America’s favorite midsize pickup the Toyota Tacoma has over 30 configurations, in fact Toyota builds a Tacoma for just about every need, and although it doesn’t offer the latest in infotainment or engine options, the Tacoma still has the muscle and capability to handle tough jobs. The TRD Sport and the Limited models are oriented toward city driving, whereas the TRD Off-Road and the TRD Pro versions are for drivers looking to go a little further off the beaten track. And of course there’s the Tacoma’s legendary reputation for longevity, durability and reliability, not to mention stellar resale numbers.
Toyota has included a host of updates on the 2020 Tacoma, these include new styling and better technology. The exterior alterations are highlighted by a refreshed grille designs, different wheel choices, revised tail lights, and new LED headlights on specific trim levels.
Inside, the Tacoma now offers a power-adjustable driver’s seat, bigger touchscreens, the base model features a 7.0-inch display and all other trim levels have an 8.0-inch screen, and a set of useful camera systems. These optional monitors can provide a 360-degree view around the truck or even underneath it to detect obstacles. The Tacoma does have more standard driver assists than any other mid-size truck, and every model has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for a simplified infotainment experience.
However While the crew cab (which Toyota calls Double Cab) has very limited rear passenger space, it is better than the even smaller Access Cab. On the plus side the Tacoma has more than enough volume in its five-foot or six-foot bed, but the storage capacity is restricted inside and it does disappoint with few options to store items.
The 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro receives all the latest technology such as forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control as well as re-tuned shocks, lighter wheels, and a new Army Green paint color.
In our test vehicle we had the V6 which we think is the best engine choice, with 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque available, the 3.5-liter V6 moves the Tacoma around town. The Tacoma can tow up to 6800 pounds with rear-wheel drive; four-wheel-drive versions can pull 6500 pounds. The V-6 Tacoma’s EPA-rated fuel economy ranks in the middle of the pack at a combined 20 MPG. The 6-speed automatic is an older design, but it gets the job done; however, the 6-speed manual would still be our choice over the automatic.
While the Tacoma TRD Off Road 4×4 Double Cab starts at $36,965, our test vehicle came in at a much higher $46,328 including delivery and processing. This was mostly thanks to the Advanced Technology package $1,670 which provides Blind Spot Monitoring and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert as well as a Multi Terrain Monitor and a rear parking sensor. The other major addition was the TRD Premium Off Road Package at $4,285 which made things a lot more pleasant inside with Dual Zone Climate Control, Leather Trimmed and heated Front Seats, Premium JBL Audio a Moonroof and Automatic Headlights.
To end on a positive note it boasts some solid towing and off-road specs (approach, departure and breakover angle) and Toyota does offer one of the best complimentary scheduled maintenance plan in its class, complimentary maintenance is covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles. If you need a truck for doing “truck stuff”, the Tacoma won’t let you down. In the end the 2020 Toyota Tacoma is a rugged and versatile pickup truck that targets the more adventurous buyers.