2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for June 2017
by Brent Romans, Senior Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
We've kept our 2016 Toyota Tacoma in our long-term fleet for a year and a half now even though we typically just test for one year and 20,000 miles. While that means we've covered just about everything in prior updates, we are getting extra opportunity to evaluate our Tacoma from a maintenance and wear-and-tear standpoint.
We cleared 30,000 miles in June and had to take the Tacoma in for a scheduled service. It was our truck's first service not covered by Toyota's ToyotaCare free maintenance program since that program ends after 25,000 miles. I've also got reporting on how our Tacoma's tires are holding up.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We only drove our Tacoma about 600 miles in June. Not much new to report here. Move along.
Average lifetime mpg: 18.6
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25
Best range: 455.7 miles
Current Odometer: 30,086 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
I took our Toyota Tacoma in for its 30,000-mile service in June. This 30K service is a bit more involved than previous services. It's also the first one that isn't covered by the free ToyotaCare service plan.
I made an appointment at my local dealer, Michael Toyota in Fresno, California. The service includes an oil change, a tire rotation, air filter replacements (cabin and engine), lubrication and torquing of the propeller shafts, and a multipoint inspection. Originally, the service adviser quoted me $274. That seemed a bit high to me, and I said as much, but he followed it up with: "I've likely got some coupons we can use." Fair enough.
It took the dealership about three hours to perform. Everything checked out on the inspection, other than a burned-out rear license plate light that the dealer replaced under warranty. The adviser came through on his coupon promise, too. Final cost was $170.10.
"Our Tacoma's Goodyear Wrangler tires seem to be holding up well. I've measured the tread depth and it's about five-thirty-secondths of an inch, on average. (According to Tire Rack, two-thirty-secondths of an inch is minimum depth before replacement.) There's no abnormal wear, either. I can't say how they'd perform off-road now given that they're more worn than when new. But from a daily driving standpoint, they're still fine except that they seem to squeal more readily when going around turns." — Brent Romans, senior editor
"I appreciate the versatility offered by a midsize crew-cab pickup such as our Tacoma. Example: On a recent weekend, my family and I were going to go out to dinner. But along the way, my wife wanted to stop at Target. I also had a bunch of broken-down cardboard boxes I wanted to recycle at a nearby bin. With the Tacoma, it was easy to get all three done. My two children fit fine in back, so they were happy. The Tacoma is more maneuverable than the typical full-size truck, so the Target parking lot was no problem. And I threw the cardboard boxes in the Tacoma's bed for quick loading and dumping." — Brent Romans