Refreshingly Simple Climate Controls - 2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Refreshingly Simple Climate Controls

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 19, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

There are plenty of little things I like about our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Most of them have to do with its simplicity. You get a lot of that in a truck.

One thing I always appreciate is a well laid out climate control system. As you can see, the setup in the Tacoma is dead simple. Perfect for a truck, and perfect for most situations. 

Sure, modern automatic climate control systems are great with their ability to keep the entire cabin perfectly chilled on a hot day. But I can get 98% of that functionality with these three knobs and a couple of buttons. Not to mention, I can do it without ever looking down for more than a split second.

On the downside, I wish the knobs felt as industrial as they look. You half expect them to have the heavy ratcheting feel of a quality tool, but in fact they have the lightweight plastic feel that you get in any midsize sedan. So good, but not quite great just yet.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 12,061 miles

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