2016 Tacoma - Truck of the (next) Decade

Ten years since its last update, America’s best-selling mid-size truck is getting a reboot to make sure the next decade is as decadent as the last.
by Dan Nied
Jan/Feb 2015
2016 Tacoma - Truck of the (next) Decade
Taco Time – The all-new 2016 Tacoma is ready for another 10-year run as America’s favorite mid-size truck.
The last time Tacoma went through a major redesign, Americans were flocking to theaters to see Batman Begins, Tom Cruise was jumping up and down on Oprah’s sofa, and President George W. Bush had just been sworn in for his second term.

OK, in the grand scheme of things, 10 years isn’t that long. But since its debut in 2005, the current Tacoma has established itself as the dominant mid-size truck in America. Need a number to support that claim? No problem. Tacoma’s market share has grown to more than 60 percent.

So, the all-new 2016 Tacoma—revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and launching this fall—has a lot to live up to.

But don’t worry. With it being primarily designed in Michigan and most assembly in Texas, Tacoma is an undeniable staple for America’s workers and adventurers alike.

“This truck is badass!” General Manager Toyota Division Bill Fay told a crowd of journalists during the reveal. “Every time I see it I just want to get behind the wheel and set off on a new adventure.”
What’s so “badass” about the all-new Tacoma? Pretty much everything.

The 2016 Tacoma will be available with either a 4-cylinder engine or an all-new Atkinson cycle V-6 engine featuring both direct and port fuel injection.

Simply put, it’s the most powerful and fuel-efficient Tacoma ever.

It looks great, too. The front end’s aggressive hex shape upper grille and stamped logos with a taller, more muscular hood to make Tacoma intimidating but inviting.

Its brand new tailgate is sure to excite enthusiasts with an integrated spoiler for enhanced aerodynamics.
And for the first time, Tacoma is available with a lockable, tri-fold hard tonneau cover designed to help protect whatever you can fit in the bed.

The 2016 Tacoma comes in five distinct grades, each with its own look:
  • The entry level SR, the perfect addition to any worker’s tools
  • The iconic SR5
  • TRD Sport
  • TRD Off-Road
  • The Limited, fully loaded with leather, a power moon roof, Qi wireless phone charging and SMART key with push button start
And, every 2016 Tacoma comes standard with a GoPro mount located near the rear-view mirror. So Tacoma drivers who love to get dirty can relive the action again and again.
And why wouldn’t they? The 2016 Tacoma is built on life’s adventures.
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