Two engine options are available with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma – a 2.7-liter I-4 generates 159-horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque and a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 278-horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The I-4 is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and the V-6 is incorporated with a six-speed manual. When properly equipped with the V-6 tow package, the pickup can tow up to 6,800 pounds.
Along with the conventional airbags, the truck also includes knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Available as an option is a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert.
Cloth upholstery, four-way driver’s seat, a Toyota Entune infortainment system featuring a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, and six-speaker sound system are standard.
Navigation is available on high level trims along with a smartphone app for the Entune, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a JBL premium audio system. The blue-collar vehicle sports a chrome-trimmed exterior and leather-lined interior and creature comforts including push-button start and plenty of smartphone integration.
The cabin is functional with a good number of places to store small stuff and includes Qi inductive charging for electronics devices you may normally bring with you. The control panel on the dashboard is center-stacked with easy-to-use knobs for climate control and for the infotainment system.
The vehicle has been manufactured in the United States since 1995. First considered to be a compact pickup, the truck was classified as a mid-size in its second generation. Motor Trend Magazine rewarded it as the 2005 Truck of the Year. The first generation model (1995-2004) was four-wheel drive and also came as a 2-wheel drive crew cab that was released in 2000 and is still available.
Three different engines were used to power the first generation models including:
The truck was popular among young buyers during its first couple years. The Japanese-automaker unveiled a bigger and more powerful Tacoma in 2004, which marked the beginning of the second generation, which ran to 2015. It came in 18 different configurations including three cabs, four different transmissions, two engines and two bed lengths. The different cab styles included regular, access, and double.
A 4.0-liter 1GR-FE V6 engine replaced the original 3.4-liter. The new engine featured a tow rating of 6,500 lbs. and a payload capacity of 1,650 lbs., generated 236-horsepower and 266 lb-ft (361 N-m) of torque. A new 2.7-liter 2TR-FE 4-cylinder engine that delivered 159-horsepower and 266 lb-ft (361 N-m) of torque was available as an alternative.
The third generation of the Tacoma was introduced in September 2015. The K&N 63-9039 air intake system is specifically designed for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. It is guaranteed to boost the horsepower and improve the throttle response and engine sound of the pickup.
Many automotive magazine staff writers who drove the 2016 Tacoma mentioned that it was somewhat sluggish. The K&N 63-9039 is specifically designed to dramatically decrease the air intake restriction that was caused by the factory intake and will smooth and straighten the airflow, which was also an issue. The air is directed through an aerodynamically engineered intake tube into the engine’s throttle body kit. As a result, the engine breathes in more air than the factory system assembly allowed. More air adds up to more power and acceleration throughout the engine’s RPM range.
The intake tube integrates with the factory mass air sensor, air temperature sensor and crank case vent hose. The air intake system includes a chrome topped K&N high flow air filter as well as a heat shield. The whole apparatus is designed to fit into the factory air box.
Included in the intake system is a K&N air filter that is specially designed to block contaminates from reaching the engine. The filter unique construction features four to six layers of cotton gauze media that is sandwiched between two aluminum wire screens. The cotton media is specially treated with a special grade of filter oil that causes the cotton microscopic strands to become extremely tacky so that it can catch and hold the contaminants for up to 100,000 miles.
K&N offers an air filter cleaner that is formulated to cleanse the used filter in seven steps in about 90 minutes. The filter can then be replaced into the intake system and reused for another 100,000 miles. Since the air filter washable and reusable in will be the last air filter you will ever need.
The K&N 63-9039 air intake system is used in the following vehicles:
2016 Toyota Tacoma 3.5L V6
You can view all the air intakes that K&N makes for the Toyota Tacoma at the Air Intake Systems for the Toyota Tacoma page and all the air filters that K&N makes for the Toyota Tacoma at the Air Filters for the Toyota Tacoma page. You can view all the K&N performance products for any vehicle by using the Search by Vehicle tool and you can find a local K&N retailer by plugging your location into the K&N Dealer Search as well.