When a vehicle dominates their market segment for the last 14 years, some might feel they can rest on their past successes. The Toyota Tacoma has seen an increase in sales for 18 consecutive months, but that did not stop Toyota from teasing many huge improvements customers have been demanding.
Standard Across All Grades
Congratulations 2020 Toyota Tacoma – you are the first lucky Toyota winner to receive Android Auto. Multimedia enthusiasts have demanded this application in their Toyota’s for years, and finally they will be rewarded. Other 2020 Toyota models expecting Android Auto are Tundra, 4Runner and Sequoia.
All 2020 Tacoma trim levels will have standard SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa capabilities. Every grade will also come equipped with a standard 7” or larger touch screen, with an 8” touch screen on SR5 grades and above.
SR - entry level in name only
Most Tacoma grade levels will receive a new grille and taillight design, including the entry level SR. An available LED bed lamp option should be popular. With a 7” standard multimedia screen and the important Android Auto and CarPlay additions, buyers should not feel as though they are in an entry level vehicle in the least.
Popular SR5 got a whole lot better
Viewers on my “Toyotajeff” Toyota reviews YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe – you might like it) leave comments consistently wondering why Tacoma does not offer a power driver’s seat for everyone. Starting with SR5 grade, drivers will now have standard 10-way power driver’s seat. Life just got a whole lot more comfortable.
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Expect a host of new practical updates, including new grille and taillight designs, along with 16” dark satin wheel colors and LED bed lamps.
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Many of the upgrades for the 2020 Tacoma TRD Sport will also be seen on TRD Off-Road. They will both have smart key push button start with auto open function on both front doors, chrome taillight inserts, LED fog lights, and an available LED headlight with LED daytime running lights option.
TRD Sport will have new 17” alloy wheels, and I suspect TRD Off-Road will have new 16” alloys (this Off-Road part is unconfirmed (updates to follow).
For getting in and out of tight situations and difficult terrain, Toyota will equip 2020 Tacoma TRD Sport with a new Panoramic View Monitor. This allows drivers to see different views around the truck as it encounters new and exciting obstacles in its path.
TRD Off-Road is designed for going places other trucks do not wish to go. The 2020 TRD Off-Road will feature Multi-Terrain monitor, which displays the view under your truck. No longer will you need be as fearful of difficult terrain and obstacles from below. Brush, stumps, and previously-unseen holes beware – we are not afraid of you anymore.
As expected, look for standard Off-Road features multi-terrain select, crawl control, locking rear differential, hill start assist and Bilstein shocks.
TRD Pro – in a class of its own
First off let’s talk colors. The 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro is available in this year’s exclusive color Army Green, as well as Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic.
TRD Pro is an ideal blend of off-road capabilities combined with rugged looks and charm. Like its other TRD counterparts, Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain Monitors will help guide you around and underneath your 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro. For improved performance in more challenging terrain, Toyota updated the tuning of TRD Pro’s Fox shocks. You will also find a new, lighter 16-inch wheel with Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-reinforced tires.
Exterior changes will include sequential LED/DRL headlamps, along with black-insert taillamps, new to the Tacoma lineup.
“Take it, to the Limit(ed)…one more time”
Limited equals luxury in most cases, and that certainly applies to the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Limited. In addition to a new grille and chrome taillight inserts, Limited is equipped with standard LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights. Ride along in 18” alloy wheels as well.
Also expect standard smart key push button start, Panoramic View Monitor, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
So there you have it. Based on this breakdown, which of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma grade levels do you have your eye on? Which changes, updates and improvements are you most excited about?
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