The refined Toyota Tacoma returns for 2016 with plenty of changes and novelties including a refined V6 engine, a more improved off-road performance, and a new and updated interior. If you are in dire search for a truck, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will undoubtedly be the perfect choice for a mid-size truck. Its release date should be expected in the coming weeks.
For 2016, the vehicle returns wholly redesigned. For decades and counting the vehicle has been the choice for many buyers who feel the regular full-size trucks have become rather expensive or unnecessarily big for them. Luckily, the Tacoma has deviated much from the initial formula that is popular among buyers. Those who liked the exiting model will assuredly fall in love with this one.
However, the Japanese manufacturer has made some changes and redesigns here and there to auger well with modern expectations. The regular 4×2 stripper is one thing that you won’t find available during this year’s lineup. We can all reminisce that the regular cabs were overthrown last year leaving us with only the crew cab and the extended can body style configurations.
Top performance undoubtedly remains as one of Tacoma’s repertoire. Provided standard equipment is the integrated GoPro mount that provides the users with the recording capability for their off-roading and on-road maneuvers. Beneath the bonnet are some minimal changes and carryovers. In the event that the Tacoma doesn’t offer what you want, other alternatives in the segment include Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon, and Chevy Colorado.
Exterior Body Styles & Interior Changes – 2016 Toyota Tacoma
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma mid-size truck comes in only the Double Cab and Extended Cab configurations. Additionally, the truck will be provided in a walloping five variants ranging from the base SR to the fully-equipped Limited version.
Expect the 2016 Toyota Tacoma SR to come fitted with voice controls, a sliding rear window, a USB port, a 6.1” touchscreen display, air conditioning, 16” wheels, a GoPro windshield mount, an auxiliary audio jack, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Siri Eyes Free, full power accessories, premium audio system, adjustable tie-downs, a CD player, a cargo bed rail system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and air conditioning.
Several options available include the Utility package and the Convenience package that pack body colored door handles, cruise controls, mirror caps, 16” alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, and LED headlights.
Moving up the trim ladder gets you the 2016 Toyota Tacoma SR5 that comes with a color trip computer, rear privacy glass, foglights, Scout GPS Link navigation app, a leather wrapped strapped steering wheel, and chrome exterior accents.
The options available for the above variant include a 7” infotainment screen, rear parking sensors, HD radio, integrated navigation system, auto-dimming rearview camera, body-color over-fenders, and 16” wheels.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport gets you 120V power outlet, auto-dimming rearview camera, a wireless phone charger, 17” alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, upgraded infotainment system, special leather upholstery, sport-tuned shock absorbers, keyless ignition, a leather wrapped shift lever, and keyless entry.
The packages available for the TRD Sport include the Technology and the Premium package. The packages bundle automatic transmission system, an upgraded JBL stereo system, front heated seats, automatic headlights, blind-spot monitor, cross-traffic alert, climate control, and a sunroof/moonroof.
Almost at the pinnacle of the trim level is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road model that comes equipped with a locking rear differential, an automatic transmission system, chin-spoiler delete, 16” alloy wheels, cruise control, rugged body trim, Crawl Control, and Bilstein shock absorbers.
Seating pretty at the helm of them all is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited trim that comes only in Double Cab configuration. On top of what the TRD offers, the vehicle adds everything on the Technology and Premium packages, and leather upholstery, 18” alloy wheels, and exclusive interior and exterior trim.
Engine Specification – 2016 Toyota Tacoma
Under the hood of the updated 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a choice of two engines: a 2.7L 4-cyl engine or a 3.5L V6. Available are both the RWD and the AWD systems.
Providing 159 hp and 180 pounds of torque is the 2.7L 4-cyl engine. According to EPA stats, expect the vehicle to return a fuel economy rating of 19/23/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the automatic fitted 4×2, and 19/21/20 mpg for the manual.
As for the 3.5L V6, expect the vehicle’s output to provide you 278 horsepower and 265 pounds of torque. According to EPA ratings, the fuel economy ratings stand at 19/2421 mpg for the automatic 4×2’s, and 17/20/18 mpg with the 4WD.
When properly equipped, expect a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds for the four-cyl Tacomas, and up to 6,800 pounds for the V6 models.
Date Of Release & Price – 2016 Toyota Tacoma
As already mentioned at the beginning of this review, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma release date should be expected in the coming weeks. As for the price, expect the base model to come with an MSRP starting from $23,300.