2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Drive Review

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Under the Hood
An all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine is offered in the 2016 Tacoma, producing 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque — a 42 horsepower increase over the 4.0-liter V6 engine in the previous model. The new V6 includes Toyota’s D-4S technology that includes both direct and port fuel injection, features Variable Valve Timing with Intelligent Wider Intake, and is able to simulate the Atkinson cycle under certain conditions for more efficiency. Estimated fuel economy is 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg when equipped with the 6-speed automatic and 2-wheel drive; 17 city/21 highway/19 combined with the 6-speed manual and 4-wheel drive; and 19 city/23 highway/20 combined for automatic and 4-wheel drive. A 2.7-liter 4-cylinder is also offered, producing 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2-wheel drive with automatic is 19 city/23 highway/21 combined mpg. For the 2.7-liter 4-wheel drive, estimated fuel economy is 19 city/21 highway/20 combined mpg with the 5-speed manual, and 19 city/22 highway/20 combined mpg with the 6-speed automatic.

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