Originally introduced at the North American International Auto Show, the 2016 Tacoma has an evolutionary design which borrows a number of styling cues from the 4Runner. As a result, there’s a prominent grille, muscular fenders, an “easy lowering” tailgate and a variety of wheels ranging in sizes from 16- to 18-inches.
A variety of models will be available and even the entry-level SR5 variant comes nicely equipped with air conditioning, power windows / locks and a tilt / telescopic multi-function steering wheel. The model also has a GoPro camera, a six-speaker audio system and an Entune Audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen display as well as USB / iPod / Bluetooth connectivity.
Under the hood, two engines will be available. The entry-level 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine produces 159 bhp (118 kW) and 180 lb-ft (243 Nm) of torque. It enables the model to return up to an EPA estimated 19 mpg city / 23 mpg highway / 21 mpg combined.
Buyers looking for sometime more powerful can opt for the 3.5-liter V6 engine which develops 278 bhp (207 kW) and 265 lb-ft (358 Nm) of torque. Thanks to direct injection and the Atkinson cycle combustion process the truck has an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of up to 19 mpg city / 24 mpg city / 21 mpg combined.
Depending on which engine is selected, it can be paired to five- or six-speed manual as well as an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard but a four-wheel drive is also available.
Note: Prices exclude a $900 delivery, processing and handling fee