2016 Toyota Tacoma Doublecab TRD Sport
3.5L V6 278 HP with 6 Speed Automatic Transmission
Barcelona Red Metallic with Dark Grey Cloth
The first thing that grasps our attention, this truck has an endearing ruggedness about it which is simply cool. It instantly communicates that its a pick up. You open the door and the pick up message is reinforced and endures with the interior.
The street presence is subdued its a mid size pick up in an environment that is ruled by full size gargantuan pick ups. While the styling absolutely conveys an image of solidity.
It has a truck interior, its stylish, well executed, with good materials, but a truck interior. In this version the cloth seats are refreshing, its not trying to be anything else than a well idone truck interior in a truck. Again its cool...
All the features that you expect are there, from a comprehensive back up camera that actually shows the rear step bumper, to navigation, satellite radio, automatic climate control, partial power seats, a reasonable sound system, locking tailgate...to name a few.
Rear seat is spacious for a mid size pick up with good leg and head room, as well as the folding seat.
Let's not forget the GoPro mount on the windshield.
Its a Toyota pick up, its conservative, its in some ways a throw back to when pick ups were pick ups, its rugged, with a distinct identity. Yes...a 2 speed transfer case is standard.
You can configure your own Tacoma...here.
Wondering how it drives?
It feels absolutely, totally rock solid. You immediately get a feeling that nothing will discourage this pick.
Reasonable power, slower than faster algorithms to shift the transmission, precise steering, and strong brakes. It feels and drives like a purposeful pick up, its endearing especially if you are looking for the pick up feel that is often missing in some trucks.
Its great on surface streets, easy to navigate mall parking lots, while seeing the rear bumper on the back up camera is more intuitive that orange and red lines alerting you of the distance.Its a little sluggish on initial acceleration, but throttle up the V6 comes alive with an improved algorithm for the transmission.
Its a superb highway cruiser with acceptable passing power, and no wind noise even with an open bed.
If you are seeking a mid size pick up with a genuine pick up feel, a standard 2 speed transfer case, and rugged good looks. Make it a point to experience the Tacoma.
Strada Talking Points:
- Conservative with pick up cool
- Solid feel that is reassuring
- Wonderful pick up feel and driving
- Obvious you sit high
- Plastic liner in bed not sprayed on.
The quick review...