2016 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP $23,660 - $30,530

Ranked #6 in Pickup-truck

7.2

Overall Rating

2016 Toyota Tacoma Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 30, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Toyota wanted to expand its presence in the pickup truck market after the immense success of the “indestructible” Hilux and came along with the Tacoma back in 1995. Even though the truck was launched as a compact pickup truck, it got bigger after a couple of generations and became a mid-size truck. The truck was an instant favorite for those who wanted a smaller truck with bullet-proof reliability.

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Pros

Offers better off-roading capability as compared to a majority of compact pickup trucks

Excellent tow ratings with the V6 motor

Attractive cabin with user-friendly controls layout

Superb reliability

Cons

Inconvenient driving position

Higher-than-average cab height

Not-so-powerful base four-pot motor

What's New?

Fully redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23660

bodystyle

4dr Access Cab

passenger capacity

4

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

164 cu.in.

horsepower

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent frnt duble wishbne suspensin w/anti-rll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspensin

dimensions

wheelbase

127.4 in.

length

212.3 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

3980 lbs.

ground clearance

9.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

56.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

89.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1620 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/23 mpg

highway range

452.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR$23,660 onwards

SR5$25,745 onwards

SR5 3.5$27,355 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Toyota Tacoma in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.7

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.2

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


For the 2016 model year, Tacoma enters into its third generation model with a complete redesign. The truck retains the older I-4 motor for the lower trim levels while the bigger V6 is now downsized to 3.5-liter but the power and torque output has been increased along with a better fuel economy. The price for the base trim starts at $23,660 putting it in the affordable price group.


8.0/10
Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.2/10
Safety


2016 Toyota Tacoma Features

8.0/10

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is offered in four trims and plenty of configurations with extended and double cab designs. The base SR trim starts at $23,660 with plenty of features as standard. Next is the SR5 trim which ranges from $25,745 to $28,820 depending on the configuration. The TRD Sport ranges from$30,025 to $34,700 above that is the TRD Off-Road which ranges from $31,125 to $34,700. 

Trims

SR

SR5

TRD Sport

TRD Off-Road

MSRP

$23,660 - $25,185

$25,745 - $28,820

$30,025 - $34,700

$31,125 - $34,700

Key Features

16-inch steel wheels

Foglights

LED daytime running lights

Rugged body trim (without the TRD Sport's hood scoop)

 

Cargo bed rail system with fixed and adjustable tie-downs

Chrome exterior accents

Unique exterior trim (including a hood scoop)

Special 16-inch alloy wheels

 

Sliding rear window

Variable intermittent wipers

17-inch alloy wheels

Bilstein shock absorbers

 

Full power accessories (windows, locks, and mirrors)

Rear privacy glass

Sport-tuned shock absorbers

Chin-spoiler delete (to improve the truck's off-road ability)

 

Air-conditioning

Color trip computer

Bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet

Electronic locking rear differential

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with phone and audio controls

Keyless entry and ignition (automatic transmission only)

Crawl Control system (essentially cruise control for off-road maneuvers between 1 and 5 mph)

 

GoPro windshield mount

Satellite radio and the Scout GPS Link navigation app

Wireless phone charger

Options mirror those of the TRD Sport

 

Rearview camera

 

Leather-trimmed shift lever

 

 

Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

 

Special upholstery (shared with the TRD Off-Road)

 

 

Voice controls

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

 

6.1-inch touchscreen interface

 

SR5's optional upgraded infotainment bundle

 

 

Six-speaker audio system with a CD player

 

 

 

 

USB port and an auxiliary audio jack

 

 

 

We recommend

The SR5 trim is the one to go for as it is reasonably priced and provides ample features that are good enough whether one uses the Tacoma as a work truck or a daily driver or both. Although the SR5 is not as capable off-road as the TRD Off-Road, it still provides greater off-road capabilities than most of its competitors, which lands the SR5 at the sweet spot.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Engine and Performance

8.2/10

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is powered by a base 2.7-liter 2TR-FE I-4 motor which makes 159 horsepower along with 180 lb-ft of maximum torque. The motor is mated to a standard six-speed automatic gearbox. The optional 3.5L V6 engine makes 278 horsepower along with 265 pounds foot of torque through either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. 

The base motor is just about average for day-to-day tasks and can tow a maximum of 3,500 lbs. The refinement levels are average, but the motor feels strained out on the highways under full load.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

MSRP

$23,660

$20,055

$20,940

$18,290

Engine

2.7L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

Horsepower

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

152 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

180 ft-lbs @ 3800 rpm

191 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

191 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

171 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH

7.3 sec

9.2 sec

9.2 sec

8.0 sec

Quarter mile

15.2 sec

16.9 sec

16.9 sec

15.8 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

116 MPH

119 MPH

115 MPH

120 MPH

The Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon have similar powertrain hence their performance and power figures are identical as well. The duo is more capable and powerful than the Tacoma yet employs a motor of similar capacity to the Tacoma. The Nissan Frontier gets the most underpowered motor here along with the slowest acceleration times as well.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The base 2.7 L engine is rated at 19/23/21 for city, highway, and combined by the EPA while the 3.5 L V6 is rated at 19/24/2, and yes it is more efficient than the base inline-4. The four-wheel-drive versions lose 1 mpg with the automatic while with the manual it is further reduced by 1 mpg. With a 21 gallons gas tank, the truck offers some impressive driving range as well.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

MPG (city)

19

19

19

19

MPG (highway)

23

26

26

23

MPG (combined)

21

22

22

21

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

21.1

21.0

21.0

21.1

Range (miles) (city/highway)

401/485 

399/546

399/546

401/485

Both the GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado are significantly more fuel-efficient than the Tacoma despite being more powerful. The Nissan Frontier has identical gas mileage figures to the Tacoma which is disappointing considering its power and performance levels on offer.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Interior

7.7/10

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma interior seems quite basic when compared to its competitors. Yet, the cabin is spacious and practical with a robust build quality except for the fact that it lacks headroom, especially at the rear as compared to its rivals. In terms of comfort, the seats are sub-par when compared to its rivals like Colorado. The whole layout and visual bit seem mundane as compared to the likes of the rivals but the controls are straightforward which makes up for it.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

41.4/57.5/45.0

40/58.3/42.4

Rear(head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

34.9/56.5/24.6

38.30/56.20/35.80

38.30/56.20/35.80

38.7/58.3/33.6

Cargo Box Capacity (cu.ft.)

33.5

49.90

49.90

33.5

Both the GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado feature similar cabin dimensions and offer more comfort and features than the Tacoma. The Nissan Frontier takes the second spot in terms of the headroom for the front seats but it has the maximum space for the rear passengers here.

Some interior features are:

  • 4 -way manual driver seat adjustments
  • 4 -way manual passenger seat adjustment
  • Driver seat with manual adjustable lumbar support
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • Hands-free entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • External temperature display

How intuitive is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system onboard the 2016 Toyota Tacoma offers a generous list of features right from the base trim. The system has a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with a user-friendly and smooth user interface and offers features such as Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls, and Siri Eyes Free among others.

Some standout infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen interface
  • USB port
  • Six-speaker audio system with CD player

2016 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

7.0/10

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma exterior is a lot rugged and macho as compared to its competitors. The boxy shape and the aggressive design language helps to add some charm and poise. The new front grille is bigger now and gives an illusion of a bigger truck but in reality, the Tacoma is nowhere near as big as a full-size pickup. Overall, its dimensions are perfect for urban driving purposes.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3980

3960

3920

4690

Length (in.)

212.3

212.7

212.4

205.5

Width (in.)

74.4

74.3

74.3

72.8

Height (in.)

70.6

70.4

70.4

68.7

Ground clearance (in.)

9.4

8.4

8.4

7.6

Wheelbase (in)

127.4

128.3

128.3

125.9

The Chevrolet Colorado looks and feels a lot more premium than the Tacoma from the outside and so does the GMC Canyon with its flashy chrome front grille design. The Nissan Frontier gets a simple yet functional exterior design like the Tacoma as well.

Some exterior features are:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • 120V AC power outlet
  • Cargo bed rail system with fixed and adjustable tie-downs
  • Bedliner
  • Body-color over-fenders(optional)

2016 Toyota Tacoma Safety

8.2/10

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma scored a 4-star rating from the NHTSA and an overall “Good” rating from the IIHS as well which shows a strong safety aspect of the truck. The Tacoma gets almost all the basic safety techs such as active front headrests, front-seat side airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and traction and stability control among other features.

Some of the Safety Features are-

  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental airbags for side-impact with rollover sensor
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System
  • Active Brake Limited Slip 
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt 
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH system 
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases and energy-absorbing steering column

2016 Toyota Tacoma Final Verdict

Being a midsize pickup the 2016 Toyota Tacoma provides an off-road-worthy experience and it also serves as a work truck whenever needed while not sacrificing the daily drivability and urban maneuverability. As compared to the competition it lacks the spaciousness and the comfort levels of the Frontier or Colorado. Overall, the Tacoma provides a versatile enough package that will surely impress anyone who prefers it.

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