2016 Toyota Tacoma: Refreshingly Simple Climate Controls
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 19, 2016
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