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Old 10-31-2015, 11:49 AM   #1
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Has anyone towed with one of the new 2016 Tacomas? I'm shopping for a new tow vehicle for a 17B I'll be picking up next year. After reading all the posts from you fine folks on this forum, the Tacoma has become my first choice. Wish it were possible to test drive while towing.
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:24 PM   #2
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I picked up a TRD 2016 access cab last sat. Probably won't tow till next spring . For a 17' It should be capable if not over loaded . My 06 Tacoma managed OK . For a 19' or 21' I would think V-8 would be the better way to go .
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Old 10-31-2015, 01:24 PM   #3
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My 2005 Tundra has about 7000 lb towing capability and carries only about 300 lbs more than some Tacomas. I find towing our Escape 21 a breeze. If your Tacoma has anywhere near our 285 hp the Escape 17 will be a very easy tow. You may have to rev the engine a bit on steep grades, but you are actually pulling a trailer. I would replace my Tundra with a newer Tacoma if I didn't need the extra load capacity for boat, motor, etc.

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Old 10-31-2015, 01:52 PM   #4
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Has anyone towed with one of the new 2016 Tacomas? I'm shopping for a new tow vehicle for a 17B I'll be picking up next year. After reading all the posts from you fine folks on this forum, the Tacoma has become my first choice. Wish it were possible to test drive while towing.
You may have to wait a few months for a review, in Canada, they only just showed up in the show rooms.
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Old 10-31-2015, 05:39 PM   #5
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I picked up a TRD 2016 access cab last sat. Probably won't tow till next spring . For a 17' It should be capable if not over loaded . My 06 Tacoma managed OK . For a 19' or 21' I would think V-8 would be the better way to go .
Many six cylinders are perfectly fine for towing a 19'. My FJ works very well as a tow for my 19'. Others have used a Tacoma , Pilot, Highlander, 4Runner and various others. Thee concept that you need to have an 8 cylinder to tow an Escape is simply not true. For the 17' that the OP is buying, the Tacoma is would be fine.
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Old 10-31-2015, 06:23 PM   #6
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Later Tacomas with the tow package have a much greater towing capacity than earlier ones. My 2013 is rated at 6300 lbs (long bed 4 dr, 4x4 V6) and tows our 21 (4200 lbs loaded) just fine. I expect the 2016 should do as well.
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Old 10-31-2015, 06:37 PM   #7
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I tow a 17b with a 2011 Tacoma Access Cab, V6, standard 6 speed transmission. No problems.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:25 PM   #8
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I don't think you can compare the new 2016 Tacoma to any of the previous models. The engine (a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine) in the 2016 Tacoma is new. Slightly less torque, but more horsepower (2015 = 4.0L, 236HP, 266 lb-ft of torque) vs (2016 = 3.5L, 278HP, 265 lb-ft of torque).

I doubt one lb-ft will make any difference, particularly with the 2016 having a 6 speed vs 5 speed transmission, but I'm also interested in any towing experience with the new Tacoma. The RAV4 is getting a bit long in the tooth!
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:37 PM   #9
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I as well am awaiting info on the new Tacoma, primarily in the area of ride quality while towing. I've towed our '09 19 since it was new with my '06 Tacoma Access Cab (4WD V6 Auto) and power has never been a problem. I had to add upgraded shocks, rear air bags, and a WDH to get a decent ride out of it while towing, however. Without these improvements, the rear suspension used to bottom out while driving on bad pavement.

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Old 10-31-2015, 08:57 PM   #10
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Old Bag says if I get a new Tacoma I have to get a new wife, one that's about 40 years younger with three kids.
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