The time is drawing near when I get to hop into the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck. This is your chance to ask questions about the truck and I’ll report answers I get directly from Toyota engineers and designers. Simply ask away in the comment section.
So what’s the big deal, you may ask? Well, the Tacoma has undergone a very welcomed refresh for the 2016 model year and now comes with an updated powertrain, a more refined interior, and more useful features throughout. Not everything is new, but it appears at first blush that Toyota has tweaked all the right things to keep the Tacoma competitive.
The Tacoma has a big role to fill in fighting the new(ish) 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon midsize trucks. The twins come packing a four-cylinder, an optional V-6, and new for 2016, a four-cylinder turbodiesel. Of course, the two GM trucks have stirred the market, but are still lagging behind the current-generation Tacoma in sales. The new Tacoma is Toyota’s move at maintaining its lead in the midsized segment while offering new features Tacoma buyers have been asking for.
One of those features is better fuel economy. The current truck gets an EPA rating of 16 mpg city 21 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined when fitted with the Double Cab, 4WD, and the 4.0-liter V-6. The 2016 Tacoma’s new 3.5-liter V-6 with its Atkinson combustion cycle, new six-speed automatic, and improved rear differential should help boost those number drastically. The official EPA numbers will likely be released at next week’s driving event.
Don’t forget to read our full review of the 2016 Tacoma here and to post your questions in the comment section below.