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Difference Between Toyota Prerunner & Xrunner

by Michael G. Sanchez

The PreRunner and X-Runner are both packages offered on Toyota's mid-size Tacoma pickup truck. The PreRunner package is exclusively offered on V-6, rear-wheel-drive models. It essentially includes all the additions and changes that come with the four-wheel-drive truck, just without the four-wheel-drive system itself. Compared to the standard rear-drive model, the PreRunnner adds 16-inch steel wheels, black fenders, an increased ride height, front mud guards and an engine skid plate. The PreRunner package was offered beginning in 1998.

A Street-Style Tacoma

The X-Runner package was first offered for 2005, but was discontinued following the 2013 model year. The X-Runner Tacoma was designed to be a style-focused street sport truck. The package was available only on rear-wheel drive, Access Cab models. Buyers got big 18-inch alloy wheels shod in sticky Bridgestone Potenza tires, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear stabilizer bar, special embedded fog lamps, a hood scoop and a sporty-looking body kit.

About the Author

Michael G. Sanchez has been a professional writer for over 10 years. A lifelong car enthusiast and former senior mechanic, he has written on a wide range of automotive topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Castleton State College. Sanchez started writing about cars as a part-time copywriter for a local dealership while still in high school.

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