For our 2016 Mid-Size Truck Shootout, the Toyota Tacoma enters this year’s test in an all-new package. The segment truck leader for the previous 11 years gets one major update, most notably a brand-new engine. Gone is the 4.0-liter V6 engine that powered the 2015 model, as it is now replaced with an Atkinson-cycle-type 3.5L V6. The new engine is rated to produce 42 more horsepower (278 @ 6,000 rpm) than the outgoing 4.0-liter and 1 less lb.-ft. of torque (265 lb.-ft.). The Tacoma also gets fitted with a new six-speed transmission as well.
Back in 2015, Toyota decided to take its TRD offerings a step further by offering new TRD Pro models, which were unveiled on the Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma of that year. The Tacoma was as close to a no-brainer as you could get considering Toyota told us at that time that nearly 40 percent of its trucks were sold with a Sport or Off-Road TRD package. The only problem for the Tacoma is 2015 was the last year of the prior generation, so the Tacoma TRD Pro was short lived. Although TRD Pro Tundra and 4Runner models were announced for 2016, there was no sign of a new TRD Pro Tacoma – until now.
PAYSON, UT – After only two years, RMFantasySX has exploded in popularity. 2016 will be even bigger, with two significant additions. This year’s grand prize will be an all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, taking the prizes to an unprecedented level. Also, the scoring system has been improved. Like last year, users who predict the top five riders (along with a wildcard) will be awarded points for each pick they correctly predict. For the 2016 season, however, five points will also be awarded for each picked rider who finishes in the top five but not in the exact position chosen. This rewards users who accurately predict top five finishes, even if they do not predict the exact order.
Stretching its full-size pickup to extreme levels, literally, Toyota unveiled its Tundrasine concept Tundra pickup truck at SEMA today in Las Vegas, using the truck as a prop during its press conference in which Toyota racers, such as rally and off-road racer Ryan Millen, and Toyota executives hopped out of the limo-truck for their introduction to the event.
Toyota has unveiled some of its plans for its 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display, which will feature 14 custom vehicles, one of which will be the Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle (UUV) shown above.
Toyota unveiled an all-new commercial and marketing campaign for the 2016 Tacoma with some aggressive off-roading and a host of unique characters. As the company puts it, “If your heart doesn’t beat a little faster after watching the all-new Toyota Tacoma broadcast spots, you might want to check your pulse.”
In the first step of our TRD Like Pro Build Series, we focused on one of the most crucial upgrades on the Tundra TRD Pro: Bilstein front coilover shocks. In Part 2, we look to complement the upgraded front coilovers with 2.5-inch Bilstein rear shocks.