2020 Toyota Tacoma gets tech upgrade plus Army Green TRD Pro

Chris Davies - Feb 7, 2019, 5:18 pm CDT
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2020 Toyota Tacoma gets tech upgrade plus Army Green TRD Pro

America’s best-selling midsize pickup just got a revamp, with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma getting new tech, new comfort features, and bolder styling. Revealed at the Chicago Auto Show 2019 today, the refreshed 2020 Tacoma certainly isn’t short on options and trims: in fact, there are more than 30 different configurations in total.

Almost all of them – from the workhorse SR through to the top-tier Limited – have new front grilles, along with new or updated wheels, Toyota says. Inside, there’s now Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with Amazon Alexa, as Toyota finally gets up to speed with the smartphone projection systems.

The 2020 Tacoma line-up

At the entry-level, the 2020 Tacoma SR gets a new grille and redesigned taillights with dark housings. There’s an optional LED bed lamp, while inside the touchscreen grows to 7-inches. SiriusXM support has been added.

The 2020 Tacoma SR5, meanwhile, also gets a new grille, along with new dark satin finish for the 16-inch wheels. It, too, has darker taillight housings, and an LED bed lamp option; DRLs are also available. Inside, there’s new fabric for the seats.

Stepping up to the 2020 Tacoma TRD Sport, it packs 17-inch wheels now, and a new grille. There’s passenger smart key entry and chrome taillamp inserts, together with new LED fog lamps. New LED DRLs and LED headlamps are available, as is the LED bed lamp. Toyota will offer a Panoramic View Monitor, which gives a 360-degree perspective around the pickup.

The 2020 Tacoma TRD Off-Road packs the new grille and LED fog lamps, along with chrome insert tailamps and passenger smart key entry; it can also be had with the Panoramic View Monitor option, and the LED light updates. As standard it gets TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, Hill Assist Control, Multi-Terrain Select, and Crawl Control.

Finally, there’s the 2020 Tacoma Limited. That has 18-inch alloy wheels and a new grille as well, along with LED DRL and LED headlamps as standard. Chrome taillamp inserts are standard, plus passenger smart key access, and the bird’s eye camera is standard on this grade.

Cabs, Beds and Engines

Two cab options are available: Access Cab, with a 127.4-inch wheelbase and a 73.7-inch bed, and Double Cab, with the same wheelbase but a 60.5-inch bed, or 140.6-inch wheelbase with the 73.7-inch bed. Similarly, two engines are offered. A 2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder gets 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.5-liter V6 is an option with its 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. Both come with a 6-speed automatic as standard, but the V6 can optionally be paired with a 6-speed manual.

The V6 also comes with Toyota’s Tow Package. That consists of a Class IV receiver hitch, automatic transmission fluid cooler, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4 & 7-pin connector with converter, and Trailer-Sway Control. Maximum towing rating is 6,800 pounds.

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Most hardcore of the line-up, though, is the 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro. For this new model year Toyota throws in new 16-inch wheels and black-insert tailamps, together with new sequential LED/DRL headlamps and Rigid Industries LED fog lamps. Along with the Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Magnetic Gray Metallic color options will be an exclusive Army Green finish.

Inside, there’s a 10-way power drivers seta and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Passenger smart key entry is standard, as is the Panoramic View Monitor. The TRD Pro also adds Multi Terrain Monitor, however, which offers front, side, and rear views around the car. Under vehicle terrain view can give a glimpse of what’s going on underneath the Tacoma.

Toyota says the TRD Pro’s wheels are almost 4.2 pounds lighter than before, while the Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks and front and rear springs have been retuned. Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires with Kevlar reinforcement are standard, as is 4WDemand part-time 4-wheel drive. That packs an electronically controlled transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential.

Both automatic and manual versions will be offered. The automatic gets Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Multi-terrain Select, and Crawl Control. Inside, the automatic Tacoma TRD Pro gets JBL Premium Audio, too. All versions have a power moonroof.

Pricing and availability of all the new 2020 Tacoma models will be announced closer to release, later in 2019.


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