I have to laugh...I used to own a 2007 for 9 years. Drooled over the 2016 Tacomas before they even came out. Once I saw them in person? That's the same thing I said....No power seats? Really Toyota?
To name a few....No Black leather, no rear disc brakes, no remote start, no Carplay....I don't even think they have heated mirrors either. No rear defrost, No Auto 4WD, etc.
I test drove a new tacoma - and it didn't ride much different than my 2007 did.
Yea...as someone else mentioned...the rear leaf springs are a bit saggy. I had the TSB done in 2007. The frame....let's talk about the frame rust. My 2007 got a new frame in Oct of 2016. Surely - getting a completely new frame is something to be happy about. However - it's no longer 'factory installed' and you put trust in tech at the local dealership to put it back together properly. Needless to say...it was back in the shop after 2 weeks for mysterious very loud clunking noises.
I'm glad I got the Canyon. I love this truck - really. Aside from the wonky lack of downshifting.... I love everything about it and why I bought it.
I will say.... any Toyota I've ever had lasted a very long time and was completely reliable. I'm crossing my fingers, my legs, my arms, and anything else - that my Canyon can be as reliable or better.