2016 Toyota Tacoma: Steady On the Brakes
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on March 4, 2016
Our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize truck with serious off-road capability, and I like that. It seems to compromise some city-driving refinement though, and that I cannot abide. Don't get me wrong, the ride quality is okay for daily driving, but there's a big issue when it comes to the brakes.
The problem with the brakes is right at the end of any braking activity. You know those last two feet before you actually come to a complete stop? Or maybe even the last two inches? It happens right there.
Imagine yourself driving a Tacoma. You see a red light up ahead, you slow progressively, then lighten pedal pressure right before coming to a complete stop. You do this so the heads of all your passengers don't go lurching forward like crash test dummies or so the pizza resting on your back seat doesn't fly off the seat and on to the floor.
In the Tacoma, you can't do that. Heads lurch. Pizza is destroyed. Obi Wan Papa John feels a disturbance in the force and sheds a single tear. I digress. Back to the brakes in our Tacoma.
I've driven the Taco truck with two different pairs of shoes and taken off my shoes altogether just to make sure I wasn't putting undue pressure on the brake pedal. Even with Zen-like concentration, I could only get the Tacoma to stop once without at least some version of its little forward lurch.
Maybe it's the longer travel in the off-road suspension or maybe there's a different compound in the TRD Off Road brake pads. Either way, this thing isn't an ideal city truck, at least not in TRD Off Road trim.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 2,792 miles