The best-selling mid-size pickup truck receives teeny-tiny updates on all the trims

Although the Sequoia made the news for being roped in by the TRD Pro division, let’s not sideline the best-selling mid-size pickup truck in the States. Toyota refreshed the Tacoma for the 2020 model and has brought it to Chicago. Although the visual changes may not be visible to a layman, there are a few cues that help differentiate the 2020 Tacoma from the 2019 model. The drivetrain, however, still remains the same. Should Toyota have bumped up the power figures a little bit?

Toyota Tacoma Will Soon Have Fierce Competition From Ford and Jeep

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The Tacoma is an important product for the Japanese giant in the U.S. market. It has been the best-selling mid-size pickup in the States for 14 years straight. Although it is safe to assume that the Tacoma was ruling the segment till now, the same is not true as of today. Chevrolet has been successful with its Colorado lately. Other automakers have also decided to take a share of the pie that Toyota has been enjoying for a over a decade now all by itself. Ford just brought back the Ranger mid-size pickup and Jeep brought the Gladiator. With both these brands trying to find their feet in this highly competitive segment, expect them to go berserk with their offering and pricing.

So, unless Toyota decided to spice up things and provide better bang for the buck, it could very well lose its crown to the rivals.

Statistically speaking, the mid-size pickup sales are expected to grow to four-percent of the total market by 2021, according to LMC Automotive, a firm that tracks the auto industry. Back in 2010, there were 11 trucks in the segments, but this fell down to just four models on sale from 2014 to 2018. But thanks to the slow, agonizing death of the sedans, people are again interested in mid-size trucks, and by 2021, the segment would have 11 models to choose from.

Every Trim Has Something New To Offer

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The Toyota Tacoma comes in six trims in total - SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-road, Limited, and TRD Pro - and each of them is offered with either a new front grille, or new wheels, or both.

The entry level SR and SR5 trims come with new, darker taillight housings, and the SR5 even offers daytime running lights.

The TRD Sport comes with chrome taillight inserts, LED fog lamps, and a new LED bed lamp. The Limited trim now offers LED headlights as standard. The TRD Pro receives the maximum changes. It comes with new sequential LED headlights and daytime running lights, new 16-inch, and black inserts in the taillights to make it look all the more aggressive. The trim also comes with a new exterior shade - an Army Green paint job, thus completing the color palette with already has shades like the Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Magnetic Grey Metallic.

Apple CarPlay Finally Makes Way!

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Toyota has finally realized that not offering simple stuff like Apple CarPlay on its lineup will dent the sales figures.

For the 2020 model, the Toyota Tacoma comes with a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay as well as Amazon Alexa.

Other minor updates include the SR5 trims offered with new fabric seats, the TRD Pro offered with 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat as standard, etc. All the trims are benefitted with the Toyota Safety Sense P. This includes pre-collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high-beams, and radar cruise control. The towing capabilities have not changed as the Toyota Tacoma can still tow up to 6,800 pounds.

Not a Lot of Changes Mechanically

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Talking about the changes on the Tacoma TRD Pro, it comes with a new set of wheels that are about 4 pounds lighter than the last set. The Fox shocks and rear springs have been re-tuned to accommodate the lighter wheels. Under the hood, it still comes with the same set of powertrains.

There's a 2.7-liter, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder unit that churns out 159 ponies and 180 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.5-liter, V-6 mill that develops 278 horses and 265 pound-feet of torque.

Both the engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system as standard, but the larger V-6 mill can be mated to a six-speed manual as well. That is some good news for the stick shifters! The V-6 Tacomas come standard with a tow kit that includes a hitch, an engine oil cooler, a power steering cooler, an automatic transmission fluid cooler and a 130-amp alternator.

Toyota has done well to spice things up a little for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma. What do you think of the updates? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

2020 Toyota Tacoma specifications

Engine 2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 159 HP 278 HP
Torque 180 LB-FT 265 LB-FT
Transmission 6-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic 6-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic

Further reading

2016 Toyota Tacoma High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.

Toyota Ups the Ante With 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro
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Read our full review of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

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