2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Drive

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It was more than 50 years ago when the first Toyota pickup truck — the Stout — was sold in the U.S. Since then more than 7 million Toyota trucks have been sold.

The first Tacoma debuted 20 years ago, and according to Bill Fay, Toyota group vice president and general manager, 75 percent of the 3 million Tacomas sold since then are still on the road. Add to this the fact that the last time a new Tacoma entered the midsize pickup segment was 10 years ago and you see how important this pickup is for the company.

But let's be clear: Toyota did not reinvent the wheel with the 2016 Tacoma; instead it methodically upgraded the popular small truck. With the exception of a light exterior refresh in 2012, the Tacoma hasn't changed in a long while, yet it has retained its top-selling status without much challenge. Toyota executives believe the Tacoma has benefited from the attention to the midsize pickup segment generated by the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. The truth is that through July the Tacoma has sold more than double the number of Colorados, and it has a market share in the segment of more than 50 percent. That leaves Toyota with little motivation for completely overhauling the pickup; however, to its credit, Toyota did pack plenty of change and new technology into the 2016 version. Here's what stands out to us after driving the SR5, both TRD versions and a Limited outside Seattle. To see our video review of the 2016 Tacoma, click here

New Look and Trims

To emphasize a sportier personality and make the Tacoma look more similar to the larger half-ton Tundra, Toyota designers accentuated the cut lines over the wheel arches and reshaped the front grille. Stylists increased the size of the squared openings of the front and rear wheel wells, and more prominently defined the bulging fenders above both wheel flares. Interestingly, depending on the color of the truck, the cut lines can either disappear completely or look like oddly dramatic.

Likewise, the grille has been redesigned to echo the trapezoidal Tundra grille shape that debuted in 2014. Some will think this new look is too similar to a new Subaru or Ford Transit grille, but we like the new front face, which gives it a more cohesive, rugged look with more room for a pronounced and defined simulated lower skid plate.

Toyota designers created five distinctly different trim levels for 2016, starting with the entry-level SR, moving to the fairly well-equipped SR5, then the TRD Sport, the TRD Off Road and finishing with the top-of-the-line Limited. Although each trim level has a unique look to highlight different personalities (emphasized through grille colors, chrome highlights and paint color matching), the strongest visual separation is between the TRD packages. The TRD Sport gets the sportiest hood with a mock intake scoop, while the TRD Off Road gets the smooth hood (no hood scoop) and loses the massive lower air dam to improve approach angles. For more details about trim levels and pricing, click here

Foundational Work

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But don't think this redesign is just about exterior looks. The front third of the frame is now fully boxed, more solidly supporting the engine; the rest of the frame is open C-channel. The middle section of the frame is reinforced with more high-strength steel to provide a stiffer platform for the cab. Extra-ultra-high-strength steel also has been added to both the Access Cab (Toyota's extended-cab configuration) and the Double Cab (the crew-cab model). The stronger frame and added structural supports in the cab are designed to make the structure stronger in the event of an accident.

Additionally, each body panel now uses ultra-high-strength steel, which saves overall weight. The new Tacoma weighs just about the same as the previous generation but can now offer a higher maximum payload rating (1,620 pounds) and a higher maximum towing capacity (6,800 pounds), due in large part to a higher factory gross vehicle weight rating (5,600 pounds). However, even though the 2016 is much improved, it retains the 2015's front and rear suspension layout and mounting points: front coilover shocks with double wishbone control arms and a rear live axle with leaf springs. Each trim level has uniquely tuned shocks to offer a distinct driving feel.

Powertrain Changes

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Probably the single most impressive piece of technology inside this midsize pickup is the all-new Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V-6 that produces significantly better horsepower and torque feel than the larger 4.0-liter V-6 it's replacing. The power ratings for the new engine are 278 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265 pounds-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. It will be offered with the both a new six-speed manual and an all-new six-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission offers a sportier center console shifter that allows for tap-up and tap-down shifting when in Sport mode.

All SR and SR5 Tacomas will be offered with a base 2.7-liter inline four-cylinder engine (carried over from the previous generation) and six-speed automatic transmission; buyers can opt for the five-speed manual transmission in 4x4 only.

Because the all-new V-6 engine uses Atkinson-cycle technology and direct and port injection (determined by the computer software based on load and need), the V-6 EPA fuel economy numbers are very close to the four-cylinder EPA fuel economy numbers, depending on application. They both get around 21 mpg combined with a highway max of 24 mpg and a city max of 19 mpg. For more details about the new 3.5-liter V-6 and fuel economy ratings, click here.

Interior

As pronounced as the exterior design changes are, the inside of the new Tacoma is much more dramatic. Toyota has done as good a job at separating the different trim levels as we've ever seen with this midsize player. It's almost like it took its half-ton strategy and moved it down market.

The seats have all been redesigned, offering more support and bolstering. But what will most impress midsize buyers (whether Toyota fans or not) is the significantly improved dashboard and the console look and feel. Although the dash is still very horizontal, the radio/navigation screen and climate controls sit dead center between driver and passenger. This opens up quite a bit of storage area, creating room for several cubby holes for stashing glasses, phones, drinks and other personal items. Toyota also has done an excellent job of creating individualized looks with materials like soft-touch plastic, cloth and anodized aluminum.

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The gauge cluster continues to house a traditionally round speedometer and tachometer inside the steering wheel arch, but it now offers an easy-to-read 4.2-inch center information screen with everything from real-time fuel economy to tire pressure to trip mileage and more, all dependent on trim level.

A quiet ride has never been a Tacoma strength. We've always been disappointed by how noisy certain Tacoma packages can be at speed — that was certainly true during our 2015 Midsize Challenge. Thankfully, with the addition of more sound-deadening material in the floor and roof liner, and extra lamination on all windows, sound intrusion has been cut significantly. Although we didn't have our sound-measuring equipment with us, it wouldn't surprise us if the new Tacoma is even quieter than the well-insulated GMC Canyon (the current segment leader when it comes to quiet).

Driving Impressions

As for actually driving, we found the throttle response impressive, especially when in Sport mode and manually shifting through the gears. With 3.91:1 axle gears and a 1st gear (automatic) of 3.60:1, the new engine does an amazing job of jumping off the line. The traction control feels much smarter as the engine winds up quickly, and the transmission shifts quickly through the gears. With the exception of a slight dead spot around 2,500 rpm in certain conditions, the power ramp-up is smooth and fluid all the way up to 6,000 rpms. Make no mistake, even if this new engine has 1 less pound-feet of torque, it feels much stronger than the bigger 4.0-liter V-6 it's replacing.

We didn't get a chance to track many fuel economy miles — we were having too much fun carving in and out of traffic on two-lane mountain highways — but we consistently saw our average hover around the 20 mpg mark during our excursions through the Seattle countryside. If we were disappointed with anything, it was that we didn't get a chance to see how the new engine would handle a load or pull a 4,000-pound trailer. All we can say is while driving empty we found the throttle feel impressive.

Although improved, we found the steering ratios a little slow and unresponsive, experiencing the same numb feeling from the previous generation. The Tacoma also still has a pretty large turning radius, especially the 4x4 models. No doubt the tried-and-true rack-and-pinion setup has worked well for Toyota, but it might be time to think about the weight-saving benefits — and infinite tuning possibilities — that comes with electric steering.

Off-Road Prowess

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As smooth and well-integrated as the engine and transmission are when running on pavement, the way the TRD Off Road Crawl Control four-wheel-drive system mates with tire traction is something to behold. Most of the "off-road" courses truckmakers set up for media drives are quite simple and designed for the least-experienced drivers. But Toyota, normally one of the more conservative drive-route creators, went against type and created a Rubicon Trail-like rock sluice built out of boulders and jagged granite rocks in a valley that looked like an old, abandoned quarry. And if that wasn't enough, Toyota engineers also fashioned a few natural and unnatural hill-climb obstacles, complete with tight-squeeze 90-degree turns through lodge-pole pines.

The Tacoma TRD Off Road's new four-wheel-drive system with Crawl Control is as impressive as anything we've driven from Jeep, Land Rover or Mercedes-Benz (well, when thinking about the Unimog, maybe that last example is an exaggeration, but just barely).

Although a less sophisticated four-wheel-drive system is offered for the other trim packages (all models use the same transfer case with the 2.57:1 low range), the TRD Off Road uses a Multi-Terrain Select system that allows the driver to select rocks, mud, snow or sand to allow the 4x4 computer to change gears, transmission shift points, traction control parameters, and even throttle and brake inputs. The Off Road trim also includes a bigger, heavier-duty rear axle — an 8.75-inch ring gear instead of the normal 8-inch axle.

Engage the Crawl Control system, and you can set your up- or downhill speed according to the terrain requirements so all you have to do is focus on steering. The advanced 4x4 system takes over the throttle and braking duties and can adjust between (less than) 1 mph on Setting 1 and to 5 mph on Setting 5. Toyota continues to include a rear-locking differential, hill start assist and active traction control. When the Tacoma is equipped with the five-speed manual, you get what's called "clutch start cancel," which allows you to start the vehicle in gear (presumably 1st) just in case you've stalled out on a precarious mountain ledge.

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We tested the system on several steep hill climbs. It was amazing — and sometimes unnerving — to witness and hear the computer control the engine revs to deliver the optimum amount of power to a specific wheel as needed while the brakes kept absolute control of each corner for the maximum amount of traction and control. This is a more advanced version of the Lexus GX and LX advanced four-wheel-drive systems; Toyota said there is nothing equal to it in the rest of its lineup. The integration of the engine power, computer controls, and traction and speed settings had us feeling unstoppable.

To demonstrate how well the system works, Toyota buried a Tacoma TRD Off Road crew cab long bed in soft sand, then shifted the pickup into Crawl Control and let the system — on the slowest setting — figure out how to move each wheel, inch by inch, to extract the truck from the sand. It was like watching an autonomous vehicle problem-solve its way out of a perilous situation, essentially escaping from what normally would have permanently stopped any other vehicle.

Final Details

All 2016 Tacomas have stability control, a backup camera, traction control, an antilock brake system, brake-force distribution, three-point seatbelts, eight airbags, active headrests, tire pressure monitoring and a new lever handbrake that falls to the driver's right hand. The Class IV towing package, for V-6 only, adds trailer-sway control, a Class IV trailer hitch, transmission oil cooler, a heavy-duty alternator, and a four- and seven-pin connector.

Other standout features on this new Tacoma include the large-format (7 inches for TRD and Limited, 6.1 inches for SR and SR5) touch-screen with the latest version of Entune Audio. The Limited level includes an amazing JBL Audio speaker setup that offers incredible surround sound.

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The 2016 Tacoma will be in dealerships next month with prices ranging from just less than $25,000 for an SR Access Cab long-bed inline four-cylinder 4x2 to just less than $40,000 for a Limited Double Cab long-bed V-6 4x4. For a more detailed account of the pricing and trim-level structure, click here.

In case you think Toyota has not gone far enough with this updated Tacoma, the pickup offers quite a few segment-first technologies. The much-publicized GoPro mount in the front windshield is clever idea (although you still have buy a GoPro). Likewise, the new Tacoma will be the first midsize pickup with a push-button start on select models, a power moonroof, wireless phone charging and a factory-installed (a first for Toyota) hard, lockable tonneau cover.

There's no question in our mind that the Tacoma will continue to do very well with consumers in the midsize segment, and it is likely to do better once the redesign hits dealer lots. If our 2015 Midsize Challenge is any indication, getting up to speed in this changing market was long overdue. From our perspective, this new Tacoma is a tremendous first step that leaves room for more changes to come. While we don't expect Toyota to give up the throne anytime soon, we do know GM has a few tricks coming, and Nissan is hard at work getting the next-generation Frontier ready to make an earth-shaking debut.

To see our full video review and drive impression of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, click here.

Manufacturer images

 

A collection of brand-new Tacomas waiting to conquer the quarry. 

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Tacoma chief engineer Mike Sweers ready for testing. 

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The new Tacoma TRD Off Road trim level has a larger 8.75-inch rear axle. 

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The all-new six-speed automatic has a sportier tap-up/tap-down quick shifter. 

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Access Cab rear doors open 90 degrees and offer flexible seating and storage. 

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TRD Off Road trims have more aggressive tires and no front air dam. 

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Shock and spring tuning are new, but all the attach points are identical. 

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Comments

New Hilux has a much better interior with more Teachnology
Mark Willams good to see a comprehensive Off Road test like we get here

I wish the Tacoma came with a regular cab 8' bed. That would be awesome for landscapers and other work truck people. They could easily do it. The 6 foot bed double cab has the wheelbase for an 8' bed regular cab. Sigh...

Hokey story and art. BOTH the "downhill" photo and the "uphill" photo are artistically enhanced to make the truck appear more capable.

In the downhill photo the trees in the background all are "pointing" to 11 oclock. Any half bright child knows that trees point to 12. All the trees in the uphill shot are pointing to One oclock. Once the reader orients his screen to correct for the art editor's craftiness, the trucks don't look like they're taking on such a big challenge after all.

Sheer coincidence?

Very unprofessional journalism, in my opinion. This is suppose to be a product analysis, not a send-up, or is it. The overall upbeat tone of the report is lame.

All in all, Toyota could have offered buyers a 4400 pound regular cab truck with a strong V6 and six speed auto. This would approximate the pickups that RAM, Ford and GM were building in the late 1980s, size wise.

Instead, Toyota's suits chose to stick with a successful formula that is well past its pull date, and PUTC couldn't be happier, evidently.

Well, the GM twins are now obsolete. See ya.

The best part is the 2gr-fse V6 derived engine.
Which would be nice in the Tundra, connected to a modern 8 speed automatic.

Im disapointed to say this, but it appears to me that this product is not better then the gm twins in any meaningful aspect.

The use of drums brakes is the kiss of death.
Drum brakes are grossly out of date for implementation of: EBD electronic brake force distribution, hardware traction control, electronic stability intervention.

The 6 speed automatic has 6.2:1 ratio spread, but the reverse ratio is shorter than first?!?
That means people who get 4x2 will have a damn near impossible time attempting to reverse uphill in traction limited situations.
The spacing of ratios is substantially inferior to that of GM's 6L50 transmission.

So did they do anything with the high floorpan? The driving position in this truck sucks if you're over 5'8.

Glad the front end is not the insectoid face I saw on a new 4 Runner. Who thought that thing up? Good news is that the vehicle loses those looks for 2017.

Tacoma is still too big, but or a Colorado would now fit the bill for our next work truck. I plan to test each when the time comes, looking for a contractor-trim version with 4WD and an extended, not double, cab.

I hope the head rests in back seat of the extended cab are removable else it would be a PITA to see out the back window.

LOL at the I4 and V6 getting rated at virtually the same fuel economy by the EPA. I will wait for the real-life measurements.

Nissan Frontier, your turn.

Rears seats and headrests look horrendous.

oxi, What is your take? Or are you banned?

Did not see much about driving impressions besides turning radius and acceleration, was it "beat you to death" rough riding? smooth riding? wallowed in corners? etc?????

On my Taco, first thing I did was remove the super stiff Bilstein shocks to make it liveable

LOL! This is it Toyota? The GM twins have better MPG without the diesel, Better HP and TQ, higher tow rating 7,000 pounds with gas 7,700 pound with the Duramax. LOL all the taco fan boys that was saying Toyota gonna make the GM twins look bad when the new Taco comes out, Well looks like its the other way around GM really smokes then new taco in just about every way.

Hey GM just add another line to the Wentzville, Mo. plant already. Looks like you be selling a lot more GM twins cause this taco aint got sh@# on your trucks!

anyone know when the 2016 tundra is coming out?

Its a nice mid size truck. You cant blame Toyota for not going all out when they are outselling the Colorado and Canyon combined by a large margin. I bet this thing would run all over a GM twin off road. I mean who really cares how much a midsize can tow (6000 lbs. is plenty with a midsize). The biggest let down to this truck is the fuel economy. I just do not understand why Toyota chooses not to make the most fuel efficient trucks on the road when they know the Domestics are always going to tow more. I drive a 14' Sierra WT with a 4.3 and get 19-20 mpg overall. This Tacoma would cost more, have less payload, less interior space, and get marginally better mpg. But overall it is a better looking and performing truck than the previous style.

Colorado:
More horsepower than the Tacoma (4cyl or 6cyl)
Better MPG's than the Tacoma
Tows more than the Tacoma
Better Brakes than the Tacoma (4 wheel disk)
Better styling than the Tacoma
Has a diesel option coming soon

How is the Taco better?
I can think of only one thing. It has a choice of a 6speed manual (which I would love for that to be an option in the Colorado)

Sorry Taco fans, I dont see the new Tacoma being better or even on par with the Colorado.

Nice update, but I am not impressed. With the exception of the 3.5 V6 this truck is largely updated in the same fashion the tundra was. IMO, the interior is a mess. Toyota seems content with all new trucks being mostly updates. I am not a GM fan but I applaud them for taking risks with the diesel. Nissan is coming out with a new Frontier with a cummins diesel. Why Toyota doesn't see the need for diesel is beyond me.

Because its a Toyota it will be better than the GM twins for sure, thats all the reason

Thr new GM twins can be flat towed, like many Jeep products.
Year after year for the past 10 yrs, I have asked the dealers why
The Taco cannot be........get the same answer
Evidently, Toyota doesn't listen to consumer
A big win here for the new GM twins.......

Love Toyota's trucks. They just keep on chugging along for years and years. They don't have to change to much to often because people just keep on buying them. The gm twins are nice trucks but they don't hold a candle to Toyota. Never have and never will.

"Because the all-new V-6 engine uses Atkinson-cycle technology and direct and port injection (determined by the computer software based on load and need), the V-6 EPA fuel economy numbers are very close to the four-cylinder EPA fuel economy numbers, depending on application. They both get around 21 mpg combined with a highway max of 24 mpg and a city max of 19 mpg. For more details about the new 3.5-liter V-6 and fuel economy ratings, click here."

This is improvement? The Ford 2.3L could achieve that eighteen years ago! That's right, my '97 Ranger has achieved those fuel mileage figures without me even trying. Now that I've replaced the fuel filter for a K&N, I expect to add between 2 and 4 mpg in each category.

Now, the question ultimately stands: Did the new Tacoma retain its old size, or did it grow to match the Canyon/Colorado?

The taco looks good, especially in TRD Off-road Crew Long Bed, its still below the quality of the GM Twins but for an off-road rig this is pretty nice looks like it has lockers and the crawl control and offroad modes are sweet.

They should have brought an 8 speed, the interior could be better but I like simple.

DB, over 150k people disagrees that the colorado is better.

The use of drums brakes is the kiss of death.
Drum brakes are grossly out of date for implementation of: EBD electronic brake force distribution, hardware traction control, electronic stability intervention.
/QUOTE

Nothing wrong with drums IF they are properly designed,,one big advantage is they won't ever rust like discs..
My 08 Silverado is still on its original brakes,,have about 110K
Not too shabby eh?

I like the fact that cargo ratings are up to 1,620 lbs. People don't tent to tow much with smaller trucks anyway.

I'm not a fan of the new looks but often they do not translate well to pictures.

I don't buy Toyota's stated excuse/reason for retaining rear drum brakes.

I did find that the current Tacoma had better rear passenger room than the new Colorado. Toyota's new interiors just might be able to compete with the Colorado.

The mpg for the new V6 isn't much of an improvement despite the new technology.

I'm sure that Tacoma will continue to be the sales leader.

My guess is a year from now the MPG's at Fuelly.com will show the Tacoma getting as good or better against petrol GM twins. I've yet to see Toyota over promise mpg's on any vehicle. This truck will easily outperform the GM twins at the next Shootout. Nissan better get working on the Frontier fast.

I've seen several of the GM twins and gone to lunch with a co-worker that just bought one. Looks are subjective but I prefer the rugged looks of the Tacoma plus it seems to be more refined and more solidly built.

How will this 'outperform' the Colorado/Canyon twins in any kind of shootout? When:
the engine makes inferior power [GM 2.5 I4 cylinder has more power from 3000rpm+], has 1,000rpm less engine speed range [1,500 for the 4 cylinder],
the vehicles are now identical in weight
GM twins have better aerodynamics
the gearing of Taco's 5th & 6th are very tall-so you need 4th gear for towing on slight grades
the low-range of GM is almost 6% shorter
the front brakes of the GM twins are almost 1.5" larger.

George C. The Tacoma will likely win against the twins in a OffRoad situation as long as Mark uses the correct trucks. The Z71 sticker package is a joke which is another reason I didn't see the need for it when I bought a gm. I like the twins but numbers on paper don't always speak to the real results especially with junk software tunes on the gm trucks.

Pleasant update, and nice truck, but seems could have done more to catch up to GM twins. Disclaimer: Have both a Tundra and a Silverado and love both. Going to get my son a midsize next year, not sure yet whether GM or Toyota.
Observations:
No excuse for drum brakes.
No excuse that frame isn't fully boxed.

I expected more from Toyota. They used to be leaders on fuel economy,now they are only playing catching up.

OMG, what a lousy design job! Please take a look at the double cab short bad where the rear door meets the bed. The bed doesn't have the same door crease to have a continuous flow unlike the shorter model (access cab) and double cab long bad that they do have it. I wrote to Toyota and sent pictures with the drag coefficient killer and eye sore design flaw and clearly didn't resonate with them. Too bad, anyways I also mentioned to them about the need of a small torque-y and efficient diesel but clearly they don't listen what we need. Luckily GM and Nissan listened, sorry to say that since I own a Ford Explorer Sport-Trac that needs badly a replacement at 352,000 miles. Ford did let us down even worse with no offerings in mid size truck segment, bad bad decisions.

What is the point of a midsize if it doesn't get better mileage than the full size trucks? Most midsize sales probably are people that have small garages, but for others there really is no benefit of a midsize over a full size other than saving a few thousand dollars. These trucks should have engine offerings that are unique and get 30 mpg minimum. If an overweight ram 1500 (ram needs aluminum more than any other truck)can get 23 with a diesel than surely a midsize diesel will be right around the 30 mpg average mark.

I don't understand the negative severity of many of these comments. I'm a Nissan Frontier and Ram guy, but must offer "congratulations" to Toyota on this new Tacoma. Looks like it may retain mid-size PU market leadership.
And, BTW, this was a nicely done review, Mark. Good job!

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The GM twins are better at being a car, the Taco is better at being a truck.

I'm by no means a Toyota fan, but call it what it is. The GM twins can't hardly clear a curb, much less run "off-road". The Taco is built for enthusiasts who enjoy the outdoors over being in a sedan with a bed

I semi agree with you Toycrusher, but I would say the GM Twins are better all around vehicles SANS offroad, the Tacoma is a really nice truck, with super high resale value, this new V6 is suspect with the Adkins Diet technology, no 8 speed, gm same things, the interior is a lot better but still looks cheap, off-road got some big chops though.


@Toycrusher
The GM twins are better at being a car, the Taco is better at being a truck.

I'm by no means a Toyota fan, but call it what it is. The GM twins can't hardly clear a curb, much less run "off-road". The Taco is built for enthusiasts who enjoy the outdoors over being in a sedan with a bed

The GM twins are better at being a car, the Taco is better at being a truck. Posted by: Toycrusher | Aug 18, 2015 8:36:19 AM

I disagree GM has more HP TQ, higher tow rating. The people that are going to offroad these trucks will remove the air dam add bigger tires/lift kits ect any way. 90% these trucks will be on the pavement all the time or a dirt road, where the better MPG from the GM twins come into play.

The GM twins are a far better all round package and even a few bucks cheaper. The only reason a common person would buy the Taco over the GMs would be personal opinions in looks or something silly like that.

"The people that are going to offroad these trucks will remove the air dam add bigger tires/lift kits ect any way."

As Ford has proven with the Raptor, it takes a lot more than removing an air dam and installing a lift to match performance.

That crawl control is not going to be something the aftermarket can provide. Not to mention you may not even ever be able to get a true locker front or rear for the GM twins.

Toycrusher is right, GM has failed the offroad market with these trucks and I like them a lot.

Even my buddies ancient Suzuki Truck that he got a steal of deal on closeout of the Suzuki which actually looks better than the Nissan, I wish I had as well, Pro-4x, has lockers front and rear and both are Dana 44's, just like a Jeep Rubicon, my Willys Jeep has Dana 44 rear, Dana 30 front.

All we can hope for is a Zr2 with lockers and some sort of traction management system like Jeep Cherokee and the Taco have, for me, moving from my toy plaything Wrangler to the Taco Crew LongBed TRD Offroad actually makes sense, I need to see the Diesel Canyon Crewcab first though.

I disagree with most of the comments here. Toyota looks better and off roads better. A couple mpg ist anything to be concerned about especially when it will probably do better than EPA. I would be afraid to attempt anything fun off-road with the canon.

Toyota builds trucks that last. Especially the Tacoma.

@DB,
The best thing about the Tacoma, Hell it will last, and last, and last, and last!!!!!with very little maintenance. The Tacoma is design around function and extreme durability, cant say the same for the GM twins. I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN GETTING MY MONEY WORTH OUT OF A VEHICLE, NOT PUTTING LOTS OF MONEY INTO ONE AFTER PURCHASE.

@DB,
The best thing about the Tacoma, Hell it will last, and last, and last, and last!!!!!with very little maintenance. The Tacoma is design around function and extreme durability, cant say the same for the GM twins. I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN GETTING MY MONEY WORTH OUT OF A VEHICLE, NOT PUTTING LOTS OF MONEY INTO ONE AFTER PURCHASE.

@Mike
Well extreme off roading calls for a flexible frame, so I understand why Toyota didn't fully box the frame, hell great decision!!!


Well extreme off roading calls for a flexible frame, so I understand why Toyota didn't fully box the frame, hell great decision!!!

Posted by: latwoods

HMMMM then why is the Raptor frame fully boxed?

Maybe it looks better in person or has a great personality.

John doe are you talking about the same raptor that is prone to bent frames? Just Google ford raptor bent frame

This might sound just a tad bit crazy, but I want to see ALL the brands bring back the reg. cab for their mid-size pick-ups. Dropping the regular cab was a mistake. I like it because it
makes for a daily driver or a muscle truck for fun. And please give reg. cabs, full or mid size, more and better options.
If Toyota does this, they'll be better off, and get my attention; then again, so would GM & Nissan.

Hoping this is the biggest flop in Toyota's history

Tony Reddick - blame CAFE footprint rules since a "short" full-sized pickup has to meet compact truck rules and a "short" small truck could fall into subcompact car rules.



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