of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Interior quietness
- Plenty of power (V-6)
- Premium audio system performance
- Good ride quality
- Lack of headroom
- Cramped backseat
- Hard-to-reach switches and climate controls
- No height-adjustable driver's seat
- Poor gas mileage (V-6)
- New off-road-oriented TRD Pro version
- Midsize pickup truck with choice of two cab styles
- Four-cylinder or V-6 power
- Rear- or four-wheel drive
- GoPro mount on the windshield
Toyota has crafted a solid update to the country’s best-selling midsize truck, but a cramped interior and questionable ergonomics keep it from being the best midsize truck.
Versus the Competition
Though its TRD models have an edge off-road, the updated Tacoma is less spacious, comfortable and efficient than the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier. It also falls behind the GM trucks in towing capability and safety features and technology content for the price.
Editor's note: This review of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma was written in April 2016. Since then, Toyota has added a top TRD Pro model for 2017, which you can see here. For more of what's new for 2017, click here, or to see a side-by-side comparison of the two model years, click here.
The midsize pickup segment, which had been shrinking year over year, is heating up thanks to the smashing success of GM’s redesigned Colorado and Canyon twins, which have been selling like crazy since their reintroduction just more than a year ago. But the Toyota Tacoma has been freshened for 2016 with new styling, a new interior, new engines and some new electronics (compare the 2015 and 2016 models here).
I tested two trim levels of the new Tacoma, a Limited and a TRD Off Road, both double-cab (crew-cab) versions with 5-foot cargo beds. The TRD is available in this configuration or with a 6-foot bed and Access Cab (extended cab) or double cab (the Limited is available only as tested).
Exterior and Styling
It’s certainly an attractive truck. It’s not all that different from the previous Tacoma, but it does look a little larger, a little chunkier. The windshield is very upright, with an A-pillar that curves dramatically. The front and rear ends tie in well with the latest full-size Tundra pickup and Toyota’s truck-based SUVs such as the 4Runner and Land Cruiser, so the family resemblance is definitely maintained.
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Overall good truck
Like everything about this truck except the transmission. Too much shifting at low speeds. Seems to have trouble finding the right gear. A little sluggish. Read full review
Best truck I ever owned
My 2017 Tacoma SR5 has Plenty of power and handles excellent in snow. Also owned 2002 tacoma 2.4 put 170,000 miles on it and not one issue at all. Read full review