Faced with some major competition, Toyota decided to totally update its most popular truck. The Tacoma was a leader in the compact truck sector, and now it is looking to take back its spot. Toyota isn’t just updating the outside aesthetics; the equipment under the hood received an upgrade, as did the technology in order to entice a new market of consumers. Will these new features help the Tacoma reach the top?
On the outside, the Tacoma get an updated look that gives it a more rugged appearance. Under the hood, the mechanics help with a smoother, quieter ride. The steering is almost communicative and much better than at handling than before. The inside also continues with the manlier appearance, but also has some great technology upgrades, some to entice the adventurers and thrill-seekers.
The Tacoma is looking more chiseled, to give this compact truck a hardier look. The hood was raised, the fender flairs were widened and the front grille was redesigned. The bed was also redesigned, to be lower for easy loading and includes a tri-fold tonneau cover in the standard models. It also includes an in-bed storage container or two, to stash tools. The Tacoma comes in eight different colors, from super white to inferno (orange). There also is a moon roof available for a price.
The inside of the Tacoma looks sleek but also carries the rugged theme. The materials used invoke a manlier feel but the comfortability is on point. Drivers can upgrade to leather trims, as well. Four models are four-door and include a backseat. However, this is a compact pickup, so don’t expect to shove a ton of friends in the vehicle and it be a comfortable ride. It is quieter ride, though, as the ride controls are more controlled and the V-6 is more subdued.
Toyota is trying to lure in the adventurers, not only by the look of the Tacoma but with some technology. Coming standard with all models is a GoPro mount on the inside windshield, to help record those amazing off-road trips. Bluetooth capabilities are also standard.
For certain models, drivers can get a Smart Key fob with a push-button start, which is the latest in luxury cars. For more, drivers can also get a qi-compatible wireless charging system and an Entune audio system that comes with a 7-inch touchscreen.
The old 4-liter V6 is out, replaced with the new 3.5-liter V-6, which includes a D4S combination of direct and port fuel injection. This gives the vehicle 278 horsepower, which is more than the outgoing 4-liter. The Tacoma also includes a smaller 2.7-liter four, which only gets about 159 horsepower. However, if a driver is looking for a manual transmission, they will be disappointed: The only manual available comes with the 2.7-liter four and only has five speeds, while the automatic V6 has six speeds.
Toyota takes safety seriously, which is why it has included the latest safety technology, including an integrated backup camera, a blind-spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert. It also includes brake assistance and Smart Spot technology.
In the tow package, drivers will get trail-sway control, which applies brake pressure at individual wheels and manages engine torque. For those adventurers, the Tacoma has hill start assist control, which prevents the vehicle from rolling backward when the driver move a foot from the brake to the gas pedal.