Toyota’s Tacoma midsize pickup truck has been a perennial best seller for good reason. Handsome, practical and reliable, it brings full pickup functionality to more practical proportions. Many buyers are looking for the utility of a pickup in a more parking lot and fuel friendly package. For that, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma delivers in spades.
The original four-cylinder engine is still available, but now buyers have the choice of a new powerful and highly efficient V6, mated to a six-speed transmission. Toyota has used high-strength steels to improved rigidity while reducing weight, and a retuned suspension delivers increased wheel travel and an even smoother ride.
The truck is available in four trim levels, ranging from the work truck SR up to the Tacoma Limited, which features available luxury touches such as wireless phone charging, push button start, dual zone climate control, leather seats and a blind-spot information system. All trim levels offer practical innovations such as a damped tailgate and a house-style electrical outlet in the bed. Toyota is also offering a three-piece tonneau cover for the first time.
The new design shows a strong family resemblance from big brother Tundra. The lines are bold and lend an air of authority to the vehicle. Depending on the trim level, fender flares, bigger wheels and other cosmetic tweaks add to its presence. It is available with two and four-door cab styles, and both two and four-wheel-drive versions are available. For those who use their 4WD for more than navigating a slippery driveway, Toyota offers an off-road model that would satisfy the most avid enthusiast.
The changes on the inside are both practical and impressive, with a design that has personality without sacrificing an iota of practicality. The touch screen is mounted nice and high, and the knobs are large, easy to reach and intuitive to operate. Whether you choose leather of cloth, the seats are comfortable and supportive.
All in all the 2016 Toyota Tacoma offers an impressive truck with trim levels to suit every buyer, wrapped in an attractive and reliable package that will ensure its popularity for years to come.