Review: 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4x4

15 December 2017, Neil Parkhi


The Toyota Tacoma is one of the most affordable pickup trucks you can buy today. You can get it in a work truck or even in a unique off road vehicle. However, the Tacoma does have some real competitors, such as the Chevrolet Colorado, as well as the GMC Canyon, however both companies, or combined as General Motors, were late to release their Z71 Packages for those trucks. Compared to the Chevrolet Silverado, or GMC Sierra. However, it does have some great features which the other competitors could not have.


The third Generation Toyota Tacoma, 2016 as the first model, was introduced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which used Toyota’s newest styling cues, with more aggressive looks. The new truck was released in the U.S. last September. The new trucks used new Atkinson engines, and for the TRD Sport and TRD Off Road Models, Toyota Racing Development worked on the vehicle to make it hold some extra capabilities.The new Tacoma is also known to have a new smart key access system, and push-button start for the first time. As this particular vehicle is a 4x4, it is all wheel drive, which is important if you are going to take your Tacoma Off Road.


The Toyota Tacoma in my opinion is really a great vehicle. Given that it is a mid-size pickup, it really does the job it is supposed to do, and the truck really handles well. The ride comfort and reliability is great, and it is really worth getting it over most others. It has what you would expect out of a Toyota, and it is popular over many areas. It did meet all of my expectations here. The Tacoma also includes those great convenience features such as the smart key access system and push button start which not a lot of pickups really have that yet.


Steering and Transmission
Steering Type Speed Proportional, Hydraulic Assist, Rack and Pinion Power Steering
Transmission Type 6-Speed Automatic
Gear 1 Ratio 3.60
Gear 2 Ratio 2.09
Gear 3 Ratio 1.49
Gear 4 Ratio 1.00
Gear 5 Ratio 0.69
Gear 6 Ratio 0.58
Reverse Gear Ratio 3.73
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel Type 17 x 7.5 inch 5 twin spoke alloys
Rear Wheel Type 17 x 7.5 inch 5 twin spoke alloys
Front Tire Type 265/65R17
Rear Tire Type 265/65R17
Front Suspension Type Independent Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension Type Rigid Axle Leaf
Suspension Features Stabilizer Bars, Coil Springs, Gas Pressurised Shock Absorbers
Length (in, mm) 212.3in, 5392mm
Width (in, mm) 75.2in, 1910mm
Height (in, mm) 70.6in, 1793mm
Wheelbase (in, mm) 127.4in, 3236mm
Weight (lb, kg) 4305lb, 1953kg
Engine Specifications
Engine Type 3.5 litre double overhead cam V6
Power (bhp, PS, kW) 278bhp, 282PS, 207kW @ 6000RPM
Torque (lb-ft, Nm) 265lb-ft, 359Nm @ 4600RPM
0-60 mph (0-97 kmph) 7.2 seconds
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Fuel Tank Size (gal, L) 21.1 gallons, 80L
Fuel Type (AKI, RON) 87 Octane/AKI Petrol (92 RON)
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 17mpg, 7kmpL
Highway Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 20mpg, 9kmpL
Cargo Specifications
Cab Length (in, mm) 60.5in, 1537mm
Cab Width (in, mm) 41.5in, 1054mm
Cab Depth (in, mm) 19.1in, 485mm
Price Range
U.S. Dollars $32,460
Canadian Dollars $41,242