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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Toyota Tacoma

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Limited© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Limited

After going nearly a decade without a serious update, it was about time the Toyota Tacoma got a major makeover, and the new 2016 model boasts significant changes inside and out. Even though it sports a fresh appearance with styling cues taken from bigger brother Tundra, the pickup is still unmistakably a Tacoma, albeit with a more muscular stance and upgraded interior. Below, we look at all the changes the Tacoma underwent to look the way it does now.

Toyota toughened up the 2016 Tacoma with a new front end that consists of a bold hexagonal grille, and a taller, more chiseled hood. Mounted high above the bumper sits slimmer and angrier-looking projector headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights that wrap around the pickup's broad shoulders. A big air dam below the front bumper was added to help efficiency, and since it stretches from one foglight to the other, it helps give the truck a more rugged appearance.

From the side, the Tacoma stands more upright with its taller hood. Sharper creases in the sheetmetal on the front quarter panel and rear quarter panel give the truck more authority, while the bulging wheel wells have a more squared off design compared to the one on the outgoing truck.

Toyota changed a lot in the rear, where an integrated rear spoiler makes the Taco look sportier than its predecessor. Like the Tundra, the Tacoma's tailgate also adopted bold lettering imprinted on the sheetmetal, but unlike the bigger truck, the Tacoma name is splayed across the entire lower edge of the tailgate. The name is emphasized by a sharp crease that extends over it and runs all the way down to the wheel wells. Another character line runs across the tailgate and below the handle, making the truck look even tougher from behind.

While the Tacoma looks more rugged on the outside, it looks much more luxurious inside, with more soft-touch points, higher quality materials, and a more modern interface. The new Tacoma's interior has more horizontal shapes and new circular HVAC vents that flank a new touchscreen. Below that are a few knobs and buttons, which help clean up the truck's overall interior.

What do you think of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma? Do you think the changes were enough to give it a fresh look, or do you think Toyota shortchanged the pickup with a mediocre design? Let us know in the comments below!

Last week's Refreshing or Revolting post was all about the mouth-dropping Ford GT that was unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and it's no surprise that the majority of readers thought the exotic-looking supercar was an improvement.

"It is very refreshing to see Ford finally reveal a GT successor that the car world has been clamoring for," said mopar_srt.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Limited Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Toyota Tacoma

"Car looks awesome," said Gettingoldercarguy. "Ford seems to be entering a golden age again."

Rowdy 3 said "I have never been prouder to be a Ford fan. [It's] more refreshing than the 2015 Mustang."

There were a handful who weren't feeling the over-the-top design, with itsjessebaby saying, "Revolting. The car doesn't look beautiful from any angle to me."

vantagevirage was on the same page, saying, "This new one looks like a caricature of the NSX. Its oversized details and odd lines just don't seem to flow right, especially [compared] to the last generation Ford GT."

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