The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is fitted with the standard setup you'd find in any truck that wants to go play in the dirt. There's two-wheel-drive and both four-wheel-high and four-wheel-drive-low. Additionally, Toyota offers the Tacoma with a number of other bits of tech to make your off-tarmac journey a bit easier. Today's video from Engineering Explained  provides a visual primer on the differences between 2Hi, 4Hi, and 4Lo, as well some of those other traction-enhancing features.

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When you're running around town, you don't need all four wheels helping you get down the road. Thus the Tacoma can run with just the rear wheels taking in the power from the engine. This is better for fuel economy. When the going gets slippery, however, you can easily select 4Hi and get all four wheels working for you. If you're really in a sticky situation, you can opt for 4Lo and crawl your way to freedom.

To illustrate the differences between driving modes, Engineering Explained host Jason Fenske sets up a short course and times his run across it in all of the different driving modes. From there, it's time to check out how well the truck crawls up a short yet steep incline. It's quite clear that four-wheel-drive is your friend for both tests.


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