2016 Toyota Tacoma: Three Reasons to Buy
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 25, 2016
We've had our 2016 Toyota Tacoma in our test fleet for about nine months now. That's ample time to figure out a truck's strengths and weaknesses. We've also introduced another pickup to our fleet recently: a 2016 Nissan Titan XD (a.k.a. King Banana).
The combined seat time has given me greater clarity as to why I think a shopper looking at trucks would want a Tacoma.
1) Midsize dimensions. Travis wrote his Midsize Truck, Big City update on this topic, and it received some interesting reader comments. I'd have to agree with him here. You buy a Tacoma for its size, not because you're saving a bit of money compared to a full-size truck. Unlike our crew-cab, long-bed Titan, our Tacoma is (relatively) easy to park in small spaces; has no trouble fitting in underground parking garages; is not an intimidating beast on narrow roads; and doesn't require a grab handle to step into the thing.
2) Off-road capability. Now, I think most of my coworkers here at Edmunds would agree that if all you want is a city-friendly truck as described above, the new Honda Ridgeline is going to be a better choice. It's roomier and a superior on-road truck. But what if you want to head off-pavement? Well, that's where the Tacoma shines. In TRD Off-Road (or new TRD Pro) trim, the Tacoma is one of the best off-roading vehicles you can buy.
3) Retained value. Have you checked prices on used Tacomas? What people ask (and get) is impressive. If you want a truck that's going to be worth an exceptionally high percentage of what you bought it for, you can't beat the Tacoma.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor