2016 toyota tacoma Model Overview
New for 2016
The redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma comes with an all-new V-6 engines, a new automatic transmission, and an updated infotainment system.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize truck that slots below the full-size Tundra and comes in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations, two cab styles, and two bed lengths.
Two engines are available in the 2016 Tacoma, a 2.7-liter I-4 rated at 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque and a new 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. Both engines can be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission while a six-speed manual is available only with the V-6. When properly equipped, the Tacoma with the V-6 Tow package can tow up to 6,800 pounds.
In addition to the dual front- front-side and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Tacoma comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passengers. Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is available as an optional extra.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features include in the base 2016 Tacoma include a cloth upholstery, a four-way driver’s seat, the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. Higher trim levels come with navigation, the Entune smartphone app suite, a larger seven-inch touchscreen, and the JBL premium audio system.
What We Think
In a First Drive review, we noted that the Tacoma continues to have excellent steering feel that snaps back to center quickly while improved interior refinement, a quieter cabin, and better build quality give a better sense of solidity on the road. The brake pedal, on the other hand, feels overly sensitive because it bites early. Ride quality off-road in lower trim levels like the SR5 isn’t as smooth as higher trim levels and gets bouncy on rough surfaces. TRD models have more tire noise on pavement compared to the SR5. The new 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic also proved to be a big step forward compared to the powertrain it replaces because the engine happily revs to its redline while the gearbox holds gears in manual mode without issue.
A GoPro mount is standard on the Tacoma and is positioned near the rearview mirror.
- Nice steering feel
- Solid-feeling interior
- 5-liter V-6 and six-speed auto are a big improvement
You Won’t Like:
- Outdated carryover base engine
- TRD models have a lot of tire noise on pavement
- Non-TRD models get bouncy off the beaten path