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2020 Toyota Tacoma: First Look

  • Revised looks.
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa climb on board.
  • A new monitoring system checks underneath the truck.

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck receives updates for the coming model year, as was recently shown at 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The whole range, except for the Tacoma TRD Pro model, is fitted with new grilles (that differ according to trim level), while every version sees some changes among its wheel designs. Let’s get into some more details.

What’s new?

Every 2020 Tacoma has larger infotainment touchscreens and improved audio systems. The entry level Tacoma SR gets intermittent wipers, dark housings for the taillights, a 7-inch touchscreen (up from a 6.1-inch unit), satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and Amazon Alexa compatibility. LED lighting for the bed is an option. The Tacoma SR5 gains a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The TRD Sport acquires new 17-in wheels, keyless passenger entry, an 8-in touchscreen and LED fog lamps. A Panoramic View Monitor also becomes available. The TRD Off-Road version receives a dedicated Bilstein suspension, locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control. A Multi-Terrain Monitor is available and gives drivers a view of what’s happening underneath the truck. The TRD Pro is fitted with LED headlights, daytime running lights and fog lights. It also has Panoramic and Multi-Terrain monitoring as standard, plus re-tuned Fox shock absorbers and springs, and lighter 16-in alloy wheels. Army Green becomes a model-exclusive color.

In Limited trim, the 2020 Tacoma gains 18-in alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting and the Panoramic View Monitor.

Any Changes to the Drivetrains?

No. Engine choices are still a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder unit making 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque or a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Both are linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Versions with the V6 have a towing package as standard and these trucks can pull 6,800 pounds.

Safety Equipment?

All variants have an array of driver aids that includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and automatic high beams.

Cabs and Beds?

No changes here, either. The Tacoma is available with the Access Cab, which has a 73.7-in bed, and the Double Cab with a 60.5-in bed or the 73.7-in version.

How Much and How Soon?

There’s no official word yet on when the 2020 Toyota Tacoma range will hit the dealerships or what the pricing will be. The 2019 lineup starts in the region of $26,000.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More about Colin Ryan

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