The 2016 Toyota Tacoma brings back the vehicle into the limelight with a bang! The Tacoma lineup is facing its mid-life crisis and Toyota has the perfect solution to bring the vehicle back in fashion.
Toyota has made quite a few promises with the upcoming Tacoma and the vehicle seems likely to pack a punch upon its entry into the market. The Tacoma was a reliable name in the world of off-road trucking and the 2016 version of the vehicle plans to live up to its heritage.
Even though the Tacoma is built mostly for off road expeditions, the vehicle performs effortlessly within the city limits too. For example, it can be used as a grocery-getter quite effortlessly and judging by the performance of the current-gen model, power delivery and handling should be quite linear.
Toyota plans to give its competitors a run for the money with the 2016 Tacoma, which the company claim is new and improved from every direction. The present line of competitors in class includes the GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado and the Nissan Frontier.
Initial reports claim that the 2016 Toyota Tacoma draws power from a four-cylinder, 2.7-liter engine block displacing 159 BHP along with 180 ft-lb of torque. The engine block is hooked up to a manual transmission while the base price is rumored to start around the $25 Grand margin.
Toyota is also likely to offer a supped-up version of the base model with a six-cylinder, 3.5-liter fuel-injected motor, displacing 278 BHP along with 265 ft-lb of torque. This engine block is hooked on to a six-speed automatic transmission system and features high-performance Bilstein shock absorbers to balance performance.
Toyota has plans to include a JBL sound system in the vehicle, which further pushes up the price to $37,665. Toyota has further enhanced the towing capacity of the vehicle, and the final figure is around 6,800 pounds at the moment.
While the vehicle is yet to arrive at showrooms across the country, Toyota claims that test driving vehicles will be available soon. Apart from the numerous technological upgrades under the hood, Toyota has also worked on numerous upgrades on the interior and to the infotainment measures as well.
The 2016 Tacoma features advanced Crawl Control along with Multi-Terrain Select system, which helps drive the vehicle up remote destinations. Theoretically, you could now drive the Tacoma to places where you couldn’t have gone before, places that are known as Jeep and Land Rover territory.
However, the story could be different on paper. We are not sure yet! The ride height has increased, aiding off road expeditions. Toyota is always keen on improving on their current standards and this will to improve keeps them a step ahead of all competition.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will face some tough competition from the GMC Sierra and the Chevy Colorado, both of which are equally renowned. If you want to stay away from the mainstream pickup segment, which includes the Ford F-Series, Dodge RAM and the Colorado, the Toyota Tacoma is worth considering.
Apart from improving performance, Toyota has also stressed on the importance of environment friendliness and fuel economy. So much so that the upcoming vehicles are expected to have an average fuel economy range of 17/21 MPG on the city/highway.
Even though the figures might not be as impressive as an EcoBoost Ford engine, the performance figures more than makeup for it.
Toyota has also paid attention to weight reduction. For example, the engine uses four valves per cylinder along with dual overhead camshafts while the block and heads are made up of aluminum. Hence, this reduces the overall weight of the setup along with eliminating all worries about unequal metal expansion and contraction.