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$20,965
MPG
18 / 20
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ENGINE
2.7L I4
HORSE POWER
159 hp
@ 5,200 rpm
TORQUE
180 ft lb
of torque @ 3,800 rpm
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Finally, the midsize truck market is getting a new version of its longtime best seller, the Toyota Tacoma. Essentially the same since its 2005 introduction, the current Tacoma will be transmogrified into this: the 2016 Tacoma. Although it keeps the same basic construction as its predecessor, the ’16 wears updated sheetmetal from stem to stern, including hot-formed panels to reduce weight. Additional high-strength steel in the frame should help with rigidity, which is one area where the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon soundly beat the 2015 Tacoma.
A totally updated interior is on the menu for 2016, too, and it looks very nice. With additional soft-touch plastics and improved available features, the new Tacoma should fare well against the premium-feeling Canyon. A new 3.5L V-6 (featuring both direct and port injection) should up power significantly over the dated 4.0L V-6 in the ’15 model, and the Tacoma is still available with a stick shift paired to the big engine.
Also available will be a range of models, from base SR to luxurious Limited. Most interesting to us is the TRD Off Road. Although not as extreme as the transformation issued to the ’15 Tacoma TRD Pro, the TRD Off Road looks like it preserves much of the Tacoma’s fun, unique personality, and we expect it will be a hit with adventurous thrill seekers and those with terminal wanderlust.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Goes On Offense Against Fresh Competitors

Jun 11, 2015
Photographers: Edward A. Sanchez
It's good to be at the top of your game, but it also puts an automatic target on your head for hungry competitors. That's exactly the situation facing Toyota right now with the Tacoma. The popular midsize truck has been the undisputed best seller in its class for more than a decade, and today faces new competition in the form of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. With the current Tacoma on sale since the '05 model year, it was high time for a refresh of Toyota's pickup standard-bearer.
Really New
After years of minor nose jobs and new special-edition trims, the '16 Tacoma brings some truly new hardware to the midsize pickup game. The last generation's four- and five-speed automatic transmissions make way for a new six-speed. And unlike the new Colorado and Canyon, you'll still be able to get the V-6 with a manual transmission. Speaking of the V-6, it's an all-new (to the Tacoma) 3.5L Atkinson-cycle mill with Toyota's D-4S dual (port-and-direct) injection system. Final output figures have not yet been announced, but we're expecting at least 280 hp and torque matching or surpassing the current 4.0L's 266 lb-ft. The base 2.7L I-4 carries over largely unchanged, aside from being mated to a new six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Fuel economy, long a weak point with the Tacoma, is expected to improve considerably over the current model's 16 city, 21 highway EPA ratings for the V-6 automatic.
Photo 2/6   |   2016 Toyota Tacoma Rear Driver Side
If you liked the last Tacoma's styling, chances are you'll like the new one. The new hexagonal grille design gives the truck a more aggressive face, highlighted by LED running lights on higher-trim models. To help it compete with the feature-packed new GM midsizers, the '16 Tacoma offers plenty of available premium upgrades, including Qi wireless mobile phone charging, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, touchscreen audio, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. In a concession to the young, active demographic that it hopes will make Tacoma buyers, all '16 Tacomas will come equipped with a standard GoPro camera mount near the inside rearview mirror.
At launch, the '16 Tacoma will be offered in five trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and Limited. All trims will be offered as both 4x2s and 4x4s. The regular-cab Tacoma was discontinued for '14, so all new Tacomas will be either Access (extended) or Double (crew) Cab. The TRD Off-Road model will feature an automatic limited-slip and locking rear differential, hill start assist and crawl control, as well as a multi-terrain system to optimize performance for various surfaces such as loose rock, mud, and sand.
The '16 Tacoma will be built at Toyota's San Antonio, Texas, and Tijuana, Mexico, plants and will go on sale later this year.
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$16,365
21 / 25
2.7L I4
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2004 Toyota Tacoma

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$12,460
22 / 27
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2003 Toyota Tacoma

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$12,200
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2009 Readers' Rides Showcase
WELCOME to the latest edition, for better or worse, of our annual family album--Truck Trend's Readers' Rides.
Editors of Truck TrendFeb 1, 2009

2002 Toyota Tacoma

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$11,900
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2.4L I4
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Scrapin' The Coast 2012 - Custom Truck Show
The location: Biloxi, Mississippi. The objective: To throw the craziest custom show on the Gulf Coast. Mission accomplished.
John Mata Jr.Nov 1, 2012

2001 Toyota Tacoma

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$11,845
22 / 25
2.4L I4
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2001 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner - Road Test - Motor Trend
Customizing trucks has evolved into big business. Toyota's been keeping an eye on what owners do with their compact trucks and has released its own version, the S-Runner, for '01.
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2001 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab - First Drive & Road Test - Motor Trend
They've been called "the melding of sport/utility and a pickup." With four full-size doors and a short cargo bed, this newest variation on the SUV/truck theme has more interior than the average extended cab pickup, yet still offers an exterior cargo area for lifestyle gear or work-a-day loads.
David NewhardtOct 24, 2002
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2001 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner - First Drive & Review - Motor Trend
Customizing trucks has evolved into big business. Toyota's been keeping an eye on what owners do with their compact trucks and has released its own version, the S-Runner, for '01.
David NewhardtOct 24, 2002
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Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma - Road Test - Motor Trend
Supercharge a pickup truck? Old-timers who remember when pickups came with an industrial inline-six, three-on-the-tree, and hard rubber floormats will bristle at the thought.
Todd LassaOct 21, 2002
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2001 Truck Of The Year
Trucks have come a long way over the past decade.
Editors of Motor TrendFeb 1, 2001

2000 Toyota Tacoma

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$11,528
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2.4L I4
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Slamfest 2011 - Custom Truck Show
In its second year in Gainesville, Florida, Slamfest beat out some bad weather and came through to deliver
Phil GordonApr 1, 2012

1999 Toyota Tacoma

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$12,698
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2.4L I4
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Custom 1999 Toyota Tacoma Cover Truck - Web Exclusive Photos
D-LOWEST puts the West Coast back on the map!
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1998 Toyota Tacoma

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$12,538
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2.4L I4
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1997 Toyota Tacoma

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$12,238
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1996 Toyota Tacoma

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$12,028
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