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The stronger body and frame improves bush-whacking and towing/hauling capabilities. You can dial up off-road settings, use Crawl Control to dig out of sand that’s axle-deep, and Hill-start Assist will get you up grades of 37 degrees or more. That’s steep. The exterior look is bolder, the cabin takes its styling cues from the latest Corolla and Camry, but the muscular wheel flares are nothing you’d find on a family runabout.

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015. With Crawl Control, a driver can dig out of sand that’s axle-deep.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is put through its paces in an off-road course in Seatac, Wash. in August 2015.

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