2016 Toyota Tacoma pricing & performance specifications announced

Toyota has announced the 2016 Tacoma will be priced from $23,300 when it goes on sale in the United States later this year.

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

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