What’s this about the Toyota Tacoma and “crawling?”
I’d be happy to explain as I’ve seen those headlines, too. At first glance, it sure doesn’t sound positive –but it really is! Bill Griffith, the Boston Globe’s automotive columnist wrote about this new feature of the Toyota Tacoma and said its ability to be an off-road vehicle helped “Tacoma Reach the Top!”
At an outdoor event with a challenging obstacle course at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the Tacoma put on a quite a performance as an off-road vehicle. The Tacoma’s high-strength steel frame enables it to climb over rocks and telephone pole – hence, the “crawl” we’ve been hearing about. Tacoma actually has a new “crawl control” system. You can see a video of a similar performance on You Tube.
Another vehicle review on line states: “The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will still come with rear drum brakes, but its traction control tech has become a lot more advanced. Let’s watch the truck get buried to its axles in sand, and then activate “Crawl Control” and turn its tires into shovels for an easy self-recovery. Seems that the wheel sensors detect slippage, being stuck, and can figure out exactly how much power to apply to build up just the right mound of sand to climb free on. Reports say this is one aspect of a Multi-Terrain Control suite, which looks like it goes from “0 to 5 [m.p.h.]” for progressively rougher terrain, rather than just having settings for different surface types…”
The accolades online and in print are all favorable making it a great truck and a fun off-road vehicle that can navigate the roughest terrain. While the vehicle leaves the steering to the driver, of course, it automatically adjusts the throttle and braking. It can climb a hill at a 30-degree angle, come over the crest and then down a steep hill and remain steady and stable using the crawl control system. The crawling speed allows the Tacoma to smoothly navigate terrain including moguls, mud, sand, loose rock and dirt.
Even Fortune Magazine weighed in, claiming “The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is offering computerized ‘crawl control,’ so off-roading is much easier. All drivers need to do is steer.” Fortune said the new Tacoma makes off-road driving both “simpler and more civilized.”
The Tacoma has been redesigned on an ongoing basis since its inception in 1964, with Toyota selling more than 7 million of these popular trucks. This new system and version was designed in North America and the chief engineer said his goal was to create a “bad-ass vehicle!” Many improvements were made to the 2016 Tacoma to make huge strides in its aerodynamic efficiency. It also has a new locking tailgate.
You can come to check out the Tacoma at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion. They’ve been selling so fast, they are hard to keep in stock. You also have the opportunity to design your own with so many options available: five trim levels, two body styles, two or four-wheel drive in various colors—making 29 different configurations available! The best part of all is that’s an energy-efficient 20 mpg vehicle in a six-speed automatic. The new four-cylinder Tacoma has a 42 horsepower increase over the prior six-cylinder. There’s even a Go-Pro camera mount on the dashboard so you can film your adventures! If you do, please send share your adventures on our Jaffarian Facebook page.
Have a safe holiday season out on these busy roads! Drive slowly and carefully when you’re around shopping centers and malls.
P.S. Please stop by our showroom at 600 River Street in Haverhill by December 18 to donate a new item for Emmaus House in Haverhill, a wonderful organization providing homeless solutions. Children’s items are needed including toothpaste and toothbrushes, diapers, new clothing, pajamas, mittens, hats and other items are welcome.