Toyota just showed off what amounts to a mid-cycle refresh for the midsize Tacoma pickup at the Chicago Auto Show. There are also a few notable changes for all TRD Pro vehicles for the 2020 model year.
Almost all 2020 Tacomas debut a new front grille design and new or updated wheel, each tailored to the specific grade. It's a minor change, but perhaps they're working off the old mantra, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". The new eight-inch display now packs Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto, Amazon Alexa, and of course, navigation.
So if you're looking for a V6 pickup truck with a manual transmission, the Tacoma it seems is the only way to go.if you live in U.S Territories that is. The intelligent key system now works for the front passenger door.
The Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pros will all rely on an 8-inch touchscreen, while the Sequoia TRD Pro will feature a 7-inch touchscreen. Both the Tundra and Sequoia TRD Pro feature premium JBL audio, the 4Runner adds two extra USB ports in the rear seat area, and the Tundra and 4Runner get keyless entry and ignition for 2020.
Tacoma Limited's look is more premium than ever with a new grille design, 18-inch alloy wheels, standard LED DRL and LED headlamps, and chrome taillamp inserts. You get different 16-inch wheels and black-insert taillights, along with a new Army Green color option to round out the exterior. The suspension has been overhauled to handle bumps and crashes on rocky roads with re-valved twin-tube shocks, "off-road tuned" red coil springs, new internal rebound springs and revised bump stops for better body control "on large bumps and dips". It probably won't mean much out on the trail, but it's always good to see improvement.
Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), standard on every Tacoma grade, includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). TRD and Limited trims can also be had with LED headlights that sport a new design. A six-speed automatic is the only cog-swapper on offer.