2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road

The Bilstein shocks are tuned for off-road rides, but it's not messy on the pavement. Instead be ready to sail over potholes with ease.

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Our test model came with the 3.5-liter V6 engine, but a smaller 2.7-liter engine is available on the lower trim levels.

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The excellent hydraulic power steering setup is great for both on- and off-road driving.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Off Road looks at home in the Nevada desert, but is also compliant on the pavement.

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The TRD Off Road package offers a terrain select four-wheel-drive system with crawl control, as well as a locking rear differential and an electronic transfer case.

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The Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires have reinforced Kevlar sidewalls. The mid-aggressive tread makes for easy on-road handling.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Off Road is available with an access cab and a 6-foot bed, or a double cab with either a 5- or 6-foot bed.

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The maps for navigation are simple, but crisply rendered. Operation is smooth and quick.

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Front and center in the dashboard is a new 7-inch Entune digital media hub.

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The apps include real-time traffic, but I found the reporting to often be wrong and relied instead on Google maps.

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Depending on trim and options, the Tacoma can be had with either a five-speed manual transmission or a new six-speed manual, but most will be sold with the new six-speed automatic transmission.

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The 120V outlet in the bed is great for the nights out in the desert, when the blender calls your name.

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