NAIAS 2015: 2016 Toyota Tacoma Debuts

Cameron Aubernon
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naias 2015 2016 toyota tacoma debuts

Following both Nissan and Ford, it’s now Toyota’s turn to show off its latest truck offering at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the 2016 Tacoma [Live photos now available – CA].

Power for the redesigned pickup comes from either a 2.7-liter four-pot or a 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 with the automaker’s D-4S tech, which has both direct and port fuel injection. Both engines come with a standard six-speed automatic, but you’ll need to go for the V6 for the optional six-speed manual.

Five trim levels are available for the Tacoma: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited. The TRD Off-Road trim, in particular, comes with an array of features, including: hill start assist; automatic limited slip and locking rear differential; clutch start cancel for manual transmissions; active traction control; and crawl control. All trims can be had in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations, and all have Toyota’s Star Safety System standard.

Other features available include a high-strength steel frame for better rigidity and strength; ultra-high strength steel body shell; power moonroof; smart key and push-button start; extensive NVH reduction; locking tailgate; standard GoPro camera mount; and wheel options ranging from 16 to 18 inches in size.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Dan Dan on Jan 13, 2015

    The biggest fly on the old Tacoma in my book was the uncomfortable seating position due to the high floorpan. From the interior shots that doesn't seem to have changed much, if at all. Not enthusiastic whatsoever about the powertrain. I know Toyota has the CAFE gun to their head just like everyone else. But all of this newly complex and expensive and then they run Atkinson and chop 500cc off to knock response and driveability right back to, probably below, where they started? If CAFE gaming and another $2000 under the hood is a given then I'd prefer forced injection torque and a smooth 8 speed to go with it. This is likely a preview of the next 4Runner powertrain. I would have bought the current 4Runner if its powertrain had sucked less. Looking like I won't buy the next 4Runner either. On the upside the interior looks pretty good for people whose legs fit in it, more attention to NVH is always good, they didn't go full Zamboni on the front fascia, it still has big upright glass. And it doesn't look manga catfish for a change.

  • DrGastro997 DrGastro997 on Jan 18, 2015

    I liked the current Tacoma but this new one looks great but it reminds me a bit of the face of I he Subaru Outback, which isn't bad at all. Sharp interior. Looking much better than the Chevy Colorado...

  • Marty S Corey, thanks for your comment. Mercedes has many different models, and will survive. Jaguar is planning on only offering electric models and will be in trouble. They should continue their ICE models as long as possible, but have discontinued the F-Type already and will probably be discontinuing everything else. We purchased the current XF this year, which is a nice car, but would have been splendid if they had just continued the supercharged V-6 in it.By the way, I have really enjoyed your Continental and Eldorado series. Was just showing it to my barber, who owned several 1954-56 Eldorado convertibles.
  • Marques My father had one of these. A black 1984 Pulsar NX with a 5-speed stick and a grey interior. Dad always kept it in pristine shape-that black paint was shiny even in the middle of the night. I swear I could still smell the Rain Dance carnauba wax! The only issue that car ever had was that it was never driven enough-it would sit for 10 days at a time! The Hitachi carburetor on it(and other Nissans of the time) were known to be troublesome. It went to the boneyard at 72K miles when a hole got punched in the block. By that time the Pulsar had long ceased production.
  • VoGhost This is the only new vehicle I have the slightest interest in.
  • VoGhost I love it. Can't wait to get one. Finally, trucks are becoming actually capable, and it's great for America.
  • Peter Just waiting for Dr. Who to show up with his Tardis, and send these things back to the hellish dark dimension from which they came.