Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab review
The resemblances (to place it gently) proceed under the skin. The wheelbase equals, and overall length is simply a few inches greater on the brand-new vehicle. The bed is an inch deeper, but the same width. And so on.
On the other hand, you ought to acknowledge that Toyota had a pretty darn good truck to begin with in the outgoing Tacoma. Was it revealing its age, especially compared to promising midsizers like the born-again Colorado as well as Canyon? Aesthetically, possibly, yet the Tacoma's stout supports needed improvement, not reinvention. There's a lot of merit in the transformative strategy.
The powertrain on this specific Tacoma TRD Off-Road is one shot of old-- a six-speed manual transmission-- and also round of brand-new-- a downsized 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6. Similar to the larger, V8-powered Toyota Tundra, and also the 2015 Tacoma prior to it, everything plays together with delightful, unexpected level of smoothness. You would certainly never recognize the engine is down half a liter, and also there's a great deal of extra pizzazz over the 3,500 rpm mark. The six-speed is actually fun to row via, as well as similar to the guidebook on the Wrangler, it seems like an excellent fit for an enthusiast-oriented truck.
Naturally, I didn't have the opportunity to take the TRD Off-Road off-road. Point is, I actually want to see how it handles itself off the pavement now that I've spent a long time in the vehicle. I'll seek out opportunities to do so once points warm up. As well as I did pack on the miles comfortably-- and take on a really horrible slog via the season's worst ice storm to this day with confidence. The vehicle really did not so much as throw a grip control warning.
That's the day I uncovered one notably traditional element of the Tacoma: its four-wheel drive system. Forgetting to de-power the front wheels before transitioning from slushmaggedon to a completely dry, protected parking structure, I found the truck lugging, binding as well as-- to my humiliation-- stalling as I aimed to make a limited transformed into a car park area. So you'll absolutely wish to switch it to 2WD, which you must do by hand via a console-mounted dial, before on-pavement maneuvering.
Well duh, you're about to inform me, probably in an insulting email. This is fundamental 4WD things. Real enough, yet it's simple to get accustomed to the automated 4WD establishing found on an increasing number of vehicles (including the GMC Canyon). Detractors will certainly hold this versus the Tacoma, verifying that it lags the technological curve; followers will certainly claim this bolsters its hardcore off-road cred.
For what it deserves, the gas economy estimates appear positive. With limited 4WD usage, I returned 16.0 mpg. I had not been exactly flogging the vehicle, which included significant number of traffic-free expressway miles.
Like the modestly resculpted outside, the interior gain from a series of rather subtle upgrades. The ergonomics are a little rickety at first, thanks to a seat that feels either a tad too expensive or a little also near to the pedals. But the cabin does really feel fresher, extra exceptional, less oppressively plasticky.
If the Tacoma has your interest, however the $36,630 sticker label (adding faux-beadlock wheels and various other rewards will certainly increase that even more) is a stumbling block, bear in mind that this is for the tricked-out TRD Off-Road version. The base SR starts at $24,200, and also the Restricted starts at a soaring $38,720. In between those two extremes, I'm sure you can configure the Tacoma of your desires.