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