2020 Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma – the best-selling midsized pickup truck in America for 14 years – is returning with some fantastic new features. The 2020 model gets a great number of upgrades to its multimedia technology, passenger comfort and amenities, and off-road technology, as well as some revamped exterior styling. Tacomas are well-known for their reliability and durability, backed by Toyota’s dependable reputation, and this new model year will be no different. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what makes the Tacoma so dominant in this competitive segment.
This year’s Tacoma is available in six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Limited. New for this year, the base SR trim gets a redesigned grille, intermittent windshield wiper, and taillights. It also features a new, larger 7-inch multimedia touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and Sirius XM capability. Next up, the SR5 receives new and improved seatbacks with an updated fabric design, darker taillight housings, and LED bed lamp and DRL headlight availability. Upgrading to the TRD Sport gets you larger 17-inch wheels, chrome taillamp inserts, and Panoramic View Monitor availability. The TRD Off-Road is similar to the TRD Sport, but it also comes with LED foglamps, and Passenger Smart Key Entry. As the name suggests, it also offers more off-roading features, such as a Multi-Terrain Monitor and LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. At the top of the line, the Limited trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels and a standard panoramic view monitor.
Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy
Like last year’s models, the 2020 Tacoma is available with a 2.7-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine. Both of these engines are paired with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, but you can order the V6 version with a six-speed manual transmission. The four-cylinder engine puts out 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque, while the V6 engine delivers 278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. All models with V6 engines come standard with a towing package, which includes a Class IV receiver hitch, engine oil cooler, automatic transmission cooler, power steering cooler, 130-am alternator, and trailer sway control. The V6 versions are capable of towing up to 6,800 lb., while still achieving good fuel economy.
Safety and Warranty Coverage
All Tacoma models are standardly equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, which offers a number of driver-assistive safety features, including lane departure alert with a sway warning system, automatic high beams, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and high-speed dynamic radar cruise control. In addition to these state-of-the-art driver safety features, the Tacoma is backed by Toyota’s generous package of warranties. Toyota’s warranties include a 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty, 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and 60-month/unlimited-mile corrosion protection warranty. All new Tacomas also come with ToyotaCare, which covers two years or 25,000 miles worth of factory-scheduled maintenance and 24/7 roadside assistance.