TRD Sport 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I traded in my 2009 Tacoma for the 2016. First impression was that it had everything that I wanted that the 2009 didn't have. It was lacking a little in the storage compartments with the redesign, but for me that is a minor issue. I love the technology, but do struggle a little with the bluetooth which doesn't want to talk from time to time. Could be a phone compatibility issue. I love the style, the comfort and the brand. But, with this model there is one thing I've had problems with and that's the windshield. At 200 miles on the odometer, I picked up a pebble on the interstate that smacked the windshield and spider webbed it. I used to get hit by pebbles all the time in my 2009 and never even got a chip, much less a crack. I figured it was luck of the draw until I went to have it replaced. The windshield replacement company made a comment on how many 2016 Tacoma's they've had to replace windshields on. I did some research and found that they are using a new multi-glass layered windshield to cut down on cabin noise. It only makes sense, more layers = thinner glass on the outer layer making it more susceptible to cracking or chipping. At $1200 it's no cheap replacement either. But, after paying my deductible, the insurance company took care of it. Now at 2700 miles on my odometer, guess what? Another pebble and now another cracked windshield. Because it's new, they have no data on breakages at Toyota. I filed a report today. I have a strong feeling this will be a recall issue.
I am a bit disappointed in the 2016 Tacoma. Tough to climb into; acceleration is not great in the V-6; the 6-speed is constantly shifting; shifting could be a lot smoother; engine noise is bad; road noise is bad; front seat is way too low and too soft - very uncomfortable and cheap looking; heater is ungodly loud on high. It looks great and rides fairly well. Given all that, I'd still take it over any mid-size US truck. But Toyota has a lot of work to do if they want to keep the Tacoma as a best seller. UPDATE 12-7-16: I've driven this for a year now and my opinion has not changed. The biggest annoyance is the constantly shifting 6 speed auto. It's forever trying to figure out which gear it wants to go into.
This is my 2nd Tacoma. We purchased the Tacoma S Access cab w/4cld. My last Tacoma was an '08 work truck reg cab. Although our new Tacoma is the base truck it comes with many good features standard. We really like how it steers, rides and seems roomy to us. I've heard people complain about the low seats and no pwr seats but this doesn't seem like a problem to us. I'm 5''9 and she is 5''2. Truck sits high so I added the 5'' round, alum. step rails for her. My truck came with all season fitted mats and a pin stripe, (not on the invoice). This truck is bigger than the old one and I worried about the 4 not having enough power? I drove it on the Interstate and up the mountain (I-40) to Asheville. I think the 6 speed transmision and ect button makes a difference. It won't snap your head back and younger people might want to feel more power from a 6cyl. Also, I must tell you I'm not towing or hauling any thing. One complaint on the base model which seems strange to me is no intermittent wipers and no key entrance on the passenger side. Odd, as the truck has so many other good features standard. I could do without the camera mount on the inside of the windshield as I'm not off roading this truck. Like the interior. Eight air bags, six speakers, good storage. Instrumentation simple and well placed. The materials used seem good quality. The doors seem solid and the paint and exterior fit is good. Everything works and I've not had any squeaks, rattles or anything I've had to take it back to the dealer for repair. I've already had a number of favorable comments from others. As I may have stated, We're older(68) and pretty easy on a vehicle. As our second vehicle, I feel we were placed in the correct truck for us. P.S. we garage our vehicles so if you do too, you might want to take it home to see if it fits in the garage. All in all, we're very happy with our truck.
I just love my new truck. It rides and drive very nice, and its very quiet inside the cab. The four has plenty power and the ect button will give you more power. I just did not want to spend and extra 4000 dollars on the V6. My truck cost was right around 27000. If your not towing anything the four is fine. I would get a full size truck if I was spending over 33000, so why bother with the V6. My mpg have been 22.5 with 2200 miles.
TRD Off Road 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Overall I am very happy with my Tacoma TRD Offroad. My decision came down to the Taco or the Colorado and while in some ways the Colorado beat the Taco, I was looking for a camping, off-road, rough country performer and I felt Toyota had a superior 4WD system and was overall a more rugged vehicle. It drives great and feels unstoppable and indestructible. The Colorado would have been my choice if I was looking for a work truck that would spend most of its life on pavement. The Tacoma is the best vehicle I have ever owned.
That said, the remainder of this review is going to address my very low opinion of the key system for the 2016 Tacoma. I admit that I am a little anal about keys. I need a set, my wife needs a set and there must be an emergency set. So the day my Tacoma arrived I went to the service department and ordered an extra set of keys.
In my opinion, the Toyota engineer who designed this abomination should be stripped of his engineering credentials and reassigned to Fukushima clean-up duty! The design is moronic and I get the impression it was cobbled together from unwanted bits and pieces of other Toyota vehicles. And God help you if your ever need to order a duplicate set!
It takes no less than THREE (3) keys to fully operate the Tacoma. I've never heard of a vehicle that required 3 different keys to operate.
There is one key for the tail gate. All it does is unlock the tailgate. It is just a simple mechanical lock. Toyota does not even bother to give you an extra one; they just give you only one key. If you order a spare key you are in for a surprise. The key blank is a $30 chip key but the CHIP DOES NOT DO ANYTHING because the lock is just a simple mechanical lock. So instead of selling you a $3 blank they sell you a $30 blank with a worthless chip in it. But at least these keys can be cut locally at your dealer. I actually got this key the same day which is far better than I did with the other two keys.
The doors and ignition keys need to be special ordered and they don't come quick. I pity the poor fool who loses his keys because you might not get into your vehicle for two weeks while you wait on Toyota to pull their head from the nether regions and actually come up with a replacement. It is really two keys: an electronic proximity fob and a laser-cut mechanical key which stows cleverly inside of the fob. They cost about $150 dollars EACH which is beyond obscene and totally unnecessary. To add insult to injury, the fob costs an additional $55 to program.
The fob can lock and unlock the doors with a push of a fob button or if it is in close proximity allow the key-holder to unlock and lock the drivers door by swiping the driver's door handle which is pretty neat but I bet I will be cursing that thing when it fails about 20 years from now. The fob also is needed to start the vehicle and must be in proximity (your pants pocket works) of the push button start which looks to be a leftover from a Prius. The fob is what you would give to a valet attendant and pray to god he does not lose that nearly priceless piece of hardware. I finally got my extra fob about 10 days after I ordered it. Thank goodness I was not locked out of my vehicle!
The mechanical laser cut key can unlock the driver's door (nice if the battery is dead), and can also unlock the glove box. You would retain this when you gave the fob to the valet attendant which is clever. But why, Why, WHY could the witless Toyota engineer not design the tailgate to use this same key? How stupid is that? And what advantage is there to this laser cutting technology where a customer in Wyoming has to wait for a key to be cut at enormous cost in Battlefield Missouri? I am failing to see or appreciate the $150 of added utility over a simple $3 mechanically cut key that I could get made in 5 minutes any hardware store locally. Three weeks after ordering, I am still waiting for my replacement key. The first one was completely the wrong blank. It was too wide to fit in the fob or the lock. The 2nd one was cut from the correct blank and fit in the fob and the door lock but was cut with completely the wrong pattern and now I am hoping that about a week from now (a month total), the third try will prove to be the charm. My local parts guy showed me the orders that he had sent in and he was ordering the right thing. It is Toyota in Battlefield that is apparently incompetent.
If a set of keys is so expensive and hard to obtain, it sets off some alarm bells. I just hope that this truck does not break very often because apparently Toyota parts are both dear and scarce and their parts process is sub-standard!