Enjoying the Convenience of a Midsize Short Bed - 2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Enjoying the Convenience of a Midsize Short Bed

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 2, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Want versus need. Keep an eye on what's out on the road and it's immediately obvious that full-size trucks rule the sales charts. And considering that for the price of a new 2016 Toyota Tacoma you can often get within budget range of a discounted or rebated new full-size pickup, going for "more" of what you want certainly makes a lot of sense.

At the same time, you can also make an argument for just getting what you need.

Truth be told, I'm a mediocre stand-in for a truck owner. I don't own any recreational toys (boat, motorcycle, race car). I don't have any big dogs to cart around in the bed. I'm also not often hauling around old engines or cords of wood. Then again, a lot of truck owners I know don't do these things, either.

But I do enjoy the convenience that comes with having a midsize truck at my disposal. Over the weekend I headed to my local nursery to pick up a few bags of potting soil and a few new plants for my backyard. Unlike with a sedan or crossover SUV, I didn't have to worry about whether it would all fit or how I'd protect the interior from dirt or scratches. I just threw everything in our Tacoma's bed, closed the tailgate (newly damped for 2016) and drove off.

I also like the smaller size of the Tacoma compared to a full-size truck. It's easier to park and drive around town. It fits in my garage. The Tacoma's interior also feels right-sized; it's roomy enough take my family (wife, two small children) out to dinner or for errands but not so much as to seem like a waste of space. Compared to our long-term Ford F-150, our Tacoma is about 19 inches shorter and about 6 inches narrower.

Maybe a full-size pickup is still what you want and need. But if you're shopping for a new 2016 truck, there's little harm in at least taking a peek at the new Tacoma.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,157 miles

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