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Toyota Tacoma Utility Package Reduces Price of Work Truck

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2016 Toyota Tacoma utility package

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma (pictured) is even more affordable with the Utility Package

The new Toyota Tacoma is one of the most affordable trucks money can buy. But if you’re looking for the most basic work truck available, chances are you don’t need the bells and whistles that come on even the base trim level of the Tacoma. Luckily for you, there is a secret option that’ll help you lower the price and provide you with the perfect truck.

Opting for the base model with the Utility Package drops the price a whopping $1,715. Obviously, a price decrease means less stuff, but if you’re looking for a new truck with the bare minimum this probably won’t be a big deal to you. The package removes the back seat and sliding rear window, and adds black bumpers, door handles, and side-view mirror caps.

So you won’t be able to pile your friends in and head to the lake for the weekend, but you will get yourself a fairly nifty work truck for a pretty darn affordable price. And for some drivers, that’s definitely worth losing a few features for a price drop.

News Source: Road & Track

  • Tom

    Too bad Toyota didn’t mention that the leaf springs in their new truck will break after few years. Not exactly “work truck” now is it? Save money by buying american – quality difference doesn’t exist anymore.

    Not to mention weak 3.5L engine that is weaker for towing then the 4.0 it replaces…. great on a “work truck”.

    I am a Taco owner.

    • Shayan

      Actually, the 3.5 will not only be able to tow more than the 4.0, it has more HP and Torque over the 4.0 and finally give the Tacoma a nice jump up in fuel economy while still improving in every category possible. This is not to be confused with the 3.5 motors from the Avalon, Camry, sienna, highlander, and so on, it will be the only one to carry the new 3.5,

      • Tom

        You must be looking at different 3.5 – this is straight from Wiki:

        “Output is 236 hp (176 kW) at 5200 rpm with 266 lb·ft (361 N·m) of torque at 4000 rpm on 87 octane, and 239 hp (178 kW) at 5200 rpm with 278 lb·ft (377 N·m) at 3700 rpm on 91 octane. This engine features Toyota’s VVT-i, variable valve timing system on the intake cam and a compression ratio of 10.0:1. Service weight, including fluids, is 166 kg (366 lb).”


        “The 2GR-FKS combines the D-4S system from the 2GR-FSE with the simulated on-demand Atkinson cycle used in the 2UR-GSE and 8AR-FTS engines. The intake camshafts are equipped with VVT-iW and the exhaust camshafts are equipped with VVT-i. In the Tacoma the engine specifications are 207 kW (278 hp) at 6000 rpm and 359 N·m (265 lb·ft) at 4600 rpm.”

        Clearly 4.0 is better in a truck… Engine weight of 166 is low for 4.0 – for 2016 Tacoma engine weight was not provided by similar 3.5L engines are only around 3kg less if that.

        We get all of this from Toyota in addition to “class trailing fuel economy”. Please check out independent tests of fuel economy of 2016 Tacoma vs. say 2016 Canyon… not only more horses on the competition, more torque but far better real life fuel economy.

        If Toyota thinks they can ride on the brand… they cannot ride too far.

  • Jerry P

    think of how many pizzas you could fit in this truck tho so many pizzas without the backseat you could make a fortune delivering pizzas