Toyota Tacoma Unveiled With Mild Styling Updates, More Equipment

Doris Richards
February 9, 2019

However, this model hasn't just been created to go off the beaten path; The TRD Pro Sequoia is more technologically advanced than other models featuring updated equipment with more driver-assist features and complete with Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and Amazon Alexa. The keyless ignition system available on higher trim levels of the Tacoma now features a sensor on the passenger's door in addition to the one on the driver's door. Seat surfaces are covered in "SofTex", a material Toyota says is "lighter than leather yet highly durable", while the front pews have "TRD" lettering stitched onto the headrests.

Not that we were expecting anything radical; after all, it's not a new model but rather a facelift for the Tacoma - after all, it's been America's best-selling mid-size pickup for 14 years running. TRD and Limited trims can also be had with LED headlights that sport a new design.

Engines are unchanged over last year's models. Regardless of dimensions, the Tacoma's bed has a composite interior that saves weight and resists dents compared to steel. Those who want more from under the hood can opt for the 3.5L V6 that generates 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The mill is linked to an eight-speed Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission and Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD) with Rear Driveline Disconnect. The 2020 Toyota Rav4 TRD comes with a host of special Toyota Racing Development engineering and design features enhancing its tail-driving capabilities.

The look gets beefed up by way of a big ol' Toyota grille in black, which is standard on every TRD Pro model. A TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shock suspension is the main tool needed for the task, providing the vehicle with 7 compression zones and 2 rebound zones, as well as an increase in rebound travel of 18 mm. Other Tacomas we've driven have been bouncy but composed, with decent around-town power. The turbo-4 engine in the new Ford Ranger provides better passing power, but the Tacoma's V-6 should be adequate for most users. Now, it's the Tacoma, which is just about to enter its third year in its current iteration. Prices have not been announced.

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