2016 Toyota Tacoma: Of Course the Bike Fits
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 2, 2016
Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a pickup. Of course a mountain bike will fit. Duh. It's more a question of whether or not the tailgate will close without the need to load the bike in diagonally.
Mostly, I needed an excuse to share this picture of my bike's 29er front tire leaning up against the Taco's 31-inch off-road tire. I don't know why it makes me grin, it just does.
For the record, the tailgate will close with an XL 29er mountain bike loaded in straight. You'll need to remove the front wheel, but that's pretty much standard procedure. And the Tacoma's bed looks ripe for a fork clamp mounted along the upper forward lip of the bed. It looks like three of them could readily fit in there with judicious use of the numerous available tie-down options to keep the handlebars and pedals from getting entangled.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 6,444 miles