Legendary durability; more rugged and off-road ready than other midsize trucks; simple controls; reasonable pricing; standard accident avoidance tech
Awkward driving position with no height adjustment; crew cab's smaller back seat; sluggish base engine; rough ride
Every Tacoma gets two extra USB ports. The TRD Pro now comes standard with a sunroof and JBL audio (automatic transmission only), and gains a new skid plate and TRD Pro exhaust. You can also outfit it with a snorkel-like "Desert Air Intake." See the 2019 Toyota Tacoma models for sale near you
If you have no intention of getting your truck dirty, the Tacoma probably isn't the truck for you. If you do have that intention, absolutely get one of the TRD models. The TRD Off-Road is probably your best bet, since it comes with virtually every rough-and-ready enhancement available in the Taco's tool box without the styling and feature frivolities of the pricey TRD Pro. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is offered in six trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited and the off-road-oriented TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims. Most models (SR, SR5 and the TRD models) offer an extended cab (Access Cab) or crew cab (Double Cab) variant, though the Limited is only offered in Double Cab guise.
The base-level SR ($25,700) comes with 16-in steel wheels, power accessories, a composite bed liner, bed tie-down points, air conditioning, a backup camera, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a GoPro mount, three USB ports and a 6-in touchscreen interface. The SR comes standard with the 4-cylinder engine, but it can be upgraded to the V6.
Next up is the midlevel SR5 ($27,475), which adds improved exterior trim, rear tinted windows, keyless entry, cruise control, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with phone and audio controls, satellite radio, and a smartphone app-based navigation system.
From there, drivers can upgrade to the TRD Sport ($32,395), which boasts proximity entry and push-button start, an off-road suspension, Toyota's Crawl Control system (a sort of slow-speed off-road cruise control), an electronic locking rear differential, LED daytime running lights, 17-in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming mirror, a wireless phone charger, a 7-in touchscreen including Toyota's Entune App Suite and an integrated navigation system. Crew cabs include a power rear window. TRD Sport models also come standard with the V6.
Drivers looking to get even further off the pavement can choose the TRD Off-Road ($33,650), which boasts off-road-oriented wheels and tires, further enhanced suspension, skid plates, the deletion of the front air dam for a better approach angle, a locking rear differential, an off-road-oriented traction-enhancement system (includes various terrain-specific settings) and revised styling.
The less rugged Limited ($37,640) is only offered with the Double Cab. It sheds most of the TRD models' off-road equipment, but adds 18-in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, a power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, blind spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic warning system.
The TRD Pro ($42,810) is also Double Cab only and essentially adds to the TRD Off-Road special styling, upgraded shocks, a sport exhaust, an enhanced skid plate, extra ground clearance and the Limited's more luxury-oriented extras. A JBL audio system is included when equipped with an automatic transmission. You can uniquely outfit the TRD Pro with a snorkel-like "Desert Air Intake."
When it comes to options, many Tacoma models offer available equipment that's standard on higher trim levels. Note that the availability of options and model combinations can depend on where you live.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2019 Ford Ranger -- The new kid on the block is a very impressive, well-rounded entry. As we discovered when comparing the Ranger and the Tacoma, Ford's midsize pickup should be a better choice for many. Watch our Ranger vs Tacoma comparison video
2019 Chevrolet Colorado -- The Colorado and its GMC Canyon mechanical twin are frankly overshadowed by the new Ranger, and just aren't as characterful as the Tacoma. For better and worse, they're more akin to miniature half-ton trucks. The one exception would be the Colorado ZR2, which goes far beyond the capabilities of its more pedestrian siblings. Read Tacoma vs Colorado: Which Is Better?
2019 Honda Ridgeline -- When it comes to midsize trucks, think of the Ridgeline as the polar opposite to the Tacoma. It's every bit as comfortable, refined and versatile as the Tacoma is rough, rugged and single-minded. Read Tacoma vs Ridgeline: Which is Better?
Used Ram 1500 Rebel -- If you want a serious off-roading truck, but would rather it be bigger and burlier, it's hard to beat the Ram 1500 Rebel. Prices are steep, though, so you may have to consider a used model.