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2016 Toyota Tacoma: All new, but just as rugged

Published on September 24 2015

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma gets a makeover

It was with baited breath that the auto industry, and truck lovers alike, awaited the introduction of the brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Well, it’s arrived, and there’s plenty to get excited about. Even if you’re not a truck enthusiast, the brand new Tacoma is sure to pique your interest.

So, what’s new? Well, for starters, there’s a brand new look, and one that changes inside and out for each model available in the lineup. Toyota wanted each Tacoma to have it’s own personality, so SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road or Limited each look slightly different as do their interiors. Still as functional and practical as the outgoing model, the new Tacoma features colour-coordinated interior bits and pieces as well as a lever handbrake (standard). Toyota also enhanced the body shell and strengthened it along with increasing NVH management, so the cabin is a pleasant conversation-holding environment.

The 2016 Tacoma is also available with all manner of interior amenities such as Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 4.2” touchscreen in the centre stack. There’s also Toyota’s brand new Qi wireless cellphone charging system available, Smart Key System, and Push Start Button features (in the Tacoma TRD Sport model). Seats are comfortable and bolstered in certain models. The drive position is also slightly higher than the outgoing model.

New for the 2016 model year is the removal of the 4.0L V6 for the replacement engine: a 3.5L V6. Don’t worry though, there’s more power: 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. That’s 42 more ponies. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard and controls both the 2.7L (same as the outgoing model) and the new 3.5L.

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma dominates the competition 

Now, about that new exterior look: Toyota’s added some much-needed flare to the Tacoma and in all the right ways. New grilles distinguish models, bold fog-light casings and added chrome bits in all the right places bring out the style and personality of the Tacoma. While this is primarily a workhorse of a vehicle, it’s also got to fit its owner’s character, and the new exterior look does just that.

To find out more about the brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma and all it has to offer, make sure you head down to Mendes Toyota to speak to one of our experts, and make sure you book a test drive as they’ve now arrived in dealers!

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