The redesigned Toyota Tacoma for 2016 boasts an updated interior, a new V6 engine, and a capable off-road performance. It’s recommended for anyone shopping in the midsize truck segment. Some of its strengths include a peerless resale value, an extensive list of options, an excellent off-road ability, a responsive touchscreen interface, and a refined V6 engine. Its release date should be expected this July.
For more than two decades now, the Toyota Tacoma has continued to be a competitive pickup truck that has provided its buyers an alternative to the often-perceived large and costly full-size regular trucks. If you’ve been a seasoned user of the previous versions of the Tacoma, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma won’t offer any major surprises apart from the usual refreshments.
Traditional users may find the new notable improvements made on the 2016 model to have, to some extent, burnished its appeal. The new model doesn’t come with the dinky steel wheels found on the regular cab 4×2 stripper. You only have to choose between the crew cab and the extended cab body styles.
What hasn’t changed though, is Tacoma’s off-road performance repertoire. It also gets the Crawl Control system that it borrowed from the Land Cruiser and the 4Runner. One interesting add-on that the new vehicle comes with is the GoPro mount that gives users the capability of recording their driving experiences.
Things get even better under the hood. With a revised 4.0L V6 engine that offers 42 more horsepower than the previous model, the new Tacoma promises a memorable driving adventure. The base engine returns as before and carries over its power output unchanged.
In overall, we’d say the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma is well-positioned to retain its throne among other midsize pickup trucks. That said, you should still look around the segment to see what the segment offers in terms of alternatives. Some of them include the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, the 2016 GMC Canyon, and the 2016 Nissan Frontier.
Available Trims – Toyota Tacoma
Expect to see the new Toyota Tacoma for 2016 in a whopping five trims: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and TRD Off Road.
Interior Pictures & Exterior Configurations – 2016 Toyota Tacoma
The SR model offers standard air conditioning, adjustable tie-downs, a cargo bed rail, 16” wheels, a rearview camera, voice controls, a bedliner, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, a six-speaker audio system, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a sliding rear window, auxiliary audio jack, Siri Eyes Free, and a GoPro windshield mount.
The SR5 adds satellite and HD radio, a rear privacy glass, chrome exterior accents, foglights, Scout GPS Link navigation app, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, variable intermittent wipers, and a color trip computer.
Picking the TRD Sport model gets you keyless ignition and entry, LED daytime running lights, sport-tuned shock absorbers, a special upholstery, a leather trimmed shift lever, a bed-mounted 120-V power outlet, 17” alloy wheels, an optional upgraded infotainment bundle, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Opting for the TRD Off-Road trim lands you 16” alloy wheels, an electronic locking rear differential, chin-spoiler delete, Bilstein shock absorber, cruise control, and the Crawl Control system.
Finally, the Limited model gets you JBL stereo system, unique interior and exterior trim, 18” alloy wheels, a leather upholstery, and all the contents of the Technology and Premium package.
2016 Toyota Tacoma Engine Specs
Both the SR and the SR5 trims get the standard 2.7L four-cylinder base engine rated at 159 horsepower and 180 pounds of torque or the optional 3.5L V6 engine rated at 278 hp and 265 pounds of torque.
The 2WD and a six-speed automatic transmission system are standard for the two powerplants. The AWD is available as an option. The four-cylinder engine returns fuel economy ratings of 19/23/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the 2WD, and 19/22/20 mpg with the four-wheel-drive system.
On the other hand, the V6 returns 19/24/21 mpg with the 4x2s and 17/20/18 mpg for the four-wheel-drive system.
During our own test drive, the V6 with an automatic sprinted to 60 mph from naught in 8.5 seconds.
Price & 2016 Toyota Tacoma Release Date
Online reports indicate to a possible release date this July. As for the price, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab should cost you an MSRP starting from $23,300, and $24,130 for the Double Cab.