Toyota knows that when you have America’s most sought-after mid-size truck – Tacoma – you do not mess with the formula.
You merely tweak it.
With near 170,000 units sold in the first eight months of 2019, the third generation (new in 2016) Toyota Tacoma continues as the run-away leader of the mid-size segment. In fact, Tacoma has sold almost twice as many trucks in 2019 as its nearest competitor – and they are pulling away.
Toyota says, Tacoma is purpose ‘Built for the Endless Weekend’.
Whether for the endless weekend around town, off in the outback or both, people buy a Tacoma because it delivers.
In addition, it retains its value, making it the best new vehicle investment in America too.
For 2020, Toyota Tacoma offers its segment-leading lineup in six models with 32 different configurations – all able to work hard and play hard.
The foundation for Tacoma’s stellar reputation for hard work, hard play, and durability begins with the basics like extensive use of high-strength steel in the frame and hot-stamped, ultra-high strength steel in the body.
All models are equipped with double wishbone coil-spring front suspension and leaf-spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shocks.
Tacoma’s power is available in two levels. Standard is the 2.7L four-cylinder engine with VVT-i producing 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The optional 3.5L V6 with VVT-iW technology and Atkinson-cycle combustion delivers 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of peak torque.
Each engine can be teamed to a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), while the V6 can also be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission on the TRD Pro.
All models have 4×2 or 4×4 configurations available and feature a whopping 9.4-inches of ground clearance. Wheels come in three sizes (16, 17 and 18-inch) mounted with either all-season or all-terrain tires depending on model and grade.
When equipped with an optional V6 Tow Package, Tacoma is tow capacity rated for 6,400 to 6,800 lbs.
There are two cab types, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab.
Access Cab models offer under-seat rear storage space, with fold-up seat cushions to maximize carrying space. Double Cab models feature 60/40 split rear seats with adjustable headrests and under-seat storage.
Cabin interiors are upgraded with more features and premium materials depending on the model.
The SR and SR5 are equipped with fabric-trimmed seats, while seating for the TRD Sport and Off-Road grades is uniquely upholstered with embossed fabric.
The TRD Pro features leather-trimmed seating plus heated front seats, and the premium Limited grade offers seats trimmed in rich leather. Some available premium features include Qi wireless charging, Smart Key with push-button start, power tilt/slide moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Cargo beds have an inner bed made from a sheet-molded composite (SMC) deck and tough, durable walls that are 10-percent lighter than steel. Bed lengths are either 60.5 or 73.7-inches and feature an easy-lowering tailgate. The versatile bed deck features two-tier loading and an integrated deck-rail utility system with four standard adjustable tie-down cleats.
A factory-installed tri-fold hard tonneau cover to secure gear out of sight and a 120V/400W power point are some of the available accessories.
As the most sought-after mid-size truck in the market, when ready for a new Tacoma, you are assured you will get top dollar for your old one – selling privately or as a trade.
The Toyota Tacoma has received the Kelley Blue Book KBB.com ‘2019 Best Resale Value Award for Cars’ – again for the 5th year.
Their report for 2019 shows that a three-year-old Toyota Tacoma retains almost 70 percent of its original purchase price.
Personally, we are routinely asked by folks looking for a ‘good used’ Tacoma – where they should look.
Our answer is to go buy one new, as a used Tacoma – only one or two years old – will cost almost as much as a new one. If you can find one.
In fact, here in Texas, you see very few Tacoma trucks on used car lots. We are told by dealers they are often already sold when the owner brings an old one in to pick up the new one.
So, when you are already, by far, the best-in-segment with a four-year-old truck, what do you do to stay there? Don’t mess with the basic formula of Tacoma – just tweak it.
Toyota has done so with minor style changes, some added technology and enhanced comfort and convenience features.
Some models will get a new front grille design tailored to each model grade. Every model will get a revised taillamp design. There is a new exclusive color for the TRD Pro.
The cabin is quieter from enhanced body sealants, new multi-layer acoustic windshield and sound absorbing headliner and floor silencer pad.
Each model gets a larger touchscreen (up to 8-inches) along with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
Each vehicle now features a six-speaker sound system with SiriusXM capability, Handsfree Bluetooth, USB media and charge ports and integrated backup camera display.
And there is more.
2020 Tacoma Tweaks by Model
The Tacoma lineup embraces Toyota’s ‘work hard, play hard’ guiding principle of building a truck for every driver and every need.
For the everyday driver who likes to play hard when they can, models include the work ready SR, high-style/high-value SR5 and top of the line more premium Limited.
For the serious hard player who also uses his truck every day, there are the awesome Tacoma TRD models. They are TRD Sport, more adventurous TRD Off-Road and the ultimate off-road TRD Pro.
Specific tweaks by model include:
Adds new intermittent wipers and an available LED cargo bed light.
Last year’s SX package for the Access Cab is continued giving it a stylish sport truck touch with exterior black-out features including grille, headlight surrounds, overfenders, wheels, mirror caps and door handles.
When equipped with the optional V6, gets a 10-way power driver seat and an updated dark gray wheel color.
Gets a new premium grille design, new 18-inch alloy wheels, LED/DRL headlamps, LED foglamps, and chrome taillamp inserts.
Its Premium Audio system now features the new 8-inch touchscreen with Smart Key operation and a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat.
The Double Cab model gets the new Panoramic (360-degree) View Monitor.
TRD Sport has a new front grille design and 17-inch wheels, sport-tuned shocks, LED foglamps and new chrome insert taillamp plus available LED/DRL headlamps.
When equipped with the V6, TRD Sport, it also receives the larger 8-inch touchscreen and 10-way power adjustable driver seat.
The Panoramic View Monitor available on Double Cab models.
TRD Off-Road also features a new grille plus LED foglamp, LED/DRL headlamp availability and chrome insert taillamps.
Double Cab models have a Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) for improved visibility of the terrain around the truck.
Like TRD Sport, it also receives the updated multimedia with 8-inch touchscreen plus premium audio with dynamic navigation and a power adjustable driver’s seat.
A unique new front grille design with bold ‘TOYOTA’ lettering and color-keyed surround identifies the TRD Pro.
Other features include unique sequential LED/DRL headlamps with TRD inserts, blacked-out hood scoop and graphic, new design 16-inch Black alloy wheels mounted with Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires, Rigid Industries LED fog lights, and black-insert taillamps.
It also gets the new Panoramic View Monitor + Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM). With MTM, the driver can select front, side, or rear views for nearly 360-degree visibility. For the really tough going, it features 5-second front undercarriage projected-path video playback.
Automatic transmission models get the 8-inch touchscreen with dynamic navigation and a 6-speaker JBL Premium Audio.
A new available Army Green exterior color is exclusive to all TRD Pros for 2020 with Magnetic Gray added to the mix of Midnight Black Metallic and Super White to offer four color options on all TRD Pros.
Finding your ‘Endless Weekend’ Tacoma
Find and build your ‘Endless Weekend’ 2020 Toyota Tacoma by going here: https://www.toyota.com/tacoma/.
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