Tacoma is the king of the hill, whatever the terrain. Period. The Toyota Tacoma has been for the past five decades catered to the thrilling demands of adventure-seeking Americans. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma promises to take the already successful streak left by its predecessors to a whole different level.
For starters, the Toyota Tacoma is the go-to midsize truck when it comes to doing more than just haul building materials from point A to point B. It is handsome both on the outside and on the inside. On the outside, its stance is highlighted by the impressive ground clearance and a chiseled face, with a hex grille.
The tough exterior is complemented by an interior that reflects the same go-anywhere attitude showcased on the outside. According to rumors, the newest 2020 Toyota Tacoma is set to get significant redesigns that’ll take its off-road victories to a whole different level.
“With over seven million units sold for the past 50 years, there’s no doubt that the Toyota Tacoma is American’s best-selling mid-size pickup. The introduction of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma is set to once again revitalize the midsize truck segment,” said Group Vice President & General Manager, Toyota Division – Bill Fay.
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So what features should we expect for the Toyota Tacoma 2020? To begin with, the truck is expected to come with an improved base engine, more standard safety features, better fuel economy, and replacement of the drum brakes currently on the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. And while many thought a 2018 Toyota Tacoma diesel was forthcoming, news has it that the option will be offered for markets outside the U.S in 2020.
As things stand now, the most popular configuration is the V-6, four-wheel drive Tacoma. And it is popular for a reason. It has an impressive towing capacity of 6,800 pounds, has a powerful V6 engine that can scrabble up trail and wind around town. However, the bad news is that it is notoriously pokey, and it returns mediocre fuel economy ratings.
With rumors of a 2018 Toyota Tacoma diesel now downplayed, we expect that Toyota will include it as part of the redesigns expected for the 2020 Tacoma. The midsize truck is a competent one. Once it goes for sale, the Tacoma will go head to head with other similarly capable trucks such as the Honda Ridgeline and the Chevy Colorado.
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2020 Toyota Tacoma Redesign
Buyers should expect the new Tacoma to feature an ultra-high strength steel construction. Rumors also have it that aluminum will also be used. If confirmed, the aluminum construction will go a long way in increasing the structural rigidity of the frame in addition to lowering the curb weight.
Another redesign we anticipate should be on the suspension. A fine-tuned suspension is key for a smooth ride quality and off-roading. If the 2020 Toyota Tacoma is to continue as a Lord of the Rigs for dirt stomping adventures, the suspension should be upgraded to match those of some of its arch rivals.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma, just like its predecessors, should remain true to the Toyota Truck DNA. It should be serious, yet fun. The redesigns up front should display an even more athletic agility and recreation action. The spy pictures making rounds show that it portrays an aggressive attitude up front thanks to a muscular hood, strong and muscular wheel flares, and stylish LED headlights.
The exterior design of the Toyota Tacoma 2020 continues on the inside. The spy pictures making rounds on the web suggest the new model’s instrument panel is notoriously driver centered. The materials covering most surfaces are high quality. Metallic accents and soft-wrap trimmings further add to the premium look.
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Some of the standard 2020 Toyota Tacoma accessories include a power moonroof, leather trimmed seats, smart key with push-button start, Qi wireless charging, a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, a dual zone automatic climate control, and leather trimmed seats. The truck’s interior ambience is also expected to improve thanks to the additional sound deafening materials.
Toyota hasn’t indicated any plans of changing the current trim lineup. As such, we should expect the 2020 Toyota Tacoma to debut with the same six trims offered on the current model. They include the barebones Tacoma SR, the work-truck Tacoma SR5, the sporty Tacoma TRD Sport, off-road optimized Tacoma TRD Off-Road, the well-equipped Tacoma Limited, and the top-of-the-range Tacoma TRD Pro.
Exterior Toyota Tacoma colors include Black, Blazing Blue Pearl, Quicksand, Inferno, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, and Super White.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Engine Specs
All was not lost when the 2018 Toyota Tacoma diesel failed to show up. The good news was that Toyota still managed to bring on board an updated engine that gives better fuel economy. That notwithstanding, the numbers offered aren’t still better than what rivals offer.
Beneath the hood is a 2.7L four-cylinder engine capable of churning out 159 hp and 180 lbs. ft. of torque. A choice of rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive is offered. Power is spent to the wheels via a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Also offered is a bigger 3.5L V6 engine good for 278 hp and 265 pounds feet of torque.
Regardless of the drivetrain, the Tacoma rides on a ladder frame with double wishbones up front and coil springs in the rear.
Toyota Tacoma towing and hauling capacity is 6,800 and 1,620 respectively when properly equipped.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma’s fuel economy has improved. The bigger engine returns 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Price & Release Date
Given the redesigns, it is highly likely that the 2020 model will cost a premium over the existing model. In such a case, buyers should expect to fork out anything north of the current MSRP that starts from $24,064. It is still too early to speculate just when the Tacoma will go for sale, rumors however suggest that it’ll probably head to dealerships sometime in the fall of 2019.
Backed by five decades of unwavering capability, an off-road racing heritage, and an unbreakable attitude, the new 2020 Toyota Tacoma looks set to build on this impressive streak by offering even more improvements in the areas of ruggedness, design, fuel efficiency, performance and more.