While there are many people who think the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is one of the best trucks in the market right now, there are some who believe that it’s still somewhat of a disappointment.
There is a 2.7-liter I-4 engine in the new Tacoma, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. This allows the engine to churn out a decent 180 torque and 159bhp. The 4.0 liter V6 model was replaced with the 3.4liter V6.
However, better fuel economy is offered by the new engine on the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and this places it directly below what GM is offering in the Colorado V6 Engine.
With the standard engine on the Tacoma, it gives fuel-consumption figures of 19mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway. This is certainly impressive but at the same time, not as impressive as some of the other trucks in the market right now.
Meanwhile, Toyota says that their new 2016 Toyota Tacoma comes with a number of class-leading attributes. The Tacoma basically gets a complete do-over with several new features and options, new V6 powertrain option, new styling, updates suspension tuning, better fuel economy and towing power, an upgraded frame and enhanced off-road toughness as well.
The pricing for the Tacoma starts at $23,300 for the SR 4×2 Access Cab which includes a 2.7liter inline-four cylinder engine. The price reaches to a maximum of $37,820 for the Double Cab Limited 4×4 which boasts a 3.5 liter V6 unit under the hood.
There are several trim packages as well, namely “work truck” model SR, TRD Sport, SR5, TRD Off-Road, and Limited. Toyota has accomplished a lot in its 35 years of off-road racing and as a result, the TRD-Sport and Off-road models come with a GoPro camera mount which is located next to the rear view mirror.
This is certainly a first in the segment, with competitors like the Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. The grille on the Tacoma has a meaner and refined stance and this transforms the 2015 Tacoma into an edgier utility vehicle from a cute small pickup.
The headlights on the 2016 Toyota Tacoma have been popped and slimmed out while it uses steel that is three times stronger.
The body is available in two different styles: the Double Cab, which comes in either the 127.4-inch wheelbase with a 5-foot bed or a 127.8-inch wheelbase and a 6-foot bed in the Access Cab variant.
The Double Cab also has a 141.0-inch wheelbase, with the 6-foot bed. The 3.5 liter Atkinson Cycle, V6 Engine, comes with an extra 42 horsepower which brings the total to 278 horses along with 265 lb-ft of torque.
You can match it to your choice, with a new six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma provides a 21mpg combined figure on the 3.6 liter V6, which comes paired with a 4×2 powertrain and a six-speed automatic.
The trucks with automatic transmission come with a new Multi Terrain Select System which works on a variety of terrains like loose rock, sand and mud. It also has an Active Traction Control system, included on the TRD Off-Road.
The V6 models of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma presently include a Trailer Sway Assist and have the capacity to tow up to 6800 pounds. The truck new impressive traction capabilities are clearly shown-off, when using it true, rough off-road terrains. The newest collection of upgrades and off-road features provide a competent back-country truck flavor to the new Tacoma.
This includes the Multi-Terrain Select Crawl Control which permits the driver to select speeds that range from 1mph-5mph. Other new features include an automatic limited-slip differential, an electronically-controlled locking rear differential, on-demand part-time 4WD with an electronically-controlled transfer case and a Hill Descent Control as well.