2019 Toyota Tacoma
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma rises above the competition with its impressive off-road capability and reputation for durability. There are six trims available: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. Buyers can pick between two body styles: the four-seat Access Cab with a 6-foot-1 bed and a five-seat Double Cab with options for a 5-foot bed or the 6-foot-1 bed. With plenty of configurations to choose from, there is a Tacoma configuration that will fit your lifestyle and vehicular needs.
Every trim level receives a slick touchscreen Entune infotainment system that recognizes voice commands and provides a central management point for music, communication, and apps use. Additional comfort and tech features are available on higher trims, such as a built-in navigation system, HD and satellite radio, wireless device charging, and a JBL sound system. Drivers who are looking for added performance will be pleased with the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models, as they feature enhancements such as multi-terrain select, hill-start assist, and high-performance shocks. Toyota makes safety a priority with a packed list of standard active and passive features.
Performance and Utility
Two engines are offered for this year’s Tacoma, the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder that makes 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, and the robust 3.5-liter V6 that produces 278 hp and 265 pound-feet of torque. When properly equipped, the Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds. Drivers can enjoy a smooth on- and off-road driving experience since the Tacoma utilizes a separate ladder frame with a leaf-spring solid rear axle and an independent suspension. Beds come standard with an innovative deck rail system with four heavy-duty adjustable tie-down cleats.
Off-roaders will love the features included in the two trail-hungry models. The TRD Off-Road adds alloy wheels, keyless ignition, a crawl control system, and a locking rear differential for more grip in low-traction conditions. The Pro model adds Fox performance shocks, all-terrain tires, and a 1/4-inch-thick skid plate, as well as the option to add a high-mounted desert air intake that gives the Tacoma fresh air in dusty areas. The Tacoma is also the only truck with a built-in GoPro camera mount for recording off-road adventures.
Even with its rugged design, drivers can feel safe and comfortable on the go with Toyota Safety Sense standard on all trims, which includes automatic braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-departure warning. Additional available safety features include a rear parking assist system and blind spot monitors. The built-in Star Safety System for stability and traction control comes standard on all trims, and drivers will have the advantage of several vehicle capability improvements, such as stability control sensors to help with loss of traction, an anti-lock braking system, and an electronic brake-force-distribution system which automatically monitors the brake force applied to each wheel based on road conditions. You won’t have to compromise between safety and adventure in the Tacoma, with its 4-star rating in NHTSA testing and its high marks earned in crash tests.