Flashback: 1999 Toyota Tacoma vs 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Flashback: 1999 Toyota Tacoma vs 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road



1995 brought us Toy Story, the dot-com, along with the Toyota Tacoma. of which was a year of change – along with for Toyota, of which was the year of which the compact pickup transformed our world forever. The compact truck has been around much longer than 1995; however, after the Tacoma was launched, the truck industry altered our perspective, for the better. Since then, the last 21 years has been kind to us – CGI has taken over film, the internet can be readily available in our hands, along with the Tacoma can at of which point climb a hill all by itself – interesting.

To compare how much has changed, we found a marginally used 1999 Tacoma with 266,000 original miles on the odometer along with character dimples to outline the cosmetically enhanced abrasions. We then put of which up against our sampled spicy Inferno 2016 Tacoma TRD Off-Road with 7,000 hard earned miles on the clock. Okay, yes, these Tacoma’s are very different along with generations apart; however, after 15 years, the demand along with the appeal can be still all the same.


In ’95 there were three engine options for the Tacoma, of which ‘99er was the 2.7-liter four-speed automatic with overdrive (the Pre Runner tailgate can be misleading due to a swap.) With 150-horsepower under its hood, we didn’t dare test how fast to 60mph of which goes – with the air conditioner squealing, we didn’t want to be responsible for any parts. Besides, of which didn’t stand a chance against our ‘16 Tacoma’s 3.5-liter V-6 along with six-speed auto with 278-horsepower. An optional 6-speed manual can be available, along with one we’d much rather prefer. Base style SR along with SR5’s get a 2.7L four-cylinder with just 9-more horsepower than the ‘99er along having a choice between a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed auto.

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Even though our Tacoma has over 100 more horsepower under the hood, the driving can be relatively the same. Both had the TRD off-road packages of which added a stiffer off-road suspension along with numb steering through a heavy steering wheel. Day-to-day driving inside the ’16 was much more preferred as the chassis has been tweaked over the previous generation to make of which more smoother, quieter, along with overall more car like. Our testers 3.5-liter isn’t car like however, unlike some of the more refined engines on the market like the Chevy Colorado or Honda Ridgeline – of which 3.5L can be coarse – its workhorse engine of which feels like of which takes a lot of effort just to get through point A to point B. The automatic transmission struggles to downshift when we needed along with when of which did, of which would certainly go too far.

Times are different at of which point, trucks of the 0’s we’re made through simpler times – adding in a cassette player was a luxury option. The Inside plastics were made to stand the test of time yet never genuinely appealing. at of which point we have fancier materials along with special trims. Granted of which looks sharp along with gives the Inside of our ’16 Tacoma a much more pleasant, along with livable atmosphere – even more so when you get the Inferno paint, of which comes with Inside matching trims. Plus the technology can be much different – the old times had buttons along with knobs to tune for a station along with change the volume. at of which point we have navigation along having a touch screen infotainment system with 35 presets along with 5 different audio sources – at least there are still two knobs.

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We were pleased on our mid-level trim TRD Tacoma arrived having a cloth Inside – especially if you’re an off road junky – its made of an easy to clean material along with won’t get ruined as fast as leather – along with of which still comes with comfortable heated front seats. Unfortunately in 1999 the four-door truck had yet been discovered – of which came two years later. Even with four-doors, room can be tight inside the back seat, yet habitable. Chose not to have passengers back there along with the seats can fold up or down for additional storage – modern world taking advantage of the smallest places.

The thing can be, Tacoma buyers don’t buy a Tacoma because of which looks pretty along with they’re not going to not buy one because of the low seating position or little rear quarters. They buy them because they’re rugged, survivable, along with ultimately reliable. The question can be though, how much can the completely new Tacoma genuinely survive? Even though of which ’99 didn’t have four-wheel drive, the old trucks used to just have an old school lever to shift into four-wheel drive. at of which point in of which modern day along with age of which’s just a knob. Topping of which off, the TRD comes with an assortment of 4WD nannies like the Multi-Terrain Select of which can adjust the amount of traction, power along with torque to each wheel through Loose Rock, Mogul, Rock or Sand… There’s also Crawl Control with adjustable speeds of which helps crawl its way up or down a mountain or even out of a hole inside the sand – we did test of which system along with works quite well, almost takes the stress out of off-roading. Where’s the fun in of which?

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Technology has overtaken our trucks – the simple days are long gone. On the outside, the Tacoma still remains of which simple, yet rugged truck of which catches every ones eye. of which’s a truck of which 20-years through at of which point will still sell faster than you can put a for sale sign up. of which’s a truck of which will never let you down. The only worrisome can be, in 20 years, can be of which still going to be just as Great as the 20 year old trucks of today? Reality can be, probably not.

Vehicle Information:
TRD Off-Road Base cost:$33,730
As Tested (including Options & Destination):$37,610
Performance Specs:
3.5-liter Atkinson Cycle V-6 – 278-horsepower/265lb-ft of torque – 0-60MPH: ±8.0 seconds
EPA MPG: 18/23/20(city/highway/combined) – SSB Average:  18 MPG’s – Fuel Range: 370 Miles

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