2016 Toyota Tacoma vs. Its Competition

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

So far, the mid-size truck field is rather sparse in the U.S., and the Tacoma is the best-seller by a long shot.

But with several new models in the field, there are some worthy alternatives.

The Chevrolet Colorado is priced somewhat more competitively than the Tacoma, but it also has inferior resale value; however, it offers a better ride and more comfortable seating than the Tacoma.

The GMC Canyon is virtually identical mechanically to the Colorado, albeit with somewhat more refined styling that some are going to prefer.

Both of these trucks will soon offer a turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine in addition to a choice between 4-cylinder and V-6 gasoline engines.

The Nissan Frontier is now the aged rival in the group; it’s fallen behind the curve in cabin amenities, like connectivity and infotainment, and its powertrain and ride can be rather harsh.

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be another key rival; expected to arrive next spring or summer, this new generation of the RIdgeline will likely offer better comfort and interior amenities than the Tacoma but trade off some of the serious off-road and hauling ability.

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7.2
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma steps up its act in all the ways that attracted current Tacoma owners to their trucks, but few that will pull in a new guard.
7.6
The 2016 Chevy Colorado is the answer for drivers who don't quite need a full-size truck.
7.8
If all-around utility is more important than ultimate payload and towing numbers, the 2016 GMC Canyon can replace the full-sizer in your garage.
7.0
The 2016 Nissan Frontier is an aging mid-size truck that's still attractive and useful, but in some ways outpointed by its new GM rivals.
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Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
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Style Name   
2WD Access Cab I4 AT SR (GS)2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SL2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4224
Passenger Doors   
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Body Style   
Access CabExtended Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupKing Cab
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODManualManualManual w/OD
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