2016 Toyota Tacoma: Work Hard Play Hard
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4X4 Double Cab | Price as Tested: $33,730
Engine: 3.5-liter; 278 hp; 265 lb-ft of torque
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city, 23 mpg hwy
Special Features: Qi Phone Charger, 120V Outlet, GoPro Camera Mount, Backup Camera, Brake Assist,
Smart Stop Technology, 7-inch Touchscreen, Push Button Start, etc.
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is Toyota’s entry into the mid-sized pickup truck segment, and instead of being a strictly utilitarian ride, Toyota has decided to embody a work-hard play-hard mentality. From its styling and features to its engine and performance, the truck carries this duality perfectly.
On the ‘fun’ side of things, the TRD Sport model we reviewed has a bit of playful styling that makes this car look like it is more for weekend trekking than weekday working. It has an attractive-looking hood scoop that combines nicely with a rugged body.
In addition, the Tacoma has touches you might not expect to find in a pickup truck, or any car, for that matter. First and foremost, is the fully integrated GoPro mount at the top of the windshield that comes standard across all of the different trim levels (the first standard GoPro mount for any model from any car maker).
GoPros are synonymous with adventure and that ‘endless weekend’ ideal Toyota is striving for. You always see GoPro videos attached to surfers, motorcyclists, rock climbers and the like. This is Toyota’s little way of saying This car is for you. No, no one is going to be on the fence about this car and then see the GoPro mount and change their mind. However, while building a list of possible cars to test drive, someone might see that little
feature and think I’m smelling what you’re stepping in, Toyota, or I like the cut of your Jib, Toyota, or any other strange way of saying this car’s adventurous spirit is compatible with my own.
Another little feature in this truck that has the same idea behind it (although to a lesser degree) as the GoPro mount, is the Qi charging surface. If you have a Qi compatible device, all you need to do is put it on the nonslip surface located just under the center dash and hit the Qi button to start charging your phone wirelessly. You probably wouldn’t have expected that in a pickup truck, right?
The Tacoma’s optional tow package is the perfect example of how this car can work hard and play hard. With the tow package, the car can tow up to 6,800 pounds. Combine that with the payload capacity of 1,620 pounds and you will be able to haul around any gear you might need for the week or the weekend. On a Friday afternoon all you’ll need to do is swap out your lawn mowers and leaf blowers for your ATVs or jet skis, and you will be good to go.
The TRD Sport version of the 2016 Tacoma is put into motion with a 3.5-liter engine that churns out 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque at 4600 rpm. You can also get a 2.7-liter engine that will produce 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, but
if that work-hard, play-hard mentality is high up on your list, you are probably going to want to go with the bigger engine.
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