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Starting at
$27,355
Engine
3.5L V6

Power
278 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
19/24
Seats
4

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Overview

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The Toyota Tacoma is the 300-pound gorilla of the compact pickup market, so it's no surprise that the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma is basically a modernization of a proven formula. With its improved cabin, new V6 engine and emphasis on off-road ability, there's no reason why the 2016 Toyota Tacoma shouldn't continue its success in the segment.

For more than 20 years now, the Toyota Tacoma has been a very popular alternative for shoppers who feel regular full-size trucks are just too big or too expensive. It's no surprise, then, that the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma hasn't drifted far from the proven formula. If you liked the long-running previous-generation Tacoma, you're going to like this one, too. But Toyota has also made some notable improvements that burnish the latest version's appeal. The new 2016 Toyota Tacoma bears a clear family resemblance to the larger Tundra, although its dimensions are largely unchanged from the outgoing model. One thing you won't find in the 2016 Tacoma lineup is the venerable handyman special, a.k.a. the regular-cab 4x2 stripper with dinky steel wheels. Regular cabs were ousted last year, leaving only the extended cab and crew cab body styles on the roster, and for 2016, all rear-drive Tacomas share the raised suspension and ground clearance with their 4x4 brethren. Capable off-road performance is still part of the 4x4 Tacoma's repertoire, though, as the TRD Off-Road model (with the automatic transmission) inherits the Crawl Control system from the 4Runner and Land Cruiser. All Tacomas even get an integrated GoPro mount so owners can record their adventures (and misadventures). Other additions for 2016 include a revamped interior design with Toyota's latest touchscreen interfaces, a standard lockable damped tailgate and an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover. Under the hood, the outgoing Tacoma's base 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine carries over unchanged, but the noisy and somewhat coarse 4.0-liter V6 has been replaced by a smoother and more fuel-efficient V6. Derived from the 3.5-liter V6 found in many Toyota products, the Tacoma's version boasts 42 more horsepower than last year's V6. Both engines are offered with a new six-speed automatic transmission, and 4x4s are available with a manual gearbox as well. Tacoma 4x4s also get a redesigned transfer case and a beefier rear axle. Put it all together and you're looking at a pretty desirable choice for a midsize pickup. That said, you should still take a look at the vastly improved General Motors twins, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. For taller drivers, they're likely more comfortable to drive, and V6 performance is stronger, though the Colorado and Canyon aren't as capable off-road as the Tacoma. The General will also be adding a diesel option to both trucks for 2016, which should give them a huge advantage in fuel economy. There's also the Nissan Frontier to consider, but it's overdue for a redesign and brings up the rear in terms of refinement. Overall, we'd say the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma is well-positioned to retain its throne.

Looking for a midsize pickup that can do it all? You should definitely check out the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, a go-anywhere truck that combines an efficient V6 engine with a truck bed loaded with clever cargo-management features. We're especially partial to the TRD off-road version and its unrivaled off-highway capability. Let's see which one is right for you.

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has been completely redesigned.



2016 Toyota Tacoma Problems




2016 Toyota Tacoma Reviews From Owners (50 Reviews)

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By Navigator

on Jul/21/16 08:18 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Tacoma



Desert Toy

Best Toyota Tacoma Yet.

By Dave

on Jul/13/16 09:18 PM (UTC)

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I love my Tacoma

I love this truck. It definitely feels like a truck. It has way more features than are available on the competition. It is loads of fun to drive. I highly recommend it.

By A Alvi

on Jul/11/16 08:00 PM (UTC)

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Good Everyday Truck

Love the quality and the look of this truck, both logical interior design and the beautiful exterior .

By Eric Daly

on Jul/10/16 02:50 PM (UTC)

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Great truck for two

Love the truck, just needed more room. The 4 door is in the works.

By David Swaciak

on Jul/10/16 06:10 AM (UTC)

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By Antonio Ventura

on Jun/27/16 04:39 AM (UTC)

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A great car

It is in my opinión the Best med size pick up ,i own a 2001 tacoma ,and just purchased the 2016 trd so far i líke everything about it

By Bruce Daley

on May/02/16 07:30 PM (UTC)

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Luxury Truck - Worth it?

Blind spot monitor sensor issues, has failed and corrected itself 8 times. Mirror heater switch defective. Great ride and handling about 20 mpg overall.

By Pat D.

on Apr/30/16 06:49 AM (UTC)

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So Far so Great

First Truck and overall pretty happy with the truck. Ride was surprisingly comfortable and the tech on this car is really great. Wanted a truck and the Tacoma was my choice based on reliability and resale value.

By DS

on Feb/28/16 08:44 AM (UTC)

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Toyota Tacoma Review

Great little truck with good resale value. Awesome technology package.

By Jackie Ctz

on Dec/18/15 02:09 PM (UTC)

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The Girl and the Tacoma 2016

Read all the reviews you want but if you are going outdoors you must be: nimble, reliable and unstoppable .. the Tacoma is the only vehicle that can fit this description. Yes, you can find more comfortable rides but if you are going camping, biking, hiking, or fishing, the vehicle you take should not even be a preparatory consideration, the Tacoma fits this requirement. They sale more and last longer for a reason ( Japanese brand=great quality ). If you want a serious offroad truck that is above the rest in dependability buy a Tacoma.... You will be glad.

Tony Delgadillo from Hamer Toyota on sepulveda Blvd is the best option...great guy, easy to talk to very helpful and real with numbers trust me I did my homework before even thinking on showing up to test the Tacoma.

Tony D. thank you so much for your help.

By David Mandle

on Dec/05/15 08:12 AM (UTC)

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Not a full size

Although I am very happy with this truck, folks stepping down from a full size will likely feel a bit cramped. Until they need to park anyway. Then the more reasonable dimensions are welcome.
The auto transmission is very busy, minimizing rpm to optimize fuel economy, and this has been savagely criticized in various online forums. However, when this becomes tiresome, the overdrive (A6) can be manually deselected (by choosing S4 or S5). I suggest this when driving in town.

By Slisk@grandecom.net

on Nov/28/15 09:12 AM (UTC)

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Happy in Texas!

Happy as Heck!

By Dennis

on Feb/26/17 10:29 AM (UTC)

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Not all I expected

This is my first Taco. I had fairly high expectations given what I had read. I tested both the four and six engines, decided on the six because 1 mpg was worth it to get power. After having owned it for six months (4,500 miles) I would probably not buy it again. The first issue was a rattle in the door. Five trips to the dealer eventually fixed it (along with replacing a door panel and some additional foam going in the A pillar). A couple of more rattles have made themselves known, but not yet annoying, or I am just dreading the trips to fix them, not sure. The second issue is the engine/transmission. I have three issues. 1. the MPG is OK in the city and lousy on the freeway. My most recent trip was about 800 miles, pulled 22 mpg. Not loaded or towing and stayed pretty much within speed limits and I have a tonneau cover on the bed. This brings me to problem 2., the transmission. I have had the TSB performed to deal with hesitation between park and drive (works), the transmission was also down about 20 ounces of fluid. The transmission still downshifts very poorly, with a very untotyota like "clunk" when coming to stop and going from third to second or second to first. The transmission can best be described as nervous and unsettled as it hunts to find gears going up and down small grades, hills, etc. In the previously mentioned trip, it was continually downshifting one to two gears going up hills and grades, with the tach going from just under two thousand rpm to over 3,000. This brings me to 3., the engine. It is very smooth, but mileage is just awful. The engine feels very under powered going up hills and grades unless it drops all the way down to third or fourth gear. Some one likened it to shifting up in an manual gear too soon, it "lugs" and that is a great way to describe it. Even on a flat road, you are going to have to mash it to keep with traffic. I am going to take it back to the dealer regarding the poor mpg, maybe a different one, and see if they can correct it. But again, would probably not but it again, and would certainly not recommend to anyone. What a complete disappointment.

By Josephys

on Feb/18/17 12:49 PM (UTC)

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5000 Mile Update

This car is a truck. It does not handle like a car, does not accelerate like a car, nor ride like a car. I love this truck. Its a blast to drive. It has a 20 inch step in, so you feel like you are straddling a pony. I have had no issues with mechanical breakdowns, no rear-ends failing, or transmissions failing like I have heard on the Chevy. I have driven in 9 inches of unbroken snow up a hill with no problem. Never saw the inside of a mechanics garage until the 5000 mile tire rotation. The engine and transmission adapts to your style. If you hypermile it, you can get up to 25 MPG. I did that when I drove into Detroit. Hypermiling means pressing and letting up on the gas. I average 20 combined. This is not bad. The sitting position takes some getting used to, but like I said you are straddling a pony. I can't wait to take it offroading. Have fun.

By Garrett

on Jan/19/17 06:13 AM (UTC)

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Owned for 9 months 8500mi w/ transmission update

The first few months were a bit rocky with the new Tacoma. I had a suspension bushing go bad that caused a great deal of squeaking (sounded like a 30 yr old truck with a bad springs), annoying rattle in the headliner and the lagging / frequent shifting / wrong gear transmission issues that everyone has discussed in these reviews already. After a couple trips to the dealer to get those things all worked out, I'm a fan. If you have a early 2016 model, go ask your dealer to reprogram the transmission with the latest update. I got mine done in early Dec 2016 and it made a night and day difference. The transmission has largely stopped acting laggy, the acceleration is much better and it drives like a different truck. If you are buying today, it's a great truck and I'd highly recommend it. Like any new model release, the early 2016's just had a few bugs that need to get worked out. Toyota has excellent dealer support (this is my 3rd Toyota truck) and did a great job of taking care of any issues.

By Aswk37

on Jan/05/17 07:11 PM (UTC)

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Windshield sucks

i live in the Midwest drive on gravel roads daily and have had hundreds of rocks hit my windshield causing chips occasionally that can be repaired. I bought a brand new 2016 Tacoma and have had it 6 months the first tinny pebble that hit my windshield caused a 10 in crack. While checking on cost for new one I have discovered that I'm not alone. Apparently these windshields are thinner than normal and crack with the slightest impact. At $1200 for junk oem replacement there needs to be a recall and redesign. Other than that I like the truck.

By Victor Marmolejo

on Dec/31/16 09:12 AM (UTC)

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Great truck

I love Toyota great trucks for the last 20 years I drove Ford and Toyota trucks but my new truck is a Toyota Tundra limited and I loved better than Ford

By Nckhlbrk

on Dec/05/16 10:15 PM (UTC)

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Bought this vehicle November 2017

Driver seat is very comfortable for long trips. Truck is smooth riding and quiet on interstate trips. Got model with premium sound and navigation - very nice! Like voice command feature. Navigation is very easy to program and use. 6.1" touch screen is adequately sized. Steering wheel controls for radio and voice command features selections are easy to use. Programming center info panel between tach and speedometer is a bit puzzling but manageable. Literally dozens upon dozens of electronic warning and info signals that can be generated. Has backup camera with warning buzzer. Can easily program about a dozen or so maintenance messages that will pop up at your specified mileage or date settings. Hands free cell phone pairing using bluetooth is great feature. Cruise control is easy to use. Like the power door locks, windows, and exterior mirrors. Three moveable cargo hold downs on each side of bed are very handy. Bed comes with bolt-in liner that covers top rails all around bed. Wish seats were power and that heavy hood had spring loaded hinges that would hold it up. 4WD Hi engages and disengages smoothly on fly. Automatic transmission shifts very smoothly and has a MT like feature that allows selecting and shifting gears. Access cab doors make putting stuff into back easy. Access cab rear seats are totally inadequate for seating. Rear seat headrests block rear view; but, can be lowered easily. Has a button to turn on exterior mirror heater. Touch screen has dozens of programmable features that are reasonably intuitive to find and set. Center console has 3 cup holders plus there are 2 bottle holders on each door.

By Terry Booth

on Nov/05/16 01:27 AM (UTC)

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2016 TRD Sport experiance

It rides well, has a smooth engine and transmission, good sound system, the bluetooth is great, all other options are great. It is a little tall for a short person to get in.

By Bermaeri

on Nov/04/16 02:41 PM (UTC)

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Love this truck

You Have to sit in this case before buying it. There are some body types that are going to uncomfortable in the driver's seat.

By Bobby Aldighieri

on Oct/06/16 09:56 AM (UTC)

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Quality

At the end of the day these trucks are amazing. They provide all of the quality an auto maker should and that's why Toyota is the best selling vehicle maker in the world. The products sell themselves!

By Jeffrey EATON

on Sep/08/16 04:47 PM (UTC)

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By Vic Wojnowski

on Aug/30/16 09:17 AM (UTC)

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Happy

Tipical toyota, firm ride & steering, simple controls, solid feel, good storage . Navigation screen hard to see in bright light, transmission shifts out of lower gear to quickley. Gas milage for a truck is good. Size of veh. is perfect, not to big or small.

By Edward Turpin

on Jul/09/16 09:04 AM (UTC)

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By MS

on Jun/22/16 12:21 PM (UTC)

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The 2016 is WAY better than our 1984 (long gone...

Bought a short bed double cab Sport 4x4 Tacoma as surprise gift for husband's 60th birthday two weeks ago. White. All the bells and whistles. Was he ever surprised, and he loves it!! We had looked at every pickup manufacturer on the lots and Toyota still rocks it best. Mud flaps should come standard but I added them the next week. Also added leather at purchase. Only thing I've noticed is that I wish there was a little more front seat leg room for the passenger. And the nav system needs to be reprogrammed at the dealership: "Home" currently can't be set up. Also wish the XM stations, once preset, would display what the channel is, not juat the channel number. The hunting for gears thing referenced in other reviews has not occurred with us, but it's mostly flat here or light hills. 700 miles and counting.

By Jeff

on May/23/16 05:40 AM (UTC)

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Had it a week and so far so good

Really rides nice. I hate the mpg but I drive a lot. The interior package is great. I can switch from radio to XM to podcasts all with my thumbs. The look is nice. I do feel the transmission looking for gears in the city but most of the time on the highway I can keep it smooth. I really want to drive it off-road but my wife won't let me...yet!

By Michele

on May/19/16 01:15 PM (UTC)

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By Matt

on May/17/16 04:32 PM (UTC)

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TRD off road double cab

So far I have been pleased with the truck. Shifting can be a little quirky at times but nothing major. Ride is nice and has plenty of power for me. Gas milage has been better than expected. Getting 21-22 for commute with up to 26 if I don't hit a bunch of lights. Cant wait to get it out on some trails to see how itdoes.

By RR

on May/08/16 01:17 PM (UTC)

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Happy with my purchase

I have read a lot of negative posts but I am very happy with the 2016 Tacoma. I am averaging 22 MPG and enjoy driving everyday. I will say I do have a lag when taking the truck from reverse to drive and this does need to be addressed by Toyota. I don't feel it is a safety issue but it does take a second for the transmission to kick in when you put in drive. The truck looks great and I get compliments all the time. I drive 37 miles everyday to work and it has plenty of power when I need it. I would recommend this truck.

By BST

on May/01/16 10:35 AM (UTC)

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YOU WON'T FORGET IT'S A TRUCK

Have been driving the 2016, 4WD, SR-5, 6 cyl. Tacoma Access Cab for about 6 months now. The 6 speed auto is continually shifting. The drone from the engine and exhaust is LOUD! The new Atkinson Cycle engine may have more horsepower, but it doesn't show. Acceleration is slow - much less than what I get from my 2013 6 cyl. Highlander. It rides rough! You definitely will know you are riding in truck. The step-up into the truck is high and awkward. The driver's seat is way too low and it's uncomfortable. It handles well and gas mileage is 20 -23 depending on the trip distance. Instrumentation, gauges, etc. are fine, but the temp control and fan speed is hard to decipher. The composite bed is nice and saves buying a liner. I use it as a truck and bought it for reliability, so it works for me. If you're looking for a quiet, smooth ride with barely noticeable shifting, you don't want a Tacoma. If you're looking for a reliable work truck, this one is tops. UPDATE: After driving the Tacoma for almost a year now, I have nothing new to add to my comments above - and nothing to change. I will note that with a yard of mulch or a half yard of crushed gravel in the bed it rides much better and the shifting is a lot smoother. But for everyday use, Toyota could have done a much better job with the suspension, noise suppression and the transmission. Mileage now (11/16) is 3700.

By Lawrence Bontempo

on Apr/25/16 05:41 PM (UTC)

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Outstanding Value

This is my 3rd Tacoma and by far it's the best. From performance to gas mileage, comfort and quite. An excellent vehicle with everything I was looking for. I do mostly highway driving with average trip being 2400 miles and gas mileage has ranged from 27.2 mpg to 25.8 (heavy wind in Eastern CO, Western OK and Central TX). In town I average 20.3 mpg. Mine is a 2X4, with a tonneau cover, and a KN filter, maybe that's why high mpg. Any way I think its an outstanding value and I'm very satisfied. Live in CO but went to MS to purchase because, the model I wanted an SR5 Access Cab, 2X4, was not sold in the Mountain District.

By Tom M

on Apr/11/16 08:46 PM (UTC)

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Great Truck

Bought a 2016 Limited in super white with all the options. Truck handles great, rides smooth and is incredibly quiet. Shifting is smooth and predictable. Acceleration is fine. Easy on the pedal; better mileage. Stomp the gas and the truck moves, much quicker than I anticipated. The interior is very comfortable (I'm 6'2") looks classy. The instrument panel is easy to read and has more features than I will ever use. Very happy with the purchase, and the wife likes it also!

By Jessie

on Mar/23/16 06:12 PM (UTC)

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Traded my SUV to the New 2016 Tacoma

I was skeptical at first trading in my SUV for the new Tacoma because I didn't want to loose the comfort but I needed something that can work as an SUV to fit 5 people comfortable and be able to carry material. The ride is very comfortable, glad I made this change.

By Bryan

on Feb/25/16 09:26 AM (UTC)

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Awesome truck, despite a few minor flaws

I will start off by simply stating that I LOVE THIS TRUCK! It was everything I was hoping it could be and more. However, considering that this is an informative review, and that anyone reading it is considering a hefty investment, I should probably be as objective/critical as I can. Let's dive in!

The Good
The drive quality is fantastic! The Bilstein suspension really is worth the money. Not only is the ride quieter, it is smoother overall (this refers to both street and offroad driving). The cabin is quiet and you really feel like you are in control of the vehicle. The features at your disposal give your drive a combination of sporty and luxurious, which I think is a really nice quality.

I cannot begin to discuss how cool the Entune system is. Essentially, you are turning your phone into your entire entertainment center. The system functions via Bluetooth and syncs basically everything. You can use Pandora, Facebook, and other random applications AND still have solid phone capabilities (the ability to program speed-dials in the car itself is a big plus for me). The Heads-Up-Display behind the steering wheel also offers some cool and useful features.

The "Bad"
I put "bad" in quotes because what I am discussing is not necessarily bad, but it is less preferential that I would like.

I received running boards with my truck. They seem like they get in the way more than they help. Granted, I am 6'1", but they seem like they are too high on the frame to be useful.

The front seats are fairly comfortable, but you do get stiff when you sit for too long. I am taking this with a grain of salt though. It could simply be that the truck is brand new and they need some time to break in.

The interior storage is a bit of a bummer. I used to have a Tundra and had a ton of storage under the back seats. Toyota has opted to turn it into a cargo box, eliminating 60% of the space you could otherwise have. It's not devastating, but the bit of extra space would be useful.

My only complaint with Entune is that the bluetooth is a bit glitchy, I guess is the best word. Once everything is connected, it works great. However, sometimes my phone won't connect automatically and it is a pain to get synced again. I also know that my phone is a bit older, so it could very well not be the truck's problem.

Overall, I can say that the Tacoma is a joy to own. It does everything that I want and was looking for with several bonus options. I would recommend it to anyone who inquired hands down. It is a combination of practical, luxurious, and sporty. I would encourage you, the reader, to be as informed as possible. Even though I love this truck, personal preferences and needs differ. Do your research and compare models/trims. Hope to see you out in the dunes!

By John T

on Feb/10/16 06:37 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Comfort
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My first Toyota

I'm 67, 6;1 228, the first thing I had to learn was how to enter & exit my new Tacoma. I'm older but figured that out pretty fast after hitting my head a few times. My girl friend & I bought a new Genesis a week before the Tacoma. The get up & go of the truck just isn't there, not bad but not great for all of the hype Toyota says about it. Everything I have ever heard about the Toyota trucks were great & I'm not complaining , unless you ask me about Big 2 Toyota in Gilbert AZ. Fast talking & don't bend over with those guys. We do love the truck, as I mentioned before about the Genesis, along with a 2003 GMC 1500 Sierra , All in all I like it, time will tell. Tranny shifts a lot, I think my Sonata could kick it's butt on power off the line. But what the heck, it's a off road truck 4X4. After 8,000 miles, I'm still not impressed. Gas mileage & gas tank size should be bigger & higher.

By Spetry

on Jan/28/16 04:55 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Tacoma


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New model is great

Love the handling and infotainment system. Bed with bedliner and utility rails are nice.

By Steve Hisel

on Jan/26/16 03:21 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


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By Jason

on Dec/14/15 06:14 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


Build Quality
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Spicy Taco

Like the others have said, the only-and I mean only, drawbacks to this vehicle are: Price (expensive) and driver's seat/steering wheel adjustability. The looks, ride, resale value, acceleration, handling, comfort, electronics, etc. are wonderful! I love my new truck! If Toyota is reading this, I recommend two more inches of telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a lowered footbed, and/or a driver's seat with height adjustment. Everything else is perfect!

By Douglas Geralde

on Dec/14/15 09:14 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


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Research

Shop Around before you make any final decision to more than two to four dealership. Do you're home work.

By MEL

on Dec/12/15 03:47 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


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INFERNO 2016 4X4 SPORT MODEL 4 DOOR WITH TECH PKG

We have always owned Toyotas. Just bought this truck only
negative thought seats should be power. We love it. Thought it drove great. We’ve
bought 10 Toyotas in cinti but since our salesman left we were not treated the
same. Had great luck with Valadosta Toyota in GA. Everyone there was great.
Flew in and drove it home. We bought 6 ft bed which we love. Of course we got
the bells and whistles.

We just got it time will tell about the rest.



By Abraham Lopez

on Oct/10/15 06:56 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Tacoma


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Abraham lopez

I love this truck is great

By Jack

on Jan/28/17 07:33 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Tacoma


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Transmission update

I have 5000 miles on my 2016 Toyota Tacoma and was not too happy with the way the transmission shifted. On my first oil change I mentioned a transmission update, and my dealer was surprised I knew about that. They told me there was an update available and I am a lot happier with the shifting. I got my information reading these reviews. So people do read these

By David E.

on Dec/30/16 09:01 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


Reliability
star
Comfort
star
Exterior Design
star
Interior
star

Worst purchase

I had own a 2005 tacoma and drove it for 9 years with onlh one issue the air conditioner stop working. Sld the truck and had purchase a jeep but aftrr 3 years i decided to purchase the ne 2016 tacoma trd sport. It was the worst decision i have made in purchasing a new truck. The transmission is crap for it canot decide what gear to run in and the truck has a surge when you are trying to park or pill into a garage. I have had the truckmin the shop twice and went today and talk to a sevice adviser and was told that there was nothing they could do for this is the way the truck will perform and they were done. The truck is omld six months old with 6k miles. I am going tomorrow and trade it in for a Dogde Ram. Hopefully Toyota will get there act together for if people stop buying there products for they are no longer in my book as the best vechicle on the road.

By Jill

on Oct/24/16 10:26 AM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Tacoma


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Windshield

Had this truck 30 days and a small chip from a passing regular size truck on the highway ran inches to either side in 2 hours, and much further by the end of the day. highly frustrating. Did not know to look for this trouble before buying, but this will be an expensive problem over the life of the car. I would not have purchased if I know this. there is an additional warranty they offer that supposedly would cover for a time, not worth it in the long run. AND it really needs adjustable seats, particularly driver. they have had much better technology for over a decade now, it dumbs down the vehicle not providing it for the price.

By WilbursDad

on Sep/01/16 05:05 PM (UTC)

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2016 Toyota Tacoma


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I purposely find places to drive to

[1] Ride quality - it's not a crossover, don't compare the ride quality to one. My wife drives the MDX, and there is a significant difference in the ride quality when we swap vehicles. It's a little rough around the edges, but then I expected that from the truck. However, it is a very solid ride. [2] Power - it's sufficient. It's not fast nor is it meant to be a road racer. [3] Noise - this is where the truck suffers a bit. I haven't driven the previous generation Tacomas, but from what I've read Toyota has made significant improvements to dampen the cabin. However, it is not good enough to use the bluetooth to talk on the phone while driving. Also, the engine noise is a bit annoying, but nothing that drives me crazy. [4] Rear passenger space - my family members aren't very tall. We're actually quite short, so having 4 adults in the truck is not a problem. However, I can see taller adults having a bit of a difficult time finding a comfortable spot in the rear seats. It's not ideal for long road trips, especially in the back seats. [5] Gas - I am averaging 19 - 20 mpg in mixed driving. [6] Infotainment - The system is reliable and responsive and I have no complaints. [6] Tires - I have the TRD Off-Road trim and the OEM tires are ok, but I will not be replacing them with the same tires when these wear out. [Summary] The ratings that I gave for this truck was based on it's comparison to other mid-sized trucks. I think it would be unfair to compare the ride to a SUV as I wouldn't compare the ride of a Camry to a luxury sedan.

Update 3/2/17: Having owned the vehicle for about half a year and using it as my daily driver, I still really enjoy driving the truck. The transmission issue that so many people complain about has been an issue for me, but the updates that Toyota are coming out with are helping. The truck starts off in overdrive mode and constantly wants to upshift, so you can either get in the habit of using ECT power or just give it a little more gas. The seats that many complain about isn't too much of an issue for me. However, for long distance trips (3+ hours), I definitely feel more fatigue. I listen to Pandora almost exclusively and while the Entune system is just fine when it works, sometimes it just has an issue establishing a connection with the vehicle. I don't know if it's my phone, the vehicle, or just the app itself, but it is a nuisance as I will experience this a few times a week.

By Gl450toTacoma

on Mar/31/16 03:39 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


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2013 GL 450 to 2016 Tacoma

Great truck, Entune is great. The Tacoma is easy to drive. Go get one. I have the 2016 Double cab with long bed. No issues with transmission, smooth and easy shifts.

By Marvin Sperber

on Mar/19/16 09:00 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


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7 month owner

After 7 months of ownership I am growing more of a fan of my 2016 Tacoma.
The only complaint is the gas mileage could be better. I received after market tires and rims in the deal (all terrian tires) that make my truck look great but I only average around 16 mph overall.
All features on the SR5 are just as nice as upper end models.
Super truck overall.

By David Becker

on Jan/24/16 05:09 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


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Tacoma 4x4 Treasure

If you're looking for a great looking, great performing, reliable truck with all the bells and whistles, then the newly redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma should be your choice. It also has the highest resale value of any truck out there. This is my 4th Tacoma! . I just traded in a 2015 Tacoma and got exactly what I paid for it new! I would not own any other truck.

By Alex

on Dec/18/15 07:13 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


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TRD Off road review

First off love the truck. It looks great in my opinion with toyota reliability. I really like the interior which feels simple but advance and stylish. I like the seat and steering wheel position. It does like to shift around but it's trying to save fuel. If your driving a hilly around it has an overdrive type of switch to stay in gear longer but use more fuel of course. I have used crawl mode once to test it on a dirt hill. It did amazing and crawled right up. Friends 2010 wrangler got stuck in a pot hole on the hill right after and had to back out and get more speed. Overall very impressed with the truck.

By Nick A.

on Dec/11/16 03:55 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Toyota Tacoma


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Really Disappointed

I sold a 2006 Chevy Tahoe and leased a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe for a year just to wait for the 2016 Tacoma... BIG MISTAKE!!! My Tacoma has been in the shop 5 times over the last year for an electrical issue (interior lights fuse keeps popping) and now the radio resets a couple of times a week. It is in the shop now again... same problem. Toyota coroporate could not care less... they keep putting new fuses in and a few weeks later it happens again. Corporate sent me a letter back saying in essance - " There is no problem." Gilroy dealership is trying, but can't find the problem even with the help of the manufacturer (supposedly). My other complaints are like the others... transmission changes gears all of the time, gas mileage is not good and I have to duck to get in it and I'm 5'10". The extererior is nice and I do like the controls. I'm stuck with it for another year and a half... I hope the 2018 or 2019 is redesigned. If not, than I will NOT buy another Tacoma (sadly- because it is the truck I want). My loaner is a 2017 TRD Tacoma-- no changes from 2016... DISAPPOINTING!!!


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2016 Toyota Tacoma Problems Report:


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  • 2016 Toyota Tacoma Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Toyota Tacoma Top 10 Problems
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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    127.4 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    212.3 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    70.6 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    9.4 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    4060 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    4
  • Front Leg Room
    42.9 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    58.3 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    24.6 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    56.5 Inches


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.91 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    rear wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Leaf Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Front
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Solid Axle
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    245
  • Rear Tire Profile
    75



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Deactivation Switch
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front
  • Knee Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    6
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power


Interior

Interior Features

  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Yes


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    3.5 V6
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    solid axle
  • Fuel Capacity
    21.1 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Drum
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

TRD Off-Road V6 Double Cab (5 ft. Bed) / 4x4 / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.4 sec @ 91.2 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

TRD Off-Road V6 Double Cab (5 ft. Bed) / 4x4 / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.2 sec @ 91 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

TRD Off-Road V6 Double Cab (5 ft. Bed) / 4x4 / 6M

  • 0-60 Mph
    7.3 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.8 sec @ 89 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

SR5 V6 Double Cab (5 ft. Bed) / RWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.8 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.2 sec @ 91.6 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $22,286
  • Private Seller Price
    $23,872
  • Dealer Price
    $25,068
  • Original MSRP
    $27,355


2016 Toyota Tacoma Problems Report:


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2016 Toyota Tacoma JD Power

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  • Better than most

  • About average

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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    19 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    24 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Toyota Tacoma Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    2 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / Unlimited miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    2 years / 25,000 miles
    1 years

2016 Toyota Tacoma Key Factors

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Pros

  • More off-road-capable than any other compact pickup
  • Attractive interior has easily understood controls
  • Truck bed packed with useful cargo management features
  • Resale value second to none.
  • Efficient V6 engine can tow up to 6,800 pounds
  • Top-level engine can be paired with a manual transmission

Cons

  • Cab stands higher than rivals
  • Telescoping steering wheel may not pull back far enough for some
  • Unconventional legs-out driving posture
  • Fuel economy optimized shifts of automatic transmission make the V6 feel sluggish at times.



2016 Toyota Tacoma NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 10/26/2016

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Abnormal chirp or squeak noise from high pressure fuel pump. this happens while at idle and is a known issue for 2012-2013 toyota scions too (attaching scion tsb with this complaint). toyota replaced the fuel pump at 2,017 miles and in less than 400 miles the issue returned. the toyota field technician said that toyota is aware that there is an issue but there is no fix and no eta for a fix. toyota is refusing to replace the high pressure fuel pump again. i opened a case with toyota corporate and they sent it back to the dealer for authorization from the field technician. again the field technician refused to authorize a replacement fuel pump. the dealer is lithia toyota of medford, oregon.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/20/2016

Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When driving on the highway the acceleration is erratic. i will press on the accelerator to get to a cruising speed (this happens anywhere between 40-60 mph) and the vehicle suddenly accelerates and the tachometer jumps from between 2000 and 3000 to the upper 4000 ? 5000 range. additionally, when i have the car in cruise control, it does the same thing when going up hills. the engine revs loudly and the truck lurches erratically forward, so i have to quickly take it out of cruise control and get the peg on the tac down to a more reasonable level. mechanics at the scheduled did not make a note of any issues. i will press this with them at the next tune-up and safety check. the online form here asks for a specific date. this has been ongoing since i purchased the car 11-june-2016 to present (21-oct-16). *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 11/09/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 toyota tacoma. while driving at low speeds and turning the steering wheel, the rpms would increase to approximately 200-300. the failure would cause the vehicle to surge. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was low on transmission fluid. the vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was determined that the transmission software needed to be re-flashed. the vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was determined that the vehicle was operating properly. the manufacturer was notified of the failures. the approximate failure mileage was 1,863....updated 12/12/16 *bf updated 12/12/16.*jb


Date Complaint Filed: 11/02/2016

Component(s): VISIBILITY/WIPER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My windshield "popped" and caused a crack. nothing hit the windshield. when i tried to get the half inch crack repaired, the crack spread to over 18 inches.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/08/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Vehicle is hesitant and slow to shift and fully in gage to the next gear while accelerating. sometimes takes a few seconds to switch into drive from reverse while at medium temperature. slight vibrations while moving at speeds between 25 - 40 mph are felt in steering wheel and throttle pedal. hood vibration at speeds over 40 mph and in drive in car wash drier.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/14/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Vehicle has a noticeable delay and abrupt shifting when changing from reverse to drive. the delay in shifting from reverse to drive feels dangerous because it often causes the vehicle to lurch forward unexpectedly. my vehicle currently has 4000 miles on it. i have contacted the dealer regarding this problem, they have said that this behavior is normal.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/12/2015

Component(s): ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL | SERVICE BRAKES | SUSPENSION

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

On 11/23/15 i was able to take possession of the vehicle. on 11/24/15 i got into the vehicle to crank it up when the vehicle’s warning lights of brake, abs warning to check the anti—lock brake system and check brake system and the antiskid/traction lights came on at approximate 110 miles. i immediately called the dealership and was told that it would not hurt the vehicle to drive it and that it was safe. i was told that it was probably just a fuse by a salesperson, who allegedly talked to one of the master technicians about the situation. on 11/30/15 i also reported that the cruise control was also not working to the service department when i arrive at the dealership. the vehicle was diagnosed with a bad left rear speed sensor at 185 miles and again that the vehicle was safe to drive. on 12/04/15 at 334 miles the sensor was replaced. as i was going home on the interstate highway and less than 10 miles away, the same lights and warning readouts came back on. i immediately turned the vehicle around and proceeded back to the dealership. on my way back to the dealership while slowing down, a loud metallic banging/rattle could be heard coming from the rear end. when i got back to the dealership, i explained the same symptoms happened again as before and that now clanging/rattle in the rear end had developed to the service manager. at approximately 4:00p.m., i received a call from the service department and was told that a rear wheel bearing was not installed correctly from the factory, that it had done some damage and that the parts were ordered. i expressed my concerns about possible other damage such as the brakes, tire, sensors or the rear housing and safety of the vehicle.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/13/2015

Component(s): VISIBILITY/WIPER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The windshield cracked after the first pebble hit it on the interstate. i was in a construction zone doing about 50 mph. while this sounds like a normal issue, this happened 200 miles after getting the vehicle. i traded in my 2009 tacoma which had been hit hundreds of times on this same stretch of road. i didn't think too much of it until i went to the auto glass repair place and discovered mine was the 3rd 2016 tacoma that week for the same issue. further research revealed that the 2016 went to a new multi-layered glass that cuts down on noise. i think this contributed to the windshield damage. while a minor chip may have been the result if it had happened with an older version windshield.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/05/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

On a cold start, after you put the vehicle in d (drive) there is up to a 7 second delay on engagement of the transmission. the accelerator can be pressed and the vehicle will not move for up to 7 seconds leaving me stranded for example if i have backed out of the driveway to the street. once i place the vehicle in drive on a cold start, i cannot move for up to 7 seconds. this happens every time on a cold start.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/15/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Transmission has a delayed engagement on a cold start. when shifting from park to either drive or reverse, the truck moves slightly then a hard lock up is felt. i believe this to be a safety issue. while backing up onto street, when shifting from reverse to drive, there was a significant delay with no movement. with oncoming traffic i was worried whether on not it would engage at all. could have caused a accident.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/09/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Transmission slips when cold or after the truck sits for an hour or two. usually always occurs when starting the vehicle up, reversing and then going into drive. the transmission has a partial engagement but acceleration is not as intended. it will then "bang" into to gear and go. fear is that if you back out of your driveway and intend to accelerate, the truck may not move as intended thus creating a safety hazard. for a new vehicle, there should not be any slippage once shifted into drive. yesterday i had it where the slipping lasted three seconds before it finally went fully into gear. my truck has 1650 miles on it and it's done this since the day it was new. i would say i've experienced this at least 70+ times during cold starts at home or at work. also concerned about the wear on the transmission's internals due to this partial engagement of a forward gear.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/01/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN | SERVICE BRAKES | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

First incident occured while vehicle was stuck in light snow and ice condition. 4-wheel drive system did not appear to be operating properly. engaged new "crawl-control" system per owner's manual instructions. during use of crawl-control the motor rpm's exceeded 5,500; immediately pressed engine-stop button and applied brakes. incident resulted in catastrophic damage of front drive-line. damage included front drive-shaft failure; dealer indicated "drive-line" replaced. significant damage to components adjacent to front drive-shaft. vehicle repaired under warranty. two days after service random brake lock-up occurs while driving; vehicle skids out of control. no malfunction indicators showing. abs also does not activate during panic stop brake application. brake lockup experienced in winter conditions at high elevation nearly causing potentially fatal accident (1,000ft drop from road to canyon bottom, no guard-rails). while driving at 30mph the rear end of the truck begins to slide sideways. upon coming to a stop it is discovered that the vehicle will not drive forward. engaged 4-wheel drive and vehicle struggled to move. engaged differential lock and drove backwards for 80ft. wheels appear to become un-locked. drive forward for another 500 yards and same situation occurs.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/21/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

2016 toyota tacoma exhibits a severe resonant vibration in the steering wheel and gas pedal from unknown source. the buzzing vibration emanates through the steering wheel and gas pedal at a severity and pitch that causes discomfort, tingling in the hands, arms, and right leg—to an extent i become distracted when driving owing to the discomfort and use unsafe driving methods to avoid the steering wheel or gas pedal. • when accelerating from 1,000 through 3,000 rpms, the steering wheel and gas pedal exhibit a resonant buzzing vibration. the vibration is powerful and worst in the 2,100-2,500 rpm range. extreme cold weather temperatures (15 degrees or less) dampen it. • the vibration only occurs when the engine is under load. it does not happen when the engine is revved through these ranges in park or neutral. • when the vibration occurs in the 2,100-2,500 range, it happens at an intensity and frequency that causes clothes and shoes to vibrate. moreover, one can feel the vibration in the skin and bones. • when traveling for long distances on the highway through hills or mountains, the engine often settles in the 2,000-2,500 range. the vibration is constantly present in the steering wheel and gas pedal. after long exposures to this vibration via long trips, hands and feet begin to experience tingling. i constantly try to steer with minimal to no contact with the steering wheel and using cruise control to avoid the discomfort. this affects driver’s ability to feel and maintain proper control of acceleration and steering. i find myself constantly trying to get out of this range when on long-distance highway travel. i have been working with toyota since october 2015 to address this issue to no avail. this includes three service department visits and myriad phone calls with toyota corporate help line.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/21/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The transmission fails to engage in a normal amount of time after going from reverse to drive. it is long enough where you select drive and begin to apply throttle and it just revs up then engages while the engine is revved and lunges forward. it also slips when going around corners at low speed and low throttle.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/01/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Safety issue - when starting cold and engaging reverse, the truck sometimes fails to engage the reverse gear causing a delay of 3-6 seconds, then engages suddenly causing truck to surge in reverse. this surge could cause a safety issue for any pedestrians behind the vehicle as well as possibility of backing into something. transmission seems to slip. took it to molle toyota in kansas city who reports this as normal.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/22/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Had an are truck cap put on after 5 miles of driving truck indicator light came on "brake malfunction". got truck home tried to restart and now truck will not start saying "check charging system and brake malfunction


Date Complaint Filed: 02/05/2016

Component(s): VISIBILITY/WIPER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I had this truck less than 2 weeks with around 500 miles on it and the windshield cracked due to a pebble hitting it at a fairly low speed. the windshield seems to be especially fragile in the 2016 tacoma as i have had multiple rocks hit my windshield at higher speeds and never had it crack so easily. i have also found that many other 2016 tacoma owners are experiencing the same issue.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/19/2016

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Passenger side door comes unlatched while driving. cold weather freezes inside the latch-handle and does not complete latch. when passenger put weight on door they nearly fell out of the moving vehicle. a second occurrence was observed when going through a corner; no passenger.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/19/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Vehicle experienced a complete locking of the rear wheels. toyota and the dealership have stated that the parking brake caused the wheels to seize. toyota's factory representative indicated that the parking brakes should never be used in cold weather and that any future repairs are no longer covered under the warranty.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/21/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My abs light failure came on and said check with dealer. three days later taken to dealership and electrical harness had been chewed by rodents. it is requiring $5000 to replace this component. i have had this truck for one month and brand new. the vehicle was stationery in driveway when eaten.






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Where Did We Drive It?
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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Easy Loading

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 1, 2016

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You buy a pickup to haul stuff. That's the idea, at least, unless you're hoping that Pickup Man is true. But I have to say that our 2016 Toyota Tacoma is especially handy for moving bulky and/or dirty items. Why? Because it's easy to load said items into the Tacoma's bed.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Hauling the Plastic

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 25, 2016

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This weekend I used our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to do what trucks do — make it easy to move stuff around. What began as a casual play date between my kids and their friends took a turn for the plastic.

"Look, the kids are having so much fun on that slide."

"They sure are. Do you want it? We have a sandbox we don't use anymore. Want that too?"

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Rear Seat Storage

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 21, 2016

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It isn't large (OK, it's large compared to a Fiat 500 or a first-gen Taco truck, but it's not as big as a Tundra) but our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma has a few storage tricks up its sleeve. Specifically, the rear seats have these useful little cubbies behind each seat. Just pull the strap on the seat, the seat leans forward and there are hard, plastic storage areas.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: One Way To Haul 8-foot Items

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 26, 2016

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A couple of the new trees in my front yard are growing quickly, and I needed to re-stake them. So I pointed our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup toward the nearest Home Depot for a pair of tree stakes.

The rack they were stacked on said they were 8 feet long, which I should have expected, but didn't. Our crew cab Tacoma rides on the standard wheelbase, which means it has a 5-foot bed — 60.5 inches, if you want to split hairs. My new stakes were destined to hang out more than 2 feet.

I first loaded them in straight. It could have worked, but I wasn't a fan. Then I put them in diagonally, which was better from a hanging-out-the-back standpoint but introduced a side overhang that had the potential to snag a lane-splitting motorcyclist.

Then I had a third idea, but it wasn't perfect, either. I went with it anyway.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Of Course the Bike Fits

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 2, 2016

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Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a pickup. Of course a mountain bike will fit. Duh. It's more a question of whether or not the tailgate will close without the need to load the bike in diagonally.

Mostly, I needed an excuse to share this picture of my bike's 29er front tire leaning up against the Taco's 31-inch off-road tire. I don't know why it makes me grin, it just does.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: 8 Great Bed Features

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 25, 2016

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The bed of a pickup truck is what makes a pickup truck a pickup truck. On that basis, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck among pickup trucks, or words to that effect.

There's a lot to like back here, is what I'm saying, and much of it is standard. All of it comes gratis on all Tacomas except for one item that is exclusive to the TRD and above.

Let's take a brief tour of eight things that make a Tacoma's bed pretty great.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Seat Folding Maximizes Cargo Capacity

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 10, 2016

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One of the things that irked me about our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was the simplistic way its 60/40 rear seat folded. The seatback simply folded down on top of the seat bottom, leaving a slanting surface that was a fair ways up from the ground. The seat bottoms flipped up to reveal a hidden bin, but the available space was laughably small.

I had forgotten most of this until I drove our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to a local store to pick up a few groceries. The Tacoma's rear seat folding strategy differs from that of the Colorado, and it's a difference that makes a difference.

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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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by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

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Where Did We Drive It?
This month our 2016 Toyota Tacoma spent more of its time in town instead of out on the trail. That means plenty of tight traffic and even tighter parking spots, both of which highlighted the Tacoma's advantages over full-size trucks.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Time for New Wiper Blades

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 29, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Not that it ever rains here much. But there are those times that you've got a bit too much grime buildup or some morning dew. Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup had a bit of each one recent morning, but all I got was a big smear when I triggered the wiper/washer function. I tried cleaning the blades off, but they were toast.

Toyota uses the fairly common J-hook style of blade mount, so they go on and off rather easily. The driver's side blade is longer than the passenger side one, and the guy behind the counter at Autozone said I needed 22- and 21-inch blades. I took him at his word and bought a pair.

That was a mistake.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Starts Without the Key

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 15, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I carpooled home with Dan Frio yesterday. He drove us to his house at which point I left to take our 2016 Toyota Tacoma back to my place. Shortly after we parted ways the fuel light came on, so I found the nearest gas station. I was 10 miles from Casa de Frio.

There was nothing remarkable about the fuel stop, yet. I shut off the truck, filled up, started the truck again and merged onto the freeway. My phone rang, "Hey, it's Dan. Is the truck still running? Don't turn it off. I just found the key in my pocket."

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Fine First Service

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on April 20, 2016

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Our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma  calls for its first service at 5,000 miles. It's a relatively simple service compared to some other vehicles in our fleet.

The maintenance log lists the following:

  • - Check installation of the driver's floor mat
  • - Inspect and adjust all fluid levels
  • - Inspect wiper blades
  • - Rotate tires
  • - Visually inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs

All in all, the tire rotation seems to be the most labor intensive service. Additional service is recommended if you drive frequently on dirt roads or dusty roads, tow often, or a few other situations that don't apply to our truck. No oil change is called for in the first service unless the truck idles extensively or is driven at low speeds in freezing weather.

With just the simple service, I hoped we could get the Tacoma in and out of the dealer in a few hours.

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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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Where Did We Drive It?
This month our 2016 Toyota Tacoma spent more of its time in town instead of out on the trail. That means plenty of tight traffic and even tighter parking spots, both of which highlighted the Tacoma's advantages over full-size trucks.

See full article and comment.


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 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: Three Reasons to Buy

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 25, 2016

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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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Time for New Wiper Blades

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 29, 2016

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Not that it ever rains here much. But there are those times that you've got a bit too much grime buildup or some morning dew. Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup had a bit of each one recent morning, but all I got was a big smear when I triggered the wiper/washer function. I tried cleaning the blades off, but they were toast.

Toyota uses the fairly common J-hook style of blade mount, so they go on and off rather easily. The driver's side blade is longer than the passenger side one, and the guy behind the counter at Autozone said I needed 22- and 21-inch blades. I took him at his word and bought a pair.

That was a mistake.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Oh Yeah, It Has a Factory Go-Pro Camera Mount

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 25, 2016

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I know it's there, but I keep forgetting about it. Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup has a factory-installed Go-Pro mount bonded to the top edge of the windshield. It's easy to overlook because this unobtrusive bit of plastic is positioned high up on the glass where it's out of sight, out of mind.

It's just a clip, the receptacle half of a standard Go-Pro mount, the part you would stick to your motorcycle or bicycle helmet. The camera and the mating half of the buckle-style snap are not included, of course, but anyone who owns a Go-Pro has those.

Count me in that group.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Desert Sessions

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 21, 2016

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When work dictated that I bring our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to the High Desert, north of Mojave, I did not argue. I'd been wanting to sample our Tacoma in a more appropriate environment ever since it showed up in our garage. And because I could, I strapped my 1976 Yamaha DT400 into the bed and took it along for the ride.

By the end of the day, I'd learned that one of these things has good low-end grunt and is light on its feet but generally awful, while the other is a little high-strung and unsurprisingly capable but has terrible brakes.

Place your bets.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Starts Without the Key

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 15, 2016

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I carpooled home with Dan Frio yesterday. He drove us to his house at which point I left to take our 2016 Toyota Tacoma back to my place. Shortly after we parted ways the fuel light came on, so I found the nearest gas station. I was 10 miles from Casa de Frio.

There was nothing remarkable about the fuel stop, yet. I shut off the truck, filled up, started the truck again and merged onto the freeway. My phone rang, "Hey, it's Dan. Is the truck still running? Don't turn it off. I just found the key in my pocket."

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Little Novice Off-Roading

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 6, 2016

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Despite a decade in the biz, I haven't exactly spent a lot of it off road. Perhaps it's because I don't like driving slowly, perhaps it's because I don't like getting dirty. Either way, getting a chance to take a 2016 Toyota Tacoma off road is a worthwhile experience, as unlike other trucks, its modus operandi seems to be venturing beyond where the pavement runs out. This is especially true of our TRD Off-Road trim level (shared with the test truck I also drove above) that benefits from a variety of features supposedly designed to help out experts and novices alike.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: One Way To Haul 8-foot Items

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

A couple of the new trees in my front yard are growing quickly, and I needed to re-stake them. So I pointed our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup toward the nearest Home Depot for a pair of tree stakes.

The rack they were stacked on said they were 8 feet long, which I should have expected, but didn't. Our crew cab Tacoma rides on the standard wheelbase, which means it has a 5-foot bed — 60.5 inches, if you want to split hairs. My new stakes were destined to hang out more than 2 feet.

I first loaded them in straight. It could have worked, but I wasn't a fan. Then I put them in diagonally, which was better from a hanging-out-the-back standpoint but introduced a side overhang that had the potential to snag a lane-splitting motorcyclist.

Then I had a third idea, but it wasn't perfect, either. I went with it anyway.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Better Radio Knob Suggestion

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 24, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

It isn't perfect, but I generally like the EnTune touchscreen audio system in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup. It's clearly better than the touchscreen systems that the Honda Pilot and Civic use, and one of the main reasons boils down to a feature that the Honda systems lack: physical volume and tune knobs.

But Toyota's knobs are smallish, a bit slippery and — worst of all — they don't project far enough away from the touch-sensitive radio faceplate. In the course of using them your fingers skim the surface of the radio, which often leads to false contact with nearby touch-sensitive areas — especially when a moving car is jostling around. On the volume side, you might accidentally trip the number-six preset. On the tuning side, you'll trigger the fader and balance sub-menu.

This weekend I had an idea that's more of a proof-of-concept design change proposal than a permanent solution. It's a suggestion I'd give to the Toyota radio design team if I ever got five minutes of their time. And there's much to be gained because this is not just a Tacoma issue. Our Prius and Mirai have the same knobs, along with every single current Toyota that's fitted with the EnTune touchscreen audio system.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Brake Modulation Lacks Finesse

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: March Sees Best- and Worst-Ever Tank Fuel Economy

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

In March, our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma hauled some shrubbery, showed a peculiarity of its keyless entry and drew a mixed review of its powertrain.

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Sedona Road Trip Impressions

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 4, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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!).

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Best Off-Road Pick For a Daily Driver?

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 10, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Here's the setup: You're going to buy a new vehicle. You want something that can stomp around in the wilderness for recreation (hiking, camping/fishing, off-roading). But this will also be your daily-driver.

Ideally it's also versatile as well as easy and comfortable to drive.

What's the best new vehicle to get? Would it be a 2016 Toyota Tacoma?

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Keyless Access Only Works On One Door

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota introduced keyless ignition and entry (Toyota's "Smart Key") as a new feature for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. The good news: it's pretty easy to get on a Tacoma. If you pick the midgrade TRD (Sport or Off-Road) or top level Limited, you get it as standard equipment.

The bad news: "entry" only works on one door.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Enjoying the Convenience of a Midsize Short Bed

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 2, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Want versus need. Keep an eye on what's out on the road and it's immediately obvious that full-size trucks rule the sales charts. And considering that for the price of a new 2016 Toyota Tacoma you can often get within budget range of a discounted or rebated new full-size pickup, going for "more" of what you want certainly makes a lot of sense.

At the same time, you can also make an argument for just getting what you need.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Seat Folding Maximizes Cargo Capacity

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 10, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

One of the things that irked me about our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was the simplistic way its 60/40 rear seat folded. The seatback simply folded down on top of the seat bottom, leaving a slanting surface that was a fair ways up from the ground. The seat bottoms flipped up to reveal a hidden bin, but the available space was laughably small.

I had forgotten most of this until I drove our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to a local store to pick up a few groceries. The Tacoma's rear seat folding strategy differs from that of the Colorado, and it's a difference that makes a difference.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Off-Road Clearance and Suspension Flexibility

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 4, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

The thing about off-road potential is that you can often simply look at a vehicle, or study certain fundamental specifications, and size it up pretty accurately. Ground clearance is a good one, along with the clearance angle triplets: Approach, departure and breakover. Tire size and the general knobbiness of the tread pattern are plain to see, of course. Gearing is invisible to the casual observer, but you can readily look it up.

One of the things you cannot see or easily look up is Ramp Travel Index, a measure of the maximum articulation of a given suspension. We had the same problem, so we built a 20-degree test ramp of our own. It was only a matter of time before we pointed our 2016 Toyota Tacoma up the ramp.

We did the same with our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado soon after we bought it last year - or tried to. But the Colorado scored a zero because its comically low and unexpectedly rigid chin spoiler frustrated our attempts to even drive up the 20-degree RTI ramp in the first place.

The story is quite different when it comes to the new Tacoma.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Impressions — Better Ride, Touchy Brakes

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 1, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

Although there have been various versions of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma in the office over the last few months, I never managed to get behind the wheel. This weekend, I got my first chance to get acquainted with our new long-term Tacoma. Here's what I found:

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Thoughts (Video)

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on January 28, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I got my first taste of our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma, so I set up my iPhone holder and pressed record. Vlog time!

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: TRD Off-Road vs. TRD Sport

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

My head moved as if on a swivel as I wheeled our 2016 Toyota Tacoma into the parking lot of my local Costco and scanned for the nearest open spot. As luck would have it, the first and best one I saw was alongside my truck's doppelganger.

Crew cab? Check. Magnetic Gray Metallic paint? Uh-huh. 3.5-liter V6? Present. Optional 2-inch receiver hitch? Ditto. Brand-spanking new with temporary tags and no license plate? Yes, even that, too.

TRD Off-Road? Hang on a second. That one's a TRD Sport.

Together they represent at least 40 percent of Tacoma sales. The two are identically-equipped as far as interior trimmings go. And they cost exactly the same when the cab, engine, transmission and drive-type selections match. The differences boil down to things we can see here in the parking lot — mostly.

The rear bumper end caps jump out immediately. They're chrome on our TRD Off-Road and painted body-color on the Sport. The fender flare difference is subtle, owing to the particular color of these trucks. They again match the body color on the Sport, but a TRD Off-Road wears textured and unpainted black ones that are more resistant to stone chips and better at concealing the "desert stripe" you get from driving on narrow brush-covered trails.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Baptism by Fire Road

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 22, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

That didn't take long. I headed for the local mountains the very first weekend I got my mitts on the keys to our brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. And it was good.

No, it was excellent.

I'm talking about the TRD Off-Road suspension, which impressed me more than it had during my drive at last summer's launch event near Seattle. Here on my rougher local terrain, it was even better than expected at smoothing out awkward bumps and the sort of rough cross-grain erosion grooves you get on forest service fire roads that haven't seen a grader for a few seasons.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Introduction

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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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2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest fuel economy updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Where Did We Drive It?
Just over one year has passed since we added our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to the long-term test fleet. We know it pretty well by now and it has some quirks, but it stays active nonetheless. The truck spent a portion of this month as a city dweller before breaking free on a road trip to the snow.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: September MPG Update - Undramatically Unchanged

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 20, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: July Fuel Economy Update - Despite Road Trips, MPG Stays the Same

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on August 12, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update for June - Better Range

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on July 7, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update for May — Show Me the MPG

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 13, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update for April

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 11, 2016

 2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Stop For Gas Stupid!

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on May 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: March Sees Best- and Worst-Ever Tank Fuel Economy

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

In March, our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma hauled some shrubbery, showed a peculiarity of its keyless entry and drew a mixed review of its powertrain.

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Sedona Road Trip Impressions

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 4, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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!).

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update for February - Holding at 18 MPG

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update For January - Initial Observations

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 29, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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?

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Introduction

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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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2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest audio and technology updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Where Did We Drive It?
Just over one year has passed since we added our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to the long-term test fleet. We know it pretty well by now and it has some quirks, but it stays active nonetheless. The truck spent a portion of this month as a city dweller before breaking free on a road trip to the snow.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.


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

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: Touchscreen is OK, but Smartphone Integration Lags

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 7, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Every 2016 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a touchscreen infotainment interface. The base system is a 6.1-inch screen, and an upgraded 7-inch screen is optional or standard, depending on the trim level. Our Tacoma TRD Off-Road long-termer has the upgraded system, which includes integrated navigation and Toyota's "Entune App Suite." 

Let's check out what you get with this system, shall we?

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Good Stereo, Not Great

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 2, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

When a song like "Bohemian Rhapsody" comes on the radio during my commute home, I do the only responsible or sensible thing I can think of. I turn the volume up as high as it will go and sing along. In our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma that meant I cranked the knob to 62. Seriously, that's the maximum.

Unfortunately, it simply wasn't loud enough.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Oh Yeah, It Has a Factory Go-Pro Camera Mount

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 25, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I know it's there, but I keep forgetting about it. Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup has a factory-installed Go-Pro mount bonded to the top edge of the windshield. It's easy to overlook because this unobtrusive bit of plastic is positioned high up on the glass where it's out of sight, out of mind.

It's just a clip, the receptacle half of a standard Go-Pro mount, the part you would stick to your motorcycle or bicycle helmet. The camera and the mating half of the buckle-style snap are not included, of course, but anyone who owns a Go-Pro has those.

Count me in that group.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Little Novice Off-Roading

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Despite a decade in the biz, I haven't exactly spent a lot of it off road. Perhaps it's because I don't like driving slowly, perhaps it's because I don't like getting dirty. Either way, getting a chance to take a 2016 Toyota Tacoma off road is a worthwhile experience, as unlike other trucks, its modus operandi seems to be venturing beyond where the pavement runs out. This is especially true of our TRD Off-Road trim level (shared with the test truck I also drove above) that benefits from a variety of features supposedly designed to help out experts and novices alike.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Better Radio Knob Suggestion

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 24, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

It isn't perfect, but I generally like the EnTune touchscreen audio system in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup. It's clearly better than the touchscreen systems that the Honda Pilot and Civic use, and one of the main reasons boils down to a feature that the Honda systems lack: physical volume and tune knobs.

But Toyota's knobs are smallish, a bit slippery and — worst of all — they don't project far enough away from the touch-sensitive radio faceplate. In the course of using them your fingers skim the surface of the radio, which often leads to false contact with nearby touch-sensitive areas — especially when a moving car is jostling around. On the volume side, you might accidentally trip the number-six preset. On the tuning side, you'll trigger the fader and balance sub-menu.

This weekend I had an idea that's more of a proof-of-concept design change proposal than a permanent solution. It's a suggestion I'd give to the Toyota radio design team if I ever got five minutes of their time. And there's much to be gained because this is not just a Tacoma issue. Our Prius and Mirai have the same knobs, along with every single current Toyota that's fitted with the EnTune touchscreen audio system.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Clunky Voice Control for Those Without Apple Phones

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 17, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota is the last major automaker with no announced plans to support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. With this in mind, I was curious to see how the infotainment system in our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma handled voice commands.

What happens when you press the button? The first thing I saw on the screen was an option to train the system to recognize my voice. Of course I pressed it.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Keyless Access Only Works On One Door

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota introduced keyless ignition and entry (Toyota's "Smart Key") as a new feature for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. The good news: it's pretty easy to get on a Tacoma. If you pick the midgrade TRD (Sport or Off-Road) or top level Limited, you get it as standard equipment.

The bad news: "entry" only works on one door.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Introduction

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest interior updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Where Did We Drive It?
Just over one year has passed since we added our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to the long-term test fleet. We know it pretty well by now and it has some quirks, but it stays active nonetheless. The truck spent a portion of this month as a city dweller before breaking free on a road trip to the snow.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: A Transatlantic Perspective

by Alistair Weaver, European Correspondent on August 31, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: Oh Yeah, It Has a Factory Go-Pro Camera Mount

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 25, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I know it's there, but I keep forgetting about it. Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup has a factory-installed Go-Pro mount bonded to the top edge of the windshield. It's easy to overlook because this unobtrusive bit of plastic is positioned high up on the glass where it's out of sight, out of mind.

It's just a clip, the receptacle half of a standard Go-Pro mount, the part you would stick to your motorcycle or bicycle helmet. The camera and the mating half of the buckle-style snap are not included, of course, but anyone who owns a Go-Pro has those.

Count me in that group.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Refreshingly Simple Climate Controls

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 19, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

There are plenty of little things I like about our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Most of them have to do with its simplicity. You get a lot of that in a truck.

One thing I always appreciate is a well laid out climate control system. As you can see, the setup in the Tacoma is dead simple. Perfect for a truck, and perfect for most situations. 

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Rear Seat Storage

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 21, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

It isn't large (OK, it's large compared to a Fiat 500 or a first-gen Taco truck, but it's not as big as a Tundra) but our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma has a few storage tricks up its sleeve. Specifically, the rear seats have these useful little cubbies behind each seat. Just pull the strap on the seat, the seat leans forward and there are hard, plastic storage areas.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Devil in a Detail

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: One Way To Haul 8-foot Items

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

A couple of the new trees in my front yard are growing quickly, and I needed to re-stake them. So I pointed our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup toward the nearest Home Depot for a pair of tree stakes.

The rack they were stacked on said they were 8 feet long, which I should have expected, but didn't. Our crew cab Tacoma rides on the standard wheelbase, which means it has a 5-foot bed — 60.5 inches, if you want to split hairs. My new stakes were destined to hang out more than 2 feet.

I first loaded them in straight. It could have worked, but I wasn't a fan. Then I put them in diagonally, which was better from a hanging-out-the-back standpoint but introduced a side overhang that had the potential to snag a lane-splitting motorcyclist.

Then I had a third idea, but it wasn't perfect, either. I went with it anyway.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Better Radio Knob Suggestion

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 24, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

It isn't perfect, but I generally like the EnTune touchscreen audio system in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup. It's clearly better than the touchscreen systems that the Honda Pilot and Civic use, and one of the main reasons boils down to a feature that the Honda systems lack: physical volume and tune knobs.

But Toyota's knobs are smallish, a bit slippery and — worst of all — they don't project far enough away from the touch-sensitive radio faceplate. In the course of using them your fingers skim the surface of the radio, which often leads to false contact with nearby touch-sensitive areas — especially when a moving car is jostling around. On the volume side, you might accidentally trip the number-six preset. On the tuning side, you'll trigger the fader and balance sub-menu.

This weekend I had an idea that's more of a proof-of-concept design change proposal than a permanent solution. It's a suggestion I'd give to the Toyota radio design team if I ever got five minutes of their time. And there's much to be gained because this is not just a Tacoma issue. Our Prius and Mirai have the same knobs, along with every single current Toyota that's fitted with the EnTune touchscreen audio system.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Wants You To Stay Hydrated

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on May 19, 2015

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Whether you're out kicking up sand in the desert, climbing up mountain trails, or swimming through a sea of shopping mall traffic, it's important to be well-hydrated while driving your 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Or at least that's the subliminal message I received poking around the cabin the other day.

Pop quiz: Can you correctly guess the total number of cup holders in the Tacoma's cabin?

Three? Nope.

Five? Uh-uh.

Eight??

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Rear Seats are Tight

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 13, 2015

2016 Toyota Tacoma

When my daughter slid into the back seat of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma the first thing she did is request a Bluetooth connection. Once that was established, she proceeded to complain about the lack of legroom. Is it really that tight in back of the Tacoma? 

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Stop For Gas Stupid!

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on May 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Clunky Voice Control for Those Without Apple Phones

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 17, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota is the last major automaker with no announced plans to support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. With this in mind, I was curious to see how the infotainment system in our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma handled voice commands.

What happens when you press the button? The first thing I saw on the screen was an option to train the system to recognize my voice. Of course I pressed it.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Seat Folding Maximizes Cargo Capacity

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 10, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

One of the things that irked me about our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was the simplistic way its 60/40 rear seat folded. The seatback simply folded down on top of the seat bottom, leaving a slanting surface that was a fair ways up from the ground. The seat bottoms flipped up to reveal a hidden bin, but the available space was laughably small.

I had forgotten most of this until I drove our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to a local store to pick up a few groceries. The Tacoma's rear seat folding strategy differs from that of the Colorado, and it's a difference that makes a difference.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Thoughts (Video)

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on January 28, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I got my first taste of our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma, so I set up my iPhone holder and pressed record. Vlog time!

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: TRD Off-Road vs. TRD Sport

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

My head moved as if on a swivel as I wheeled our 2016 Toyota Tacoma into the parking lot of my local Costco and scanned for the nearest open spot. As luck would have it, the first and best one I saw was alongside my truck's doppelganger.

Crew cab? Check. Magnetic Gray Metallic paint? Uh-huh. 3.5-liter V6? Present. Optional 2-inch receiver hitch? Ditto. Brand-spanking new with temporary tags and no license plate? Yes, even that, too.

TRD Off-Road? Hang on a second. That one's a TRD Sport.

Together they represent at least 40 percent of Tacoma sales. The two are identically-equipped as far as interior trimmings go. And they cost exactly the same when the cab, engine, transmission and drive-type selections match. The differences boil down to things we can see here in the parking lot — mostly.

The rear bumper end caps jump out immediately. They're chrome on our TRD Off-Road and painted body-color on the Sport. The fender flare difference is subtle, owing to the particular color of these trucks. They again match the body color on the Sport, but a TRD Off-Road wears textured and unpainted black ones that are more resistant to stone chips and better at concealing the "desert stripe" you get from driving on narrow brush-covered trails.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Introduction

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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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2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for March

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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 February 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Where Did We Drive It?
Just over one year has passed since we added our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to the long-term test fleet. We know it pretty well by now and it has some quirks, but it stays active nonetheless. The truck spent a portion of this month as a city dweller before breaking free on a road trip to the snow.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Where Did We Drive It?
This month our 2016 Toyota Tacoma spent more of its time in town instead of out on the trail. That means plenty of tight traffic and even tighter parking spots, both of which highlighted the Tacoma's advantages over full-size trucks.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: Rock On

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 29, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

There's nothing that compares to our 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road when it comes to price versus trail-busting performance. The TRD Pro should do as well or better, but it costs over $8,000 more than this truck. Chevy Colorado ZR2 pricing has not yet been announced, but it's likely to compete with the TRD Pro. And its wide-fendered, Raptor-esque bodywork might not be well-suited to the narrow trails that a TRD Off-Road can master.

But that test will have to wait. In this case, my wife and I simply hopped in the Tacoma for a weekend in Big Bear, a mountaintop resort town that sits just below 7,000 feet. Once we settled into our B&B, I persuaded her to join me in tackling Gold Hill Road, a Jeep trail that's fairly difficult and intended for modified Wranglers.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: Touchscreen is OK, but Smartphone Integration Lags

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 7, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Every 2016 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a touchscreen infotainment interface. The base system is a 6.1-inch screen, and an upgraded 7-inch screen is optional or standard, depending on the trim level. Our Tacoma TRD Off-Road long-termer has the upgraded system, which includes integrated navigation and Toyota's "Entune App Suite." 

Let's check out what you get with this system, shall we?

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Easy Loading

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 1, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

You buy a pickup to haul stuff. That's the idea, at least, unless you're hoping that Pickup Man is true. But I have to say that our 2016 Toyota Tacoma is especially handy for moving bulky and/or dirty items. Why? Because it's easy to load said items into the Tacoma's bed.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Three Reasons to Buy

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 25, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: September MPG Update - Undramatically Unchanged

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 20, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Good Stereo, Not Great

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 2, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

When a song like "Bohemian Rhapsody" comes on the radio during my commute home, I do the only responsible or sensible thing I can think of. I turn the volume up as high as it will go and sing along. In our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma that meant I cranked the knob to 62. Seriously, that's the maximum.

Unfortunately, it simply wasn't loud enough.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Transatlantic Perspective

by Alistair Weaver, European Correspondent on August 31, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: Time for New Wiper Blades

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 29, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Not that it ever rains here much. But there are those times that you've got a bit too much grime buildup or some morning dew. Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup had a bit of each one recent morning, but all I got was a big smear when I triggered the wiper/washer function. I tried cleaning the blades off, but they were toast.

Toyota uses the fairly common J-hook style of blade mount, so they go on and off rather easily. The driver's side blade is longer than the passenger side one, and the guy behind the counter at Autozone said I needed 22- and 21-inch blades. I took him at his word and bought a pair.

That was a mistake.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Oh Yeah, It Has a Factory Go-Pro Camera Mount

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 25, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I know it's there, but I keep forgetting about it. Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup has a factory-installed Go-Pro mount bonded to the top edge of the windshield. It's easy to overlook because this unobtrusive bit of plastic is positioned high up on the glass where it's out of sight, out of mind.

It's just a clip, the receptacle half of a standard Go-Pro mount, the part you would stick to your motorcycle or bicycle helmet. The camera and the mating half of the buckle-style snap are not included, of course, but anyone who owns a Go-Pro has those.

Count me in that group.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Refreshingly Simple Climate Controls

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 19, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

There are plenty of little things I like about our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Most of them have to do with its simplicity. You get a lot of that in a truck.

One thing I always appreciate is a well laid out climate control system. As you can see, the setup in the Tacoma is dead simple. Perfect for a truck, and perfect for most situations. 

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Midsize Truck, Big City

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on August 17, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Over the last few months with our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma, I've noticed quite a few reader comments about the price of this truck. In general, the comments have focused on the comparison between midsize trucks like the Tacoma and more capable full-size pickups.

The general sentiment seems to be that with a truck like the Tacoma, you're paying a very similar amount for a truck with less space, less hauling capability, similar fuel economy and a lower tow rating. And sure, in some cases this is true. Equipment levels aren't the same, but for the roughly $35k we spent on our Tacoma, you can get a Silverado, Ram 1500 or Ford F-150. Spend just a little bit more and you'll have a bigger, badder truck that's also nicely equipped. So why go with the midsize Taco?

Because this is a truck you can actually live with in the city.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: July Fuel Economy Update - Despite Road Trips, MPG Stays the Same

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on August 12, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Hauling the Plastic

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 25, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

This weekend I used our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to do what trucks do — make it easy to move stuff around. What began as a casual play date between my kids and their friends took a turn for the plastic.

"Look, the kids are having so much fun on that slide."

"They sure are. Do you want it? We have a sandbox we don't use anymore. Want that too?"

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Desert Sessions

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 21, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

When work dictated that I bring our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to the High Desert, north of Mojave, I did not argue. I'd been wanting to sample our Tacoma in a more appropriate environment ever since it showed up in our garage. And because I could, I strapped my 1976 Yamaha DT400 into the bed and took it along for the ride.

By the end of the day, I'd learned that one of these things has good low-end grunt and is light on its feet but generally awful, while the other is a little high-strung and unsurprisingly capable but has terrible brakes.

Place your bets.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Starts Without the Key

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 15, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I carpooled home with Dan Frio yesterday. He drove us to his house at which point I left to take our 2016 Toyota Tacoma back to my place. Shortly after we parted ways the fuel light came on, so I found the nearest gas station. I was 10 miles from Casa de Frio.

There was nothing remarkable about the fuel stop, yet. I shut off the truck, filled up, started the truck again and merged onto the freeway. My phone rang, "Hey, it's Dan. Is the truck still running? Don't turn it off. I just found the key in my pocket."

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update for June - Better Range

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on July 7, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Rear Seat Storage

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 21, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

It isn't large (OK, it's large compared to a Fiat 500 or a first-gen Taco truck, but it's not as big as a Tundra) but our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma has a few storage tricks up its sleeve. Specifically, the rear seats have these useful little cubbies behind each seat. Just pull the strap on the seat, the seat leans forward and there are hard, plastic storage areas.

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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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: Fuel Economy Update for May — Show Me the MPG

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 13, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Less Than Ideal Seating Position

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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 Little Novice Off-Roading

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Despite a decade in the biz, I haven't exactly spent a lot of it off road. Perhaps it's because I don't like driving slowly, perhaps it's because I don't like getting dirty. Either way, getting a chance to take a 2016 Toyota Tacoma off road is a worthwhile experience, as unlike other trucks, its modus operandi seems to be venturing beyond where the pavement runs out. This is especially true of our TRD Off-Road trim level (shared with the test truck I also drove above) that benefits from a variety of features supposedly designed to help out experts and novices alike.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Devil in a Detail

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: One Way To Haul 8-foot Items

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

A couple of the new trees in my front yard are growing quickly, and I needed to re-stake them. So I pointed our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup toward the nearest Home Depot for a pair of tree stakes.

The rack they were stacked on said they were 8 feet long, which I should have expected, but didn't. Our crew cab Tacoma rides on the standard wheelbase, which means it has a 5-foot bed — 60.5 inches, if you want to split hairs. My new stakes were destined to hang out more than 2 feet.

I first loaded them in straight. It could have worked, but I wasn't a fan. Then I put them in diagonally, which was better from a hanging-out-the-back standpoint but introduced a side overhang that had the potential to snag a lane-splitting motorcyclist.

Then I had a third idea, but it wasn't perfect, either. I went with it anyway.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Better Radio Knob Suggestion

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 24, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

It isn't perfect, but I generally like the EnTune touchscreen audio system in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup. It's clearly better than the touchscreen systems that the Honda Pilot and Civic use, and one of the main reasons boils down to a feature that the Honda systems lack: physical volume and tune knobs.

But Toyota's knobs are smallish, a bit slippery and — worst of all — they don't project far enough away from the touch-sensitive radio faceplate. In the course of using them your fingers skim the surface of the radio, which often leads to false contact with nearby touch-sensitive areas — especially when a moving car is jostling around. On the volume side, you might accidentally trip the number-six preset. On the tuning side, you'll trigger the fader and balance sub-menu.

This weekend I had an idea that's more of a proof-of-concept design change proposal than a permanent solution. It's a suggestion I'd give to the Toyota radio design team if I ever got five minutes of their time. And there's much to be gained because this is not just a Tacoma issue. Our Prius and Mirai have the same knobs, along with every single current Toyota that's fitted with the EnTune touchscreen audio system.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Wants You To Stay Hydrated

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on May 19, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Whether you're out kicking up sand in the desert, climbing up mountain trails, or swimming through a sea of shopping mall traffic, it's important to be well-hydrated while driving your 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Or at least that's the subliminal message I received poking around the cabin the other day.

Pop quiz: Can you correctly guess the total number of cup holders in the Tacoma's cabin?

Three? Nope.

Five? Uh-uh.

Eight??

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: The More You Drive It the More You'll Like It

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on May 16, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Rear Seats are Tight

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 13, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

When my daughter slid into the back seat of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma the first thing she did is request a Bluetooth connection. Once that was established, she proceeded to complain about the lack of legroom. Is it really that tight in back of the Tacoma? 

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update for April

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on May 11, 2016

 2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Stop For Gas Stupid!

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on May 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Of Course the Bike Fits

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on May 2, 2016

 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a pickup. Of course a mountain bike will fit. Duh. It's more a question of whether or not the tailgate will close without the need to load the bike in diagonally.

Mostly, I needed an excuse to share this picture of my bike's 29er front tire leaning up against the Taco's 31-inch off-road tire. I don't know why it makes me grin, it just does.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: 8 Great Bed Features

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 25, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

The bed of a pickup truck is what makes a pickup truck a pickup truck. On that basis, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck among pickup trucks, or words to that effect.

There's a lot to like back here, is what I'm saying, and much of it is standard. All of it comes gratis on all Tacomas except for one item that is exclusive to the TRD and above.

Let's take a brief tour of eight things that make a Tacoma's bed pretty great.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Fine First Service

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on April 20, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma  calls for its first service at 5,000 miles. It's a relatively simple service compared to some other vehicles in our fleet.

The maintenance log lists the following:

  • - Check installation of the driver's floor mat
  • - Inspect and adjust all fluid levels
  • - Inspect wiper blades
  • - Rotate tires
  • - Visually inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs

All in all, the tire rotation seems to be the most labor intensive service. Additional service is recommended if you drive frequently on dirt roads or dusty roads, tow often, or a few other situations that don't apply to our truck. No oil change is called for in the first service unless the truck idles extensively or is driven at low speeds in freezing weather.

With just the simple service, I hoped we could get the Tacoma in and out of the dealer in a few hours.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Brake Modulation Lacks Finesse

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: March Sees Best- and Worst-Ever Tank Fuel Economy

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on April 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

In March, our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma hauled some shrubbery, showed a peculiarity of its keyless entry and drew a mixed review of its powertrain.

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Sedona Road Trip Impressions

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 4, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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!).

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Clunky Voice Control for Those Without Apple Phones

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on March 17, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota is the last major automaker with no announced plans to support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. With this in mind, I was curious to see how the infotainment system in our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma handled voice commands.

What happens when you press the button? The first thing I saw on the screen was an option to train the system to recognize my voice. Of course I pressed it.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: V6/Automatic Transmission Combo Doesn't Impress Much

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 15, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

If you're buying a 2016 Toyota Tacoma you can choose either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a new 3.5-liter V6, which replaces the Tacoma's previous 4.0-liter V6. The V6 is the obvious choice, mostly because if you're going to tow or haul, you'll want the extra grunt.

Having 278 horsepower is nice and all, but so far our Tacoma's V6 hasn't inspired me to do any Toyota "Oh What A Feelin'" leaps.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update for February - Holding at 18 MPG

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Best Off-Road Pick For a Daily Driver?

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 10, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Here's the setup: You're going to buy a new vehicle. You want something that can stomp around in the wilderness for recreation (hiking, camping/fishing, off-roading). But this will also be your daily-driver.

Ideally it's also versatile as well as easy and comfortable to drive.

What's the best new vehicle to get? Would it be a 2016 Toyota Tacoma?

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Keyless Access Only Works On One Door

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota introduced keyless ignition and entry (Toyota's "Smart Key") as a new feature for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. The good news: it's pretty easy to get on a Tacoma. If you pick the midgrade TRD (Sport or Off-Road) or top level Limited, you get it as standard equipment.

The bad news: "entry" only works on one door.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Steady On the Brakes

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on March 4, 2016

22016 Toyota Tacoma

Our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize truck with serious off-road capability, and I like that. It seems to compromise some city-driving refinement though, and that I cannot abide. Don't get me wrong, the ride quality is okay for daily driving, but there's a big issue when it comes to the brakes.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Enjoying the Convenience of a Midsize Short Bed

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 2, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Want versus need. Keep an eye on what's out on the road and it's immediately obvious that full-size trucks rule the sales charts. And considering that for the price of a new 2016 Toyota Tacoma you can often get within budget range of a discounted or rebated new full-size pickup, going for "more" of what you want certainly makes a lot of sense.

At the same time, you can also make an argument for just getting what you need.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Fuel Economy Update For January - Initial Observations

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 29, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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?

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Seat Folding Maximizes Cargo Capacity

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 10, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

One of the things that irked me about our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was the simplistic way its 60/40 rear seat folded. The seatback simply folded down on top of the seat bottom, leaving a slanting surface that was a fair ways up from the ground. The seat bottoms flipped up to reveal a hidden bin, but the available space was laughably small.

I had forgotten most of this until I drove our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to a local store to pick up a few groceries. The Tacoma's rear seat folding strategy differs from that of the Colorado, and it's a difference that makes a difference.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Performance Tested

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Like many trucks, our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma shouldn't be judged by its on-road performance alone. The Kevlar-sidewall tires, skid plates and beefed-up suspension are no help here, but there is a reason we chose the TRD Off Road over the TRD Sport.

While we've briefly tested the Taco's off-road capabilities, it's time to see how it performs at the track.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Off-Road Clearance and Suspension Flexibility

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 4, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

The thing about off-road potential is that you can often simply look at a vehicle, or study certain fundamental specifications, and size it up pretty accurately. Ground clearance is a good one, along with the clearance angle triplets: Approach, departure and breakover. Tire size and the general knobbiness of the tread pattern are plain to see, of course. Gearing is invisible to the casual observer, but you can readily look it up.

One of the things you cannot see or easily look up is Ramp Travel Index, a measure of the maximum articulation of a given suspension. We had the same problem, so we built a 20-degree test ramp of our own. It was only a matter of time before we pointed our 2016 Toyota Tacoma up the ramp.

We did the same with our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado soon after we bought it last year - or tried to. But the Colorado scored a zero because its comically low and unexpectedly rigid chin spoiler frustrated our attempts to even drive up the 20-degree RTI ramp in the first place.

The story is quite different when it comes to the new Tacoma.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Impressions — Better Ride, Touchy Brakes

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 1, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

Although there have been various versions of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma in the office over the last few months, I never managed to get behind the wheel. This weekend, I got my first chance to get acquainted with our new long-term Tacoma. Here's what I found:

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Thoughts (Video)

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on January 28, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I got my first taste of our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma, so I set up my iPhone holder and pressed record. Vlog time!

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: TRD Off-Road vs. TRD Sport

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

My head moved as if on a swivel as I wheeled our 2016 Toyota Tacoma into the parking lot of my local Costco and scanned for the nearest open spot. As luck would have it, the first and best one I saw was alongside my truck's doppelganger.

Crew cab? Check. Magnetic Gray Metallic paint? Uh-huh. 3.5-liter V6? Present. Optional 2-inch receiver hitch? Ditto. Brand-spanking new with temporary tags and no license plate? Yes, even that, too.

TRD Off-Road? Hang on a second. That one's a TRD Sport.

Together they represent at least 40 percent of Tacoma sales. The two are identically-equipped as far as interior trimmings go. And they cost exactly the same when the cab, engine, transmission and drive-type selections match. The differences boil down to things we can see here in the parking lot — mostly.

The rear bumper end caps jump out immediately. They're chrome on our TRD Off-Road and painted body-color on the Sport. The fender flare difference is subtle, owing to the particular color of these trucks. They again match the body color on the Sport, but a TRD Off-Road wears textured and unpainted black ones that are more resistant to stone chips and better at concealing the "desert stripe" you get from driving on narrow brush-covered trails.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Baptism by Fire Road

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 22, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

That didn't take long. I headed for the local mountains the very first weekend I got my mitts on the keys to our brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. And it was good.

No, it was excellent.

I'm talking about the TRD Off-Road suspension, which impressed me more than it had during my drive at last summer's launch event near Seattle. Here on my rougher local terrain, it was even better than expected at smoothing out awkward bumps and the sort of rough cross-grain erosion grooves you get on forest service fire roads that haven't seen a grader for a few seasons.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: ECT Power Switch - The Relic That Makes a Difference

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 21, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I've seen the ECT Power switch in Toyota trucks since I was in junior high. I've driven plenty of trucks with the switch. And before this Tacoma, that switch has never made any discernable difference. Now that's changed.

The switch resides on the center stack of our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I had driven the truck for a day or so before I even noticed it. Then I drove up the longest hill in my neighborhood. We live in the foothills of Orange County's Santa Ana mountains and the houses are built into some real inclines. The one in question rises 450 vertical feet in just over a mile.

Just enough, it turns out, to throw the Tacoma into shift-fits. Be careful how you say that.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Introduction

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest performance updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for March

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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 February 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Where Did We Drive It?
Just over one year has passed since we added our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to the long-term test fleet. We know it pretty well by now and it has some quirks, but it stays active nonetheless. The truck spent a portion of this month as a city dweller before breaking free on a road trip to the snow.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Where Did We Drive It?
This month our 2016 Toyota Tacoma spent more of its time in town instead of out on the trail. That means plenty of tight traffic and even tighter parking spots, both of which highlighted the Tacoma's advantages over full-size trucks.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Rock On

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 29, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

There's nothing that compares to our 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road when it comes to price versus trail-busting performance. The TRD Pro should do as well or better, but it costs over $8,000 more than this truck. Chevy Colorado ZR2 pricing has not yet been announced, but it's likely to compete with the TRD Pro. And its wide-fendered, Raptor-esque bodywork might not be well-suited to the narrow trails that a TRD Off-Road can master.

But that test will have to wait. In this case, my wife and I simply hopped in the Tacoma for a weekend in Big Bear, a mountaintop resort town that sits just below 7,000 feet. Once we settled into our B&B, I persuaded her to join me in tackling Gold Hill Road, a Jeep trail that's fairly difficult and intended for modified Wranglers.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Transatlantic Perspective

by Alistair Weaver, European Correspondent on August 31, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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: Midsize Truck, Big City

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on August 17, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Over the last few months with our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma, I've noticed quite a few reader comments about the price of this truck. In general, the comments have focused on the comparison between midsize trucks like the Tacoma and more capable full-size pickups.

The general sentiment seems to be that with a truck like the Tacoma, you're paying a very similar amount for a truck with less space, less hauling capability, similar fuel economy and a lower tow rating. And sure, in some cases this is true. Equipment levels aren't the same, but for the roughly $35k we spent on our Tacoma, you can get a Silverado, Ram 1500 or Ford F-150. Spend just a little bit more and you'll have a bigger, badder truck that's also nicely equipped. So why go with the midsize Taco?

Because this is a truck you can actually live with in the city.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Desert Sessions

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on July 21, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

When work dictated that I bring our 2016 Toyota Tacoma to the High Desert, north of Mojave, I did not argue. I'd been wanting to sample our Tacoma in a more appropriate environment ever since it showed up in our garage. And because I could, I strapped my 1976 Yamaha DT400 into the bed and took it along for the ride.

By the end of the day, I'd learned that one of these things has good low-end grunt and is light on its feet but generally awful, while the other is a little high-strung and unsurprisingly capable but has terrible brakes.

Place your bets.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Little Novice Off-Roading

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on June 6, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Despite a decade in the biz, I haven't exactly spent a lot of it off road. Perhaps it's because I don't like driving slowly, perhaps it's because I don't like getting dirty. Either way, getting a chance to take a 2016 Toyota Tacoma off road is a worthwhile experience, as unlike other trucks, its modus operandi seems to be venturing beyond where the pavement runs out. This is especially true of our TRD Off-Road trim level (shared with the test truck I also drove above) that benefits from a variety of features supposedly designed to help out experts and novices alike.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: The More You Drive It the More You'll Like It

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on May 16, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Sedona Road Trip Impressions

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on April 4, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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!).

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2016 Toyota Tacoma: V6/Automatic Transmission Combo Doesn't Impress Much

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 15, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

If you're buying a 2016 Toyota Tacoma you can choose either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a new 3.5-liter V6, which replaces the Tacoma's previous 4.0-liter V6. The V6 is the obvious choice, mostly because if you're going to tow or haul, you'll want the extra grunt.

Having 278 horsepower is nice and all, but so far our Tacoma's V6 hasn't inspired me to do any Toyota "Oh What A Feelin'" leaps.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Steady On the Brakes

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on March 4, 2016

22016 Toyota Tacoma

Our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize truck with serious off-road capability, and I like that. It seems to compromise some city-driving refinement though, and that I cannot abide. Don't get me wrong, the ride quality is okay for daily driving, but there's a big issue when it comes to the brakes.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Performance Tested

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on February 8, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Like many trucks, our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma shouldn't be judged by its on-road performance alone. The Kevlar-sidewall tires, skid plates and beefed-up suspension are no help here, but there is a reason we chose the TRD Off Road over the TRD Sport.

While we've briefly tested the Taco's off-road capabilities, it's time to see how it performs at the track.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Off-Road Clearance and Suspension Flexibility

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on February 4, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

The thing about off-road potential is that you can often simply look at a vehicle, or study certain fundamental specifications, and size it up pretty accurately. Ground clearance is a good one, along with the clearance angle triplets: Approach, departure and breakover. Tire size and the general knobbiness of the tread pattern are plain to see, of course. Gearing is invisible to the casual observer, but you can readily look it up.

One of the things you cannot see or easily look up is Ramp Travel Index, a measure of the maximum articulation of a given suspension. We had the same problem, so we built a 20-degree test ramp of our own. It was only a matter of time before we pointed our 2016 Toyota Tacoma up the ramp.

We did the same with our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado soon after we bought it last year - or tried to. But the Colorado scored a zero because its comically low and unexpectedly rigid chin spoiler frustrated our attempts to even drive up the 20-degree RTI ramp in the first place.

The story is quite different when it comes to the new Tacoma.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Impressions — Better Ride, Touchy Brakes

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on February 1, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

Although there have been various versions of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma in the office over the last few months, I never managed to get behind the wheel. This weekend, I got my first chance to get acquainted with our new long-term Tacoma. Here's what I found:

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: TRD Off-Road vs. TRD Sport

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 26, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

My head moved as if on a swivel as I wheeled our 2016 Toyota Tacoma into the parking lot of my local Costco and scanned for the nearest open spot. As luck would have it, the first and best one I saw was alongside my truck's doppelganger.

Crew cab? Check. Magnetic Gray Metallic paint? Uh-huh. 3.5-liter V6? Present. Optional 2-inch receiver hitch? Ditto. Brand-spanking new with temporary tags and no license plate? Yes, even that, too.

TRD Off-Road? Hang on a second. That one's a TRD Sport.

Together they represent at least 40 percent of Tacoma sales. The two are identically-equipped as far as interior trimmings go. And they cost exactly the same when the cab, engine, transmission and drive-type selections match. The differences boil down to things we can see here in the parking lot — mostly.

The rear bumper end caps jump out immediately. They're chrome on our TRD Off-Road and painted body-color on the Sport. The fender flare difference is subtle, owing to the particular color of these trucks. They again match the body color on the Sport, but a TRD Off-Road wears textured and unpainted black ones that are more resistant to stone chips and better at concealing the "desert stripe" you get from driving on narrow brush-covered trails.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Baptism by Fire Road

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 22, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

That didn't take long. I headed for the local mountains the very first weekend I got my mitts on the keys to our brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. And it was good.

No, it was excellent.

I'm talking about the TRD Off-Road suspension, which impressed me more than it had during my drive at last summer's launch event near Seattle. Here on my rougher local terrain, it was even better than expected at smoothing out awkward bumps and the sort of rough cross-grain erosion grooves you get on forest service fire roads that haven't seen a grader for a few seasons.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: ECT Power Switch - The Relic That Makes a Difference

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 21, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

I've seen the ECT Power switch in Toyota trucks since I was in junior high. I've driven plenty of trucks with the switch. And before this Tacoma, that switch has never made any discernable difference. Now that's changed.

The switch resides on the center stack of our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I had driven the truck for a day or so before I even noticed it. Then I drove up the longest hill in my neighborhood. We live in the foothills of Orange County's Santa Ana mountains and the houses are built into some real inclines. The one in question rises 450 vertical feet in just over a mile.

Just enough, it turns out, to throw the Tacoma into shift-fits. Be careful how you say that.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Introduction

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on January 14, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.

Copyright Edmunds.com, Inc. All rights reserved. First published on www.edmunds.com and reprinted with permission. Edmunds and the Edmunds.com car logo are registered trademarks of Edmunds.com, Inc.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Read the latest comfort updates in our long-term road test of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma as our editors live with this truck for a year.

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for March

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: Monthly Update for December 2016

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.


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

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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.

See full article and comment.


2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Transatlantic Perspective

by Alistair Weaver, European Correspondent on August 31, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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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2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

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The Toyota Tacoma is the 300-pound gorilla of the compact pickup market, so it's no surprise that the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma is basically a modernization of a proven formula. With its improved cabin, new V6 engine and emphasis on off-road ability, there's no reason why the 2016 Toyota Tacoma shouldn't continue its success in the segment.

For more than 20 years now, the Toyota Tacoma has been a very popular alternative for shoppers who feel regular full-size trucks are just too big or too expensive. It's no surprise, then, that the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma hasn't drifted far from the proven formula. If you liked the long-running previous-generation Tacoma, you're going to like this one, too. But Toyota has also made some notable improvements that burnish the latest version's appeal.

The new 2016 Toyota Tacoma bears a clear family resemblance to the larger Tundra, although its dimensions are largely unchanged from the outgoing model.

One thing you won't find in the 2016 Tacoma lineup is the venerable handyman special, a.k.a. the regular-cab 4x2 stripper with dinky steel wheels. Regular cabs were ousted last year, leaving only the extended cab and crew cab body styles on the roster, and for 2016, all rear-drive Tacomas share the raised suspension and ground clearance with their 4x4 brethren. Capable off-road performance is still part of the 4x4 Tacoma's repertoire, though, as the TRD Off-Road model (with the automatic transmission) inherits the Crawl Control system from the 4Runner and Land Cruiser. All Tacomas even get an integrated GoPro mount so owners can record their adventures (and misadventures). Other additions for 2016 include a revamped interior design with Toyota's latest touchscreen interfaces, a standard lockable damped tailgate and an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover.

Under the hood, the outgoing Tacoma's base 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine carries over unchanged, but the noisy and somewhat coarse 4.0-liter V6 has been replaced by a smoother and more fuel-efficient V6. Derived from the 3.5-liter V6 found in many Toyota products, the Tacoma's version boasts 42 more horsepower than last year's V6. Both engines are offered with a new six-speed automatic transmission, and 4x4s are available with a manual gearbox as well. Tacoma 4x4s also get a redesigned transfer case and a beefier rear axle.

Put it all together and you're looking at a pretty desirable choice for a midsize pickup. That said, you should still take a look at the vastly improved General Motors twins, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. For taller drivers, they're likely more comfortable to drive, and V6 performance is stronger, though the Colorado and Canyon aren't as capable off-road as the Tacoma. The General will also be adding a diesel option to both trucks for 2016, which should give them a huge advantage in fuel economy. There's also the Nissan Frontier to consider, but it's overdue for a redesign and brings up the rear in terms of refinement. Overall, we'd say the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma is well-positioned to retain its throne.

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