Barcelona Red Metallic; TRD Off-Road Extra Value Package With JBL Audio ($4,150 -- includes JBL AM/FM stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio input, six speakers and subwoofer, XM Satellite Radio with three-month subscription, Bluetooth, off-road-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, locking rear differential, 16-by-7-inch alloy wheels with P265/70R16 BFGoodrich tires, engine skid plate, front tow hook, 115V/400W deck power point, foglamps, remote keyless entry system, cruise control, variable-speed wipers, overhead console with compass and temperature gauge, chrome grille surround and rear bumper, color-keyed front bumper and over-fenders, smoked headlamp trim, sliding rear window with privacy glass, sport seats with driver lumbar support and sport fabric trim [in place of standard bucket seats, passenger-side fold-flat feature deleted], metallic-tone instrument panel trim, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth phone controls, leather wrapped shifter (A/T models only), dual sun visors with mirrors and extenders, tailgate-handle integrated back-up camera linked with auto-dimming inside mirror with monitor, TRD Off-Road graphics, VSC + A-TRAC in place of standard VSC +TRAC, Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) [A/T models]); V6 Tow Package ($650 -- includes Class 4 hitch, transmission and supplemental oil coolers [transmission cooler not available on manual transmission models], 130A alternator, heavy-duty battery, seven-pin connector with converter); Carpet Floor Mat Set/Door Sill Protector ($199-- two-piece mat set for Regular Cab, four-piece mat set for Access Cab and Double Cabm, door sill protector); Daytime Running Lights ($40), 50-State Emissions ($0).
Naturally aspirated port-injected V6
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
236 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
266 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.52; II = 2.04; III = 1.40; IV = 1.00; V = 0.72; R = 3.22; FD = 3.72
The traction control allows quite a lot of wheelspin in 2WD. With traction control off, the extra wheelspin (and axle hop) worked.
Quite a lot of dive but also more bite from off-road tires than expected. Also very good fade resistance -- tight cluster of stops.
Slalom: Traction control Off/stability control On: Obviously not meant to slalom and it feels out of place; slow-ratio steering; balloon tires and lots of suspension travel. Also, stability control is not defeatable in 2WD so it became a guessing game of what is permitted with Toyota's prescribed limits.