Toyota Tacoma grabs the hefty upgrade bag

Ruben Fields
February 11, 2019

Inside the Tacoma are the more important changes. Outside, this Sequoia gets Rigid Industries fog lights and TRD 18-inch-by-8-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels.

A new infotainment system sits in the center of the dash now, with functionality for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and even Amazon Alexa.

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro benefits from new and lighter 16-inch wheels, revised Fox shock tuning, sequential LED headlights and black-insert taillights, while the aforementioned PVM and MTM systems are both standard.

There are 2020 TRD Pro models of the 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia, as well as a TRD Off Road package for the RAV4. Although we're not talking here about a TRD Pro version of the RAV4, the SUV has gotten elements that will make it a better performer on rugged terrain.

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Tacoma TRD Off-Road will feature a new front grille design, LED foglamp, chrome insert taillamp and Passenger Smart Key entry. For those focused on the latter trait, there's good news on that front for 2020, as the Sequoia joins the popular TRD Pro lineup. The company also added that the Sequoia and Tundra CrewMax TRD Pro have been upgraded with JBL Premium Audio and Navigation. The twin-tube shocks are re-valved and feature new internal rebound springs to improve rebound control. The suite of safety tech includes the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with full stop technology, plus Automatic High Beams.

Design of the 2020 Toyota Rav4 TRD is inspired by Toyota's rich off-road racing history.

Most 2020 Tacoma trim levels come standard with rear-wheel drive and offer a part-time four-wheel-drive system.

Tacoma Access Cab models ride on a 127.4-inch wheelbase and have a 73.7-inch-long bed. The 2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder with 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, and an available 3.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. It's hooked up to an eight-speed automatic, and a torque vectoring all-wheel drive setup capable of shifting up to 50 per cent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels. It'll tow up to 7,100 pounds and includes a tow hitch.

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