5 Things Families Need to Know About the 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Built to be king of the hill, the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma made its debut last week at the North American International Auto Show. With competitors like the Chevrolet Colorado touting their family-friendliess in the midsize truck market, here’s what you need to know about the all-new Tacoma:

1.)  It has get up and go. This truck isn’t just forgoing slow up the mountainside’s topsy turvy dirt path. The new Tacoma will be powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and an all-new, segment-first 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology, featuring both direct and port fuel injection.

Both engines will be paired to a new six-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift delivering quick and easy shifting.  The V6 can also be mated to a new six-speed manual transmission.  The new powertrain makes the Tacoma more powerful and fuel efficient than ever before.

2.)  There’s a style for everyone. The new Tacoma will be available in five grades in both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.  Each grade will have its own personality and unique look.  Tacoma grades include:

  • Work-ready SR
  • Iconic SR5
  • Athletic TRD Sport
  • Tough-as-nails TRD Off-Road
  • Top of the line Limited

3.)  It looks sporty. The Tacoma shares big brother Tundra’s more chiseled face, with a hex grille while falling in line design-wise more with the 2017 Ford Raptor than the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Toyota’s press materials draw notice to the Tacoma’s, “wheel flares are strong and muscular,” and “front end [that] portrays an aggressive attitude with its bold upper grille and a taller, more muscular hood.”

4.)  Just because it’s a truck, it doesn’t lack many of the features families consider necessities. Soft-wrapped trim and metallic accents set the stage for a high-quality look and feel that is a starting point for an array of available premium features, including:

  • Qi wireless charging
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Power moonroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Enhanced touchscreen audio

5.)  On and off road technology will keep you safe and secure. Among the new Tacoma’s features are:

  • All Tacoma’s will continue to come standard with the Star Safety System.
  • Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Automatic Limited Slip and Locking Rear Differential
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Clutch Start Cancel (manual transmission only)
  • Active Traction Control
  • Crawl Control
  • Tacoma buyers will now have the opportunity to capture their global adventures on video as every Tacoma will come standard with a GoPro® mount located near the rear-view mirror.

The all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma is scheduled to go on sale later this year.

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