When we recently compared medium-sized trucks, the Toyota Tacoma stayed behind. In short. It looks good, promises to be reliable and should continue to have a high residual value, but the rest of the experience with Tacoma was not enough compared to the competition. Knowing that it should fight, Toyota has introduced a long list of updates for the 2020 Tacoma, including new grille designs for all trims except the TRD Pro.
The basic model SR gets the new radiator grille, an adapted taillight design and an optional LED lighting for the bed. Intermittent wipers are now standard, along with a 7.0-inch touch screen. In fact, you also get support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Toyota’s suite of safety and driver assistance technologies is also standard, offering adaptive cruise control and lane warning messages, as well as several others.
Climb onto the more popular SR5, and like most Tacoma models, there’s a new grille design. You’ll also get new 16-inch wheels, a darker taillight body, different fabric covers, and an 8.0-inch touch screen suitable for all higher surface finishes. Optionally, Toyota offers LED nightstand lighting and daytime running lights.
The TRD Sport adds the grille, new 17-inch wheels, chrome rear light inserts and a long list of lighting options. LED fog lights are standard, while LED DRLs, headlamps and a bedside lamp are optional. The door of the passenger was extended by a keystroke without pressing a button. A camera system with surround playback is optional.
TRD off-road models offer the same upgrades and options as the 2020 TRD Sport. In order to improve off-road capabilities, Toyota has also added an optional system called a multi-terrain monitor, which displays what is under the truck. Bilstein shocks, a rear axle differential lock, hill start assist, creep control and several off-road modes are standard.
For those looking for even more off-road capabilities, the TRD Pro is now equipped with LED headlamps, fog lights and DRLs, black tail light inserts and new 16-inch wheels, each 4 pounds lighter than before. They also feature a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, a standard surround-view camera system, the TRD Off-Road multi-terrain monitor, updated shocks and springs, and a retractable sunroof. Automatic models include Hill Start Assist, selectable disk modes, crawl control, and a first-class audio system.
Finally, Top-Trim Limited will receive new 18-inch wheels, LED headlamps and DRLs, as well as chrome tail light inserts. Although it receives many of the same updates as other models, it comes standard with the surround view camera system.
Right now, Toyota does not talk about prices, but do not be surprised if 2020 models reach dealers. Will the updates refresh the Tacoma? We hope to find out in a future First Drive.