Facing stiff competition, Toyota is stepping up its compact pickup truck game. The redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma gets fresh styling and upgraded mechanical components. In a press release, Toyota announces the new truck has a starting price of $24,200, which includes a $900 destination fee.
At that price, the Tacoma is more expensive than the $20,995 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, $21,880 2016 GMC Canyon and $18,875 2015 Nissan Frontier. Keep in mind, however, that the 2016 Tacoma also has more standard features than most of its rivals, including a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free smartphone integration, a USB port and a rearview camera.
Available features in the 2016 Tacoma include rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a power moonroof, a JBL audio system, Qi wireless charging for compatible smartphones, proximity key/push-button start and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma comes with standard rear- or optional four-wheel drive and is available in either Access (extended) or Double (crew) cab configurations. There are five trim levels, ranging from the base SR to the top Limited trim.
The 2016 Tacoma comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This engine carries over from the 2015 model. The optional 3.5-liter V6 is all new, and it produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 42 horsepower and a decrease of 1 pound-foot of torque over the 2015 model's 4.0-liter V6. Four-cylinder models get either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, and V6 models have either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto.
EPA fuel economy estimates haven't yet been published, but Toyota estimates that a four-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Tacoma with the automatic transmission returns 19/23 mpg city/highway, which is similar to the 2015's 19/24 mpg.
Car and Driver expects that the new Tacoma will hit dealerships by the middle of this month.
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