The All New 2016 Toyota Tacoma hopes to turn the tables in the mid-size truck category while keeping up with Chevy's Colorado and GMC’s Canyon.
Toyota has brought to the table a fully revamped model with many never before seen upgrades and tech enhancements for a better driving experience. The updated stylish looks, new V-6 engine and a new style interior are just a few of the boasted features of the 2016 Tacoma.
2016 Tacoma: A New Look
When the first released photos of the 2016 surfaced, the first thing that caught our eye was the broader, bolder and more squared front end. The newer prominent look really makes the front end stand out. As you move further back the cab really hasn't changed much from the previous years model. If we were to compare some of the new styling to the now discontinued FJ Cruiser, we can see some of the design characteristics were brought over.
Whats Under the Hood?
When it come to what's under the hood, Toyota has several available options. The 4 choices would be a 2.7-liter four-cylinder, a 3.5-liter V6, a 6-Speed automatic transmission, and a 6-Speed manual transmission. The new engine is a V6 port and direct injection Atkinson-cycle engine that uses these two methods for maximum efficiency.
There are also several features to go along with new engine, including a multi-terrain select system that automatically adjust the trucks driving system to adapt to different terrains and conditions. The 2016 Tacoma also features an all new driver selectable "crawl mode" which takes care of the throttle and brakes while maneuvering at low speeds.
Toyota has also announced that the Tacoma's suspension has been updated for a smoother ride on pavement and an even better experience off-road.
The updated frame on the new 2016 Tacoma is built using much stronger and higher quality steel and is also engineered in a way to cut weight. A new multi-terrain select system is another key feature that many Tacoma enthusiast will love. These systems are essential when you're driving conditions are less than normal. This system is very similar to the one’s seen in other makes of vehicles including land rover and ford. The many tough driving conditions include mud, slippery and loose rock, heavy dirt, loose sand and snowy/icy roads. The Tacoma also brings the new electronic limited-slip and locking rear differential, hill-start assist, and crawl control. The crawl control feature completely takes over the brake and throttle which leaves you, the driver free to take care of the steering and obstacle avoidance.
The New 2016 Tacoma will go on sale later in 2015 and will be available in 2 different body styles - extended and crew cab with 2 engine choices and either rear-wheel drive or all wheel drive. No word on pricing yet but we believe Toyota will keep it roughly on the same pricing level as the current models.
Be on the lookout for these other new features that will be available in the new models. locking tailgate, 4 panel folding tonneau cover, Qi wireless charging, leather, moon-roof, push button start,dual zone automatic climate control and an improved touch screen.
Five trim levels will be available in the lineup: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and Limited.