The new 2016 Toyota Tacoma starts at $24,200, a breezy $3205 over the Chevrolet Colorado and $1435 more than the 2015 Tacoma with its decade-old underpinnings, some of which have been carried forward for this latest generation. We reported on early pricing leaked in July, but these are the real deal.
SR: The starter price is for a base rear-wheel-drive Access Cab with a six-speed automatic and the 2.7-liter four-cylinder, just one of 29 configurations across two cab styles, two beds, two engines, and three transmissions. Along with the usual power windows/mirrors/locks, the SR comes with Toyota’s basic six-speaker Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB, voice recognition including Apple Siri Eyes Free, a backup camera, and a GoPro windshield mount. An SR-exclusive utility package strips out the rear seat. Toyota’s gutsy 3.5-liter V-6, which combines port- and direct-injection and can switch between Atkinson and Otto cycles, is a $1610 option for the 4×2 SR Access Cab. These base models come with two caveats: There’s no more manual transmission in this version since only one percent of Tacoma buyers bought a base stick-shift, and the four-door Double Cab (another $830) only comes with the four-cylinder and, unlike most Tacoma trims, can’t be ordered with the 73.7-inch long bed.
SR5: Step up to the the SR5 Access Cab 4×2 for $26,285 and Toyota throws in a navigation app (run through a connected cell phone), SiriusXM, keyless entry, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a larger 4.2-inch color LCD on the instrument panel, fog lamps, variable intermittent wipers, and tinted rear glass. The Double Cab SR5 4×2 has the V-6 standard ($28,885) and can be ordered with the short or long bed; to grab an Access Cab with the V-6, you’ll need to add four-wheel drive for $31,070.
TRD Sport: These trucks ($30,565 for 4×2 Access Cab) upgrade the 16-inch steelies to 17-inch aluminum wheels, install a 400-watt AC outlet in the bed, and include LED daytime running lamps, wireless inductive charging for cell phones, leather shift knob, one-touch up/down for the driver’s window, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and keyless entry with push-button start. The Entune infotainment system enjoys a bigger seven-inch touchscreen with on-board navigation, HD radio, live traffic overlays, and a limited collection of in-truck apps such as OpenTable and Yelp. Opting for the Double Cab costs $1100, while the six-speed-manual Access Cab ($32,220) is the cheapest route for four-wheel drive.
TRD Off Road: These models ($31,665 for 4×2 Access Cab) pack the meat and potatoes: Bilstein shocks, locking rear differential, selectable terrain mapping for throttle and braking, and Crawl Control, a combination of low-speed cruise control and hill-descent control. The manual, which comes only with four-wheel drive and the Double Cab, substitutes those automated features for its own specialized traction control.
Limited: Those who pine for a Lexus pickup—or something approximating one, anyway—may drift to the Limited trim, which comes only as a short-bed Double Cab that starts at $35,645 in 4×2 configuration. Rear parking sensors with cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, JBL speakers with subwoofer, HomeLink garage-door openers, leather seats, moonroof, dual-zone climate control, and extra flashes of chrome come standard. Add four-wheel drive and you’re looking at $38,720 all-in.
All Tacomas come with scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles. As for manuals, Toyota has selectively placed them on three Tacoma trims primarily for trail enthusiasts: A five-speed for the 4×4 SR Access Cab ($25,725), plus a revised six-speed for V-6 4×4 trims of the TRD Sport Access Cab ($32,220) and TRD Off Road Double Cab ($33,000). A clutch lockout allows the driver to restart the truck without depressing the clutch pedal, a nifty feature for Tacomas stuck in precarious positions.
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EPA-estimated fuel economy ranges from 17 mpg city/21 mpg highway on the 4×4 V-6 manual to 19/24 on the 4×2 V-6 automatic. The 4×2 four-cylinder automatic can’t top the V-6, as its highway rating is lower by one mpg. Expect dealerships to stock the first Tacos by mid-September.