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2016 Toyota Tacoma Lands at Detroit Auto Show With Plasticky Interior

Just as General Motors refreshed the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, while Ford got the Australian-spec Ranger facelifted only recently, time has come for Toyota to boast with the third-generation Taco and the wait has been well worth it. The exterior redesign for the 2016 model year may not be too different compared to the outgoing model, but some say the devil is in the (visual) details.
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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is an all-new truck both inside and out, designed, engineered and made in North America. For starters, engineers used ultra-high strength steel for the body shell, as well as hot stamping to reduce curb weight while keeping structural rigidity just right for towing and hauling.

Available in 4x2 and full-on four-by-four guise, the Taco also boasts with five trim levels: SR, SR5, the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road, as well as the ritzy Limited acting as the top-of-the-line specification.

A 2.7-liter four-cylinder mill or a segment-first 3.5L Atkinson cycle V6 powerhouse are available


Output is still not known at the present moment, but we know that both mills are mated as standard to a six-speed automatic, while the V6 can also be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, if you fancy so. When looked at from up close, the clamp-shaped bumper and aggressive upper grille strike you most.

In true modern pickup fashion, it happens that the projector beam headlights also incorporated LED-laden daytime running lights. Overall, the exterior isn’t looking shabby at all, but the cabin does and also feels extremely plasticky. Despite the great ergonomics, the feeling you get when running your fingers gently across the upperside region of the dashboard isn't pleasant at all.

I am excited about the power moonroof and the Qi wireless charging feature, but just look at the live photo gallery below and try to fool yourself into thinking those plastics are from this decade. With all due respect to Toyota, the Chevrolet Colorado is far better in terms of perceived cabin quality.

Other than the live photos below, check out the release for more info on the 2016 Toyota Tacoma.

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