2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for September 2017
by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Unlike last month when our 2016 Toyota Tacoma went on multiple road trips that racked a considerable number of miles, September's numbers were far less extreme. This month the Tacoma supported a couple of photo shoots, sat in an airport parking garage for a week, and took several editors from the office to their far-flung abodes throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Needless to say, the Tacoma's ultra-rugged nature went untested in September.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We only filled up four times in four weeks, so the Tacoma's overall fuel efficiency remains pegged at 18.6 mpg. That number hasn't changed much lately no matter how many miles we pile on, so consider it a pretty good indicator of what you'll see if you buy a Tacoma of your own.
Average lifetime mpg: 18.6
EPA mpg rating: 20 combined (18 city/23 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.0
Best range: 455.7 miles
Current odometer: 36,728 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Hadn't driven the Tacoma in quite some time, so getting in it with so many additional miles on the odometer was interesting. It's a tightly assembled truck. Given what it's been through, I would expect a few squeaks and rattles by now, but it's still solid. I also expected a little sloppiness in the steering, yet it, too, remains tight. I was not surprised at all by the brakes. They're still awful. I hope our truck is an outlier in this respect." — Ed Hellwig, senior editor
"As basic as our Tacoma's interior is in terms of design, I like its functionality. After driving it home from the office a few times, I got used to where everything was and it's all very logical. The cupholders are a bit small and the handbrake is a little archaic, but they don't bother me much. Even the low seating position becomes natural over time. I can see why this truck has so many repeat buyers. Once you get used to it, the cabin of the Tacoma is very easy to get along with." — Ed Hellwig