2016 Toyota Tacoma
November 5th, 2015
Toyota has dominated the small truck market for years and has earned a strong reputation for rock-solid reliability and tough, capable off-road performance. When it became the Tacoma, that reputation — and the size of the truck — grew. The Tacoma has a fantastic resale value, earning the top spot in Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards. It dominates sales in its segment — the current generation of Toyota’s midsize pickup makes up about half of all midsize pickup sales. But as new competition comes to the segment, and the Tacoma continued to age, it was time for an upgrade. And it got a big one for 2016.
The Tacoma already had a solid foundation. Its frame is tough enough to handle fairly serious off-roading, and the truck manages to have a nice balance of being easy to park yet offering enough room to carry five passengers and gear. Toyota retained the same frame design, using more high-strength steel, a move that reduced weight while increasing rigidity. The wheelbase is the same, but the truck is longer and wider. Toyota took advantage of the new dimensions to improve interior packaging, increasing leg-, shoulder and hip room in the Access and Double Cabs.