Monday , November 30 2020

2020 Toyota Tacoma gets the necessary technology upgrade in Chicago

When all that is left on the ground is scarred terrain and microplastic, the landscape will still be filled with Toyota Tacomas. This is the continued power of Toyota's medium-sized pickup, and for the 2020 model year there is even more to dig.

Toyota revealed 2020 Tacoma at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The visual refreshment is on the light side, which is fine as the truck still looks really fresh, but an area where I had some grip on my review of 2019 Tacoma – Technology – gets a much needed love.

The most notable update on the 2020 Toyota Tacoma is a new infotainment system. With a standard 7-inch touch screen that grows to 8 inches on the SR5 trim and up, this new head unit will carry Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility, which comes in handy if you do not remember to turn on the light or set the thermostat.

Other technical upgrades refer to specific trimmer. TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims get the Multi Terrain Monitor, which is borrowed from the Land Cruiser and adds cameras to help off-road vehicle maneuvers. Limited trimmer comes standard with a surround view camera system, but it also looks like the TRD Pro trim and is available on smaller trimmer as an option.

I will never get tired of looking at the Tacoma TRD Pro, especially with the gnarly snorkel bolted to the side.


On the security front, each Tacoma standard is with the Toyota Safety Sense-P, which adds forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane exit warning, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. With this writing, it is the only medium-sized truck that has all that standard equipment, but it Jeep Gladiator will soon double the company.

The visual changes are easy. Almost every trim gets a new grill and new or updated wheel designs. The base SR and SR5 trimmer also get new, darker rear lights, and SR5 also captures new seat fabric designs and vacant daylight. TRD Sport has chrome rear lights, LED fog lights and a new LED bedside lamp. The top Limited trim comes with standard LED headlights and the same chrome rear lights.

As for the 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro, the most off-road compatible variant Toyota does, it gets a new set of wheels that are about 4 pounds lighter than the last set. The fox shocks and rear feathers have been retuned to accommodate the lighter wheels.

As before, two motor vehicles are available. There is a 2.7 liter, naturally aspirated I4 that puts 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 3.5-liter V6 emitting 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is standard, but V6 can also be paired to a six-speed manual. All V6 Tacomas come standard with a tug containing a hitch, an engine oil cooler, a power steering cooler, an automatic cooler and a 130-amp generator.

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