2016 Toyota Tacoma
The Tacoma remains the automaker’s top-selling pickup, out-doing the full size Tundra by a fair margin.
The 2016 redesign displays a bolder hexagonal grille and the fenders show more flair.
Without the regular-cab Tacoma in the lineup, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab are your only choices.
The restyled interior environment benefits from a sound-absorbing headliner, a “floor silencer pad,” thicker door seals and multi-layer acoustic windshield.
Fuel efficiency is rated at 12 and 10 L/100 km in the city and highway respectively.
Returning for base-engine duty is a 2.7L four-cylinder that makes 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque.
Optional is a new 3.5L V6 that produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque, which replaces the 4.0L V6 with its 236 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft.
The four-cylinder Tacoma is paired with a five-speed manual transmission, while the V6 gets a six-speed unit. An available six-speed automatic is common to both powerplants.
Four-wheel-drive can be added, regardless of engine or cab choices. However, manual-transmission-equipped Tacomas will automatically come with 4×4.
The base SR Access Cab — the work truck of the bunch — is understandably thin on comfort/features, but does include air conditioning, a six-in. touchscreen, six-speaker audio system and a windshield mount for your GoPro-brand video camera.
The SR5 adds a sliding rear glass panel, cruise control, remote keyless entry and an enhanced audio/communications package, while the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Sport and Off-Road trims put a rough-and-tumble spin on the Tacoma. You’ll get sport-tuned or off-road Bilstein-brand shocks and a Multi-Terrain Select system, which regulates the transmission, throttle and brakes for mud, rock or sand conditions.
The Limited has leather-covered seats, a navigation system, a power moonroof and chrome trim with 18-in. polished wheels.