2016 Nissan Titan - Exterior - Front Driver Three-Quarter View ・ Photo by Nissan USA
In the truck and van segment there are only a few new or redesigned models for 2016. New models include the Mercedes-Benz Metris, Nissan Titan, and Toyota Tacoma. Despite the scarcity of new models for 2016, the updated vehicles are each interesting in their own ways. Read on to see which (if any) is right for you.
The 2016 Metris is what Mercedes-Benz calls a mid-size van, available in both cargo and passenger configurations (though most will be sold here as cargo vans). Thanks to its somewhat diminutive size, the Metris is easy to maneuver and park, but still capable of taking on big jobs. The cargo version has a maximum payload capacity of 2,502 lbs (which is more than some full-sized pickup trucks) and a towing capacity of 4,960 lbs, while passenger versions can seat eight. The 4 cylinder engine sends 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque through a 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels.
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A Load-Adaptive Electronic Stability Program is standard on all Metris vans, and helps keep the vehicle under control by braking individual wheels and reducing engine power. Crosswind Assist helps keep the vehicle from drifting out of its lane, while Lane Keeping Assist will warn the driver if the van does start to wander. The optional navigation system uses a 5.8 inch screen to get you to the jobsite, while the Metris’ 15,000 mile service intervals mean less vehicle downtime. Rear door configurations include the standard double rear folding doors, or the optional rear tailgate door, and passenger vans are available with power sliding side doors.
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The new 2016 Nissan Titan has one key feature that everybody has been waiting for: a 5.0 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that puts out 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. While the diesel may have overshadowed the rest of the new truck, there is plenty to like. The Titan will be available in 2WD or 4WD, with V6 and V8 gasoline engines, in standard cab, Crew Cab, and King Cab models, with two frame sizes and several bed lengths.
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The Nissan Titan features front and rear NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats, a large center console designed to serve as a mobile workstation, a lockable storage compartment under the rear seat, and a fold-out rear floor panel for carrying and securing large items. The bed features a 120V power point and storage compartments that have been moved from the bedsides into the bed where they can be accessed without having to remove a camper or tonneau cover. Towing capacity is rated at more than 12,000 pounds and maximum payload at 2,000 pounds, when properly equipped. The Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) and a Trailer Light Check system makes hooking up a trailer easy.
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The 2016 Toyota Tacoma has been rebuilt inside and out, with a stronger frame and an all-new powertrain. Primarily developed by the Toyota engineering team in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and assembled in Texas and Baja, California, the Tacoma should be able to handle anything you throw at it. The suspension was fine-tuned to be smoother on-road, yet also more capable off-road. Power comes from either a 2.7 liter four-cylinder or an all-new 3.5 liter Atkinson cycle V6 with Toyota’s D-4S technology, featuring both direct and port fuel injection. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, or the V6 can be optionally mated to a 6-speed manual.
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The Tacoma’s tailgate is now lockable, and features an integrated spoiler for improved aerodynamics, as well as an easy lowering feature. Inside, premium features such as Qi wireless charging, smart key with push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, and Blindspot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available. The TRD Off-Road grade includes a Multi-Terrain Select system, and additional off-road technology includes an Automatic Limited Slip and Locking Rear Differential, and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC). Crawl Control allows the driver to select a speed between 1 and 5 mph, and takes over acceleration and braking.
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