by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
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.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
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.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 20, 2016
The last time I spent significant time with our 2016 Toyota Tacoma was back in May of this year. I wrote the fuel update for the month and wrapped it up with: "I do like our Tacoma, but the expectation of getting dramatically better fuel economy than a full-size truck probably isn't going to be realized during this test."
Commenter bohio replied with: "... ya think? How about restating the objective to getting even slightly better fuel economy, because 'dramatically' is — aside from being the wrong choice of words — not easily defined. Would a 2 mpg improvement over the F150 or a Tundra be 'dramatically' better?"
Fair enough. Sure, I'd take 2 mpg better. But as you can likely guess, our Tacoma's fuel economy hasn't budged over the summer.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on August 12, 2016
July was a relatively slow month for our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Kurt went offroading in the Mojave and European Correspondent Alistair Weaver took a few friends up Pacific Coast Highway (his account of the trip is forthcoming). But the Tacoma spent most its time sitting in our garage or running errands around town, and that didn't help its cause.
We averaged 18.5 mpg over the course of 1,500 miles, which didn't move the overall needle from 18.1 mpg. Check out the rest of the stats below.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on July 7, 2016
We added nearly 1,500 miles to our 2016 Toyota Tacoma in June, much of it urban and suburban commuting. We're a little soft in southern California, and no one wants to go out and four-wheel during a spell of heat waves like we had recently (although James got out and chopped it up on the trail in a truck identical to ours), so the Tacoma continues to suffer the indignity of too many pavement miles.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 13, 2016
May was a fairly quiet month for our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. We added about 1,000 miles, and much of that was amassed during commutes to and from our Santa Monica, California, offices. The good news is that the city-heavy driving didn't impact our lifetime fuel economy much. The bad news is that our truck is still underperforming compared to what the EPA says to expect.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 11, 2016
Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma is getting a healthy amount of miles on its odometer, so this month we brought it in for its first scheduled service. It was just a check up for the most part as an oil change wasn't even part of the suggested maintenance.
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on May 6, 2016
I hate to stop for gas. Hate it. Takes time. Costs money. Yada yada. So I avoid it. Wait til the last minute. Or mile. Drives my wife crazy. My kids too.
And that's why I like cars and trucks that don't just suggest you go for some go-go juice but get aggressive about it. I like cars with bongs and beeps. Cars with bright lights and big messages. I like cars that grab me by the throat and scream STOP FOR GAS STUPID!
I like our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 6, 2016
The handsome gray pickup was also tasked with considerable road time, racking up some 2,455 miles over the month.
In short, it was a month of highs and lows.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 4, 2016
Sedona, as you are likely aware, is more than just a current member of the Edmunds long-term fleet. It's also a town in Arizona, one that incidentally was named after the wife of its first postmaster, a man called Theodore Carlton Schnebly. My wife and I went there for vacation last week, accompanied by the long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma. We left town as auspiciously as possible, taking rock-strewn Schnebly Hill Road (pictured above) to Interstate 17, and found ourselves bursting with impressions when all was said and done.
Here are three that stood out (plus bonus off-road video action!).
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 14, 2016
A few weeks ago I belatedly reported on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma's fuel economy for its first month of service. Now I'm back with the second month.
Not much changed.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 29, 2016
We're a little overdue but here's our first fuel economy report on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma.
For reference, we've got a 4WD TRD Pro with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and automatic transmission. The EPA says to expect 20 mpg in combined driving. Care to guess what we're averaging so far after the first 2,000 miles?
by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 14, 2016
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.