Early in 1995, the all-new made-in-the-U.S. Toyota Tacoma pickup made a mid-1995 introduction, as a replacement for the old pickup truck. The compact pickup boasted three new engines, an all-new chassis, enhanced safety features and bold new styling. Positioned in the middle to upper end of the compact pickup truck market, the Tacoma was designed to appeal to younger buyers who prize sporty performance. Past major competitors included Ford Ranger, Chevrolet S-Series and GMC Sonoma.
The Tacoma's original base engine was a 2.4-liter dohc 4-cylinder. Optional engines were a 2.7-liter dohc Four and a 3.4-liter 24-valve V6. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard. A 4-speed electronic overdrive automatic was optional.
The Tacoma was available in regular and extended cab models, in 2-wheel and 4-wheel-drive configurations. Regular cab models featured two optional trim levels: LX and SX. Extended cab models had two basic packages: Xtracab V6 and Xtracab SR5 V6. Four-wheel-drive versions featured a 2-speed transfer case with a floor-mounted shift lever and automatic locking hubs for shift-on-the-fly operation. Xtracab SR5 V6 models had a new option: One-Touch Hi-4 electric shift that would engage the front axle by pressing a button on the transfer case lever.
Options for the Toyota Tacoma include air conditioning, antilock brakes, cruise control, power outside mirrors, windows and door locks.
For 1996, the Tacoma was carried over with minor specification and option-package changes.
As of March 3, 1995:
- $11,848 (1995.5 Toyota Tacoma 4x2 Regular Cab)
- $13,958 (1995.5 Toyota Tacoma 4x2 Xtracab)
- $15,248 (1995.5 Toyota Tacoma V6 4x2 Xtracab)
- $16,628 (1995.5 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Regular Cab)
- $17,708 (1995.5 Toyota Tacoma V6 4x4 Regular Cab)
- $18,028 (1995.5 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Xtracab)
- $19,068 (1995.5 Toyota Tacoma V6 4x4 Xtracab)
- $21,318 (1995.5 Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6 4x4 Xtracab)
As of August 25, 1995:
- $12,028 (1996 Toyota Tacoma 4x2 Regular Cab)
- $14,178 (1996 Toyota Tacoma 4x2 Xtracab)
- $15,488 (1996 Toyota Tacoma V6 4x2 Xtracab)
- $16,908 (1996 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Regular Cab)
- $18,028 (1996 Toyota Tacoma V6 4x4 Regular Cab)
- $18,338 (1996 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 Xtracab)
- $19,418 (1996 Toyota Tacoma V6 4x4 Xtracab)
- $22,228 (1996 Toyota Tacoma SR5 V6 4x4 Xtracab)