Ask anyone, including bodies who apperceive annihilation about cars, what their favourite midsize barter is. Chances are they’ll blab out Toyota Tacoma. After all, these things accept been soldiering on for decades now with actual little in the way of automated issues and amazing resale value.
This acceptability has accustomed the Tacoma to boss its articulation from a sales standpoint. During the 2019 archetypal year alone, the big T delivered 240,000 Tacomas in Canada and the US alone. That’s about bifold the sales of GM’s Colorado and Canyon, the accepted second-best sellers.
Toyota accordingly understands what it has, which is why back the current-generation Tacoma was redesigned for the 2016 model-year, annihilation had absolutely changed, except for a new attending and a few automated updates. And it’s the above adventure for 2020: annihilation is new. Well, about nothing.
To be fair, the Tacoma got a bulk of cogent updates for the 2020 archetypal year, alike if you can’t absolutely see them from the outside. The bigger change is an upgraded infotainment interface with beyond accessible screens, and the accession Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Finally, the Tacoma enters the 21st century.
Other changes accommodate new exoteric administration cues, like a active grille design, altered caster choices, new accessible colors, revised taillights, and new LED headlights on specific trim levels. The barter now gets a power-adjustable driver’s seat, as able-bodied as a set of advantageous camera systems to abide in tune with the times.
Our tester was a 4×4 Bifold Cab archetypal powered by the 3.5-liter V6 and the actual attenuate six-speed chiral gearbox. A six-speed automated is of advance available. Ability from the V6 carries over banausic at 278 application and 265 lb-ft of torque. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder is additionally accessible with 159 application and 180 lb-ft on tap.
In our configuration, the Tacoma comes by absence with the TRD Sport package, which charcoal a standalone advantage back you opt for the automated transmission. Voodoo Blue was aftermost year’s absolute TRD Pro acrylic job. It can now be had on a accepted Tacoma at no added cost. In this form, our barter stickered for $46,696.
Even if the Tacoma is the acknowledged mid-size truck, it doesn’t beggarly Toyota isn’t activity the burden from newfound rivals. While it was already abandoned in this articulation with conceivably the Nissan Frontier, the Tacoma now faces a abounding army of solid new offerings.
Think trucks like the Honda Ridgeline, the above Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon duo, and the new kids on the block: Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator. And all of them, except conceivably the Honda and the Nissan, exhausted the Tacoma in the areas that matter.
For instance, while this V6-powered Taco will tow up to 6,800 pounds (3,084 kg) with rear-wheel-drive (6,500 lb / 2,948 kg) with 4WD), a Colorado / Canyon V6 will cull up to 7,000 lb (3,175 kg). Meanwhile, the four-cylinder-powered Ford Ranger maxes out at a advantageous 7,500 lb (3,402 kg), while the absolute Jeep Gladiator acme the articulation at a whopping 7,650 lb (3,175 kg).
Oh, we about forgot the diesel-powered Colorado/Canyon. They can tow up to 7,700 lb (3,175 kg).The absorbing little Toyota is accordingly outgunned in towing, and by a solid margin.
Once inside, we begin the Tacoma to be acutely flawed. For instance, the basement position is one of the best awkward we’ve witnessed in a avant-garde automobile. Getting central requires you to climb, and again crouch. The affair comes from a attic that’s set too aerial in the cabin, so you basically feel like your knees are affecting your forehead.
Then there’s the absence of a scope council rack, a bound rear bench and adamantine leatherette seats. The Tacoma isn’t the best adequate barter to absorb some time in, abnormally back compared to a Gladiator or alike a Ridgeline.
That said, we did adore the new infotainment interface with its ample icons and accessible to appreciate advice through a simple yet able setup. As a amount of fact, the absolute Tacoma’s berth is laid out in a Spartan yet anatomic design. Knobs are large, accessible to grasp, and best controls are a breeze to acquisition and operate, alike the ones amid on the ceiling.
The 3.5-liter V6 makes acceptable power, and sends agreeable sounds through the berth as well. Acceleration is brisk, low-end torque is affluence and the agent loves to rev. The chiral gearbox is sloppy, with ambiguous about-face activity – which is accepted from a barter -, but clamp take-up is brittle and adulate smooth. We congratulate Toyota for alms a stick-shift advantage in this segment. While the booty amount is rather low, it at atomic allows the Tacoma to analyze itself from its rivals. Only the Gladiator and the Frontier action such a feature.
Sadly, though, our all-embracing consequence with this Toyota was that of an old and affected truck. The moment you drive it over an amiss road, the way its anatomy wobbles and oscillates makes you apprehend you’re active a anachronous vehicle. Alike the ageing Chevrolet Colorado behaves bigger than this out in the burghal jungle.
And don’t get us started on ammunition economy. We could almost accumulate our assemblage beneath the 14L/100 km mark. In this day and age, that’s bluntly unacceptable.