Toyota took the wraps off the 2016 Tacoma today at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For 2016, the Tacoma gets updated interior and exterior styling, an upgraded powertrain and suspension and an array of new features, Toyota says in a statement. The 2016 Tacoma competes in the compact pickup truck segment, which has been reinvigorated by the return of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon.
The 2016 Tacoma comes in extended or crew cab configurations and is available with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Power comes from a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a new 3.5-liter V6. No power figures have been released, but Toyota says the new V6 has more power and uses less fuel than the current model’s 4.0-liter V6. A six-speed automatic transmission is available with either engine, and the V6 is also available with a six-speed manual. Thanks to revised suspension tuning, Automobile Magazine thinks the 2016 Tacoma will have a better ride quality than the 2015 model.
The TRD Off-Road model features a Multi-Terrain Select system, which has different drive modes for various types of terrain. This model also comes with Crawl Control, where the Tacoma can automatically accelerate and brake at low speeds so the driver can focus on steering over rough terrain. Additionally, the 2016 Tacoma comes with a mount for a GoPro camera (located near the rearview camera) if you want to record your off-road excursions.
Available features in the 2016 Tacoma include leather upholstery, a power moonroof, a touch-screen audio system, blind spot monitoring and Qi wireless charging for compatible mobile devices. The Tacoma has a damped tailgate that lowers slowly, rather than slamming down quickly, and a hard tri-fold bed cover is available.
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