The all new 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Posted by: Bernard Winkelmann onJanuary 12th, 2015


Like the Nissan Titan, the Toyota Tacoma is on a 10 year refresh cycle. Toyota unveiled the Access Cab configuration today in Detroit. High-strength steel is the buzz word for all new trucks these days. The Tacoma is no exception. The new ladder frame uses it and new ultra-high strength steel is used for body panels to reduce weight.

The new Tacoma is motivated with a pair of engines. Looks like the 2.7L 4 cylinder carries over to the new model paired to a new 6-speed automatic. A new 3.5L Atkinson cycle V6 with D-4S tech will be the bigger and likely more popular option. The V6 is mated to the same 6-speed auto or an option 6-speed manual. That’s right, the manual isn’t dead yet.

On the outside, all I have to say is that the truck better have a good personality. It likes the Toyota designers watched too much Chugginton with their kids. Maybe they made a deal with Mazda to steal the smile from the last Mazda3 and gave it their own twist. It’s a face that only a mother could love.

Inside, you get:

-Qi wireless charging
-Smart key with push-button start
-Leather-trimmed seats
-Power moonroof
-Dual-zone automatic climate control
-Enhanced touchscreen audio
-Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
-And much more

Now for the fun of model selections. Regular cab, Access cab, Quad cab. 4X4 and 4X2. Work-ready SR, Iconic SR5, Athletic TRD Sport, Tough-as-nails TRD Off-Road, and Top of the line Limited. That’s 30 different models. I doubt that all will be available in Canada, but selection will be high. The TRD models have a bit of cross marketing going on. Each Tacoma will come with a GoPro┬« mount up by the rear-view mirror.

The Tacoma is not leaving it’s off-road roots behind even though on road feel and performance is improved. The TRD models have a Multi-Terrain Select system that allows for better control whether on loose rock, mud or sand.

Additional off-road technology includes Automatic Limited Slip and Locking Rear Differential, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Clutch Start Cancel (manual transmission only), Active Traction Control, and Crawl Control. Engaging Crawl Control allows the driver to select a speed of 1-5 mph. The Crawl Control system takes over the acceleration and braking, allowing the driver to focus solely on steering.

The interior is not bad. Materials are nice and soft. It will be interesting to see how “luxurious” the Limited model is going to be.

After selling over 7 million units world wide over the last 50 years, Toyota knows the mid-size truck segment and will likely continue to dominate it.

Please enjoy our live photos from the NAIAS in Detroit happening right now.

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