2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 23 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 278 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Four Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Tacoma starts at just above $23,000, and competes with other compact pickup trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and the Nissan Frontier. However, neither of these competitors has Toyota's reputation for quality, safety and longevity.

Unlike full-sized trucks, the Tacoma is small enough to make sense in both urban and suburban environments. The Tacoma can maneuver nimbly in tight parking lots, and its turning radius is kept reasonable. At the same time, the Tacoma offers the kind of utility that compact SUVs can only dream of. With a broad range of customization options, the Tacoma offers a surprisingly amount of comfort, and even gives owners the kind of interior space normally found in sedans. The Tacoma is truly a 'do-everything' vehicle.

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What's New For 2016

The Toyota Tacoma gets a full redesign for 2016. The exterior is bold and aggressive, and moves away from the smooth but somewhat anonymous styling of the previous generation. With a more muscular looking body and bold grill design, it's hard to miss the 2016 Tacoma. The interior has also seen major improvements with surprisingly comfortable seats, a wealth of technology and lower noise levels. The 2016 Tacoma gains refinement while losing none of the utilitarian ruggedness that's made it such a hit.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 2 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Internal Memory
    • Radio: Entune Premium w/AM/FM/CD/Nav/App Suite -inc: 6-speakers, 7" high resolution display w/split screen, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port, iPod connectivity and control, Siri eyes free, integrated backup camera display, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, phone book access, voice recognition and music streaming, cache radio, HD Radio, HD predictive traffic and doppler weather overlay, SiriusXM satellite radio (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included) and Gracenotes album cover art, Entune App Suite includes Slacker Radio, Destination Search, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp and Facebook Places
  • Exterior Features
    • Black Fender Flares
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Sliding Rear Window
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Integrated Storage
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • LED Brakelights
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and 1 Tow Hook
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Clearcoat Paint w/Badging
    • Full-Size Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Regular Composite Box Style
    • Tires: P265/70R16 AS
    • Wheels: 16" x 7" Machined Contrast Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 4-way adjustable front seats w/drivers lumbar support
    • Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material and Manual Driver Lumbar
    • 4-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Lumbar Support
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Flip Forward Cushion/Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Entune Selective Service Internet Access
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Cruise Control
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Interior Trim -inc: Cloth Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Fabric Seat Trim (FD)
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 2nd Row Underseat Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks
    • 115V/400W Deck Powerpoint -inc: 2- instrument panel plus 1 deck
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Trip Computer
    • Front Center Armrest
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L Atkinson-Cycle V6 -inc: VVT-iW wider intake and VVT-i exhaust
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic -inc: electronic shift and gated shifter
    • Axle Ratio: 3.91
    • Off Road Tuned Suspension
    • GVWR: 5,600 lbs
    • Electronic Transfer Case
    • Part-Time Four-Wheel Drive
    • Driver Selectable Rear Locking Differential
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Bilstein Brand Name Shock Absorbers
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 21.1 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Auto Locking Hubs
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Leaf Rear Suspension w/Leaf Springs
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Brake ABS System (Second Line) - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.8
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 10
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) - 60.5
    • Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - 56.7
    • Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) - 56.7
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 41.5
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 19.1
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/211
    • Fuel System - Port/Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 278 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 265 @ 4600
    • Engine Oil Cooler - None
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 127.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 75.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70.6
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21.1
    • Fuel Tank Location - Midship
    • Aux Fuel Tank Location - Midship
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 57.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.3
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 32.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 58.9
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 56.3
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 23
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.6
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Toyota Tacoma
    • Body Style - Double Cab
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Leaf
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Rigid Axle
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.91
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.91
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P265/70SR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/70SR16
    • Spare Tire Size - Full-Size
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 525
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 3500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Four Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.60
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.09
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.49
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.69
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.58
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.73
    • Trans PTO Access - No
    • Transfer Case Power Take Off - No
  • Vehicle Features
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 5600
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 11360
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Full-Size
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Heralded by fresh styling, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma boasts a new cabin structure, a new V6 engine, new transmissions, retuned suspensions, improved noise insulation, and an improved feature set.

The more things change, the more they remain the same, however. Though redesigned, Tacoma’s mission and concept is the same as before, that of a highly capable midsize/compact pickup with a high floor and low roof, and a reputation for durability. The Tacoma TRD Off-Road model continues as the hot setup for a rugged, highly capable off-road pickup.

A choice between four-cylinder and V6 engines remains. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard, rated at 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, with an EPA rated 19/23/21 mpg for a two-wheel-drive automatic. We think the four-cylinder is best used for basic work trucks. Its real-world fuel economy is not significantly better than that of the V6.

The new 3.5-liter V6 generates 278 horsepower, an increase of 42 over the previous 4.0-liter V6, and 265 pound-feet of torque at 4600 rpm. Fuel economy is improved: 2016 Tacoma V6 4×4 automatics are EPA-rated at 18/23/20 mpg City/Highway/Combined. The new V6 appears to maintain its performance off road, while revving more freely for improved passing-performance on the highway.

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road models are the equipped with an off-road suspension, Bilstein shocks, and Multi-Terrain Select system. With their suspension travel, underbody protection, Crawl Control and other technology, there are few places one of these trucks cannot go. Just as important, their rugged construction and underbody protection offer durability for drivers who routinely drive over rough terrain. They excel at hauling a dirt bike into the back country or towing a drift boat over a boulder-strewn river bank. As an everyday vehicle, however, they are a bit rough.

While the styling has been completely updated, the 2016 Tacoma does not look like a new truck. It looks like it’s been around for a couple of years.

Double Cab models feature a full-size rear seat, with underseat storage. Access Cabs have small fold-out seats that are better for cargo than people. Short Beds are about five feet long, Long Beds are about six feet long. Standard cabs do not exist.


The 2016 Toyota Tacoma comes with a choice of Double Cab or Access Cab versions, with a Short Bed or Long Bed, in SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road models. Two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available. Two engines are available, a 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V6. Prices range from $23,300 (MSRP, does not include destination charge) for a Tacoma SR Access Cab 4×2 four-cylinder automatic work truck to $37,820 for a Tacoma Limited Double Cab 4×4 V6 automatic with leather.


Getting in and out of the new Tacoma is a bit awkward and, pinched by its high floor and low roof, it feels a bit cramped inside, as before.

The cabin is traditional in layout but with an attractive flat-topped dash similar to that seen in other recent Toyotas. Bright trim has been abandoned in favor of new materials and finishes. Materials and trim vary by trim level. A GoPro camera mount comes standard.

The front seats look like they are from a 1990 sport compact car. They lack support, feeling like they are made of foam, and they are short on adjustability. Fortunately, the steering wheel tilts and telescopes. A rearview camera makes backing up easier.

The rear seats in Double Cabs are tolerable for two adults, crowded for three children. The rear seat bottoms (split 70/30) flip up to reveal handy storage bins, or cover the area with moving pads and it becomes a usable dog space.


The new 2016 Toyota Tacoma is close to the same size and proportions as the previous version. The sheetmetal is all new but it does not jump out as being all-new.

The hoodline has been lifted, giving the front a bolder appearance more like that of the full-size Toyota Tundra pickup, wioth angled headlights and a hexagonal-shaped grille. From the side, the new model looks a little more conservative than the outgoing model, with redesigned fenders and wheelwell lips. From the rear, it looks like a traditional pickup. The lower portion of the tailgate is sculpted, with the Toyota nameplate stamped beneath.

The tailgate is damped so it lowers slowly when opened, much nicer than having to lower a heavy tailgate by hand or having it slam down with a bang.

As with heavy-duty pickups, the Tacoma’s rear bumper has covered connectors for hooking up a trailer (with both of the common types of connectors). In the bed is a covered 115-volt AC outlet, useful for plugging in power tools or anything that needs house current.

The bed features a deck rail system with adjustable tie-downs up high, along with four tie-downs mounted on the bed, that make it easier to secure different types of cargoes, including dirt bikes.

Driving Impressions

We have only driven Tacoma TRD Off-Road models.

These trucks excel off road or on primitive trails or in any kind of rugged terrain. Only Jeeps and Land Rovers offer superior off-road capability, and they don’t have open beds. They also work well in desert environments, and ours came with large 265/70R16 Goodyear Wranglers. Being able to handle rugged terrain day in and day out is the Tacoma TRD Off-Road’s forte.

A new Multi-Terrain Select system, like the one in the 4Runner, works similarly to Land Rover and Ford systems. With it, modes for driving conditions from mud to sand to slick rock alter throttle and braking to aid in traction. A new electronic limited-slip and locking rear differential along with hill-start assist are included, plus crawl control that manages the brakes and throttle from 1 to 5 mph when coming down extreme grades or traversing rugged terrain, leaving the driver free to steer around obstacles. The Tacoma provides the driver with excellent outward visibility and sightlines for spotting hazards off road.

On the road and around town, the ride has the feel of an off-road truck on big all-terrain tires, with vague, imprecise handling. Throttle response is a little edgy and the brakes are very sensitive, making them difficult to modulate for smooth, routine stops at intersections.

The all-new 3.5-liter V6 uses an Atkinson cycle with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligent Wider Intake) and D-4S direct and port fuel injection. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19/24/21 City/Highway/Combined for a V6 4×2 automatic; 17/21/19 for a 4×4 manual, 18/23/20 for a 4×4 automatic.

The 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder with VVT-i is EPA rated at 19/23/21 mpg for the 4×2 automatic; 19/21/20 for a 4×4 manual; 19/22/20 for a 4×4 automatic.

The new 6-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift does a good job, with quick and easy shifting. The V6 can be ordered with a new 6-speed manual transmission. The four-cylinder is available with a 5-speed manual.

With an optional tow package, a Tacoma is rated to tow up to 6,800 pounds, but we would recommend a full-size pickup for anything close to that much weight.


The redesigned Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road is an outstanding off-road vehicle that can haul anything that will fit into a pickup bed into the back country. The new V6 gets better fuel economy and revs more freely than the previous engine. It’s a focused vehicle, so it isn’t the smoothest, most comfortable vehicle for cruising around town or running errands. The base four-cylinder model will likely prove to be a reliable work truck.

Bengt Halvorson reported from somewhere near Mount Rainier, with Mitch McCullough reporting from northern New Jersey.

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