By on January 7, 2015

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114 Comments on “2016 Toyota Tacoma Revealed...”


  • avatar
    anti121hero

    Just use your imagination and put a ford badge on that grill….

  • avatar
    danio3834

    It appears to be every bit as large as my 2003 F150 crew cab. Needs a banana for scale.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      1997-2003 F-150: 139″ WB on “standard” models (RCLB, SCSB, SuperCrew).

      2005-15 Tacoma: 140″ WB on CCLB (6′ bed) models, but the vehicle has less front and rear overhang than the F-150 (221″ vs. 226″) and is noticeably narrower (74.6″ vs. 79.3″). 128″ on CCSB (the one pictured) and Access Cab models. Presumably the ’16s aren’t much larger, because there’s literally nowhere to go with the upsizing.

      IMO, the jellybean F-150s were just the right size for a full-size truck. But I’m biased towards those models.

      Also, unrelated, but I’ve been off the Internet for nearly a week and it pleases me in a very strange way to see that BTSR is back.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        I’m pleased to see BTSR back as well, even if he seems more deranged than usual.

        I like the jellybean F150s too, but not for the same reason. When I bought it I was working at Ford, but the engines in the then-current generation of F-150 were terrible disasters, did not want. I managed to find an ’03 FX4 Crew (has the improved spark plug threads in the 5.4L 2v) with the 4R70 trans, 9.25″ axle with LSD and tow package (exactly the way I would have spec’d it if ordered new) at a dealer trade-in auction for a solid price. It’s been solid aside from age related items. I sometimes wish it had a longer bed, but then I’d be getting into F250 territory and that really is too much truck at this point.

  • avatar
    kmoney

    Looks good. Hopefully the new model brings some more realistic pricing with it.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Wow that frontend looks like a horrible after thought.
    And the chrome on the Mirrors looks like something someone in the ghetto would go buy from autozone with there welfare checks.

    Losing that airdam and adding a thick heavy gauge steel bumper higher up would do wonders.

    Rear bumper looks incredibly stupid, and the taillights look as if their straight off a Mitsubishi Raider.

    Way to kill a good looking truck.
    And let’s be honest, Toyota needs to start offering a V8 in this, it’s big enough now to make a good candidate for a V8, that and the Tundra is priced out of this world would finally give Toyota an affordable V8 offering.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      We recently paid about $31k for a new 2014 Tundra double cab 4×4 with an 8 foot bed and the big engine. It didn’t seem over priced.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        Doublecab has a 6 ft bed as the longest box option. Even the Access cab id 6 feet

        • 0 avatar
          maderadura

          have you seen that truck? It will not fit in your garage.

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          Toyota’s terminology for their cabs has gotten nearly incomprehensible in recent years. It used to be Regular Cab and Xtra/Access Cab, which was simple enough. Then when the Tundra and Tacoma got a crew cab, they called it Double Cab. Still good. Then the super-sized ’07 Tundra came out and the Dodge-style rear-opening extended cab became the Double Cab with the new crew cab being called CrewMax. But “double cab” (no caps) is still a generic term for a full four-door cab, and Double Cab is still the name for the crew cab on the Tacoma. A Double Cab Tundra comes with either a 6.5′ or 8′ bed; Double Cab Tacoma comes with a 5′ or 6′ bed.

          At any rate, the Double Cab Tundra with an 8′ bed is like a SuperCab F-150 with an 8′ bed: a rare bird. It very well may be a Curbside Classic in 30 years.

        • 0 avatar
          Quentin

          There is an 8′ bed double cab Tundra. I was certain they had discontinued it, but I’ve seen several of them in the wild. If you are using the buildyourown feature on the Toyota site, they only list what you can reasonably expect to find on the dealer lot per your zip code. Low volume iterations like the double cab long bed aren’t listed on many zip codes.

          http://www.toyota.com/tundra/features.html#!/exterior/8345/8346/8252/8275

          It is available in both SR and SR5 trims.

          Access cab is Tacoma speak, btw, not Tundra. Tundra comes in Reg, Double, and Crewmax. Tacoma comes in Reg, Access, and Double.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            I was just gonna say that. Toyota limits your options based on your zip code. One more reason I prefer Ford. I can make my perfect truck that I’ll never buy and put in my own zip code.

        • 0 avatar
          CJinSD

          Lou_BC, check your facts before you ‘correct’ someone.

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          Dang it, filter ate my comment. Maybe it’ll show up later.

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      This is apparently the Limited trim. Hopefully the TRD Off Road retains the current truck’s clean trimming. Hopefully the TRD Pro sticks around, too. Every Toyota truck should have TOYOTA spelled out in the grille.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        Damn right.

        Save that weird oval thing for cars.

      • 0 avatar
        celebrity208

        Right, they limited the amount of paint they used by sticking black plastic back up sensors in the rear bumper corners. That has to be what, pennies to paint those two sensors to match the vehicle color. I’m screwing up my face wondering why they cheaped out like that.

    • 0 avatar
      DeeDub

      Why are the fog lights 3 feet off the ground? Do they know how fog lights are supposed to work?

  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    Very different from the 2016 coming Hilux. Which is as big or bigger and may have dropped it’s Petrol,engine

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      They use the Old Hilux as the base for several Off Road Small Class C Motorhomes here

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        I always imagined the 80s dually Hilux motorhomes to have really short gears to make up for the 22R/RE’s performance and the weight of the added motor home body.

        Some guy around here has a dually Hilux with a homemade flatbed that I thought was a former motorhome, but it has an enclosed cab and chassis-cab based motorhomes usually don’t.

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        No not the same engine, they use the Diesel. Trying to post photos. Nothing like the Toyota Motorhomes you had in the US, the snails would have been faster

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    If my guess is right, then this new Tacoma is as big as the Colorado–which is as big as the 1990 full-sized pickups.

    In other words, FAR TOO BIG!!!

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      The doors and cab design look to be the same size as the current truck, all they did was bulk up the hood.

      But let’s be honest Ram just outsold the Camry and became the 3rd best selling vehicle in America, making all 3 of the top sellers Full size trucks. The Tundra is priced too high and simply can’t compete, so the Tacoma had to give off a larger presense to keep it relevant.

      • 0 avatar
        bachewy

        Agreed. The cab area looks exactly like my 2009.

        • 0 avatar
          OldandSlow

          Eggszackly – this is a refresh rather than a redesign. Obviously, Toyota didn’t want to spend the bucks for a new cab.

          Let’s hope for some wonderful news regarding the power train and interior. I was hoping for an all-steel rear cargo bed, but from what I can see that didn’t happen.

      • 0 avatar
        maderadura

        Tundra is priced too high? Are you high? Its cheaper MSRP to MSRP. Just because it doesn’t have a stack of hundred dollar bills on the hood doesn’t mean its a worse truck. It was #6 in resale value for all vehicles last year retaining 53% of its MSRP after 5 years of nearly trouble free ownership and free maintenance for two years. Its about VALUE. Every Year Toyota gains ground in full size truck sales.

        Tacoma needs no help being “relevant”. No one touches it in the class. Any shortcomings it may have had will sure be addressed here.

        • 0 avatar
          DenverMike

          Nothing wrong with the Tundra. Great truck. Its lack of huge rebates keeps Tundra resale high. But you paid more, so it’s about a wash.

          The Tacoma is a great truck too. But you can’t truly go wrong with any of the BOF trucks out there. I’d even buy the Titan if no other trucks existed.

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          …Every Year Toyota gains ground in full size truck sales…

          They didn’t in 2014 and TTAC has the stats to show it – they haven’t gained any real ground in full size truck sales since 2008 and the Tundra has never met Toyota’s own sales goals – ever (came close one year)

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            Toyota makes a lot of money on the Tundra and Tacoma, so they are not concerned. Overall Sales in the US, will see them overtaking Ford for No.2 position

  • avatar
    Kabayo

    Needlessly and stupidly butched up, and those awful bulging headlights…

    Yet another ugly Toyota.

    Is it still a gas hog?

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      “Gas hog” is the nature of midsize trucks. They need close to 400 tq/hp to get all that mass moving and push the wind resistance, or the loud pedal is mashed the whole time. Time for V8 midsizers already. Or again.

      The only cosmetics I’m not a fan of is the projector light assemblies. These look hideous and 1991. Every Kia and Hyundai has had them for 10+ years. If they must be there, they can be embedded deep into the headlight assembly without sticking out like huge bug eyes.

  • avatar
    mikeg216

    We waited a decade for this?

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    Well at least in the exterior styling/looks department the new GM mid-size twins have nothing to worry about where the new Tacoma is concerned. That thing looks like it fell out of the ugly tree, hit every branch on the way down, bounced off the ground back up into the tree and then hit most of them a second time coming back down. Also looks like a bad refresh of the current truck to me. Is it really an all new truck? Doesn’t look like it. Toyota really needs to march some bodies out the front door. Time for a good house cleaning.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      It’s just a refresh of the current truck, but a good one. They can call it all-new all they want. The ’09 F-150 was supposedly all-new too.

      But it’s a truck. No need for constant cosmetic changes. Especially if done right, from the start. What matters is content and features. Engine, trans choices. Plus options packaging, value, rebates, etc. Looks, not so much.

      I don’t understand all the sniveling when truck don’t completely change every 7 years, from the ground up. These aren’t truck buyers doing the complaining.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @DenverMike – jaded consumers expect frequent design cycles. It looks like they stole the grill from the Ford Transit. I’m seeing a “mini-me” Tundra attempt here. I don’t like seeing small trucks copying their larger brethren. It is hard to tell a Canyon from Sierra at 100 feet away.
        the Tacoma is a solid truck but it does need to join this century especially when it comes to power and mpg. I don’t care about gizmo’s but I do care that all of the 1/2 ton trucks have better mpg.

        I would like to see it in the flesh. It is okay but the Colorado and Canyon are better looking.

        We need some drivetrain, suspension, and frame pictures.

  • avatar
    pkov

    It’s pretty clear by now that we’ll never get light pickups back unless they slap a bed on the back of a Promaster City or the like. The industry sees no point in offering anything except bro-dozers and 4/5-sized bro-dozers.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    Dont dislike it. I’ll withold judgment until I see some interior shots and learn more about pricing and power trains.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Yeah, this. The current truck’s worst weaknesses are powertrain and interior. A bunch of exterior shots don’t tell us much about whether it’s a good refresh or not.

      • 0 avatar
        Fordson

        Powertrains? Unless you count the flat four in the FR-S, which I don’t, because it was designed by Subaru, and unless you count the CVT in the Corolla (OK, but it’s not going into a BOF pickup, when is the last time Toyota even came out with a new engine or transmission?

        And yes, it’s ugly as sin.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      I need to know its size before I decide to like/dislike it.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        The cab shell is the same as the current truck so you can say with some confidence that it’s the same size, give or take an inch or two of length, as the current truck.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I like the color.

  • avatar
    iMatt

    Is this supposed to be a ground up redesign? The silhouette looks very familiar to me, especially the cab.

  • avatar
    MK

    Is this a camouflage test mule? Why did they put a Fusion grill on it?

  • avatar
    anomaly149

    What a world we live in when even pickup trucks can’t get window beltline to hood top continuity right. Also, hard character lines coming out from a light assembly only make sense when you have an angular light assembly.

    I’m a bit confused about how the rear bumper integrates into the side of the box. The lack of any wrap-around sacrificial panel will mean a corner hit when backing into something will knock the box metal, not the bumper. Guess the ’15 F-150 does the same.

  • avatar
    frozenman

    At least the stupid fake hood scoop is gone.

  • avatar
    JK43123

    Remember, it’s not the size of the truck, it’s the size of the profit margin.

    John

  • avatar

    This looks exactly as the old truck. The cab is still uncomfortably low, the rear overhang is large. Was there a real redesign, or just a refresh?

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    The current Taco is attractive.

    The weak links is the dated inefficient power trains and the dated interior – no interior shots on reveal, I’m waiting to say more.

  • avatar
    Stovebolt

    Thanks for the pictures.

    1. Do the fronts of trucks have to look like Peterbilts?
    2. The uglification started by the Gen 2 Tacoma continues.
    3. Remember the simple clean lines of the 1995.5 to 2004 Gen 1 Tacoma? Even the pickup before that looked good (except for the 80’s graphics).
    4 Remember when small pickups were the bargains in Toyota ads?

    Time to start looking for a Gen 1, if I can find one with a frame!

  • avatar
    Silence

    Half-assed refresh, and an ugly one at that.

  • avatar
    mnm4ever

    I like it, but it isn’t really much of a change from the current generation. I would be shopping deals on the old ones, Toyota had some pretty good discounts on the 2014s as the 2015s were being released, and it was basically the same truck. This one is all new, and from the pictures I would say this isn’t just a refresh, that cab looks to be shaped differently.

    As for the size, obviously I cannot comment on the new 2016 truck until they hit the ground, but the current generation, though larger than the previous model isn’t really that big. Its more a height/scale thing, as the Prerunner models have become very popular, the big wheels and flares give the truck a larger appearance than they really are. Look at a regular cab delivery special and they haven’t gone up significantly in size over the previous generation. And I have 2 friends at work, one with a 2004 double cab 4×4 and the other with a 2014 double cab 4×4. The 2014 is a much more usable size compared to the older model, 4 people can sit comfortably in it, the bed is bigger and deeper for actual use, and from what they say the fuel economy is a wash. I think the current size of the midsizers meets a lot of buyers needs more than trucks of the old days.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      Where are you seeing a different shaped cab? I’ve checked it from every angle. Doors have the same skins, same handles, and back window interchanges.

      They did add cargo lights integrated into the 3rd brake light, no doubt from owner complaints/ridicule. But interestingly, the driver’s a-pillar grab handles are gone. De-contenting?

      And I agree, despite the all the vulpii sniveling, the old mini-trucks were just too small and too narrow for comfort.

      • 0 avatar
        marc

        The c pillar is quite different, so are the door handle surrounds. The b pillar has sharper angles, and the a pillar is different around the mirrors. These are minor, but point to a full remodel, not a refresh.

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        Upon further consideration I would agree with you all, the hard points do look about the same. I think I was fooled by what appeared to be more narrow window openings and the change in the flare contours.

        But that would also mean that this version will not change much at all in size or weight, so all the comments on the “enormity” are a bit exaggerated. According to wiki the current gen is about 6 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the 2004 models, and a cpl hundred pounds heavier at most.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        Baiting, Denver? Who would expect that of you?

        Besides, what you said about the old mini-trucks has no relevance to mnm’s comment. A modern version of such would be far more comfortable simply because designers have gotten more efficient in using interior space.

        For that matter, even the newest Tacoma isn’t “big” enough in the cab simply because you can’t slide the front seats back far enough despite all that available space. Someone with long legs can’t drive it while the same driver could easily fit behind the wheel of an ’85 model.

  • avatar
    poltergeist

    I’ve disliked the Taco ever since it was “Super-Sized” in 2005. This new one is even worse IMHO.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    After looking at the 2015 Hilux spy shots (link below) I really do believe this is a refresh of the old Taco.

    I can’t believe it! A pi$$ poor effort on Toyota’s part.

    Maybe the new Hilux isn’t competitive against the Colorado so Toyota will keep the “old-new” Taco in existence.

    Wow, what a downer. I did hear rumours that Toyota are looking at the 2.8 litre ISF Cummins diesel for the Taco.

    If this is available it will negate any reason for a V8. The ISF Cummins has around 385ftlb of Sir Isaac’s twisting the crank. This amount of torque with a 30+mpg (highway) makes real sense.

    I hope Toyota has more stuffed up their sleeves.

    Like I stated I’d almost put my balls on the little Cummins in the truck.

    As an aside, there are reports that Nissan’s most powerful next gen twin turbo 2.3 will not be available in the Australian Navara. I’d bet the 2.8 Cummins will be coming our way.

    It seems Nissan and Toyota are bedding Cummins. What will FCA do with the Ram Cummins?

    Reports are the 2.3 will not be large enough to compete effectively Downunder.

    http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/2016-toyota-hilux-spy-shots-28476#.VK4wyrvTnIU

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      Hey. Based on those photos the new Hilux is a much better looking truck than the new Taco. I could almost (I said almost) like it if it has enough room in the cab for a long-legged driver.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    After looking at the 2015 Hilux spy shots (link below) I really do believe this is a refresh of the old Taco.

    I can’t believe it! A pi$$ poor effort on Toyota’s part.

    Maybe the new Hilux isn’t competitive against the Colorado so Toyota will keep the “old-new” Taco in existence.

    Wow, what a downer. I did hear rumours that Toyota are looking at the 2.8 litre ISF Cummins diesel for the Taco.

    If this is available it will negate any reason for a V8. The ISF Cummins has around 385ftlb of Sir Isaac’s twisting the crank. This amount of torque with a 30+mpg (highway) makes real sense.

    I hope Toyota has more stuffed up their sleeves.

    Like I stated I’d almost put my balls on the little Cummins in the truck.

    As an as!de, there are reports that Nissan’s most powerful next gen twin turbo 2.3 will not be available in the Australian Navara. I’d bet the 2.8 Cummins will be coming our way.

    It seems Nissan and Toyota are bedding Cummins. What will FCA do with the Ram Cummins?

    Reports are the Nissan (Renault) 2.3 will not be large enough to compete effectively Downunder.

    http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/2016-toyota-hilux-spy-shots-28476#.VK4wyrvTnIU

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      @BAFO – By the same, an available V8 would negate any reasons for a diesel. But since the Tacoma is staying the same, you’re likely looking at the next Hilux here. No reason to have 2 separate trucks. The Tacoma/4Runner don’t really sell enough to stand on their own.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      The Hilux will be different to the Tacoma The new Tacoma is a rehash of previous generations. I suspect there is no diesel for this.
      Very similar power trains to what it already has, no reason to rock the boat

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      “385ftlb of Sir Isaac’s twisting”

      Are you saying ftlbs of Newtons? Really? That is like me saying that I’m 60 inches of centimeters tall.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        Quentin,
        ftlbs. The Sir Isaaacs was intended to sound “cute”.

        I have read Cummins along with Nissan have developed the ISF to generate around 385ftlb of torque and 200hp.

        As I stated if this engine was available there would be no need for a V8. Also, I would expect a 4cyl diesel to cost approx. the same as a V8 in the US.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Toyota has never been able to develop a competitive full size pickup, and this one is absolutely HIDEOUSLY STYLED, to add insult to injury.

    I have often pondered whether Toyota’s failure to field a competitive full size p/u was intentional or not.

    Are they trying to NOT destroy the biggest profit nucleus of GM, Ford & RAM, intentionally (i.e. sandbagging)?

    But it all makes such little sense if that’s the case. Why would they build these trucks in Deep Red Texas in such a loud manner?

    if they are intentionally sabotaging their full size truck, why bother to build it at all?

    It’s not as if Toyota isn’t perfectly competent & capable of building a truly competitive truck.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      The Tacoma is midsize. But it has to be intentional, the Tundra misses the mark like they’re aiming for the ground. Or their own foot. Don’t even bring up the Titan!

      It reminds me of the Celica/Supra. Modeled after the Mustang, but then both went opposite directions. One aimed at the sky and one straight down.

      But it’s clear the Big 3 are capable of building small cars to compete with Japan based OEMs, but can’t seem to get it together. Ever!

      Gentlemen’s agreement?

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Really, collusion like that on such a grand scale? We’ll sacrifice our small eco-box cars if you sacrifice your trucks? A conspiracy like that would make Alex Jones laugh, even if it does explain a lot of stuff I’ve often wondered about

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Deadweigth – the Tundra was an attempt by Toyota to out-macho the domestics. They expected huge sales inroads but grossly underestimated the brand loyalty and conservative nature of truck buyers. The “its UN’Mericun/remember Pearl Harbour” demographic is alive and well in pickupville.

      Building in Texas does not an American truck make…. or something like that.

      I do feel that Toyota has given up unofficially with the Tundra but to neglect the small truck line is utterly stupid.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    Upon first sight, I thought Subaru had finally built a pickup truck. Or Hyundai. Or the Global Ranger had finally made it here.

    It seems as if even the trucks are getting homogenized (styling) now, too…

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Hello, Toyota? Ford Fusion called – they want their grille back.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    I was thinking more of an upright Ford Taurus front end. The real question is did toyota update the out of date powertrain ? The current 4cyl that barely gets the same fuel mileage as a Silverado 5.3L V8 is unexceptable for the researched buyer.

  • avatar
    scwmcan

    So where are all the square wheel wells round tire fail comments for these trucks ( and the tundra for that matter), same as the GM twins always get ???? Not saying that either is great design just think if you are going to complain about them you should complain about all the trucks with them.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    My guess: It is simply a refreshed (read: more ugly) 05-14 Tacoma with some improved NVH, a blocky looking interior update with some sort of fancy new infotainment, and the 4Runner’s 270hp 4.0L Dual VVTi 1GR-FE. Maybe the Tundra’s 6spd auto? But previous 5spd auto is just as likely. Maybe dropped the 6spd manual option.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      The 4Runner engine alone would be worth the price of admission, particularly if they updated it a bit further to get closer to the 302 hp of the competition. They really also need to pair a newer auto with it.

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    When does Toyota announce the Tacoma is now part of their full sized lineup?
    This is the makeover they could have done mid-cycle for the 2nd gen. This looks half assed and the deliberate tough-look grill and tailgate leave much to be desired. Will they even offer a 2WD version of this for those that do not need all of that mass?

  • avatar
    pkov

    test of different browser

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    So they pulled a Tundra act two. A new bulkier grille Ford Taurus grille and a tailgate with Tacoma grafted on. The cab and doors look unchanged and I would be willing to bet not much has happened under the hood. With all the ranting and raving about the GM trucks on how they are identical to the old ones despite having all new engines, all new interiors and not one single carried over exterior piece of sheet metal and as usual Toyota gets another free pass with basically a warmed over previous generation Tundra and Tacoma! LOL

  • avatar
    happycamper

    Looks like they slid off the freeway and started taking pictures

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Totally agree and posted last night that for product release shots these are totally amateur hour. If an agency did this work I would be totally embarrassed if I worked there – the quality is poor across the board, the scenery and lighting are all off and the camera used doesn’t seem to have been full frame.

      • 0 avatar
        Quentin

        I believe these were shot by PickupTrucks.com. The press shots are up on Autoblog.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2015/01/07/2016-toyota-tacoma-photos/

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          Quentin – correct. PUTC said that the Toyota reps wouldn’t let them shoot from certain angles. They were not allowed to get a good look at the interior or undercarriage.

          The Autoblog pics look better but that grill still looks like an add-on.

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    The bean counters at Toyota definitely had to work their tails off for this Tacoma update.

    With regards to styling, it’s a lip stick on a pig refresh. You’ll either like it or hate it. Personally, I prefer my grille to be recessed from the front bumper cover, if that’s what you call a front bumper these days.

    Looking at the pickuptrucks.com picts, the refresh continues to use a composite plastic cargo bed. Oh well.

    So, what are the chances that the Lexus V6 mated to an eight speed transmission will make its way to the Tacoma?

  • avatar
    Skink

    The GMC Terrain fenders are strong with this one.

  • avatar
    jjster6

    What off-road prowess. That thing made it to the side of the interstate.

  • avatar
    frozenman

    Much wailing and indignation out there, it’s not bad IMHO. The camera lens used and some of the angles of these pics suggest it will look much better in the flesh, tacky chrome bits don,t help either. If they update the interior, put the better 4.0 in and add an extra cog to the trans they will sell all they can make. When they respond to GM’s diesel offering (and you know they will) it will be a slam dunk for the faithful.

  • avatar
    jjster6

    What off road chops. It made it to the side of the interstate.

  • avatar
    marc

    This is not a refresh. It is all new.

    It may be too subtle to spot initially, but the cab is definitely all new. The C-Pillar upkick is angled differently from the current model, amongst other small details that could not be part of a simple refresh. Unlike the Tundra, whose cab was unaltered, I would bet that you will hear Toyota, at some point, say that every body panel is all new. (Doubtful that it sits on a new platform, though that is not really a concern to anyone outside the angry blogosphere.)

  • avatar
    Ugli

    Unnecessarily enormous? Check.

    More plastic than steel? Check.

    Utility sacrificed for comfort and fashion? Check.

    Yep, it’s definitely a 21st Century truck. Is there really no demand for a reasonably-sized, simple, unrefined, powerful workhorse? There was a time when Toyota excelled at building just that (except the powerful part).

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      I’d actually like to see a materials breakdown (% plastic, steel, etc.) of new vehicles vs. old ones. And how those materials contribute to or detract from the overall usefulness of the vehicle.

  • avatar
    Tomifobia

    Oh, thank God: They’re bringing back Altezza lights.

    :stabsselfineye:

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Looking at the front end more, it looks like they didn’t restyle it, they literally tacked on a solid 6+ inches of protruding grille on top of what used to be there. Offset crash test accommodations?

    Also, looks like Toyota is finally succumbing to the bane of my existence: low hanging black plastic lower air splitters. I’m sure this alone gave them a solid 1mpg highway boost, at least.

    Some cool features old Toyota 4x4s used to have that they have lost:

    Drains on most fluid reservoirs including the gas tank
    Reusable, washable air filters
    Redundant accessory belts
    high mounted diff breathers on front, rear, and transfer case

    I realize 99% of consumers don’t care one whit about this stuff, but that is the sort of hard core, thoughtful engineering that used to go into Toyota 4WDs, and maybe is still applied on stuff like overseas LC70 landcruisers.

  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    I love easy decisions!
    I don’t buy Jap Cr*p!
    Next!

  • avatar
    Firestorm252

    So… any word on an Xrunner?
    I don’t need an off-road vehicle and I’ve always been partial to Toyota trucks since my dad’s mid-80’s blue one.

    DD, light hauling every once in a while, and something to give me the odd smile every so often on my backwoods drive home. Although the ever-non-functional hood scoop irks me to no end.

    Otherwise I’m probably off to CUV territory. Those AWD CX-5’s test drive well, wonder how they’d fare with a little trailer for trips to the hardware store…

  • avatar
    rudiger

    Same ole, same ole. Did anyone really expect anything else? It’s Toyota, and they own the market, so just getting a Taurus grille on the most recent Tacoma as the ‘All-New Model!’ shouldn’t surprise anyone. It pretty much goes without saying that the drivetrain and interior won’t be getting anything other than perfunctory changes, as well.

    It sure would be nice if the new Colorado kicks the Tacoma’s ass, but I don’t see the Colorado as being anything earth shattering, either.

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