Toyota Spruces Up Tacoma Limited

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Mid-size pickup gets some refinements for 2013 in the form of a new Limited trim level.

If you're in the market for a luxury automobile, a pickup truck may not be your best bet. Particularly since the Lincoln Blackwood was discontinued, and even if the Cadillac Escalade EXT is still on the market. But that doesn't mean that a truck buyer can't have a bit of refinement. That's why GMC makes the Sierra Denali and Ram offers the Laramie Limited. But if you're in the market for something a little more compact (and more affordable) with an upscale touch, Toyota may just have the answer.

We're talking about the new Toyota Tacoma Limited, the new top-of-the-line model in the Japanese automaker's mid-size truck line-up. The Limited features heated front seats, variable-speed windshield wipers, metallic-tone central panel, leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, backup camera display integrated into the rear-view mirror and more. The grille, rear bumper, side mirrors, door handles and 18-inch wheels are also plated in chrome, and buyeers can choose between two or four-wheel drive, standard, extended or double cabs, regular or long bed and four- or six-cylinder engines.

The latter comes down to a 2.7-liter DOHC four with 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque or a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 with 236 hp and 266 lb-ft. In short, the Tacoma Limited packs many of the refinements you'd expect from a well-equipped passenger car, but not necessarily from a truck.

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