Toyota’s magnificent Tacoma arrived in 1995 and since then, it draws the attention of a great number of customers, especially pickup truck enthusiasts. The Toyota Tacoma is designed to stand out from the crowd. However, its perfect look is not the only thing that makes it outstanding. This model brought great sales to Toyota thanks to its excellent Camry-like interior, powerful engine choices, and great four-wheel-drive system. For the 2016 model year, the company prepares major upgrade for the Tacoma. The vehicle will compete against the mighty GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado.
Will the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma be good enough to dethrone the aforementioned vehicles? The Taco has pretty good chances because those vehicles are not at dealerships yet. Read our full review and see what the 2016 Toyota Tacoma brings to the table.
2016 Toyota Tacoma Changes
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will come at dealerships with a more powerful engine, completely redesigned interior and a great number of exterior changes. We finally managed to get several photos of the new Tacoma, which clearly reveal what has been changed. Luckily, all of them have been taken from several different angles, so there is no a change that can’t be clearly seen. The first thing we noticed is that the front end of the vehicle looks more exciting.
Thanks to a new, bold grille, the vehicle looks much better. As always, a large Toyota logo found its spot in the middle of the grille. Cheshire Cat lower air intake also looks pretty cool on the new Taco. There will also be larger fenders for widened stance. Moving to the back, fenders have the same widened look. The tailgate has also undergone some changes. This time, it comes with a sharp-looking “TACOMA” stamp on the lower edge along with some good-looking, hard accent lines. To complete the package and make the new Tacoma even more appealing, Toyota decided to offer a set of newly designed wheels with black accents.
Toyota Tacoma Interior
The newly designed interior of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will be driver-focused. It now has so-called “handlebar” design theme. High-end soft-touch materials are used to cover the surfaces of the dash and the center console. Thanks to this, things inside of the cabin look more upscale, but at the same time, the vehicle keeps its sport-truck theme.
The cabin of the new Tacoma hasn’t only been improved in terms of materials and design. There are a great number of improvements in terms of features, safety and infotainment ones. As for the updates, there will be Qi Wi-Fi charging station for Qi-equipped devices, leather wrapped seats, smart key activated ignition, smart-key activated doors, dual-zone climate control, Entune touchscreen, and a power moonroof. As for the driving assists, we single out Blind spot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Also, the new Tacoma comes with simple and yet very useful feature, a built-in GoPro. Also new is an acoustic laminated windshield which reduces noise inside of the cabin along with a thick silencer pad and a sound-absorbing headliner.
Toyota Tacoma 2016 Engine
Most of have been waiting for Toyota to replace the 4.0-liter V-6 engine by a new unit, and it finally happened. A new engine will be a 3.5-liter V-6 which runs an Atkinson combustion cycle. It has both, port and direct fuel injection for greatest power and output. Even though the carmaker hasn’t revealed details about output and torque, they promised that the engine would have a lot more to offer than the current powerplant. The second engine option will be the well-known 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. Both of them come mated with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, but a 6-speed manual unit is also available.