2016 Toyota Tacoma

#3 in 2016 Compact Pickup Trucks Overall Score: 8.2 / 10
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2016 Toyota Tacoma Overview

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has a premium interior, a robust V6 engine, excellent off-road ability, and above-average predicted reliability. However, this Toyota pickup also has tight rear seats and a weak four-cylinder engine.











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Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road performance
  • Above-average predicted reliability score
  • Upscale, high-tech interior
  • Tight rear seats
  • Meager four-cylinder engine

Notable for 2016

  • Fully redesigned

Toyota Tacoma Rankings and Research

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Compact Pickup Trucks category. Currently the Toyota Tacoma has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 3_5

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

By Cody Trotter June 28, 2017

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has a premium interior, a robust V6 engine, excellent off-road ability, and above-average predicted reliability. However, this Toyota pickup also has tight rear seats and a weak four-cylinder engine.

Is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma a Good Used Truck?

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a very good option if you’re shopping for a used compact pickup truck. Fully redesigned for 2016, the Tacoma offers a well-trimmed interior, an easy-to-use touch screen, and handy safety features like blind spot monitoring. The Tacoma is also impressive off road and hustles quickly with its capable V6 engine. That said, the truck lacks the overall refinement of segment leaders. If a carlike ride or roomy cabin top your shopping list, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

Used 2016 Toyota Tacoma Performance and Interior

The Tacoma comes with a standard four-cylinder engine that makes 159 horsepower. A V6 that generates 278 horsepower is available. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard; four-wheel drive and either a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission are available. The four-cylinder engine feels gruff and short on power. It offers no fuel economy benefit over the much gutsier V6, which achieves 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The V6 enables lively acceleration. When paired with the available towing package, it allows the Tacoma to tow up to 6,800 pounds (four-cylinder models can tow 3,500 pounds).

The 2016 Tacoma has a comfortable and composed ride, and it maneuvers well thanks to suspension and steering refinements. That said, the Tacoma’s ride quality can’t quite match the smoother Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. The Tacoma excels off-road – especially in the TRD Off Road trim, which adds a locking rear differential, Bilstein shock absorbers, additional traction control modes, and crawl control (a low-speed form of cruise control).

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma seats four in Access Cab models and five in Double Cab models. A pair of rearward-opening doors provide entry for back-seat passengers in the Access Cab, but its folding jump seats are uncomfortable and legroom is very tight. The Double Cab’s bench seat is much more accommodating, providing an extra 8 inches of legroom. The Tacoma’s front bucket seats are comfortable and offer ample legroom in both cab styles, but the driving position is hindered by limited steering wheel adjustments and tight headroom in models with a sunroof. Toyota offers the Tacoma with short and long bed lengths: 5 feet and 6.1 feet, respectively. Payload ratings vary from 1,120 pounds to 1,620 pounds, depending on the model. A locking tailgate and eight tie-down cleats are standard, while a 120-volt outlet (located in the bed) is available.

The Tacoma impresses with quality cabin materials, a crisp dashboard design, and minimal exterior noise on the highway. All models have a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free support as standard. The infotainment screen reacts quickly to inputs and features simple menus. Available features include satellite radio, navigation, a larger 7-inch screen, a JBL sound system, and an app suite with support for Pandora, iHeartRadio, Yelp, and more.

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Used 2016 Toyota Tacoma Prices

The average price of a used 2016 Toyota Tacoma ranges from about $24,400 for a base model SR with the Access Cab configuration to around $39,600 for a Limited trim with the Double Cab. Prices vary depending on the truck’s condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 15 data points on the 2016 Tacoma to help you make the best buying decision possible. This data includes predicted reliability scores, crash test results, expert reviews, and total ownership costs.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. Our team of writers and editors has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. To ensure our reviews remain unbiased, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has above-average predicted reliability, earning a score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Tacoma?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Toyota Tacoma four out of five stars in overall, front, and rollover crash safety, as well as a perfect five-star rating in side impact testing. These ratings put the Tacoma at the top of its class for crash safety.

The Tacoma is available with a few advanced safety features. All models have a standard rearview camera. Rear parking sensors are available in all but the base SR trim level. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available in TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, and Limited trims.

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Should I Consider Another Used Tacoma?

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma marks the first year of the vehicle’s third generation. The only major update for the 2017 model is the addition of the TRD Pro trim level, which increases the Tacoma’s off-road ability with improved suspension components. Unless you plan to venture far, far off the beaten path, a used 2016 Tacoma will get you most of the features that the 2017 truck offers – at a lower price.

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Which Used Toyota Tacoma Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2016 Tacoma in two body styles (a four-seat Access Cab and a five-seat Double Cab), two bed lengths (5 feet and 6.1 feet), and five trim levels. The Tacoma SR trim has a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, air conditioning, and a limited-slip rear differential. The Tacoma SR5 adds navigation, satellite radio, cruise control, and remote keyless entry. The Tacoma TRD Sport adds a 7-inch touch screen and proximity keyless entry. The Tacoma TRD Off Road trim adds Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, and additional traction control modes. The Tacoma Limited (Double Cab only) adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring.

The Tacoma SR trim offers the best value in the lineup, thanks to its many standard features. It’s also the most versatile, as each engine, transmission, and drivetrain configuration is available in the SR trim.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned Tacoma. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Tacoma or 2016 Toyota Tundra?

The 2016 Toyota Tundra and the Tacoma appeal to two very different used truck shoppers. The full-size Tundra is undoubtedly the more capable vehicle; it offers a potent V8, a 10,500-pound towing capacity, roomier seating space, and a longer 8-foot bed. However, the advantages end there. The Tacoma matches the Tundra with its safety features, user-friendly infotainment system, and above-average reliability rating. It tops the Tundra in off-road ability and fuel economy. Overall, the Tacoma is the better pickup for most shoppers.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Tacoma or 2016 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado improves the compact pickup formula in a number of areas where the Tacoma disappoints – and even in some where it excels. The Colorado is more comfortable and offers a roomier interior, and it can support Apple CarPlay. The Chevy also boasts higher fuel economy estimates and a very efficient diesel engine (22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway), which improves towing capacity to 7,700 pounds. Both trucks rate well for safety and reliability, but the Colorado is the better pickup. We named it the 2016 Best Compact Truck for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Tacoma or 2016 Nissan Frontier?

The 2016 Nissan Frontier lacks the V6 fuel economy, interior quality, and advanced safety features of the Tacoma. It’s also uncomfortable to drive over rough pavement. Both trucks offer good off-road ability, tow ratings of over 6,000 pounds, and similarly cramped rear seats. Neither truck is a top pick, but the Toyota is the better buy.

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