The Toyota Tacoma offers the STAR Safety System of dynamic control technologies as standard equipment in all models and grades for 2009.

Front seat-mounted side airbags, curtain side airbags are now standard across the Tacoma lineup and active front headrests are standard on all Access and Double Cab models.

The Star System includes anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control. An Automatic Limited-slip Differential, which uses brake intervention in place of a mechanical-type LSD to help reduce tire slippage at the rear wheels, is standard for 2009.

The 2009 Tacoma line offers two engines: a 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder that produces 159 horsepower with 180 lb-ft. of torque and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that produces 236 horsepower with 266 lb-ft. of torque.

The Tacoma also delivers enhanced value with interior and exterior revisions for 2009. All models feature an argent painted grille, while the TRD Offroad, TRD Sport and Tacoma X-Runner models are distinguished by new smoked headlamp trim. All models have restyled LED taillamps.

The Tacoma cabins also have enhanced comfort and convenience for 2009 with new front door trim panels, while a lower center stack houses the standard auxiliary audio input jack.

Base model estimated mpg: 20/26

Estimated starting price: $15,170


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