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2020 Toyota Tacoma: Civilized Adventure

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is the perfect truck for off-road adventures and taking the kids to school.

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Introduction and Background

The Tacoma was first introduced in 1995 with a 5-speed manual transmission and 2 cab options. Currently the Tacoma is on its 3rd generation, and over the last 25 years, Toyota has developed the Tacoma into what I think is the perfect Midsize truck.

Trims and Pricing

There are 6 trim levels available for the Tacoma, SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro, starting at $26,050, $27,825, $32,725, $34,000, $38,790, and $43,960, respectively. TRD trims get more aggressive styling and off-roading features. Pricing does not include fees. In my opinion, the Tacoma is well priced on upper trims, but SR and SR5 trims are a little overpriced.

2020 Toyota TRD Pro

2020 Toyota TRD Pro

Engine, Transmission, and Drivetrain

Two engines are available in the Tacoma, an 159 horsepower 2.7 L 4-cylinder and a 278 horsepower 3.5 L V6. On SR and SR5 trims the 3.5 L is optional, all other trims get it standard. A 6-speed manual transmission is optional (standard on TRD Pro) on most TRD trim levels, others get a 6-speed automatic. 4wd is optional on all but the TRD Pro model, kind of disappointing seeing as the Tacoma is an adventure oriented truck.

Fuel Economy

Being a pickup truck, the Tacoma only manages to accomplish a Toyota estimated 19/23 City/Highway when equipped with the 2.7 L and 2WD, very disappointing. Mileage numbers similar to the Tacoma's shouldn't be found on a 2WD truck with only 159 horsepower. With the 3.5 L, 4WD, and a manual transmission, the Tacoma will do just 17/20 City/Highway.

Interior Features and Comfort

Interior styling is very simple and does seem outdated. For example, materials are really low quality in virtually all trim levels. All trims, excluding the base model, include an 8.0 inch infotainment screen (SR has a 7.0 inch), however all are standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Even higher trim levels like the Limited and TRD Pro don't offer cooled seats, however they do offer heated leather seats with power lumbar, even with these features, the Tacoma is far from luxurious.

Interior

Interior

Safety

The Tacoma crew cab was given average ratings when crash tested by the IIHS, but extended cab models received the Top Safety Pick Award (IIHS). Standard safety features include pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Adaptive cruise control).

Conclusion

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is a great pickup truck for off-roading and city driving. It's not too big, but is extremely capable, safe, and stylish. It's main flaw is the interior materials, features, and styling, but I think it makes up for it with its amazing capability, power (With 3.5 L V6), and exterior styling.

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