TechSpec: 2016 Toyota Tacoma


The 2016 Toyota Tacoma was redesigned for the model year. Starting with the frame, the Toyota engineering team added high strength steel to help enhance rigidity and overall strength. Ultra-high strength steel was integrated into the body shell using a new hot stamping process that reduces weight.

The suspension was fine-tuned to help deliver a smoother on-road ride, while making it even more capable off-road.

The new Tacoma features two engines. A 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder with VVT-i produces 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. For added performance, Tacoma offers an all-new V6 with a 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligent Wider Intake) equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology, featuring both direct and port fuel injection. The new V6 generates 278 horsepower, an increase of 42 horsepower over the previous V6, and 265 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

Both engines are paired with 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 and the four-cylinder to a five-speed manual. The new powertrain makes the Tacoma more powerful and fuel efficient than ever before.

When equipped with the V6 tow package, the new Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds, an increase of 300 pounds over the previous V6.

Tacoma’s Tundra-inspired, tough exterior is complemented on the interior with a sporty design and an array of available premium features, including Qi wireless charging, smart key with push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, power tilt/slide moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, enhanced touchscreen audio and blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert.

The new Tacoma is available in 29 configurations in two cab types, the extended access cab and the four-door double cab. Each cab is available in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive configurations. Tacoma is also available in five model grades: work-ready SR, iconic SR5, athletic TRD sport, tough-as-nails TRD off-road and top-of-the-line limited.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for the 2016 Tacoma 4×2 ranges from $23,300 for the SR access cab with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission to $34,745 for the double cab limited 3.5-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The MSRP for the 2016 Tacoma 4×4 ranges from $24,825 for the SR 4-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission to $37,820 for the V6 limited with the six-speed automatic transmission.

SERVICING THE TACOMA

Toyota recommends servicing the Tacoma every 5,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first.

Every 5,000 miles or six months:

• Check installation of driver’s floor mat

• Inspect and adjust all fluid levels

• Inspect wiper blades

• Rotate tires

• Visually inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs

Every 10,000 miles or 12 months:

• Replace engine oil and oil filter

Every 15,000 miles or 18 months:

• Lubricate propeller shaft (4WD)

• Re-torque propeller shaft boot

Every 20,000 miles or 24 months:

• Replace cabin air filter

Every 30,000 miles or 36 months:

• Replace engine air filter

• Inspect automatic transmission fluid cooler

• Inspect ball joints and dust covers

• Inspect brake lines and hoses

• Inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs

• Inspect drive shaft boots (4WD)

• Inspect engine coolant

• Inspect exhaust pipes and mountings

• Inspect front differential oil (4WD)

• Inspect fuel lines and connections, fuel tank band and fuel tank vapor vent system hoses

• Inspect fuel tank cap gasket

• Inspect radiator and condenser

• Inspect rear differential oil

• Inspect steering gear box

• Inspect steering linkage and boots

• Inspect transfer case oil (4WD)

• Inspect transmission or signs of leakage

Every 60,000 miles or 72 months:

• Replace spark plugs (2GR-FKS engine only)

• Inspect drive belts

• Inspect valve clearance

Every 100,000 miles or 120 months:

• Replace engine coolant

Every 120,000 miles or 144 months:

• Replace spark plugs

ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS FOR SPECIAL OPERATING CONDITIONS

Driving on Dirt Roads or Dusty Roads

Every 5,000 miles or 6 months:

• Inspect ball joints and dust covers

• Inspect drive shaft boots (4WD)

• Inspect engine air filter

• Inspect steering linkage and boots

• Lubricate propeller shaft (4WD)

• Re-torque propeller shaft bolt

• Replace engine oil and filter

• Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis and body

Every 30,000 miles or 36 months:

• Replace transfer case oil (4WD)

Driving While Towing, Using a Car-Top Carrier or Heavy Vehicle Loading

Every 5,000 miles or 6 months:

• Lubricate propeller shaft (4WD)

• Re-torque propeller shaft bolt

• Replace engine oil and filter

• Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis and body

Every 15,000 miles or 18 months:

• Replace rear differential oil

Every 30,000 miles or 36 months:

• Replace front differential oil (4WD)

• Replace manual transmission oil

• Replace transfer case oil (4WD)

Every 60,000 miles or 72 months:

• Replace transmission fluid or oil

Repeated Trips of Less Than Five Miles in Temperatures Below 32 F/0 C

Every 5,000 miles or 6 months:

• Replace engine oil and oil filter

Extensive Idling and/or Low-Speed Driving for a Long Distance Such as Police, Taxi or Door-to-Door Delivery Use

Every 5,000 miles or 6 months:

• Replace engine oil and oil filter

FLUIDS AND CAPACITIES

Motor Oil: SAE 0W-20; capacity in 2.7L engine with filter is 6.2 quarts (5.9 liters); capacity in 2.7L engine without filter is 5.8 quarts (5.5 liters); capacity in 3.5L engine without towing package, with filter is 6.1 quarts (5.8 liters); capacity in 3.5L engine with towing package, with filter is 6.2 quarts (5.9 liters); capacity in 3.5L engine without filter is 5.9 quarts (5.6 liters)

Coolant: Toyota Super Long Life Coolant; capacity in 2.7L engine with automatic transmission is 9.1 quarts (8.6 liters); capacity in 2.7L engine with manual transmission is 9.2 quarts (8.7 liters); capacity in 3.5L engine with automatic transmission, without towing package is 10.5 quarts (9.9 liters); capacity in 3.5L engine with automatic transmission, with towing package is 11.1 quarts (10.5 liters); capacity in 3.5L engine with manual transmission, without towing package is 10.1 quarts (9.6 liters); capacity in 3.5 L engine with manual transmission, with towing package is 10.8 quarts (10.2 liters)

ATF: Toyota Genuine ATF WS; capacity in 2.7L engine is 9.1 quarts (8.6 liters); capacity in 3.5L engine without towing package is 10.5 quarts (9.9 liters); capacity in 3.5L engine with towing package is 10.7 quarts (10.1 liters)