What Is It?
2016 Toyota Tacoma
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a fully redesigned midsize truck. It's the same overall size as before, but it features an all-new design on the outside, a new V6 under the hood and a heavily upgraded interior loaded with new features like wireless phone charging and a GoPro camera mount.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Sales of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma are expected to start in the fall of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
No pricing was announced, but this Tacoma will likely arrive at roughly the same pricing level as the current model.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
Expect both access and crew cab body styles to return. Given that the regular cab Tacoma was just dropped from the lineup for 2015, it's unlikely to return.
There will be five trim levels for 2016: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited. The SR is your basic work truck, while the SR5 adds some minor interior and exterior enhancements for a more polished look. The TRD models add suspension upgrades, while the Limited is the fully loaded model.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.7-liter four-cylinder
- 3.5-liter V6
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- Six-speed manual transmission (V6 only)
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The new V6 is an Atkinson-cycle engine that uses both port and direct fuel injection for maximum efficiency. Toyota didn't announce any specific numbers, but this Tacoma will likely jockey for class-leading V6 fuel economy.
TRD Off-Road models get a new "Multi-Terrain Select" system that adjusts the truck's various systems to deal with different types of terrain. A driver-selectable "crawl mode" also takes care of the throttle and brakes during low-speed maneuvers.
On the inside, every Tacoma gets a standard GoPro mount along with optional safety equipment like a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. Wireless phone charging and a three-piece hard tonneau cover for the bed will also be available on the options sheet.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Colorado: Chevy's all-new midsize is the Tacoma's stiffest competition. It has all the latest technology on the inside and a rugged-looking exterior. For the 2016 model year, it will also offer a four-cylinder diesel engine option.
GMC Canyon: The companion vehicle to the Colorado, the Canyon offers slightly different styling and packaging.
Nissan Frontier: The oldest member of the midsize truck category, the Frontier now lags behind its competitors in terms of technology and efficiency. You might find some great deals on it, however, so don't overlook it completely.
Should You Wait for It?
If you're in the market for a midsize truck, the Tacoma is definitely worth considering. It's not radically different from the current model, but the upgrades to the V6 along with its new technology on the inside make it a strong alternative to the Colorado/Canyon twins.