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post #1 of 14 Old 08-06-2013, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tacoma X-Runner, gone; new SR trim for 2014


http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/06/t...-x-runner-dead
Saw a lot of these back when they were introduced, then all of a sudden, X-Runners were obscure to find on dealer lots. This was probably the most sporty Toyota badged vehicle you could have bought
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I'm more surprised they kept it as long as they did. I haven't seen one on a dealer lot in years.

They're really cleaning house for 2014. X-runner, FJ, Matrix.


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More of a reason to beat up myself for trading up my 05 X-runner!
I got it early in 05 when lot of people didn't know what it was... the attention, comments & looks I would get, I miss that!
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They're really thinning the model before the next generation, that's for sure!


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Too bad, one of the last factory sport trucks after the Dakota R/T went the way of the dinosaur (though that motor was a boat anchor anyway). I know Chevy did a Silverado SS but I don't recall those being lowered like the X-Runner or R/T. Would have liked to seen the X-Runner with the new smoked chrome headlights and black wheels too...
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That's a shame I understand why they're doing it though; poor sales and it's time for them to clean up the lineup hopefully in preparation for the next generation.

For a while, this was the sportiest vehicle in Toyota's lineup before the FR-S came along. RWD, additional chassis bracing, lowered stance, lip kit, 6 speed manual, and dealer options of a BBK and TRD supercharger.

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After awhile, they changed the colors and you could only get it in Black, Red or Blue. The Speedway Blue color was definitely vibrant. It sucked that for 2012, that color changed to Nautical Blue; now that it did matter because became a "Do they make those still?" vehicle.

The fact that the TRD Off-Road and Sport packages sold better obviously meant the demise of the fastest Toyota as of late.
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Don't think they are killing the FJC yet. They'll probably keep it around like Lexus kept the SC430 .
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There was the Corolla XRS, too (the previous generation). 2.4l VVTi-L engine, 6-speed manual. I wanted one of those for awhile. They pop up on eBay occasionally.

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Corolla XRS with 2zz engine was a fun little car. Same engine as the Celica GTS. I don't think the latest gen XRS had VVTLI.
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Now, it was probably the only sportiest offering Toyota had other than the Toyota GT86.

But, back in 2004 when X-Runner was introduced, it was a great time when Toyota had a lot of sporty cars in the compact segment. People could buy 2ZZ-GE with 6 speed manual as a Corolla XRS, Matrix XRS or Celica GTS.

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For some reason, this trio gets overshadowed so easily. The RSX stole the glory from the Celica at a time when WRX and EVO were getting popular, and the XRS's became less popular than the first Scions. And when the tC came, and everyone forgot about those cars. But yet, people still remember "MR2, Supra, rwd Celica, etc.".
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That is a separate issue. Still, the fact remains, those were the most sporting cars that were blessed with one of the very best 4 cylinder engine Toyota ever built (Lotus Elise was using the same engine and transmission in the same period).

As far as popularity goes, 95% of the cars were sold in automatics and you cannot sell a car in big volumes with only a 6 speed manual close-ratio gearbox and an edgy, high-revving screamer engine that demands a lot from the driver, but is very rewarding in return when you put in the proper effort.

RSX also had the same issue where base RSX accounted for over 90% of the sales particularly in automatics. RSX was discontinued just a year after the Celica was discontinued because they both suffered the same problem.

That is where both Honda and Toyota shifted their strategy to sell in bigger numbers, which is where it brought in Scion to appeal to the mass market. The 2nd generation XRS with Camry engine, 5 speed auto/manual and a softened chassis, suspension was also a move in that same direction.

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