2016 Toyota Tacoma: The More You Drive It the More You'll Like It
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on May 16, 2016
Here it is fast and hard. I loved our long-term Chevy Colorado and up to this point I've hated our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I've hated the Taco's weird arms-out seating position, its touchy brakes and its lazy throttle response.
But here's the thing, I was wrong.
Not about the Colorado, great truck. I was wrong about the Tacoma. Like me, it's an acquired taste.
At first blush the Tacoma can be a bit off putting. It's kinda in your face. Maybe a bit too aggressive. Emotional even. It doesn't seem to want to conform to you or the way other automakers are doing it. It comes off like it thinks it knows better and at first blush you want to kick it to the curb for its arrogance.
But the truck doesn't mean to offend. You just have to give it chance. Listen to it. Yes, it's a bit heavy handed in the way it approaches the conversation, but you're better off listening to what it's saying instead of how it may be said. Otherwise you might misinterpret the message.
I know this because I got to know the Tacoma better over the last few weeks and it's one helluva truck. There's a reason these things are so popular and with time, and miles, the Tacoma and I have bonded. We've gone from haters to BFFs, and it just took a few hundred miles of togetherness.
After a solid few weeks behind the wheel I no longer have issues with the Toyota's seating position or its brakes. And I've found other subsystems to praise, like its six-speed automatic transmission, which really feels good and responds well when you manually manipulate its gated shifter, and its long-travel off-road capable suspension, which soaks up the paved world better than most luxury sedans.
Being wrong and jumping to conclusions are just part of life, but I'm glad I gave the Tacoma another chance. It deserved it.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 7,841 miles