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2016 Toyota Tacoma: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma proves that there’s still some life left in the midsize pickup segment. It’s a fully redesigned version of Toyota’s popular Tacoma midsize truck, and it’s here to rival the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, which went on sale only a few months ago.

On the outside, the 2016 Tacoma is heavily updated compared to the new model. Of course, the profile is largely similar, as most pickups share roughly the same general look, but there are several major detail changes, including a new front end with a bold new grille, a new rear end and a more muscular overall look. Inside, the latest Tacoma offers an updated cabin, but it’s very similar to today’s interior, sharing details like a steering wheel and some switchgear.

Under the hood, the latest Tacoma offers two engines: a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V6. While the 4-cylinder is carried over from last year’s Tacoma, the V6 is all new, replacing a 4.0-liter unit in the current model. While Toyota hasn’t announced power or fuel economy numbers for the latest Tacoma V6, we suspect it will top today’s 236 horsepower and up to 18 miles per gallon in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Beyond its new styling, new interior and new engine, the latest Tacoma also offers several new features. There’s a wireless phone-charging system, a smart key with push-button start and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert for backing out of parking spaces, which is a rare feature on a pickup.

How Much?

Although Toyota hasn’t released official pricing, we expect the 2016 Tacoma won’t see a huge increase from today’s base price of $21,500 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Later this year

Add It To Your Shopping List Because…

Toyota pickups have always been known for their impressive durability, and we suspect the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will be no different. Despite new styling, a new engine, a new interior and new features, the Tacoma’s formula remains the same: It’s a robust, durable pickup with powerful engines and impressive capabilities. For shoppers interested in a competent midsize truck, the Tacoma’s new engine, new look and new equipment are only icing on the cake.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Chevrolet Colorado — The newly redesigned Colorado is the Tacoma’s chief rival. Like the Tacoma, it also offers newer styling, high-tech features and modern powerplants. If you’re looking at a Tacoma, the Colorado is also worth a spot on your shopping list.

2015 GMC Canyon — The new GMC Canyon is very similar to the Chevrolet Colorado, and we suggest you consider both trucks in addition to the Tacoma. Whether you should choose the Canyon or the Colorado largely comes down to where you can get a better deal.

Used Chevrolet Silverado — The Silverado is a full-size pickup that boasts far greater capabilities than the midsize Tacoma, including an available V8. But it’s also more expensive than the Tacoma, which means you’ll want to consider a used model.

Used Toyota Tundra — Like the Tacoma, the Tundra boasts Toyota’s legendary durability and reliability, but it also offers V8 power and more towing and payload capacity. Pricing is higher, though, so you may want to consider a used model.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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  1. The visible sign of the Tacoma lifestyle is the GoPro station next to the rear view mirror. Tacoma buyers are going to go drive the wheels off these things and want to post pictures of their adventurous lifestyle. The guys who buy used trucks get the hash that those first guys leave behind. Get yours hot, fresh and something that will last twice as long.

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