Benefits of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Atkinson Cycle Engine
Toyota engineers have done it again, improving on an already best-selling model just as they did with the redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry. This time around, they have taken the current Toyota Tacoma platform to the next level with the unveiling of the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Countless improvements will enhance the style and performance of the new Tacoma design, from a more muscular front end to the all-new and more efficient 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V-6 engine. With Toyota officials proclaiming that the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma will be the most powerful and efficient to date, we took a closer look at the new Atkinson cycle engine and how they work. Explore the benefits of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Atkinson cycle engine right here on the Gale Toyota blog.
How Do Atkinson Cycle Engines Work?
Standard gas engines employ what is known to automotive engineers as an Otto cycle and consist of four stages: intake, compression, power and exhaust. Making its automotive debut under the hood of the Toyota Prius, the Atkinson cycle engine puts a focus on using all of the energy it possibly can. Atkinson cycle engines improve efficiency primarily by leaving the intake valve open longer, allowing more air to enter the cylinder and resulting in a shorter compression stroke. As a result, models like the future 2016 Toyota Prius will have a lower compression ratio of 8:1 with an expansion ratio of 13:1. These estimated figures and the design of the Atkinson cycle engine will translate to no remaining pressure in the cylinder and optimized efficiency.
Benefits of Atkinson Cycle Engines
Now that you have a better understanding of how the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma Atkinson cycle engine will work, we can explore the benefits of an Atkinson cycle engine. When compared to current Toyota Tacoma models with a standard gasoline engine, the Atkinson cycle powertrain will deliver 12 to 14 percent better fuel economy ratings. Pairing those statistics with variable valve timing, a more efficient six-speed automatic transmission and a new rear differential is expected to propel the 2016 Toyota Tacoma to best-in-class fuel economy ratings without the use of a turbocharger or diesel fuel. Expect the redesigned Toyota Tacoma to deliver unrivaled fuel economy ratings when on the highway and with an empty bed.
We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the redesigned Toyota Tacoma when it arrives this fall and experience the benefits of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Atkinson cycle engine first hand. Promoted as the most powerful and efficient Tacoma model yet, it is an exciting proposition to see what this new mid-size truck can do both on the road and off it with the addition of new and innovative off-road features. Don’t forget to stop in at Gale Toyota and schedule a test drive in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma when they arrive, to experience class-leading numbers for yourself.