The Tacoma was first introduced to the US market in 1995 as a replacement for the Hilux, and while it carried forward the rugged attributes of its predecessor it also introduced an altogether more refined driving experience. The Hilux’s go-anywhere capability and bulletproof dependability are legendary, but it is largely considered a commercial workhorse rather than a recreational vehicle. Toyota hoped that with additional driver comforts the Tacoma would become a cross-category platform, a truck that would continue to dominate the commercial sector but also be an attractive recreational vehicle. The Tacoma is a huge success and is now considered one of, if not the best, mid-size truck on the market. It’s therefore a popular option for overland builds with recent examples including this $69,000 2018 TRD Off Road w/ Alu-Cab Canopy Camper, a $60,000 2017 TRD Pro, and Expedition Overland’s heavily modified $80,000 2016 TRD Off Road Double Cab. At just $25,000 OBO today’s 2005 TRD Sport is significantly cheaper yet still showcases premium modifications and an awesome A/T Habitat Truck Topper.
From the Seller:
“I am selling my ‘05 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD DCLB with A/T Habitat. This has been an amazing overland/camping rig, and it has reliably taken me through many adventures. My needs have changed, and I want this to go to a good home. The truck is turnkey, fully serviced, and is ready to go on any adventure–nothing needed, just you, your gear, and a destination.”
2005 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport
The Tacoma is fitted with a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 245 horsepower, 282 pound-feet of torque, and returns 16/20 mpg (city/highway). A long-lived motor and drivetrain are mated with Toyota’s TRD Sport Package which incorporates 17-inch wheels, hood scoop, sport seats, rear limited-slip differential, and Dunlop tires. The Sport Package optimizes on-road performance, so I’d recommend the alternative TRD Off Road package for overlanding. However, today’s example enjoys a long list of aftermarket modifications to ensure it’s expedition-ready with the only disadvantage being no rear locker. Inside, this Tacoma incorporates the following driver comforts:
- Sony head unit with backup camera and Polk Audio speakers
- Rear view mirror with camera
- Cruise control
- Goose Gear Rear Seat Delete
- Dobinsons 4×4 snorkel
- FN Pro wheels with Toyo M/T tires
- King 2.5-inch extended travel shocks, Dobinsons heavy duty leaf springs, and Firestone Ride-Rite airbags
- ARB air compressor
- A/T Habitat Truck Topper
- BAMF front bumper, Bruteforce rear bumper, and BudBuilt full steel skid plates
- Sherpa Animas roof rack
This 2005 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with A/T Habitat is listed for $25,000 OBO and is currently located in Jacksonville, Florida. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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