open to 80 degrees to give passengers easy entry and exit.
The X-Runner features a 73.5″ cargo bed with an inner bed made from a durable sheet-molded composite (SMC) deck and walls that are 10 percent lighter than steel. The bed deck features two-tier loading and four standard adjustable tie-down cleats.
The X-Runner gets its name from the X-Brace that stiffens up the rear end to improve handling. Two additional support braces further stiffen the frame.
The 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine provides 236 horsepower with 266 pound-feet of torque. Variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) helps with low-end and mid-range torque. An Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence helps optimize performance and fuel economy.
For those torn between the handling of a sports car and the utility of a pickup, the Tacoma X-Runner is a great solution. Especially for those who want the lowered, aero look right off the showroom floor. With Toyota having now shed its reputation for austere truck interiors, the X-Runner is just as competitive with many sports cars on the inside as it is on winding roads.
2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner
MSRP (Base Price) $26,775.00
TRD Performance Air Filter $90.00
Wheel Locks (Alloy) $81.00
Bed Mat $119.00
Carpet, Floor Mats & Door Sill Protectors $195.00
Delivery & Processing $815.00
Price As Tested $28,075.00
Under The Hood
Engine: 4.0L V6 DOHC
Torque: 266 pound-feet @ 4000 RPM
Horsepower: 236 @ 5200 RPM
MPG: 16 City/21 Highway