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New 2020 Toyota Tacoma Utilizes All-New Features to Make Off-Roading Easier

Toyota truck enthusiasts will see a refreshed 2020 Toyota Tacoma this fall, loaded with new upgrades and equipment. Two of these features will seriously help off-roaders navigate challenging terrain.

Truck enthusiasts probably know the Toyota Tacoma has dominated the midsize truck segment for over a decade. In fact, it has been the market leader for the last 14 years, often gaining 50%-70% market share. Tacoma has also enjoyed 18 consecutive months of increased sales. That is long-term dominance.

However, in the light of competitors both new and old, Toyota has promised a refreshed 2020 Tacoma with more features and equipment than ever, including all-new visual improvements that will help serious off-roading enthusiasts.

“Smile for the cameras”

Often truck enthusiasts go places other drivers just do not go, whether it be along tough wooded trails, on the beach or tough mountain passes and canyons. Due to this tricky terrain, you might not be able to see brush, sticks, stumps and rocks as much as you would like. For this reason, a sophisticated camera system, a first for Toyota Tacoma, will be available on the 2020 refresh.

Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) will be available to help drivers see all the way around their 2020 Tacoma. This is especially beneficial when maneuvering in challenging terrain or getting in and out of small, difficult spaces. Imagine the benefit in small parking lots and tricky spaces alone.

The other camera technology coming this fall with 2020 Toyota Tacoma is the Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM). This allows drivers to see obstacles underneath your Tacoma while you drive. No longer will stumps and sticks and rocks surprise you. You are the captain now!

2020 Toyota Tacoma EntuneWhat Tacoma grade levels will feature this new technology?

Every 2020 Tacoma will see an update in features and equipment, including the Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain Monitors on certain trim levels.

First, the 2020 Tacoma TRD Sport will have the Panoramic View Monitor available as an option. Since this is not a true off-roading monster and meant more for on-road driving, the Multi-Terrain Monitor will not be available with TRD Sport. It will be a huge benefit, though, to be able to see in front of, along the sides and behind your Tacoma to make sure there are no obstacles you didn’t previously see.

Tacoma TRD Off-Road, the true off-roading beast we all know and love, has both the camera systems available as options. You can select Panoramic View Monitor (front, sides, behind) and the Multi-Terrain Monitors (below your truck) when you purchase your 2020 Toyota Tacoma beginning in September.

As it is the high-end luxury trim level in the Toyota Tacoma fleet, The Limited grade features standard Panoramic View Monitor (in front, along the sides, behind the truck). I feel this will be an improvement as important to some drivers as the Birds Eye View Camera is with other Toyota models, such as Camry and Highlander.

We need to discuss the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro as well. This will receive many updates, including retuned Fox shocks and springs and an exclusive Army Green color. Also, expect to see standard Multi-Terrain Monitor and Panoramic View Monitor on the Pro. Now, you can see and avoid obstacles not only in front of and along the sides and behind, but also underneath. Watch out rocks and stumps – we have the upper hand now!

READ MORE: Expect these updates on the 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro

Watch 2020 Tacoma TRD PRO - Here are the Changes to Expect

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma should arrive at local dealerships beginning September. Expect more equipment than ever before (each grade level will have different updates), including power driver’s seat, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED headlamps and a whole lot more.

READ MORE: What to expect for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma – changes by trim level

What upgrades are you looking most forward to with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma? It may seem small, but I cannot wait for the power driver’s seat in just about every level. Thanks for reading and see you next time…

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Scott (not verified)    May 30, 2019 - 12:23AM

In reply to by ROBERT L ORR (not verified)

Agreed! That is why the Chevy Colorado ZR2 is MUCH more of an "off road monster" than the Tacoma. Why is Toyota spending money on cameras when they're not helping you get around?? They need a locking front differential, to work in concert with the rear locker. Until that occurs, I don't consider the Tacoma or Tundra trucks to be serious off roaders. Toyota is giving people trinkets because non serious off roaders think it's cool, when really all it is going to do is show you how stuck you are! It's also easier for them to add a few cameras that will probably get broken anyway then it is to change the supplier of their front axle or pay the current supplier to upgrade it. Penny wise and pound foolish. There are only three serious off road vehicles besides the Mercedes G Wagon: the Ram Power Wagon, the Chevy Colorado ZR2, and the Rubicon version of the Wrangler. Otherwise, all off the other supposed four wheel drive vehicles are really only three wheel drive and the rest is marketing. If it doesn't have a locking front diff, it's a 3 wheel drive vehicles, as most off road focused vehicles do have a locking rear. The fact that we let these manufacturers snow us is the real tragedy.

JGinNJ (not verified)    May 28, 2019 - 12:31AM

A peculiar puff piece. Sure the cameras are nice, as anyone who has climbed a steep hill and had the path forward obscured by the hood knows. But what is not mentioned is the one thing that is really needed - more power. Give it turbocharges, superchargers, more cylinders, augment with electric motors, bore the engine out - anything to give it more power while driving on pavement to get to a playground.

Pskhaat (not verified)    May 28, 2019 - 9:15AM

In reply to by JGinNJ (not verified)

You have a point but the Tacoma needs a steeper and earlier torque curve which is obtained by a stroked engine and not "bored out". More cylinders especially with your recommended forced induction will only make it worse.

Since Atoyot will never put a diesel in, a supercharged, overstroked, 4cyl would be awesome. HOWEVER, I would admit a refreshed 2UZFE 4.7 V8 would be an amazing addition.

Schrader (not verified)    May 28, 2019 - 9:46AM

Get rid of the shit 3.5 liter. It's a joke I owned 2. The only truck I've ever driven that will not chirp the tires

E. Hughes (not verified)    May 28, 2019 - 10:06AM

It's a midsize truck, not a Raptor. The only camera it really needed was the addition of a front camera. Throw in a front locker while you're at it. Don't be surprised if Toyota advertise adjustable seats and you discover it still has the same seating position as before and will only power forwards and backwards. Remember, typical Toyota philosophy means less is more...

Richard Murray (not verified)    June 22, 2019 - 8:26PM

In reply to by E. Hughes (not verified)

I have owned 5 4x4 Tacoma’s in the last 5yrs 2-reg cabs 2013 2014 3- crew cabs the last one being a 2018 TRD Pro. I installed 33in BFGs and it had a hard time going up any kind of grade without having to down shift all the time. It was hard to get 15 mpg. And for the seat power is not going to get it done there is not enough head room to raise the seat high enough for a 6 ft man or women lol to get comfortable. It will still fell like you in between a car and a truck position which is not comfortable. I will not buy another untill they address those 2 issues...,,,,,,

Geo (not verified)    May 28, 2019 - 5:24PM

When are they going to do anything about the worst gas mileage of any truck line? Reliability is great, but this thing has always been underpowered, underperforming, and way over priced. Come on Toyota, get the freaking mileage up at least.

Mark E Levin (not verified)    May 30, 2019 - 2:46AM

Toyota needs to up it's game now that the Colorado ZR2 and Bison are capturing major attention from those of us who actually drive on Backcountry trails frequently. Toyota needs to offer an electric front locking differential, turbo diesel engine with Jake brake, and have a manual transmission option for the access cab, not just the quad cab in the off road model. NO, we don't need power seats and it would be great if there was a variant with a work truck interior (no carpet, kydex panels, washable kevlar seat covers, etc) which also had the off road mechanical features. Or, just give us the V-8 HZJ-79 like the Australia market has, and leave the Tacomas for the wannabees to use to go get groceries.