After few leaked photos, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma became official at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). According to Toyota, the new Tacoma will be available with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine but also with a segment-first 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 engine equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology.
Both engines are bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift, while the V6 is also available with a new six-speed manual transmission. When it comes to design, the 2016 Tacoma shares Tundra’s more chiseled face, with a hex grille. Toyota says that their new Tacoma is inspired by desert racing and features muscular wheel flares.
At the rear, the tailgate arrives with an integrated spoiler for improved aerodynamics, a stamped Tacoma logo and an optional hard tonneau cover for securing gear when your away from the truck. Inside, the soft-wrapped trim and metallic accents provide a high-quality look, but what’s really surprising is that the Tacoma arrives with plenty of premium features such as Qi wireless charging, smart key with push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, enhanced touchscreen audio and blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Toyota will offer the 2016 Tacoma in five grades in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations: SR, Iconic SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited.
Toyota will be offering the new Tacoma in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. The mid-size pickup truck will be available in five grades, each having its own character and distinct look: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited.
Both the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road grades take inspiration from more than 35 years of Toyota Racing Development's desert off-road racing and from its proven vehicles that allowed off-road enthusiasts to overcome even the toughest terrains in the most remote locations in the world. Interestingly, all Tacoma grades are fitted, as standard, with GoPro mount near the rear-view mirror, allowing drivers to capture their on-the-road and off-the-road adventures on video.
Laden with off-road technologies, the Tacoma TRD Off-Road grade is targeted towards off-road adventurers. One of these off-road technologies is the so-called Multi-Terrain Select system that allows the driver to select from different types of terrain like loose rock, mud or sand. This system could control wheel spin through throttle and brake pressure adjustments, helping achieve maximum traction on most terrains.
The Multi-Terrain Select system is complemented by other off-road technologies like Active Traction Control, Crawl Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Automatic Limited Slip and Locking Rear Differential, Clutch Start Cancel is provided, but only for manual transmission models. Crawl Control, meanwhile, makes the Tacoma move between speeds of 1 mph and 5 mph. Since Crawl Control takes care of acceleration and braking, the driver only needs to focus on steering. All Tacoma grades are provided, as standard, with the Star Safety System.
Toyota has two of its manufacturing facilities in North America take charge of the assembly of the new Tacoma. These facilities -- Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio, Texas and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) in Baja California, Mexico. – are tasked to ensure that the Tacoma continues its reputation for quality, durability and reliability (QDR).
Its QDR played a crucial role in allowing the Tacoma lead its segment in terms of owner loyalty rating. Its QDR also played a role in making Tacoma the highest rated vehicle in its class in terms of resale value, as per Kelley Blue Book. The all-new Tacoma builds on these elements and further improves them in the field of design, performance and ruggedness.