Not all pickup trucks with its heavy engines and big sizes are suitable for people. Sometimes all what you need is some extra cargo space and off-road abilities. For over 20 years the perfect choice with well balanced opportunities and reliability is Toyota Tacoma.
New Toyota Tacoma 2016 model year can hardly be called a third generation model. Honestly, the new generation is a deeply modernized second generation Toyota Tacoma pickup truck appeared on the US car market in September 2004. It has been more than ten years since release, and the previous generation Toyota Tacoma has been the best-selling mid-size pickup in the US market with the general result exceeding 1.5 million copies. For reference – GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado pickups, sharing the same platform, was together sold almost half of it. The figures are nearly identical to the other competitor — Ford F-series.
New generation Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup of 2016 model year officially presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota Motor Corporation presented just two new items on 2015 Detroit Auto Show — a new Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and its off-road modification called Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road. Pickups are designed in the US Toyota Technical Center in the city of Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI) and will be produced for the local market in the United States. There are also 2016 Toyota Tacoma limited will be available.
2016 Toyota Tacoma release date
The release date of 2016 model year Toyota Tacoma is sheduled for late 2015. It will be available in all modifications and trim levels.
Updated: already available in showrooms
2016 Toyota Tacoma review: What is new for 2016?
To be short, everything. There are a huge list of improvements made for the new generation Toyota Tacoma. It is not a facelift or upgrade, it is completely new, redesigned truck.
First of all, you cannot order regular cab anymore. Now Toyota Tacoma is only available with extended cab (called Access cab) or crew cab (Double Cab). And it seems to be logical, regular cabs are not popular among customers. The second important thing is ground clearance. Tacoma is now more off-road oriented, RWD modification has the same amount of ground clearance as AWD. Off-road trend is also implemented in trim levels — now the special TRD (Toyota Racing Department) edition is available, features more agressive and let’s say adventurous look.
The new 2016 model year Toyota Tacoma is completely redesigned. Inside and outside
It also features Crawl Control fuction which comes from 4Runner and Land Cruiser. This helps to keep transmission low while off-roading and especially hill descending. Another unique and doubted function is built-in GoPro rack allows owners to record their adventures. Or more likely, traffic on the road.
Interior finally redesigned and gained all modern Toyota gadgets, including touchscreen infontainment system.
2016 Toyota Tacoma dimensions and redesigned exterior
The exterior design of the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma was completely changed. Thank heavens the truck doesn’t get UFO-like design like 2016 Toyota Prius. Tacoma looks like it should be. Nothing special but very neat and practical design. In the rear you could easily confused it with almost any other pickup truck.
Pickup body got all new exterior body panels, headlamps with LED daytime running lights and taillights, false radiator grille and bumper, even the external rear-view mirrors. What is really important is the upgraded frame at the pickup base, manufactured with the wider use of high and ultra high strength steel.
There are 2 modifications available — Toyota Tacoma Access Cab and Toyota Tacoma Double Cab. The overall body dimensions of which are identical 2016 Tacoma length — 208 in (5286 mm), 2016 Tacoma width — 74,6 in (1895 mm) wide, 66 in (1679 mm) in height for the RWD version and 70,2 in (1785 mm) for the AWD version, 127 in (3236 mm) wheelbase. The ground clearance is 8 in (205 mm) for RWD version and 9,2 in (236 mm) for versions with all-wheel drive.
The truck is available with only two cabin variants
The main difference between two modifications is the size of the loading platform. Access Cab has 73,5 in (1867 mm) long, 56 in (1440 mm) wide with 18 in (457 mm) height platform, double cabin Double Cab pickup has a lower length of the loading platform – 60 inches (1532 mm).
New interior now up to date
There are new front fascia and central console, informative and modern instrument panel with large tachometer and speedometer gauges, color screen trip computer, new front seats with improved lateral support and hips support. Upholstery materials including leather and plastic are high-quality.
Finally Toyota Tacoma got well-trimmed, modern looking and funtional interior with all those bells and whistles we are used to. 6,1 or 7-inch touchscreen multimedia, to be named. Of course, as a sport utility vehicle, upholstery materials should be durable, so there are pretty interesting variants available. Along with quite usual cloth, rubber inserts could be possible in front panel. It made of leather in top trims though.
All controls are ergonomic and glove-friendly, which is important in cold weather and for people working on field.
The interior looks great, but might be totally uncomfortable for tall drivers
However there is a blot in the perfect landscape of upgraded 2016 Toyota Tacoma interior. It is front seats. The sitting position is too low for the truck and there is no way to lift the seats enough. Tall people may feel totally jammed by the ceiling. Steering wheel also has some drawbacks. For example, it has tilt and telescopic function, but the last one doesn’t work properly. It folds only in inch, no more. It’s again an issue for tall drivers who frequently have long arms as well.
2016 Toyota Tacoma specs: 2 engines 3 transmissions
Under the hood of the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup might be placed one of two petrol engines, 2 layout options – obviously, rear wheel drive and all wheel drive; and 3 transmission variants — 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic for I4 engine and 6-speed automatic for V6 engine.
Manual transmission tuned to be low-range, which is very suitable in off-road conditions.
Technical characteristics of the third-generation Toyota Tacoma pickup truck imply the presence of the modernized suspension with double wishbones at the front and rear beam axle on leaf springs. Engineers have tried to adjust the suspension elements in such a way as to provide a more comfortable ride on a pickup truck off-road and at the same time increase the reliability and durability of the suspension on the roads.
4-cylinder engine seems to be underpowered for difficult tasks
2016 Toyota Tacoma engines
The first option is the four-cylinder inline 2.7-liter engine producing 159 hp and 180 ft lb (244 Nm) of torque.
The second option is 3.5-liter V6 2GR-FSE engine, working on the Atkinson cycle and is equipped with a combined fuel injection. This engine produces 278 hp and 265 ft lb of torque.
Not a wide choice, frankly speaking. However, the concept of affordable mid-size truck is keeped. I4 engine is seems to be underpowered, so if you want better power management in all conditions, it’s better to switch to V6.
Underpowered 4-cylinder engines leads to suprisingly low towing capacity – only 3500 pounds, while Toyota Tacoma V6 might handle 6400-6800 lbs depending of drivetrain layout and cab configuration.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has average for mid-size trucks fuel consumption rating. It is 21 mpg combined for I4-equipped truck (19 and 23 mpg for city and highway) with RWD automatic and nearly the same figures with AWD manual and automatc — 20 mpg combined and 19/21-22 mpg for city/highway.
Despite being way more powerful, Tacoma with V6 engine consumes just nearly the same amount of gas: 21 (19/24) mpg for V6 RWD with automatic transmission, down to 18 mpg (17/20) for AWD Manual heavier crew cab version.
The price range for the new generation Tacoma is the following: starting from MSRP $23,300 for the simpliest version and up to $34,745 for Limited top-trim without any options. It is comparable with most of Tacoma’s rivals, including Chevy Colorado. But unlike Chevrolet, Toyota truck is keeping value and reliability like nothing else.
The truck is available in 5 basic trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited.
The cheapest SR trim is quite well-equipped. It even has the above mentioned multimedia system with 6.1″ touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity. Not to mention full power windows, mirrors and locks. There are Convenience package available for this trim level features cruise control and keyless entry. For those who doesn’t need rear seats and want to add notes of practicality for the vehicle, the Utility package option feature the absence of almost everything behind front seats – including speakers. It also has non-painted plastic door handles, mirrors and plastic inserts in front and rear bumpers.
The pricing is average for mid-size truck. And what is more important, keeping value way better than competitors
SR5 has the same as SR plus Convenience package. It also has foglights, chrome inserts in the interior, leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls and a few more dribs and drabs. Just one package available is for SR5, it named Appearance package, and you could guess the content just by the name. Larger wheels and body color over fenders. This package might be extended to installing better multimedia with 7-inch screen, integrated navigation and parking sensors mounted in rear bumper.
TRD Sport get retuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, wireless phone charger (which you may also see on some Lexus cars), and many more. The package options including automatic headlights, sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and a bunch of safety features.
Limited trim comes only in crew cab version and have all wide list of equipment available for TRD version with options, except the TRD suspension. As the most expensive and premium-like truck it obviously has leather upholstery and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Modification best suited for off-road — Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road is equipped with special retuned off-road suspension and tires, Multi-Terrain Select system to select the driving mode, locking rear differential, special off-road cruise control called Crawl Control, allow you to select the velocity of 1-3 mph, Hill Start Assist Control and Active Traction Control. So, it is specially equipped to be confident off the roads. To improve those abilities Toyota decided to even remove chin spoiler. Optionally the truck might be equipped the same way as TRD Sport Premium and Technology package.
TRD modifications are specially designed for off-road and poor road conditions. Which made TRD Tacoma almost unique off-road oriented pickup truck
2016 Toyota Tacoma Features
2016 Toyota Tacoma equipment list will include the following: Multimedia system with a color 7-inch touch screen display, dual-zone climate control, keyless access and the engine start button, power sunroof made of glass, rear view camera, heated front seats. That’s nearly everything you need to have for comfort ride.
Regarding more complex changes there are the new windshield, new sound insulation materials on the floor and in the ceiling for better noise insulation of the cabin.
Tacoma is the pickup truck on the first place, so car designers don’t forget the cargo compartment of a pickup truck. There are new rear trunk lid with spoiler, special lock and hinges slowly opening the tailgate and not let it fall, hinges and hooks to fix cargo, tool boxes, etc.
Colors of Toyota Tacoma 2016
The new 2016 model year Toyota Tacoma will be available in 8 colors: Blazing blue pearl (like one on photos), Super white, Silver sky metallic, magnetic gray metallic, Black, Barcelona red metallic, Quicksand, Inferno (bright orange). We really like the color pallette of the new Tacoma. It has bright, more youth-oriented colors as well as more traditional and discreet. The truck looks stunning in Blue pearl and Quicksand color. Maybe that is why Toyota choose this colors to present its new vehicle on the official website.
Toyota Tacoma 2016: gallery of pictures
2016 Tacoma video review
|2016 Toyota Tacoma|
|Engine type||DOHC 16V I4/DOHC 24V V6, direct fuel injection|
|Power/torque||159 hp@5200 rpm/278 hp@6000 rpm; 180/265 lb-ft|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/5 or 6 speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||127,4 inch – 140,6 inch|
|Length||212,3 in – 225,5 inch|
|0-60||7,3 sec (V6)|
|Top speed||109 mph (V6)|
|PRICE RANGE: $24,200-$38,720 (est)|
|Competitors: Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier|