Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Toyota's Tacoma has enjoyed a long reign as king of midsize pickups  yet with expanded rivalry, the Tacoma's been overhauled for 2016. Its progressions ought to empower it to keep up a lead, until further notice. 

The Toyota Tacoma is the long-lasting pioneer in moderate size pickups. The 2016 variant can be designed 29 unique courses, with two taxi styles. There's the amplified Access Cab or the 4-entryway Double Cab, each accessible with back wheel or 4-wheel drive. For quite a long time, the Tacoma has been a go-to pickup for rough terrain drivers, outside fans, and experts who require a truck without the greater part of a full-sizer. The Tacoma's capacity, unwavering quality, and consistency have assembled a standout amongst the most strong pickup notorieties out there.                                        For 2016, the Tacoma is all-new. It’s been re-styled inside and out, and the aggressive sheet metal looks great. The design team took inspiration from desert racing and gave the new Tacoma boldly flared wheel arches, a taller hood with purposeful creases, and a new tailgate that incorporates an integrated spoiler for improved aerodynamics. Configured as a Tacoma TRD Off-Road like the one I drove, this is an aggressive-looking truck packing a high level of thoughtful refinement from its composite bed to its well-thought-out interior. It’s a lot quieter inside, too, thanks to an acoustic windshield, upgraded seals, and sound-absorbing headlining and floor padding. 

New features include projection-beam headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a locking tailgate with a soft-opening feature, and plenty of available premium features. Some high points include Qi wireless charging, climate control, touchscreen audio, push-button start, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts. The TRD Off-Road trim includes extra skidplates, Bilstein suspension dampers, and a suspension tuned to shine off-road, thanks to a 35-year history of racing.

There’s a lot of choice in Tacoma-ville. The standard Access Cab versions have extra room behind the front seats compared to other midsize pickups. Access Cabs pair up with a 73.7-inch bed and ride on a 127.8-inch wheelbase. Double Cabs have 4 conventional doors and a spacious 60/40 split second row. There are two wheelbases and bed lengths for Double Cab models: a 127.3-inch wheelbase with a 60.5-inch bed, or a longer 140-inch wheelbase that accommodates the 73.6-inch bed. Either way, you can choose rear-wheel-drive  or 4-wheel-drive configurations.

On top of the comprehensive nuts and bolts of wheelbases, powertrains, and bed lengths, the Tacoma is available in five trim levels. The lineup starts with the hard-working SR and continues to the well-equipped SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and the range-topping Limited. SRs and SR5s feature fabric-trimmed seats, and all Tacomas have standard 4-way front seats. Both TRD versions have unique upholstery, while the Limited gets premium leather. Entune audio is standard for the SR, while SR5s feature Entune Audio Plus with enhanced infotainment, including a 6.1-inch touchscreen, the Scout GPS Link navigation app and some.

Entune Premium Audio is standard for the TRD Tacomas and features deep smartphone integration for a data-enhanced experience. Navigation is part of Entune Premium Audio’s offerings, along with an App Suite and 7-inch touchscreen. Tacoma Limited models carry the Entune Premium JBL Audio system as standard equipment.   From behind the wheel, the Tacoma feels as it always has. Even though it’s grown significantly from its days as a truly compact pickup, it’s still tidy. The seating position is rather low, and even with all its newfound refinement, there’s still enough brawny truck sound and fury. It’s a lot more pleasant to drive than before, and the new V6 engine does deliver better fuel economy. It’s also stronger than before for towing. A Tacoma with the V6 and towing package is rated to tow up to 6,800 pounds, which is 300 more than before. For V6 models, the towing package includes a Class IV receiver hitch, transmission cooler, 4- and 7-pin trailer wiring connectors, and trailer-sway control integrated into the stability control system, A Double Cab Tacoma is a genuine family vehicle. With 4 customary entryways and a liberally measured back seat, it has a lot of usable inside space. Access Cabs have it harder, with back seats most appropriate to just periodic use. Long-outing solace might make them wish you'd taken a car. The low seats lead to some odd leg positions and points, however they're great regarding comfort and bolster. Some front-seat tenants might find that the head limitations push uncomfortably on the backs of their heads. There's a gigantic focus console capacity receptacle, well-thoroughly considered capacity territories, and astute points of interest. Look at the concealed stockpiling under the base pad of the secondary lounge or the shrewd pockets to tuck the back safety belt clasps into when you have the pad tilted. 

The lodge is recently upgraded, keeping in mind it's still a spotless design, a few controls might be harder to utilize. The little handles and odd showcase introduction of the atmosphere control framework might be difficult to change with gloves on or view initially. The materials have an excellent appearance, including the interestingly designed fabric upholstery and sewing one of a kind to this TRD trim. 

The Tacoma is equipped to empower utilization of its truck capacities. The bed, framed from an intense composite, can face bunches of misuse. An inherent secure framework with sliding spikes makes it simple to secure your freight, and Toyota offers choices for bicycle racks, load dividers, and different embellishments that work straightforwardly with the bed rails. An inherent force inverter is accessible, putting a 400-watt AC outlet into the bed, also.   The new Tacoma carries more tech than ever before, but it’s not pushing the state of the art. There’s standard Bluetooth hands-free integration and audio streaming, Siri Eyes Free, touchscreen controls, and voice recognition, but no WiFi hotspot capability. The optional Entune™ premium systems include navigation and an App Suite for more functionality. 

The App Suite uses the cellular data connection from a paired phone, and included apps are Slacker, Yelp, Facebook Places iHeart Radio, Pandora, and Open Table. Other apps provide information, such as,Traffic, Sports ,Stocks, Weather,  and Fuel Prices. The jury is out on how useful all these apps actually are. The ones that got the most use during the test drive were the entertainment apps like Pandora. After all, sports, and weather information are easily found on the plain old radio. 

The navigation system is easy to use and mature. The system doesn’t have any real buttons, though, which can make it hard to use. Several times I swiped an on-screen button while using one of the knobs. The shiny surface of the screen can be affected by glare and shows lots of fingerprints. The Qi wireless charging pad is a new feature that will be convenient for drivers with compatible phones, but the most important tech features are driver aids like blind-spot monitoring, a rear-view camera, and rear cross-traffic alerts.  

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