New 16 Tacoma is reliable, tough, modern and affordable. It misses on the efficiency front however. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Sept. 1, 2015 2016 Toyota Tacoma SR 4x2 - $24,200 to start incl. D&H while providing a not so competitive 19/23 mpgUS city/highway rating. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is a North American compact pickup truck through and through. It was partly developed by the Toyota engineering team at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich and it was penned by both CALTY designers in Newport Beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor, Mich. And it is being assembled at Toyota plants in San Antonio and Baja California, Mexico. 2016 Toyota Tacoma Drivetrain The new Tacoma will be available with two engines. A 159 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque 2.7L I4 providing 19/23 mpgUS city/highway w/ the AT in 4X2, 19/21 mpgUS city/highway with the MT in 4X4 and 19/22 mpgUS city/highway with the AT, also as a 4X4. It also arrives with an optional atkinsonized 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque 3.5L with both direct and port fuel injection. This more powerful engine is more efficient is also more efficient than the 2.7L I4 with an estimated 19/24 mpgUS city/highway with the AT in 4x2, 17/21 mpgUS city/highway with the MT as a 4X4, 18/23 mpgUS city/highway. Both engines will be paired to a new 6-speed AT with electronic shift delivering quick and easy shifting. The V6 can also be mated to a new 6-speed MT and the I4 to a 5-speed MT. <-- See a problem? Very unusual for a new offering from Toyota to provide uncompetitive results vs. current compact and even full sized pickups from the domestics? Trims SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited. The 2016 Tacoma 4x2 begins at $23,300 for the SR Access Cab with a 2.7L I4 and 6-speed AT to $34,745 for the Double Cab Limited 3.5L V6 with the 6-speed AT. The Tacoma 4x4 will range from $24,825 for the SR I4 with the 5-speed MT to $37,820 for the V6 Limited with the 6-speed AT. D&H adds $900. The new Tacoma will be available in 29 configurations in extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab. Each cab will be available in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. 2016 Toyota Tacoma Exterior The Access Cab models ride on a 127.8-inch wheelbase and have a 73.7-inch-long bed. The Double Cab is offered in two versions: the 127.4-inch wheelbase with a 60.5-inch bed or 141.0-inch wheelbase with the 73.7-inch bed. It will be offered with four 16 to 18” wheel designs. Both bed styles include a composite inner bed made from a sheet-molded composite (SMC) deck and tough, durable walls that are 10-percent lighter than steel. The bed deck features two-tier loading and an integrated deck-rail utility system with four standard adjustable tie-down cleats. An available 120V/400W power point further extends the bed’s utility. The new Tacoma will be available in eight exterior colors including three new colors: Quicksand, Inferno, and Blazing Blue Pearl. Additional colors include: Super White, Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray, Black, and Barcelona Red. For the first time ever, Tacoma will offer available an available factory-installed tri-fold hard tonneau cover for securing gear when you’re away from the truck. 2016 Toyota Tacoma Interior Some modern interior features are available with the all-new Tacoma including Qi wireless charging, Proximity key entry and start, leather, power moonroof, dual zone auto climate and BSM with RCTA. The new Tacoma is the quietest ever with improved door and window seals, a multi-layer acoustic windshield, sound-absorbing headliner and a floor silencer pad. Double Cab models feature 60/40 split rear seats with adjustable headrests and under-seat storage. All Tacoma models will feature a four-way driver’s seat with lumbar support and four-way adjustable front passenger seats. The SR and SR5 grades are equipped with fabric-trimmed seats. Seating for the TRD Sport and Off-Road grades are upholstered with embossed fabric. The Limited features leather trim. Interior colors include: Cement Gray (SR), Cement Gray; and Black with Caramel or Red colored seat stitching, dash and door accents (SR5), TRD Sport and TRD Off Road will be arrive with Graphite and Black with Orange colored seat stitching and accented instrument panel ring and the top of the line Limited will include Hickory leather-trimmed interior. 2016 Toyota Tacoma Chassis All Tacoma 4x4 models are equipped with 4WDemand part-time 4WD with an electronically controlled transfer case and Automatic Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD). Tacoma TRD Sport models are equipped with sport-tuned shocks. TRD Off-Road models include an off-road tuned suspension equipped with Bilstein shocks. TRD Off-Road trim includes a Multi-Terrain Select system (automatic transmission only) allowing the driver to choose between different types of terrain such as loose rock, mud or sand. Each input regulates wheel spin by adjusting throttle and brake pressure to provide maximum traction on almost any terrain. Additional off-road technology includes Locking Rear Differential, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Clutch Start Cancel (manual transmission only), Active Traction Control, and Crawl Control. All Tacoma models are equipped with a coil-spring double wishbone with stabilizer bar up front and leaf springs out back. Brakes are ventilated front discs and drum with a tandem booster out back. Looking a bit aged again here? Optional on V6 models is a Class IV receiver with transmission oil cooler with water and air cooler, 130-amp alternator (manual transmission only), 4- and 7-pin connector, and Trailer-Sway Control. 2016 Toyota Tacoma Infotainment The SR includes base Entune Audio with a 6.1” touch-screen, AM/FM CD player, 6 speakers, Aux jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control, voice recognition, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and a backup camera. The SR5 arrives with Entune Audio Plus with all of the above plus Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link App, SiriusXM All-Access Radio, and HD Traffic and Weather. TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road includes Entune Premium Audio and Entune Premium JBL Audio systems. They feature Destination Search, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp, Facebook Places and Slacker Radio plus real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. It also includes integrated Navigation, the Entune Multimedia Bundle with a 7” high resolution split display, Entune App Suite, HD Radio, HD predictive traffic and Doppler weather overlay, AM/FM cache radio, and Gracenotes album cover art. The Limited includes Entune Premium JBL Audio system with six JBL speakers and 1 subwoofer. 2016 Toyota Tacoma Safety All Tacoma’s arrive with front, knee and side curtains. No side airbags however??? All arrive with VSC, TC, EBD, BA, brake engine override and Tire Pressure Monitor System (with individual tire location alert on most grades). The new Tacoma will be reliable, chocked full of utility for a compact pickup and provide a nice performance boost over the previous gen Tacoma. What it will not provide is savings at the pump and for a pickup truck buyer, this truck will add an average of $200 a month to the monthly fuel bill even with gasoline at $2.50 per gallon. That is a big bump in your monthly payment over some of the larger pickups that can be purchased for similar or less prices and offer lower fuel bills too. I am having a real tough time recommending this one. Toyota August 2015 Sales Overview Toyota reported August 2015 sales of 224,381 vehicles, a decrease of 8.8 percent from the 246,100 sold in August of 2014. Year to date however, the brand has sold 1,673,002 vehicles, up 2.8 percent over the 1,627,509 sold through the same period of 2014. Toyota including Scion experienced sales of 190,894 vehicles in August, down 10.5 percent. Lexus reported August sales of 33,487 units, up 2.1 percent over August 2014s results. Toyota August 2015 Brand Sales Highlights The Tacoma had another good month with 16,230 pickups sold, up 13.2 percent over the 14,338 sold in August of 2014. Calendar year to date, the compact pickup is performing even better with 122,064 pickups sold, up 18.8 percent over the 102,736 sold through the same period of 2014. Toyota August 2015 Sales Highlights and Overall Results Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7ModelAug-15Aug-14Aug-DSR % changeAug-15 YTDAug-14 YTDYTD-DSR % changeYaris858523+70.4%14,9499,741+54.2%Corolla31,72633,088-0.4%252,106238,275+6.3%Camry37,59244,043-11.4%291,843306,471-4.3%Prius Liftback10,45014,724-26.3%75,82690,627-15.9%Prius v3,1193,506-7.6%19,90420,725-3.5%Prius c3,8444,389-9.0%26,28228,372-6.9%Prius PHEV-11344818-56.3%3,81811,489-66.6%Camry Hybrid3,3144,320-20.3%21,64130,700-29.2%Avalon Hybrid1,3222,049-33.0%8,16811,915-31.1%Highlander Hybrid377288+35.9%2,4392,138+14.6%CT1,5042,191-28.7%10,00112,507-19.6%ESh1,2811,628-18.3%7,1639,933-27.5%RXh5991,090-42.9%4,3146,210-30.2% RAV414,46421,161-29.0%128,833119,731+8.1%Tacoma16,23014,338+17.5%122,064102,736+19.4%Tundra10,05711,834-11.7%81,58280,133+2.3%Toyota Sales Totals224,381246,100-5.3%1,673,0021,627,509+3.3% The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days in Aug of 2015 and 27 days in Aug of 2014. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 204 days in Aug of 2015 and 205 days in Aug of 2014. August 2015 Top 10 U.S. Automobile Sales Leaders Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7Column8Aug-15 RankJuly-15 RankJune-15 RankMakeModelJuly-15July-14July-DSR % change111FordF-Series*71,33268,109+8.8%222ChevroletSilverado54,97749,201+16.0%344RAMPickup*45,31043,775+7.5%459HondaAccord40,93151,075-16.8%533ToyotaCamry37,5924,043-11.4%678HondaCR-V34,77134,079+6.0%766NissanAltima32,32732,153+4.4%887HondaCivic32,03134,032-2.3%995ToyotaCorolla31,72633,088-0.4%10xxToyotaRAV430,53435,614-11.0 * Includes HD models The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days in Aug of 2015 and 27 days in Aug of 2014. August 2015 Segment Sales Totals [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/2/Aug_2015_US_Manufacturer_Market_Share_Small.jpg[/fimg] Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7SegmentAug-15 RankJuly-15 RankJune-15 RankMakeModelJuly-15 SalesB-Segment111NissanVersa14,875222FordFiesta5,892354HyundaiAccent4,733433ChevroletSonic4,677566Fiat5003,388645HondaFit2,901779VWBeetle2,127888KiaRio1,7349910MitsubishiMirage1,56910107ToyotaYaris858111111Mazda25C-Segment112HondaCivic32,031221ToyotaCorolla31,726335HyundaiElantra22,405465FordFocus16,321556NissanSentra15,662644ChevroletCruze14,661778VWJetta11,0028107BMW310,163989MazdaMazda310,161101210MercedesC-Class7,154111113VWGolf7,07512911KiaForte6,862131312DodgeDart6,154141414AudiA33,188D-Segment123HondaAccord40,931211ToyotaCamry37,592332NissanAltima32,327444FordFusion28,270557HyundaiSonata21,818666ChevroletMalibu17,553775Chrysler20014,032888KiaOptima13,980999VWPassat7,409101010MazdaMazda6_____5.402 [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/2/August_2014_US_Manufacturer_Marketshare_Small.jpg[/fimg] Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7SegmentAug-15 RankJuly-15 RankJune-15 RankMakeModelJuly-15 SalesUtility111HondaCR-V34,771232ToyotaRAV430,534323FordEscape28,270444NissanRogue27,665555ChevroletEquinox25,211666FordExplorer21,658777JeepCherokee18,763899SubaruForester17,565988JeepGC17,144101010ToyotaHighlander12,956111112HyundaiSanta Fe11,255121211SubaruOutback11,113131315KiaSorento141414HondaPilot10,202151513MazdaCX-510,033161616GMCTerrain9,237171718ChevroletTahoe8,221181817NissanPathfinder7,054P/U Trucks111FordF-Series*71,332222ChevroletSilverado*54,977333RAM15/25/3500*45,310444GMCSierra*21,241555ToyotaTacoma16,230666ToyotaTundra10,057777ChevroletColorado7,114888NissanFrontier3,645999GMCCanyon2,423101010NissanTitan1,268111111HondaRidgeline4 * Includes HD pickups Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7SegmentAug-15 RankJuly-15 RankJune-15 RankMakeModelJuly-15 SalesHybrids111ToyotaPrius Liftback10,450222ToyotaPrius c3,844333ToyotaCamry Hybrid3,314445ToyotaPrius v3,119557FordFusion Hybrid2,441TBD64HyundaiSonata HybridTBA789LexusCT 200h1,504896FordC-MAX1,501978HondaAccord Hybrid1,369101010ToyotaAvalon Hybrid1,322111111LexusES 300h1,281121212LincolnMKZh71313xxHondaCivic Hybrid590141414ToyotaHiHy377151414HondaCR-Z333161515HondaInsight85TBD1616VWJetta HybridTBAElectrics121NissanLEAF1,393212ChevroletVolt1,380343FordFusion Energi949435BMWi3792554FordC-MAX Energi72367xVWeGolf381767ToyotaPrius PHEV3448810BMWi8210999FordFocus BEV1761011xChevroletSpark EV135111011CadillacELR45121212Mitsubishii-MiEV6131313HondaAccord PHEV2 U.S. August 2015 Sales vs. August 2014 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 14 Automobile Manufacturers GM August 2015 Sales Down 0.7% with 270,480 Vehicles Sold. Ford August 2015 Sales Up 5.4% with 234,237 Vehicles Sold. Toyota August 2015 Sales Down 8.8% with 224,381 Vehicles Sold. FCA August 2015 Sales Up 1.7% with 201,672 Vehicles Sold. Honda August 2015 Sales Down 6.9% with 155,491 Vehicles Sold. Nissan August 2015 Sales Down 0.8% with 133,351 Vehicles Sold. Hyundai August 2015 Sales Up 2.9% with 72,012 Vehicles Sold. Kia August 2015 Sales Up 7.7% with 58,897 Vehicles Sold. Subaru August 2015 Sales Up 4.9% with 52,697 Vehicles Sold. BMW August 2015 Sales Up 2.0% with 32,864 Vehicles Sold. VW August 2015 Sales Down 8.1% with 32,332 Vehicles Sold. Mercedes-Benz August 2015 Sales Up 3.2% with 31,250 Vehicles Sold. Mazda August 2015 Sales Down 4.4% with 29,938 Vehicles Sold. Audi August 2015 Sales Up 9.9% with 18,794 Vehicles Sold. The auto industry posted strong Aug sales of more than 1.57 million vehicles, down just 0.6 percent below the 1.58 million sold last August. Most interesting is the August 2015 results did not include a Labor Day Sales weekend like August of 2014 sales results did. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate is 17.5 million and the fourth straight month over 17 million. Overall, this is the industry’s best August pace since 2006. YTD, a projected 17.4 million vehicles will be sold during all of 2015.