2016 Toyota Tacoma

Your life is “always on”: Shouldn’t your truck be, too? The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is the compact sports pick-up that’s always on for adventure. With fresh styling, upgraded performance, segment-leading features and Toyota’s reputation for engineering trucks that dominate any terrain or climate, the 2016 Tacoma is ready to dominate dirt, rocks or pavement, 24/7.

“Canadians love Tacoma’s winning formula of go-anywhere capability and cargo-carrying versatility – and this all-new model does all that, and more,” said Larry Hutchinson, Vice President at Toyota Canada Inc. “Our designers and engineers have drawn upon 80 years of creating trucks to give the 2016 Tacoma more performance, more style, and a long list of new features and improvements.”

The 2016 Tacoma represents tremendous choice; so Canadian truck-buyers can choose their perfect partner for fun and adventure. And with eight models, truck fans have a range of choices – two engine sizes, three transmissions, two drive trains, two cab configurations, two cargo bed lengths and twelve trim levels.

Engine Size and Transmission

For the 2016 Tacoma, Toyota engineers created an all-new, segment-first 3.5L Atkinson cycle V6 equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology, featuring both direct and port fuel injection. This engine develops a peak 278hp and up to 265lb-ft of torque, and is available on five models. The Tacoma is also available with the proven, powerful and efficient 2.7L four-cylinder. This engine generates a peak 159hp, up to 180lb-ft of torque, and impressive fuel efficiency.

Both engines are standard equipped with a heavy-duty battery, starter, alternator and heater, plus a stainless steel exhaust system – for worry-free starting on cold mornings and protection against the ravages of winter.

There are also three available transmissions. A five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, and a new six-speed automatic Super ECT with lockup torque converter. All tuned for smooth shifts and maximum efficiency.


The 4x2 drivetrain boosts fuel efficiency while offering impressive towing capacity. The on-demand 4x4 drivetrain delivers superior traction and performance under all weather and terrain conditions. 4x4 Tacoma models feature an available Auto Limited-Slip Rear Differential, two-speed transfer case, automatic disconnecting differential, and One-Touch 4WD to seamlessly switch into and out of 4WD mode.

Cab Size

Pick the cab size that suits your needs and desired levels of comfort. The Tacoma Access Cab has room for four, and Double Cab can seat up to five people.

Bed Length and Towing

Got gear? Tacoma’s great with that! With five-foot and six-foot bed lengths, depending on the model, plus a payload of up to 1,500lbs the Tacoma is equipped to handle all of your work or adventure gear. And if it doesn’t fit in the bed, the 2016 Tacoma can tow up to 6,500lbs, depending on model. Many models also come factory equipped with a Class IV towing hitch and trailer wiring harness – so you’re good to go.

Suspension, Brakes and Wheels

The 2016 Tacoma is ready for all of your off-roading adventures, yet is unexpectedly civil on the pavement too. The front suspension is a double-wishbone independent design with stabilizer bars, while a leaf spring suspension supports the rear.

Powerful brakes with front ventilated disks and rear drums will bring you to a safe stop, assisted by active safety technologies as part of the Toyota Star Safety System.

Comfort and Convenience Features

All 2016 Tacoma models are generously equipped with standard comfort, convenience and safety features that raise the bar in the compact pick-up truck segment. New features standard for all 2016 models include: Toyota’s latest Display Audio system, a new multi-information display with integrated outside temperature gauge, door scuff plates, fog lamps, power-adjustable heated exterior mirrors, and a new reinforced locking and removable tailgate with Easy Lower function to highlight a few. Tacoma is also the first in its class to offer dual-zone automatic climate control, on select models.

- Toyota Media

CarAndTruck.caFeb. 15, 2017