2020 Toyota Tacoma: Rough, Rugged and Reliable

Offered in six trim levels, the Toyota Tacoma is well equipped, with variants of a work-truck to a luxury-truck. The Tacoma provides a balance of whatever adventure you throw its way…. off-road or leisurely enjoyment. In the world of midsize trucks, the Tacoma, is not just a favorite, but its ability to tackle the trails makes it undeniably my personal favorite. 

The new 2020 Tacoma has a surround view camera as well as underbody cameras that complement off-road visibility. The most exciting news comes from the interior, finally Toyota integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SR model features a 7-inch display while all other levels feature an 8-inch touchscreen display. 

The trim levels are as follows: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. The SR is your basic work truck. The SR5 showcases a few more equipment choices, I stress the word “few,” because it isn’t until your reach the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road that I would use the word “well” equipped. The Limited caters to those who require more leisure and/or comfort in their lives. The TRD Pro is the ultimate choice for off-road capabilities. 

The SR trim is budget-friendly with 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors and a sliding rear window and begins at $26,050. 

The SR5 adds chrome exterior trim, alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, 10-way power driver’s seat and the 8-inch touchscreen display, beginning at $27,825.

The Tacoma TRD Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color fender flares, a hood scoop, LED Daytime Running lights and a body-color rear bumper. On the inside of the TRD Sport you get an advanced Entune Premium Audio System with Dynamic Navigation, a wireless charging system and Toyota Smart Key with Push-button start. The TRD Sport begins at $32,745.

The TRD Off-Road, made for the trails with 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome rear bumper, textured black fender flares, with additional upgrades like Bilstein shocks, 4WDemand four-wheel drive, CRAWL Control, a locking rear differential and a Multi-Terrain Select System. The TRD Off-Road begins at $34,000.

Step up to the Toyota Limited and add luxury with 18-inch alloy wheels, a body-color rear bumper, body-color fender flares, LED headlights, LED Daytime Running lights and LED fog lights, complete with a leather interior, a JBL premium sound system, a power moonroof and an all new Panoramic View Monitor. This luxurious ride can be yours for $38,790. 

The TRD Pro is the ultimate Tacoma package that money can buy, with a one-of-a-kind black Toyota grille, a TRD Pro desert intake, a TRD Pro skid plate, black 16-inch alloy wheels, a TRD Pro cat-back exhaust system, black TRD Pro leather interior, a Multi-Terrain Monitor, heated front seats and TRD Pro floor mats as well as a TRD Pro shifter.  The price tag for this adventure is $46,665. 

The interior of the Tacoma is what you have come to expect out of Toyota; quality. Every part of the interior benefits from quality materials.

Under the hood of the Toyota Tacoma’s base model is 159-hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or a 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6  engine. 

The week I test drove the 2020 Tacoma, I was moving stone samples and this pickup was plenty capable. The Tacoma in fact, can tow up to 6,800 pounds, the average haul for a compact size truck.

EPA estimates 20 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway. Not the best in class, slightly below average for a compact size pickup. 

Your Tacoma will come equipped with Toyota’s Safety Sense technology. Safety Sense technology is standard on all trim levels. New cameras that face downward were added for safety, especially when off-roading; they allow you to see any obstacles that you may encounter and will prevent you from acquiring a bent frame. Despite the tall step-up height of the truck, the rough, rocky and rugged off-pavement capability is worth the trade-off. 

Tacoma’s warranty covers three years/36,000 miles and five years/60,000 mile powertrain.

The Tacoma is a great all around reliable truck that still looks tough and offers a pleasant driving experience, especially on those off-road trails.  

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