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Toyota released all the details today on the coming 2016 Toyota Tacoma. We showed you some preview pictures of the 2016 Tacoma a few days ago, and we get the specs.

Toyota's rebuilt Tacoma appears to be more of a strong refresh rather than the "all-new" that Toyota claims. The frame has been reinforced with high strength steel, body panels are now formed with a hot stamping method that increases strength while decreasing weight, and the suspension has been re-tuned for better on-road comfort while increasing off-road abilities.

The 2.7 liter 4-cylinder carries over, but there is a new 3.5 liter, Atkinson cycle V6 that has both direct-injection and port injection. Both engines send power through a new 6-speed automatic. Those who prefer to row their own, will be happy to hear that the V6 will be available in a 6-speed manual. Naturally both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel-drive will be available.

For off-roaders, there is an available automatic Limited-Slip and locking rear differential, hill start assist, active traction control, and craw control.

The 2016 Tacoma will go into production in the middle of 2015.

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DOMINATE DIRT…OR ROCKS…OR PAVEMENT IN THE

ALL-NEW 2016 TOYOTA TACOMA

 Toyota Tacoma Rebuilt Inside and Out

 New Engine, Transmissions and Suspension Tuning

 Legendary TRD Off-road Toughness

 Best-selling Mid-Size Pickup for 10 Straight Years

 Designed, Engineered and Assembled in North America

DETROIT, January 12, 2015 - - Whatever the terrain, Tacoma is king of the hill. Rebuilt

inside and out with an all-new powertrain and enhanced suspension tuning, America’s bestselling

mid-size pickup for ten years running is Lord of the Rigs for dirt stomping adventurers.

With a legacy of off-road victories and over seven million units sold since 1964, Toyota

revitalizes the midsize truck segment with the introduction of the all-new 2016 Tacoma.

“For the past 50 years adventure-seeking Americans have relied on Toyota trucks to

take them places, on and off-road,” said Bill Fay, group vice president & general manager,

Toyota Division. “The all-new homegrown Tacoma is a tough truck designed, developed and

built for lifestyles of the young and young-at-heart.”

Built from the Ground Up

The new 2016 Tacoma was primarily developed by the Toyota engineering team at

Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Starting with the frame, they added high strength

steel to enhance rigidity and overall strength. Ultra-high strength steel was integrated into the

body shell using a new hot stamping process that reduces weight.

To create a truck to meet the needs of active drivers on a variety of tamed and untamed

surfaces, the suspension was fine-tuned to help deliver a smoother on-road ride, while making it

even more capable off-road.

Get Your Motor Running

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.

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TOYOTA TACOMA 2/2/2/2

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.

Doing It With Style Inside and Out

Serious, yet fun! This is the Toyota truck design DNA. The Tacoma and Tundra are

amazingly capable trucks that are designed to reflect their capability. The Tacoma shares big

brother Tundra’s more chiseled face, with a hex grille. From there, Tacoma expresses its own

identity.

Inspired by desert racing, CALTY designers in Newport Beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor,

Mich. made the new Tacoma all about recreational action and athletic agility. To achieve this,

the new Tacoma’s wheel flares are strong and muscular for greater wheel travel and the high-lift

image reflects its purposeful capability. Four new wheel designs range from 16 to 18 inches.

The front end portrays an aggressive attitude with its bold upper grille and a taller, more

muscular hood. Mounted high above the clamp-shaped bumper sits slim, high technology

headlights that feature projection beam lamps with available LED Daytime Running Lights.

From behind, the new locking tailgate emphasizes Tacoma’s wide stance and tough

image. The tailgate features an integrated spoiler for improved aerodynamics and a stamped

Tacoma logo. The tailgate also adds an easy lowering feature, which allows it to slowly retract,

preventing it from slamming down. For the first time ever, Tacoma is available with a tri-fold

hard tonneau cover for securing gear when you’re away from the truck.

Tacoma’s tough exterior is complemented by an interior that conveys a sport truck

image reflecting an athletic, go anywhere, off-road feel. Once inside, drivers will notice a

“handlebar” design theme in the instrument panel for a more driver-focused experience. Softwrapped

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

- Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

- And much more

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TOYOTA TACOMA 3/3/3/3

In addition to offering more premium features, Toyota engineers also made the new

Tacoma quieter than ever. To accomplish this, all seals were enhanced and a multi-layer

acoustic windshield and sound-absorbing headliner were added. Finally, a floor silencer pad

further reduces road noise.

Making the Grades

The new Tacoma will be available in five grades in both 4x2 and 4x4 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

The two TRD grades are inspired by Toyota Racing Development’s more than 35-year

history in desert off-road racing and a heritage of vehicles that have helped off-road enthusiasts

conquer the toughest terrains in the most remote locations around the globe. 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.

Traveling Off the Beaten Path

Tacoma off-roading adventures will reach new levels of fun in the TRD Off-Road grade

thanks to the addition of incredible technology. A Multi-Terrain Select system allows the driver

to choose between different types of terrain such as loose rock, or mud and sand. Each input

regulates wheel spin by adjusting throttle and brake pressure to provide maximum traction on

almost any terrain.

Additional off-road technology includes Automatic Limited Slip and Locking Rear

Differential, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Clutch Start Cancel (manual transmission only),

Active Traction Control, and Crawl Control. Engaging Crawl Control allows the driver to select a

speed of 1-5 mph. The Crawl Control system takes over the acceleration and braking, allowing

the driver to focus solely on steering.

All Tacoma’s will continue to come standard with the Star Safety System.

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TOYOTA TACOMA 4/4/4/4

A North American Story

Tacoma is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio

and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) in Baja California, Mexico. Both

facilities play a major role in carrying on Tacoma’s legendary reputation for quality, durability

and reliability (QDR), which has been instrumental in establishing its segment-leading owner

loyalty rating. It’s QDR has also helped establish Tacoma as the highest rated vehicle in its

class for resale value according to Kelley Blue Book. The all-new Tacoma builds on this

tradition with improvement in every aspect over the current Tacoma including, design,

ruggedness, and performance improvements in horsepower and fuel efficiency.

50 Years and Counting

Backed by 50 years of unwavering capability, an unbreakable attitude, and an off-road

racing heritage, the all-new Tacoma is hungry for adventure and ready to tackle almost any

challenge that it encounters. It is the ultimate tool for the outdoorsman that likes to get out there

and go places.


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Pretty much what I expected... but wait! Look at that! They've given it the 3.5. But not just any 3.5, an updated 3.5. So, basically, it's an updated version of an old truck with an updated version of an old engine that's not quite as old as the outgoing engine. Meh. Atleast they've given some of the off-road controls from the 4Runner and the choice of a real transmission. If it's like the old one, it'll also be available with 4WD. Funny that.

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      Location of Manufacture: 
      Base Price: $28,375
      As Tested Price: $31,757 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Advanced Technology Package - $800.00
      Year: 2020
      Make: Toyota
      Model: Corolla Hatchback
      Trim: XSE
      Engine: 2.0 DOHC 15-Valve D-4S with Dual VVT-i Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Six-Speed Manual, Front-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 168 @ 6,600
      Torque @ RPM: 151 @ 4,800
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 28/37/31
      Curb Weight: 3,060 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Aichi, Japan
      Base Price: $23,240
      As Tested Price: $26,450 (Includes $955.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Black Roof, Spoiler, and Side Mirrors - $500.00
      Adaptive Headlights - $415.00
      Rear Window Spoiler - $375.00
      Carpet Mat Package - $249.00
      Door Sill Protectors - $165.00
      Black Emblem Overlays - $129.00
      Mudguards - $129.00
      Door Edge Guard - $125.00
      Rear Bumper Protector - $89.00
      TRD Air Filter - $79.00
    • By William Maley
      For your consideration: Two unlikely sport sedans.
      The Toyota Camry TRD and Lexus ES 350 F-Sport may not seem like credible sport sedans at first glance. They may seem like tarted-up sedans in terms of looks, but nothing else. However, after spending a week in each one, I can say both are the real deal.
      Camry TRD
      This Camry is in your face about its sporting potential. It comes with a front splitter, side skirts, a distinct rear spoiler, and 19-inch TRD wheels with a matte black finish. I found it to be a bit much and wished Toyota offered a package that got you the goodies for the suspension and exhaust system while keeping the looks of a standard Camry. A sleeper of sorts. TRD models come with small touches inside such as red seatbelts, red stitching on the seats and dash; leather-wrapped steering wheel, and TRD floor mats. Otherwise, it is your standard Camry interior. Power comes from a 3.5L V6 with 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Yes, that's the same output as the Camry XLE V6 I drove earlier. But what TRD has done is added a new exhaust system that provides a nice growl. I'll admit I was surprised when I blipped the throttle at a stoplight and heard what came out. This is an engine you have to work slightly to get into its sweet spot of power - around the mid-range on the rpm band. But once you do, the engine delivers a smooth punch of power. I do wish the six-speed automatic wouldn't try to go into the highest gear ASAP to maximize fuel economy. Where TRD worked their magic is with the suspension. The car is lower than a standard Camry, along with being stiffer thanks to thicker underbody braces, stabilizer bars, and shocks. On a winding road, the Camry TRD feels much more athletic than the standard Camry with minimal body and a set of summer tires providing excellent grip. The only downside is the steering which needs a bit more weight. Ride quality is a bit more firm than a standard Camry, but the suspension does a decent job of minimizing the bumps and impacts. To top it all off, Toyota has priced the Camry TRD at a surprising point. With the two-tone paint on my tester, it comes at $32,920 - making this the cheapest way to get a V6 in a Camry. The added bonus is that the TRD is also the most fun you can have in Camry.
      ES 350 F-Sport
      Lexus takes a more sedate approach with the ES F-Sport with a mesh grille insert, new wheels, and a small lip spoiler. I think if they went overboard with the sporty touches, it would ruin the elegance of the standard ES design. I will say the grey on my tester makes the F-Sport kind of look somewhat bland. Going with either the blue or red helps it stand out. Under the hood is the same 3.5L V6 found in other ES 350s, producing 301 hp and 267 lb-ft. The behavior is similar to what I found in the Camry, needing to work it before a smooth rush of power comes on. The transmission doesn't have the same programming as the Camry's with trying to maximize fuel economy. It is ready to downshift at a moment's notice. I've praised the standard ES for making a real leap forward in handling as there is less body motion on windy roads when compared to the previous model. The F-Sport takes that a step further with a revised suspension and optional adaptive dampers - which my car had. Slip the drive mode into Sport+ and ES transforms into something that you can pilot with confidence on a twisty stretch of road. The dampers firm up to make body roll non-existent, and the steering feels more weighty when turning. When you decide to stop having fun and turn the drive knob to either normal or comfort, the F-Sport transforms a standard ES with a smooth and quiet ride. The price? Base is $44,635 and this fully-loaded tester comes in at $53,950 with destination. A bit hard to swallow when you consider that the Avalon TRD offers similar performance for slightly less money. But not everyone wants a sedan that screams "look at me", and thats where the ES 350 F-Sport shines. It may be sporty, but it keeps quiet about its intentions. Disclaimer: Toyota and Lexus Provided the vehicles, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Toyota
      Model: Camry
      Trim: TRD
      Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve VVT-iW V6
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 301 @ 6,600
      Torque @ RPM: 267 @ 4,700
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 22/31/25
      Curb Weight: 3,572 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Georgetown, KY
      Base Price: $31,040
      As Tested Price: $32,920 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Two-Tone Midnight Black Metallic Roof and Rear Spoiler - $500.00
      Special Color - $425.00
       
      Year: 2020
      Make: Lexus
      Model: ES 350
      Trim: F-Sport
      Engine: 3.5 DOHC 24-Valve VVT-iW V6
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 302 @ 6,600
      Torque @ RPM: 267 @ 4,700
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 22/31/25
      Curb Weight: 3,649 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Georgetown, KY
      Base Price: $44,635
      As Tested Price: $53,950 (Includes $1,025.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package - $2,900.00
      Triple Beam LED Headlights - $1,515.00
      Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist w/Auto Braking - $1,065.00
      Adaptive Variable Suspension - $750.00
      Hands-Free Power Open/Close Trunk - $550.00
      10.2-inch Head-Up Display - $500.00
      Illuminated Door Sill - $400.00
      Power Rear Sunshade - $210.00
      F Sport Heated Leather Steering Wheel with Windshield Wiper Deicer and Fast Response Interior Heater - $180.00
      Door Edge Guard - $145.00
      Wireless Charger - $75.00

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