For years I have driven a year 2000 Tundra. It has been a truck of dreams- never quitting, never stopping, full of power and that “OOMPH” you always want when you push on the gas pedal of a truck…
I have never thought I would ever enjoy driving any other truck. Then, I was given the chance to drive a 2016 Toyota Tundra. This is a truck that I could enjoy for another 16 years… It all started when I walked up to the door, put my hand on it and with the keys in my pocket, the door unlocked. I sit down, push the start button and hear the 3.5 liter V6 purr/roar to life.
I start to drive, and as I am hurling myself down the corridor of I25 to downtown Denver, I imagine myself traversing the mountains in the national forest not even 2 hours away. I imagine going over boulders with ease, seeing sights of the majestic Rocky Mountains I have never seen before. Even thought the engine is smaller than my 4.7, I can feel the raw power just aching to be released. All of this, at almost 1/2 the gas economy of the Tundra.
When I get to my parking garage, I begin to look around at some of the features inside the cab, and wow. the Bluetooth stereo starts jamming out my Spotify playlist with ease. The upholstery is a cloth/leather combo that is streamlined and just plain… cool. The accents inside just give me a fluttery feeling in my stomach reserved for those things that only people who love trucks understand… and I know someday this one will be mine…
All in all, the Tacoma is a very worthwhile truck- with a towing capacity perfect to pull a small camper(as long as you spring for the towing package), a look that turns so many heads on the street and in parking lots, room in the bed to haul plenty for basic transporting needs- what else could you want?
And… with all of my test driving, I managed to use just less than a full tank of gas within a week… Sold..
Disclosure: Toyota let us drive this fun truck for a week so that we could do this review. No other compensation was received, all opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced in any way.