2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for January 2017
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
This month our 2016 Toyota Tacoma spent more of its time in town instead of out on the trail. That means plenty of tight traffic and even tighter parking spots, both of which highlighted the Tacoma's advantages over full-size trucks.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Average lifetime mpg: 18.3 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 20 mpg combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 21.3 mpg
Best range: 369.1 miles
Current odometer: 20,007 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
Our Tacoma passed the 20,000-mile mark this month, so we brought it to our local dealer for service. It only needed basic items, and all were covered under Toyota's complimentary maintenance program.
"I've been driving our Tacoma for a few weeks straight now. From an ownership standpoint, one aspect has stood out: The midsize truck format isn't so much about saving money or being more fuel-efficient. It's about the maneuverability. I can park our Tacoma in my garage. I can wheel it around in a crowded parking lot without worrying about smacking into things or four-point turns. And I can parallel park it, usually without issue. For an urban setting, a Tacoma makes a lot of sense." — Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
"I took our Tacoma in for its 20,000-mile service to Toyota Santa Monica, which is the local dealer we've used a lot over the years because of its close proximity to the Edmunds home office. This service, according to the owner's manual, includes an oil and filter change, a tire rotation, a cabin air filter replacement, and inspection of various components and fluids. I was able to book an appointment easily, and my service adviser got me in their computer system quickly. He loved our Tacoma, too. He said he's shopping for one and made me take down his phone number after I told him it's going to be up for sale soon. Two minor annoyances, though: 1) He never called to tell me the truck was ready; I only found out after calling the dealership about four hours later; 2) Based on the service invoice, which I didn't examine closely until writing this update, the dealership did not change the cabin filter. In better news, the service was free, as part of Toyota's 'ToyotaCare' free maintenance program." — Brent Romans
"Now that we have a Honda Ridgeline in our long-term test fleet I've heard some of my co-workers saying they prefer driving the Ridgeline. It's a valid opinion. The Ridgeline's a great truck, especially if doing a lot of commuting. But our Tacoma is still cool. While this may or may not be your thing, it has a more macho vibe to it, which is likely a result of its styling and traditional truck architecture." — Brent Romans