Keyless Access Only Works On One Door - 2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Keyless Access Only Works On One Door

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota introduced keyless ignition and entry (Toyota's "Smart Key") as a new feature for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. The good news: it's pretty easy to get on a Tacoma. If you pick the midgrade TRD (Sport or Off-Road) or top level Limited, you get it as standard equipment.

The bad news: "entry" only works on one door.

Yep, only the driver door recognizes having the key fob in your pocket. Touch the driver door handle and the Tacoma automatically unlocks. Press the ribbed bit of plastic on top of the handle and the door relocks. Neato. But if you want to lock/unlock the other doors from the outside, you'll need to do it the old-timey way: fish the fob out of your pocket/handbag/fanny pack and press the button.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

If it's just you and your Tacoma all the time, maybe this isn't that big of a deal. But there have been a few instances now where I've approached the front passenger door or rear doors of our four-door Tacoma (letting my kids in, for instance, or having my hands full with grocery bags or items that I want to store inside the cab) and been annoyed that Smart Key only works on the driver door.

I like that Toyota offers this useful feature on the new Tacoma, but it'd be a lot more useful (and appreciated) if the company made it work on both front doors like just about every other vehicle with this feature. The rear doors would be even better since the rear seating area is often used as the truck equivalent of a car's trunk.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,182 miles


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