2020 Toyota Tacoma Unveiled With Mild Styling Updates, More Equipment

The 2020 Tacoma is here, but you need to take a good look at it to spot the changes compared to the 2019 model.

Toyota adopted a cautious approach when updating the styling of its mid-size truck. Basically, besides the new grille and wheel designs, smoked taillights, as well as the sequential LED headlights on the TRD Pro version, the pickup looks identical to the current model.

Not that we were expecting anything radical; after all, it’s not a new model but rather a facelift for the Tacoma — after all, it’s been America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for 14 years running.

For 2020, Toyota focused on adding equipment such as new multimedia tech and comfort and convenience features, as well as additional off-road tech for the Tacoma TRD Pro.

More features as standard for all grades

The updated Tacoma offers more than 30 configurations in six model grades: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Limited. All models above SR5 gain a new, 10-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support, as well as an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen display (the base SR gets a 7-inch screen) and audio system. Additionally, a new LED bed lamp is available as an option on all models.

The new multimedia system comes with Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Amazon Alexa and SiriusXM capability. The SR5 also gains an updated fabric design on the seat back and optional DRL headlights.

Moving on to the Tacoma TRD Sport, it adds Passenger Smart Key entry, chrome taillamp inserts, and new LED fog lamps. The Tacoma TRD Off-Road also gets those and available Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) and LED headlights. As for the Tacoma Limited, it features standard LED DRL and LED headlamps, chrome taillamp inserts, 18-inch alloys, the upgraded Smart Key operation on the passenger door, and the Panoramic View Monitor (PVM).

Updated suspension for the TRD Pro

The TRD Pro also gets several updates for the 2020MY. On the outside, it comes with new sequential LED/DRL headlamps, LED fog lights, redesigned 16-inch wheels and black-insert taillights. The new wheel model is 4.188 lbs (1.9 kg) lighter than the previous version and is shod with Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-reinforced tire. Furthermore, TRD updated the tuning of the Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks and front and rear springs. Inside, the TRD Pro gains all the other updates of the lesser models.

The 2020 Tacoma continues with two powertrains: a 159hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a 278hp 3.5-liter V6. Both feature a standard six-speed automatic transmission, with the V6 also offering a six-speed manual.

All Tacoma models come equipped as standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite that includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Its official debut will take place later today at the Chicago Auto Show, when we might get more info concerning the launch dates and pricing, so stay tuned.

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  • Six_Tymes

    wow, still the same 15 year old platform

    • Bash

      Yeah, and I bet it can take another 10 years.

    • MarkoS

      15 year old design that has been gradually updated. Toyotas real predicament is engines, yet that doesn’t hurt sales. Pricing and value Toyota wins easily.

  • Bash

    Looks nice in that sand/mud color.

  • ZYGIUS

    That computer generated dusts/mud looks awful …

  • charlotteharry57

    Yawn. The pickup news of the day. Toyota must be embarrassed by the new interior because no one is showing it yet.

  • Socarboy

    I don’t blame Toyota for being conservative with the Tacoma. It’s a big seller here on the South Carolina coast 3 out of every 5 late model mid size trucks is a Taco seen on the road. I’ve yet to see a new Ranger on the roads here even though it was reported that the Ranger is flying off the lot. But on the other hand Toyota, don’t assume you’ll always have that market share keep the Tacoma fresh

    • Trey Bellamy

      True. I’ve seen one Ranger.

  • Sebastien

    So that facelift Tacoma has Android Auto but not the entirely new RAV4?? I don’t understand!

    • PhilMcGraw

      Considering that when Toyota announced CarPlay integration it was found on most 2019 models (including the Camry that had it missing in its 2018 year), I would suspect that all 2020 models will feature it.

      Just another reason why you never purchase a first year run of a car. Wait a year for them to get the kinks out and then buy it on the second year.

  • no25

    If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. I like the subtle changes. The Tacoma is still one of the better looking trucks out there IMO!

    • SteersUright

      Can’t argue with that, it definitely is, as is the TRD 4-runner.

  • MarkoS

    Toyota plays it safe confident in its sales domination. It will be interesting to see what the Colorado/Canyon refresh and the all new Frontier bring. In any case Tacoma is probably safe until its pulls out a all new Tacoma in a couple of years.

    • SteersUright

      The Colorado and Canyon can’t gain Tacoma-like status because they first need to greatly improve on their look, especially inside, as well as match or exceed the Tacoma’s reliability. Everywhere else, they easily have the Tacoma beat.

      • MarkoS

        I think the question here needs to be, how car like does a Mid-Sized truck need to be. I think a lot of measures are being thrown in there, that real buyers don’t care to much about. The Taco does have the looks, but it is also the better value. Even Toyota could work on reliability here. I agree on the looks of the Colorado, much to soft.

  • atomicbri

    More facelifting… Those new lights scream Dodge Charger!

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    Better and more reliable than GM and Ford

  • Paul

    These sell on reputation and sometimes it is a myth. It still remains a strong offering even if it has been around forever in this form though.

  • FordMopar

    Tacoma pulling an old Ranger…. keep updating without a major redesign in 40 years! (Scarasm here, relax)

  • SteersUright

    I dont fully get it, its such an old truck with such an old chassis and powertrain, yet its somehow still cool as fk and very appealing!

    • getoffme

      Because it is a REAL pick up truck, not a crossover dressed like a pick up truck. Ahem Ford/GM.

      • SteersUright

        Nothing “real” about it other than its “real” old. Much easier to reskin and add features than to do it properly from the ground up. The weak engine options and 6-speed automatic betrays just how old and outdated this pickup is. Sure, it remains handsome, capable off-road, and probably reliable. Its also utterly antiquated in its driving experience, powertrains, and this coming from such a rich and successful company this is nothing more than milking the cow to death.

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