Toyota Tacoma TRD

Toyota Tacoma TRD

model. 2020 Toyota Tacoma
price. $36,965
as tested. $45,288 including $1,120 dest
seating/style. 5-passenger/4-door midsize pickup
powertrain. 278-HP 3.5L V-6
transmission. 6-speed auto
driveline. 4x4
fuel economy. 18/22/20 (city/hwy/combo)
available. now
words. Rebecca Lindland
visuals. Rebecca Lindland and Toyota

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Midsize pickups like the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD double cab are terrific for suburban living. They’re compact enough for maneuvering around town, but large enough to haul stuff home from your favorite flea market or DIY store.

My TRD Offroad 4x4 edition – a terrific balance of capabilities and value – offers beefy styling with a blacked-out grille. A lack of running boards and a tall ride height meant for off-roading means getting in and out can be a task. Once inside, the interior is well-equipped with large buttons and knobs, 8” screen, and 3 USB ports. The materials run more utilitarian than extravagant. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa are new for 2020, saving us from the dreaded Toyota Entune system.

On board, the 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 horses offers power when needed to accelerate in traffic without sacrificing fuel economy. The $1,670 Advanced Tech package with rear cross traffic and blind spot is a worthwhile add. The 5’0 bed is right-sized for bikes and gear with a handy 120-volt outlet. A class IV tow hitch and 6,400 towing capacity are standard.

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is a perennial leader in this class; enhancements for 2020 make it more so.

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