2016 Toyota Tacoma Locking Tailgate
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Toyota fixes Tacoma’s most annoying issue for 2016

For 2016, Toyota finally adds what owners have been asking for a long time.

When Mike Swears, Tacoma chief engineer was asked about the new V6 Tacoma, and how different it was from the prior generation he said that it was an all-new truck except for “maybe a seatbelt bracket.” That means the new Tacoma has a new tailgate handle, and the old, non-locking one is no more.

Yes, as crazy as it sounds, we checked with Toyota and no prior Tacoma came with a factory locking tailgate. Since pickup tailgates are removable without tools, this put the Tacoma’s tailgate at risk of theft. As we detailed in our prior story, this led to a cottage industry of aftermarket solutions to this dilemma. Owners have used everything form zip-ties to elaborate power locks mounted in the cabin to get that tailgate to be secure. No more. Toyota confirmed to Torque News today by e-mail that “The new 2016 Tacoma will have locking tailgates as standard equipment on all models.”

A locking tailgate may seem like a very small detail, but it is indeed the small details that move a vehicle from just good to great. Take a look at the image above. If you enlarge it or stare closely you will see that to the left is the rear-view camera eye, and to the right is a silver key-hole.

Now, if Toyota would only fix the lack of a diesel engine Tacoma fans would finally be satisfied.


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Comments

Still haven't quite fixed the appearance. Particularly the ugly rear wheel well. Why does it still face the wrong way? The 1985 styling with a retro feel would be nice. This truck is still hideous.
As long as Sweers is in charge I have very low expectations .He showed what he was made of with the last Tundra, when Toyota flushes him we will know they are serious.
Probably not Swears fault, the kool aid drinkers will buy anything with a Toyota logo on it. Where are rear disk brakes?
You mean the standard GoPro mount wasn't the big fix? :)
Psst. My 2002 DC limited tailgate came with a lock. Ordered it with the bed extender and you do need tools to remove it.
They might have fixed the most annoying issue for North America, but for us poor saps in Latin america Toyota has chosen to ignore and continue to discriminate us by NOT including the Tailgate lock, but for the most expensive model! Here we are today buying an expensive truck, compared to the competiton, and yet we find the hard way that a there is a black market for stolen tailgates thriving because of Toyota's Negligence. No support from Toytota dealers either. Came to find out a Tailgate is an ACCESORY item to them! I guess I should have waited for the Colorado....
I have a 2016 and I feel like an idiot! I locked my tailgate and I can't find key now. There doesn't seem to be a way to unlock the tailgate from inside cab. I may have to call Toyota for another key.
I have the 2016 Tacoma and my tailgate is unlocked with the ignition key.