The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has undergone a major makeover from its previous design that things appear to be looking bright for the Japanese carmaker in aspiring to bring back its glory days in the American pickup market.
As one of the most popular pickup trucks both in North America and South America, the Toyota Tacoma was due for a redesign given the competition in the pickup market particularly from the Honda Ridgeline, the RAM 1500, the Nissan Frontier, and the Chevrolet Colorado.
The good thing about the Toyota Tacoma is the fact that it is being manufactured in the US, which means that the redesign was basically made to suit the needs of the American pickup enthusiasts, as well as consumers from other nearby markets including Canada and South American countries.
Toyota has begun its production of the Tacoma in 1995 and given its major impact on the company’s profit bottomline through impressive global sales, it was only fitting that the Japanese carmaker has worked on the continuous development and evolution of its bankable pickup line.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is part of the second generation models that was started in 2005. The current model features not only major facelift in the exterior and interiors but also its engineering make and what drives the pickup from under the hood, details the vehicle’s own website.
Superb power under the hood
Pickup truck enthusiasts are more thrilled with the kind of power that the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma exudes under its hood.
The pickup is powered by a 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 engine, which Toyota claims as the first in its class, and also more powerful and fuel-efficient than ever before.
The engine is using Toyota’s D4S technology that uses direct and port injection. The engine is paired with an all-new six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission.
Some traditional pickup truck users however were a bit disappointed upon learning that Toyota will not be making available the six-speed manual shift stick with the Tacoma’s base model that uses the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
High-tech pickup truck
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma also has high-tech features that are both surprising and amazing since some of it has never seen the light of day in a pickup before. These innovative features add a touch of techno-savvies on a muscular and brawny vehicle.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma also features a smart key with push-button start. It has been loaded with a multi-terrain select system that enables the driver to select between the various types of terrain that the vehicle will traverse on a particular trip. This improves the off-road prowess of the pickup.
The pickup is also fitted with automatic limited slip and rear locking differential, a hill start assist control, a clutch start cancel for manual transmission, active traction control for better road grip, and crawl control to slow down driving.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma also has the capability to take control of the vehicle’s acceleration and braking so that the driver can focus on the steering, almost leaving the rest to the pickup.