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How To Sum Up The Toyota Tacoma’s Big Dam In Just One Sentence: COTD

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Earlier today, David published a ridiculously detailed review about how the new Tacoma is just about everything you expected it to be. We’re talking about a truck with a roomy cab, great off-roading capability, and even the manual transmission sticks around. Here, just take this quote from the man himself:

The new Tacoma didn’t mess with a good thing. The off-road capability is still there, the functionality is still there, it’s just that now there’s a beefier frame, a small and more efficient turbocharged engine, a better transmission, a torquier engine, a fresh new interior, and a new rear suspension. It fixes people’s concerns about seating position, it addresses concerns about that old anemic powertrain, it will hopefully address the fuel economy concerns, and I bet it will continue being capable and reliable.

In the context of Toyota Tacoma steps, this is a huge one forward.

While fans couldn’t get enough delicious Tacos, there was still a pretty big question hanging out there. What’s up with that huge chin? People were even noting it back when I first saw the truck in Hawai’i in May. Thankfully, the dam is pretty easy to move. I highly recommend you read David’s explanation on why the dam got so huge, but the gist of it is that Toyota’s engineers sought to fix the Tacoma’s weird seating position, which caused a chain reaction:

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“We wanted to address some of the foibles of the outgoing truck, one of those was the seating position — we wanted to raise the heel-to-hip, but we also wanted to make sure we had good head clearance. So we’ve actually grown the cabin slightly… also treadwidth extension… while door-to-door [distance] stays the same…with the overfenders the vehicle has gotten a bit wider. As a result of that, our effective area has become greater.”

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The dam tries its best to help minimize drag. Anyway, there’s a lot of math and engineering in David’s article, but Professor Chorls isn’t convinced it was all needed. In response to the above explanation, Professor Chorls says:

That’s a lotta science words for “we meke truc bigge”

This was a common and fun theme among the comments, with Canopysaurus chiming in with a set of unclear directions:

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Engineer:: We’ve got a problem.

Designer: Yeah?

Engineer: Yes. That great new cab you designed for better seating increases frontal area, which increases drag and impacts performance and economy. See?

Designer: (scrutinizing engineer’s notes) Hmm … well, damn it all!

Engineer: Um, OK.

We also noticed this lovely compliment from Tybalt:

I am not the target audience of the Toyota Tacoma. But I read, with rapt attention, an article about the Tacoma’s air dam. If that’s not a testament to David Tracy’s writing and the Autopian’s nerdish obsessiveness over seemingly minute vehicular details (ahem, Torch’s taillights), I don’t know what is. Stuff like this is why a membership is worth your hard-earned money.

Keep up the great work y’all.

David thanks you, Tybalt! We love writing up goofy deep dives for all of you to enjoy. Have a great evening, everyone!

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Adam EmmKay8 GTI
Adam EmmKay8 GTI
3 months ago

I thought trucks were high for “ground clearance on job sites”
My GTI has that much ground clearance and parks next to F150s at work. Sometimes we even bring lunch to work

Iwannadrive637
Iwannadrive637
3 months ago

I hope they don’t ship them with yellow transport guards. I’ve had enough of that.

Adam EmmKay8 GTI
Adam EmmKay8 GTI
3 months ago
Reply to  Iwannadrive637

You want the purple ones, these add at least 5HP to the wheels (Fiat changed those from yellow to purple to make their dealers take them off during for sale preparation but they cannot be bothered)

Last edited 3 months ago by Adam EmmKay8 GTI
Raven65
Raven65
3 months ago

’24 Tacoma owners can now make extra cash by lowering their front tire pressure and snow plowing roads!

NosrednaNod
NosrednaNod
3 months ago

They really missed an opportunity.

We all know the most important feature in truck design is BIG WORDS. This needs to have TOYOTA or TACOMA printed on it. Perhaps they can do so as a shipping protector and dopes will take a shine to it and leave it on.

Rich Hobbs
Rich Hobbs
3 months ago

It’s just a dam shame.

mtnJeep
mtnJeep
3 months ago

I think they should lean into it. You know what the Tacomas really need? Those yellow shipping guard things from the Charger/Challengers.
/s

Last edited 3 months ago by mtnJeep
pizzaman09
pizzaman09
3 months ago

I am having trouble with scale, is this truck now the size of a Tacoma? It looks bulky.

Data
Data
3 months ago
Reply to  pizzaman09

The Tacoma is the size of a Tacoma. Perhaps you are thinking of the Tundra?

Ecsta C3PO
Ecsta C3PO
3 months ago
Reply to  Data

This just in: the new Tacoma has grown to nearly the size of a Tacoma! What happened to mid-size trucks like the Tacoma?

pizzaman09
pizzaman09
2 months ago
Reply to  Data

You know, this is what I was thinking, Tundra.

MDMK
MDMK
3 months ago

The Tacoma’s air dam would’ve been a great candidate for a large scale commercial application of one of the ultra black automotive paints that made the rounds a few years back. It would then virtually disappear beneath the front bumper.

https://www.motor1.com/news/596393/porsche-911-musou-black-paint/

Last edited 3 months ago by MDMK
ProfessorOfUselessFacts
ProfessorOfUselessFacts
3 months ago
Reply to  MDMK

I’d rent out the air dam as advertising space. People could see it in their rear view or oncoming traffic would see it. Rent it to one of those law firms you hear on the radio all the time, or good old JG Wentworth.

Ecsta C3PO
Ecsta C3PO
3 months ago

Actually a cool idea, treat it like the sun shade stickers on race cars.
I expect a few to be rolling around with SPEEDHUNTERS on the “chin spoiler”

DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
3 months ago
Reply to  MDMK

Or go the other way, put yellow scrape protectors around the bottom of the thing and call it a Tacoma Hellcat.

Professor Chorls
Professor Chorls
3 months ago

Oh no I did not expect for this to happen

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
3 months ago

(Rips the dam thing out!)
Plastic rivets fly everywhere.
(Increases approach angle.)

(Sits in big ass expensive truck in mall parking lot)

(Crying to myself in the silence of the cab)

This is a joke right?

(nope, people care about this)

Oh bother!

CSRoad
CSRoad
3 months ago

Especially configured to get quickly deleted by the owner one way or another.

A. Barth
A. Barth
3 months ago

How To Sum Up The Toyota Tacoma’s Big Dam In Just One Sentence

DAAAAAMMMMMMMM.

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
3 months ago
Reply to  A. Barth

If Autopian hadn’t written an article about it, I would have never noticed that chin. Instead, that is precisely what I’ll be saying ever time I see one from now on.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
3 months ago
Reply to  Rad Barchetta

For all I know, the F-150 has something similar, but nobody’s ever noticed b/c nobody expects anyone to go offroad in one.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
3 months ago
Reply to  Rad Barchetta

Yeah, funny how that works. Not a truck guy, but enjoyed the article and very much the comments, so the new taco will join the Lexus Predator Face & BMW Beaver as something I’ll be actively looking for: the Toyota 3 Gorges Redux

Last edited 3 months ago by TOSSABL
Ecsta C3PO
Ecsta C3PO
3 months ago
Reply to  Rad Barchetta

It’s like the first generation Genesis Coupe’s penis shaped windows.

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
3 months ago
Reply to  Ecsta C3PO

God dammit. Thanks for adding that to the list.
I still can’t unsee the last gen Accord’s Swingline stapler taillights, now this.

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
3 months ago
Reply to  Ecsta C3PO

I just googled this a WOW. Wang-dows.

Alec Weinstein
Alec Weinstein
3 months ago
Reply to  Ecsta C3PO

dammit

Harvey Park
Harvey Park
3 months ago
Reply to  Rad Barchetta

The Jay Leno truck.

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