Don’t let the title of this article worry you. The Toyota Tacoma, America’s most popular midsize truck, is still all truck. The 2020 version will remain rugged and a workhorse, it’s just getting a few updates that will bring it in line with the advances we’re seeing in other vehicles.
For instance, every version of the Tacoma will be equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense P suite, which adds automatic high beams, lane departure warning, radar cruise control, collision warning, and pedestrian detection. The Tacoma will also be getting a seven- or eight-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration as standard.
The base SR version will be getting an intermittent wiper setting as standard. You’ll also get a couple options at this level, such as an LED bed lamp or the SX appearance package (which was introduced on the 2019 Tacoma). Step up to the SR5 model and you can get a dark grey wheel color, and if you choose the optional 3.5-liter V6, you also get a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. That seat, by the way, comes standard on the higher versions.
Speaking of the higher versions, the TRD Sport model gets new 17-inch wheels and plenty of additions like LED fog lamps on either side of the altered grille and taillights with chrome inserts. The Double Cab version has a Panoramic View Monitor that allows 360-degree viewing around the truck on the infotainment screen. So long difficult parallel parking and guessing where you are on the trail. As an option, you can choose to get LED headlights and daytime running lights on the TRD Sport. These options are standard on the TRD Off-Road. The Off-Road also gets Multi-Terrain Monitor, which was previously only available on the Land Cruiser. On the Tacoma Limited, you can get new 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Tacoma TRD Pro comes with 16-inch wheels that are also lighter, which allows Toyota to tweak the spring rates and shock tuning (the shocks are 2.5-inch FOX internal bypass units), resulting in better control. The Pro also has a scooped hood, sequential LED headlights and daylight running lights are standard. You also get LED fog lamps and black taillight inserts. Plus there’s a new Army Green color you can opt for.
The new 2020 Toyota Tacoma stays true to its roots; these new additions just make it that little bit better.