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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Suspension Breakdown in Death Valley

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

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There's a big sticker on both sides of the bed of our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma. It says "TRD 4x4 OFF ROAD" in bold letters. It's impossible to miss, mounted high up on the bed. Yet, after just 6 miles on a washboard road in the desert, the high-performance Bilstein shocks on the rear of our Taco truck were toast. Oops.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?

Our Taco truck continues its road-trip streak with a drive to Colorado and back. Of course, it still handled some local commuter duty — such is the life of anything with wheels in the greater Los Angeles area. We also had a few first-time Tacoma drivers in May, and those fresh eyes reminded us that the Tacoma feels like an old truck. This was a rough month for the scrappy Toyota.

The Tacoma also went on a super-secret road trip to a place I cannot reveal to do things I cannot talk about, but we'll have a special feature coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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Where Did We Drive It?
April was another busy month for our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, with nearly 2,300 miles added to our double-cab TRD Off-Road 4x4 at the hands of at least four editors. Beyond our typical baseline level of commuting, the miles came from two road trips: a 1,100-mile midweek run to Yosemite and the central California coast and a 400-mile overnight trip to Borrego Springs that included some off-road exploring in the Anza-Borrego Desert state park and the Ocotillo Wells off-road recreation area.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for March

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
Edmunds normally tests a long-term vehicle for 12 months before either selling it or returning it to its automaker (depending on how we obtained it). Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma debuted back in January 2016. So one might wonder: Why is it still here?

Well, we did buy our Tacoma, and it's not unheard of for Edmunds-owned long-termers to stay longer than 12 months. We've also got a story idea kicking around that requires our Tacoma to linger longer. Like a veteran bullpen relief pitcher, it's still hanging around and contributing in limited fashion. Based on the comments this month, though, I don't think many of my co-workers will be heartbroken when we finally do sell it.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
Our one-year test of our 2016 Toyota Tacoma is nearing its end. Yet December was one of our truck's busiest months thanks to a few road trips. Editor Cameron Rogers drove from Southern California to Las Vegas and back, and I loaded up the Tacoma for 1,000 miles' worth of holiday-related driving. Want to know what happens when you put a family of five in a Tacoma, pack the bed full of presents and luggage, and then drive hundreds of miles ... in the rain? Fun times, let me tell you. We also posted Dan Edmunds' full report on using the Tacoma to its fullest off-roading potential this month.

Specific highlights and commentary from the 2,500 miles we put on our Tacoma this month follow.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and the LA Auto Show happening around the same time, I spent two straight weeks in our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma. We're often limited to evaluating a vehicle on our comprehensive 120-mile test loop or driving it to and from the test track, so this was exceptional. I treated the Tacoma like I owned it.

Dan Edmunds also put in some seat time, taking the Tacoma up and over a mountain (more on that in an upcoming post), but I had the full spectrum of Tacoma experiences. I got stuck in gridlock traffic, roamed empty highways to see family and even got the chance to take it to my local off-road park. Here are the impressions from the entire month.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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Where Did We Drive It?
Ever been to Joshua Tree National Park? Travis Langness drove our 2016 Toyota Tacoma there this month. It's a relatively short freeway drive with the crowded bustle of the L.A. basin on one end and desert camping and rock climbing on the other. You can get there and back on one tank of gas. The Tacoma works well for this sort of duty, with plenty of bed space for dusty gear and enough underbody clearance to get you most anywhere on the desert's network of washboard roads.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Transatlantic Perspective

by Alistair Weaver, European Correspondent on August 31, 2016

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For most Europeans, the idea of travelling over a thousand miles in ten days in a pickup truck would sound like a punishment. Put simply, we just don't get why anyone would want to chug around in a utilitarian tool with leaf springs and an open bed. American culture might have convinced us to spend five dollars on frothy coffee (thanks Starbucks), but we don't do truckin'.

Maybe that's why the Edmunds editors threw me the keys to the 2016 Toyota Tacoma for a sojourn from L.A. to San Francisco and back, via Yosemite National Park. I've been Edmunds' European Correspondent for more than a decade and it was time for a fresh injection of Americana, with a Japanese twist.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: More Comfortable on the Highway Than the Old Tacoma, But Still Not Great

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 17, 2016

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It's interesting to think about where our 2016 Toyota Tacoma ranks for comfort and quietness while driving on the highway. If you were to compare it to a BMW 340i, you'd probably come away thinking "Jeez, this Tacoma is really bouncy and noisy!" But if you were to compare it to a soft-top Jeep Wrangler, you'd probably think "Hey, this isn't so bad. I could drive to Alaska in this thing!"

You'd also find it more pleasing to drive than the previous-generation Tacoma.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Less Than Ideal Seating Position

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 9, 2016

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I'm not all that fond of the driver seating position in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Relative to many other vehicles, the Tacoma's seats are mounted closer to the floor. I'm 5-foot 10-inches tall, but my legs are proportionally long. So in order to get enough thigh support and have my feet in the right places for the pedals, I need to slide the driver seat back. But then my arms are extended out more than I prefer to reach the steering wheel.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Devil in a Detail

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on May 30, 2016

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When an editor begins rating cars for Edmunds.com, we are trained to take note of the smallest shortcomings, whether that be an errant noise in the cabin, an unsightly panel gap or poorly engineered cup holder. We do this not to be annoying nitpickers, but rather to identify things that could possibly be irritants or cause issues for a long-term car owner down the road.

On a recent mini road trip, I discovered something about our 2016 Toyota Tacoma that would certainly cause me perpetual discomfort if I were the owner. Surprisingly, it's not the Tacoma's brakes.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Brake Modulation Lacks Finesse

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 8, 2016

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I drove our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma for the first time over the weekend. Immediately, I felt like a first-time driver again.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Introduction

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 14, 2016

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The Toyota Tacoma has history. It's a workhorse with a reputation for reliability and durability that's known the world over. And it earned that reputation with the easygoing nature offered only in a smaller pickup. As midsize trucks go, it is the standard-bearer.

That reputation is one reason why the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma isn't drastically different from the previous model. There's a new V6 and an improved six-speed automatic. The interior is updated to modern standards that were desperately lacking in the 11-year-old outgoing version. Dimensionally, however, the new truck is almost identical to the one it replaces. Its track width, wheelbase and suspension remain the same as before. It's still very much the same midsize truck it's always been.

That's a good thing in many ways, as we have always liked the Tacoma's rugged nature and considerable capabilities. Our initial drive of the redesigned model suggested that it was a slightly more high-tech version of the truck we already knew. We decided to find out if that was enough of a leap to keep it at the head of the class, so we bought a crew cab V6 of our own.

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