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2022 Toyota Tacoma: Choosing the Right Trim

The few changes Toyota made to the 2022 Toyota Tacoma are mostly small appearance tweaks.

However, the raised versions (SR5 Trail Edition and TRD Pro) get hoisted a half-inch higher in the back. Moreover, the Trail Edition’s front end adds 1.1 inches of ground clearance, while the TRD Pro adds 1.5 inches more.

This extra lift contributes to better approach, departure, and breakover angles.

Toyota also gives the Trail Edition a locking rear differential for improved traction off-road at low speed.

Tacoma isn’t the most refined of midsize trucks, but its dedicated off-road models are highly capable.

We aren’t overwhelmed with either of its engines. However, we like its ruggedness, off-road-capable trims, the available 6-speed manual transmission in 4×4 models, and the array of standard driver aids.

Toyota offers Tacoma in SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro grades.

Power & Fuel Economy

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard in the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, and Limited trims with optional 4-wheel drive (4WD). Toyota offers the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro only in 4WD.

Serving as the base engine in the SR and SR5 is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine. It’s bound to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Optional in the SR and SR5, but standard in all the other grades is a 3.5-liter V6. It also uses a 6-speed automatic tranny to rotate the wheels. Four-wheel-drive (4WD) versions offer a 6-speed manual option.

Government fuel-economy estimates for the 4-cylinder with RWD are 20 mpg city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg in combined driving. Opting for 4WD scrubs off 1 mpg from each number.

RWD versions with the V6 get an estimated 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. With 4WD and the 6-speed automatic, the mileage is 18 mpg/22 mpg/20 mpg. Pick the 6-speed manual, and the numbers drop to 17 mpg/21 mpg/18 mpg.

Prices can vary for a trim level based on cab configuration (Access Cab or Double Cab), cargo box length (five feet or six feet), engine (SR and SR5), and in 4WD versions by transmission.

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR (starting at $26,500)

The listed price is for the RWD Access Cab with the 6-foot box and the 4-cylinder engine.

Opting for 4WD adds $3,075. The RWD V6 adds $2,260. Adding 4WD to the V6 is $3,465. And upgrading to the Double Cab adds $830.

Standard content includes 16-inch steel wheels, a limited-slip differential, skid plates, fabric seats, composite cargo box, and heated power outboard mirrors.

Other features are hill-start assist, an easy-lower tailgate, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a sliding rear window, and dual-zone auto climate control.

The infotainment system has a 7-inch touchscreen, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite-radio capability, three USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Standard driver aids are forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and high-beam assist.

You can add remote keyless entry for $230 and a tonneau cover for $650.

Adding the $1,215 destination fee to the SR base price brings the total to $27,715. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to $498 per month. See 2022 Toyota Tacoma SR models for sale

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR includes:

  • Composite cargo box – This is a fiber-reinforced sheet-molded composite inner bed that resists scratching.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control – A set-it-and-forget-it system, it divides the vehicle into left and right regions. It provides separate temperature settings for each region. Once set, it automatically maintains the preset temperatures.
  • Driver aids – These include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and high-beam assist.

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 (starting at $29,180)

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Front Right
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 seen here driving off-road in Lunar Rock.

The listed price is for the RWD Access Cab with the 6-foot box and the 4-cylinder engine.

Opting for 4WD adds $3,075. The RWD V6 adds $3,145. Adding 4WD to the V6 is $3,310. And upgrading to the Double Cab adds $890.

The SR, the SR5 adds upgraded exterior trim, rear tinted windows, fog lights, power-sliding rear window, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and remote keyless entry.

An 8-inch touchscreen is also included.

Opt for the V6, and you get 16-inch alloy wheels.

Options include the tonneau cover and (for the 4-cylinder) the 16-inch alloy wheels for $685.

Also available is the 4WD Double Cab SR5 Trail Edition ($3,765). It adds more ground clearance, a standard locking rear differential, full skid plates, and bronze-finished wheels.

Adding the $1,215 destination fee to the SR5 base price equals $30,395. Financing with no money down for 60 months at 3% interest works out to a monthly payment of $546. See 2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 models for sale

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 includes:

  • Remote keyless entry – You can unlock and lock the vehicle remotely when in range using the fob.
  • Fog lights – These lights are pointed downward to shine below the fog line.
  • Power-sliding rear window – You can electronically open and close the rear sliding window.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport (starting at $33,410)

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Front Left in Lunar Rock
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport is seen here in Lunar Rock.

The listed price is for RWD Access Cab with the V6 engine.

Adding 4WD will set you back $4,570. Pick the 6-speed manual with 4WD, and it will cost $2,370. Upgrade to the Double Cab adds $1,630 to the bottom line.

The TRD Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a bed-mounted 120-volt power port, keyless entry with push-button start, and wireless phone charging.

Other goodies include outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a hood scoop.

For $800, you can add the Technology Package with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Setting you back $485 is the LED Headlights Package with LED headlights and LED fog lights.

Adding the $1,215 destination fee to the TRD Sport base price totals $34,625. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to $622 per month. See 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport models for sale

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport includes:

  • Keyless entry – If the key fob is on your person, the doors automatically unlock when you touch the door handle. Push-button start is paired with keyless entry.
  • Wireless phone charging – You can charge any Qi-compatible phone without a cable.
  • Hood scoop – This is a nonfunctioning affectation.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road (starting at $34,690)

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road Front Left in Super White
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road is seen here in Super White.

The listed price is for the RWD Double Cab with the V6 engine.

Add 4WD for $2,965. Add 4WD with the 6-speed manual for $1,135. You can get the Access Cab with 4WD for $2,030.

If off-roading figures into your buying decision, we think the TRD Off-Road is the best value.

The TRD Off-Road loses the TRD Sport’s hood scoop and some other appearance elements.

To the TRD Sport, the TRD Off-Road adds Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control, an electronic locking rear differential, and an off-road suspension.

Pony up the $5,070 for the TRD Premium Off-Road Package to gain auto on-off LED headlights, LED fog lights, leather seats, and the premium JBL audio system. Also included are blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Adding the $1,215 destination fee to the TRD Off-Road base price equals $39,905. Financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to a monthly payment of $717. See 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road models for sale

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road includes:

  • Multi-Terrain Select – Drivers choose off-road driving modes (Mud and Sand, Loose Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, and Rock). When engaged, this feature regulates wheel spin, brake pressure, and throttle response to maximize traction.
  • Crawl Control – Operating at speeds from 1 mile per hour to 5 mph, this feature allows the driver to concentrate on steering as the vehicle controls the speed.
  • Locking rear differential – When engaged, this ties the wheels on the same axle together to increase traction at low speeds.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Limited (starting at $39,255)

The price listed is for the RWD Double Cab with the V6. Adding 4WD costs $3,075.

From the TRD Off-Road, Limited loses the locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select, and Crawl Control.

However, Limited gains 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, Led headlights, LED daytime running lights, a power moonroof, and the premium JBL audio system.

Also included are navigation, the Panoramic View Monitor, an automatic limited-slip differential, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat.

An auto-dimming rearview mirror and Homelink are standard.

The Nightshade Package ($1,000) adds black alloy wheels and blacked-out exterior accents.

Adding the $1,215 destination fee to the Limited base price brings the total to $40,470. With no money down for 60 months at 3% interest, financing works out to $727 per month. See 2022 Toyota Tacoma Limited models for sale

2022 Toyota Tacoma Limited includes:

  • Leather seating – Adds a touch of luxury.
  • Panoramic View Monitor – This is basically a surround-view monitor providing a 360-degree view around the vehicle.
  • Power moonroof – This glass panel in the roof can be opened and closed electronically.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro (starting at $45,935)

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Front Left in Lime Rush Green
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is seen here in Lime Rush Green.

The listed price is for the 4WD Double Cab with the 6-speed manual tranny. Opting for the 6-speed automatic will add $2,705.

From the Limited, the TRD Pro loses the Panoramic View Monitor but gains the Multi-Terrain Monitor. Plus, it restores the locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select, and Crawl Control from the TRD Off-Road.

The TRD Pro includes 16-inch black alloy wheels, extra ground clearance, a front skid plate, heated front seats, and TRD interior accents.

Fox-branded shock absorbers and a TRD cat-back exhaust are also standard.

Adding the $1,215 destination fee to the TRD Pro base price brings the total to $47,150. With no money down for 60 months at 3% interest, financing works out to $847 per month. See 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro models for sale

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro includes:

  • Multi-Terrain Monitor – This is basically a surround-view camera for off-roading. It provides different views of the trail around the vehicle.
  • Multi-Terrain Select – Drivers choose off-road driving modes (Mud and Sand, Loose Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, and Rock). When engaged, this feature regulates wheel spin, brake pressure, and throttle response to maximize traction.
  • Crawl Control – Operating at speeds from one mile per hour to 5 mph, this feature allows the driver to concentrate on steering as the vehicle controls the speed.

See the video review of the new 2022 Toyota Tacoma from KBB.

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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