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You really cannot kill a Toyota Tacoma.” This is a phrase I have heard on and off for the last 15 years since I have followed the Toyota brand. You see, the Tacoma is known for incredible resiliency and long-term reliability and dependability.

However, this theory was put to the test after a devastating storm a few weeks ago practically destroyed Riley Toyota in Jefferson City, MO and nearly all its inventory.

Devastation and destruction

An EF-3 tornado ripped through the dealership, and within a matter of minutes, hundreds of Toyota cars, trucks and SUV’s had been thrown and hurled and tossed through the air.

The scene reminded me of little kids throwing their toy cars up in the air or smashing them together like a demolition derby, and the cars land wherever they land. Same thing here but in real life. With real consequences.

What a surreal feeling seeing the aftermath. A Tacoma rising straight up in the air at a 90 degree angle resting against a Highlander. Another poor Tacoma imperfectly balancing on top of a RAV4 and another truck (a Tundra? a Tacoma? It was hard to tell at this point).

Thankfully, no Riley Toyota employees or customers were on the property when the tornado hit. “We are so thankful no one was hurt and that this happened when we were closed.” Said a dealership spokesperson following the storm.

A glimmer of hope found with a 2019 Toyota Tacoma

As I observed this horrible turn of events, the one piece of news that gave me hope and made me stare in wonder was that of one specific 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport. In quicksand. A color ironically named after another freakish fear-inspiring oddity of nature.
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