The 2020 Toyota Tacoma Promises Big Changes and You Will Like Them

Traditionally when an established vehicle introduces a model year “refresh,” consumers might expect only a few minor updates. Not with 2020 Tacoma. Toyota promises many important updates and you are going to like them.

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.

Read More: 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Here's What You Can Expect

“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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Great info Jeff. I'm hoping a lot of this caries over too the 2020 4runner. I can't wait to get one later this year.
Yeah I can't wait to see what updates come on 2020 4Runner. I know CarPlay and Android Auto for starters.
Still disappointing that there's no flat tow capability.
I hear ya
"Big Changes" lol. More like tiny, minor changes.
What big changes? Not a single big deal mentioned.
Dude, where is a refresh on the four cylinder engine for more hp and higher mileage? Where is the hybrid? Independent rear suspension? Six manual transmission on four banger? Why the focus on four doors when the access cab with bigger box is a real truck? Access means opening front and suicide doors to for private business on side of road. Come on man. I call bullshit.
I know they aren't changing engine or transmission, etc. But I hear these criticisms from car shoppers all the time so I'm glad Toyota is adding these creature comforts at least for now...jeff
What it needs is a new and suitably powerful engine. I bought a 2019 TRD PRO and I am NOT liking the shifty transmission, the weak new engine that only gets 17.6 mpg highway and revs wayyyy too high. I should have never traded in my 4.0L 2013. I'll never buy another Toyota until they improve the engine .
I couldn't agree with more ,they ruined the truck with that toy engine , i traded my 2013 tacoma for the 2017 tacoma, , biggest mistake i have done.even if you think you not gonna need more power than what it has , believe me you gonna regret it , i just sold it .
This. While I'm glad to hear about Android auto integration the only thing that I dislike about my 2018 TRD sport is the POS transmission. Love the truck otherwise. So the upgrades for 2020 don't interest me much without an improvement on drivability via power train improvement.
Hey Muzzy! I think the next round of updates/redesign will help with your concerns...thanks for reading! jeff
Thank you for saying this out loud!!! This is a deal breaker for me. I had the same scenario with another brand vehicle. Didn't keep it. Putting a weak engine in a "performance" vehicle? Why?
At this point I think the 3.5 will be the last petrol motor for the taco. The trend at Toyota is to make everything a hybrid. So that's probably going to be the next setup. I'm like you and like the old school setups of the Toy 4runner with 4.0 and 5 speed and the Nissan frontier with the 4.0 and 5 speed. Ended up buying a new Frontier pro 4X. Just the test drive of the new taco was a torture. Can't imagine driving that gutless, early shifting, gear searching gas sucking mess as a daily. Not even remotely so.
My 2017 TRD offroad get 4-5mpg better than my buddy's 2015 4.0l TRD sport
I'm glad I came here today. I have a 2007 Taco that I use for work, it's a hot rod!! I was thinking how great it would be to have drivetrain like that in a handsome new model. Now I see the new engine isn't as powerful as the 2007, even though the HP rating is up. Is it a gearing issue? tranny? I'm really disappointed.
I agree with you 100% I have a 2018 TRD off road and the transmission totally sucks on this thing constantly shifting and bogs down on any little Hill at 3500 RPM that's where the powers at and then I'm only getting 16 miles to the gallon on the highway towing a trailer it only gets 12 wish I would have never trade it in my 05 Tundra which averaged 19 miles to a gallon on Highway can't wait till my lease is up to get rid of this damn thing
I’m with you here. I still have 1990 22re / 5 spd I bought a 2017 Tacoma the eng and trans are weak trash. I traded the truck after 3 months of it shitting the Hwy trying to hold 70 mph on flat ground. Truck looks great. It needs a trans n eng. also make manual trans available in all models or I m done with Toyota’s
A lot of new gadgets, that's not what made the Tacoma the Tacoma. They need to add to it's capabilities.
I'd like to see continuous stories about Tacoma's with huge high mileage and still going strong.....Jeff
Oh well that's something I cannot complain about (durability) I've done nothing but brake pads to my tundra after 200,000 miles and as for the Tacoma, That has 300,000 and runs even better than the Tundra. I swear it gets to 60 mph in the low 7's.
Any idea what the new sport rims will look like? I never liked the current sport rims and might consider if they looked more to my liking. I am one for keeping my truck stock too.
I own 2016 tacoma limited would like price estimate of all tacomas but don’t know where to look and can you get options u want or package only is all I found in past?
sigh, I was hoping for some sanity,, the smaller trucks from 10 years ago are ideal for most folks. Toyota doesn't seem to be listening,, too much profit to be made on everything being high end. I'm hoping some truck company will provide a decent truck to to grossly overlooked market small truck segment,,
Big changes coming in 2021. A wiper for your multi terrain monitors.
lol that was funny. Would it be rain-sensing wiper? Thanks for reading! Jeff
I am still waiting to see when Toyota is going to add a diesel motor in the Tacoma to compete with the Chevy Colorado. They’ve been producing a diesel in the Toyota hilux for years in the third world edition . Are they ever going to produce it to be sold in the US market ?
What a sham. Cheap cosmetic and electrical Doo dads.. The new Jeep gladiator kicks Tacoma's butt. And this truck won't be as reliable as my 2003 taco. 16 years later and going in reverse.
Have a 2016 sport. Terribly GPS, have to use Google maps, dealer wants 260.00 for upgrade card. Still has cheap plastic front bumper and front plastic assembly. Poor gas mileage. Hope the 2025 improved. If the price climbs too high I will buy another Ranger. Had the last Ranger 14 years.
Big changes? Miles per gal on the 6-cyl is just bad. Reliable engine - great, but 18 per gal, in this age is dismal at best. These electronic upgrades are just cheap gizmos. Gimme the beef please and the center console sucks. The coffee cup arangement engineer should be crucified.
I hope they put softer more comfortable seats for longer distances
New grilles...Oh great so those of us who bought one 6 months ago are going to be driving the 'old model' already. I always hated that about toyota. They change grills too often leaving people driving the old model after a short period of time.
The only update I want to see is a regular cab version...
I just had a client show me his 1997 regular cab with 350k miles on it. Looked shockingly clean still!
I have a 2016 TRD sport 4x4,love it just needs a more powerful motor.Is there anything I can do to beef up the motor
I put a cold air intake K&N about $300 totally worth it more power and loud sounds great! Better mpg's pays for itself took me 2 hours to put it in by myself.
Will the interior of the 2020 Tacoma be bigger, front and back? These trucks r great but they r small inside and have never been that comfortable. We have a 2003 Tacoma TRD, not a 4wd, with 340,000 miles. No problems whatsoever. We just want to update in 2020.
SR is truly entry level in some ways. No keyless remote, no intermittent wiper. Embarrassing!
Why cant toyota have a manual shift for 4wd?the 4runner off road does.
All of these changes still don’t touch the ZR2 for competition. Tacoma is doomed to lose this for knowledgable off readers. Tacomas are mall crawlers, with no differential locks, and no diesel. The ZR2 multinational suspension is superior in all ways to the archaic springs and shocks on the Tacoma. Redesgning panoramic mirrors, etc, doesn’t cut it. Nice green colour though.
Will 2020 TRD pro come with disk brakes in rear? We have all been waiting for this Craig
I would have settled for about 2-3” of headroom.
Once again, no major features. Vented seats, Larger engine, hybrid option? Come on Toyota, Ford is planning all electric.
Have 2013 long bed limited loaded black with 28k on it. It's going to the grave with me... especially if this is the way they are leather in the new 2020 limited? Wasn't about a motorized rear window? Optional roof rack?
Why can’t I find a 4 cyl access cab in either 4x4 or 4x2? You can’t haul anything in the bed of a double cab yet the dealerships are flooded with double cab luxury Tacomas in the 34-45k price point. The sales managers and internet managers feed me a bunch of crap about nobody ask for the access cab anymore! Totally absurd! I’m talking about the Gulf States Toyota region. I’m tired of looking at luxury trucks. If I want luxury I’ll buy a Land Rover! If I want 4 doors I’ll buy a car. Just make improvements on the 4 cylinder engine and give me an aggressive look with black fender flares and mudguards. I purchased my 2013 Tacoma access cab new for 22,800 and I plan to keep it until the wheels fall off. I’m not impressed with the 3rd generation Tacoma with that 3 piece LEGO bumper and chrome colored plastic on the SR5 rear bumper. Is there any sheet metal on this truck at all?
Was looking to buy until i was completely disappointed with the toy engine.
The tacoma doesn't need fancy tweaks it needs a better engine and a more comfortable suspension that's it. Competitors are hitting the 300 hp/torque mark on v6 and 4 cyl. turbos. Should've kept the 4.0 and just tuned it to perfection. Better fuel economy and performance
I absolutely agree with that
I want to see a diesel in the Tacoma as well, one that we can use here on our USA roads to tow travel trailers, side by sides, etc. 2.8L seems a bit weak, how about something in a diesel with 250 hp and 450 ft lbs torque? That is what we need.
I think the Tacoma is a great truck (it's my dream vehicle). However, there are some changes that could make it even better. I think the 3.5 L v6 is a good engine, but I would like the power to increase to at least 300 hp (just like the engine I talked about for the 4Runner). I would also like to see a 3.0 L diesel engine come to the Tacoma, with at least 250 hp and 400 ft/bs of torque. I would also like a mild hybrid system and an 8 speed to go with them.