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What the Media Thinks of the Brand New Toyota Tacoma

Published on November 30 2015

The new Tacoma offers a host of new technologies that make this rugged pickup quite refined and capable.

Midsize pickups do not often get redesigned, that’s just how it is. The Tacoma, for example, managed to stay the way it was for 10 years. But it has now been redesigned, for the first time in a decade, and believe us, the wait was worth it.

The new Tacoma offers a host of new technologies that make this rugged pickup quite refined and capable, not least of which is the new Atkinson-cycle engine, the only Atkinson cycle in a pickup truck. To learn more about the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, have a look at what the media is saying about this new pickup!

 The big mechanical news is that the hoary, old 4.0-liter V-6 has been tossed, replaced by a new 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V-6 that uses Toyota’s “D4S” combination of direct and port fuel injection similar to the system in the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. Combined with more aggressive variable valve timing, it allows the engine to dance between Atkinson and Otto combustion cycles and produce 278 horsepower at 6000 rpm. That’s a robust 42 more horsepower than the outgoing 4.0-liter, but peak torque production drops by a single pound-foot to 265 (the peak moves up to 4600 rpm from 4000, too) – Car and Driver

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Toyota owns the midsize truck segment. It’s not even close. Half of all small pickups have a Tacoma badge on the tailgate. In fact, even with General Motors’ recent onslaught, Tacoma sales are up 20 percent in the first seven months of ’15. Strong. And that’s the old model. So a new, fully modernized one should be an easy sell to this crowd.

No surprise then, the 2016 Tacoma looks like a muscled version of the 2015 model. In many ways, it is. Dimensionally they’re the same. Unlike just about every redesigned vehicle, the Tacoma hasn’t been supersized. This is good.

The new truck uses the same basic ladder frame as the old one, but enhancements ahead of the B-pillar help it meet today’s -- and future -- safety regs. Inside and out, cabs are the same size as the outgoing Tacoma too, while the structure uses more ultra-high-strength steels to meet roof-crush safety legislation. Toyota has added several new seals, silencers and mufflers to nearly every surface in and around the cab to combat noise. Sweers says it improves NVH a whopping 43 percent – Autoweek

To learn more, come drive the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma at Kingston Toyota Scion today!

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