Toyota Tacoma Unveiled With Mild Styling Updates, More Equipment

Despite its unique suspension thanks to Toyota Racing Development, the TRD Off Road shares the same 8.6-inch ground clearance of the RAV4's Adventure and Limited trims which is 0.2 inches higher than the LE and XLE models

Despite its unique suspension thanks to Toyota Racing Development, the TRD Off Road shares the same 8.6-inch ground clearance of the RAV4's Adventure and Limited trims which is 0.2 inches higher than the LE and XLE models

The crossover received a new shock absorbers, reinforced springs and bump stops.

While its sales figures and enthusiasm from owners show that the Tacoma was doing fine as is, there's no doubt all of these upgrades will be welcomed by potential buyers in an increasingly competitive segment.

So for 2019, the Tacoma's tough looks has been amplified a bit for the new year. Whereas a lot of the updates for the Sequoia are particular to the TRD Pro, there's a necessary tech improve that impacts each trim. Almost every trim level of the 2020 Tacoma will be getting a new grille and set of wheels. The Sequoia TRD Pro additionally will get LED headlights, LED fog lights, and 18-inch BBS wheels in black.

No changes for the two available powertrains, though. A good amount of TRD branding is also present, like the stitching on the front seat headrests. The Cavalry Blue paint is gone, replaced by the TRD Pro-exclusive Army Green, while Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic will also be available.

The third-generation Tacoma pickup, with a design inspired by Toyota's legendary desert race trucks, continues the model's tradition of working hard and playing hard. A new 16-inch wheel is added to the mix, which is 4.188 lbs. lighter than the previous version. CarPlay integration will come via the firm's updated Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) system. Other non-TRD variants also get the Apple and Android systems, but the screen sizes will vary, claims Toyota. The TRD Pro comes only with four-wheel drive while the TRD Sport exclusively sends power to the rear wheels. The LED bed lamp is an available option. Both are gas-powered and there are no diesels.

No changes under the bonnet, with the Dynamic Force 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine delivering 203 hp and 249 Nm of torque.

Twelve years into production, the Toyota Sequoia is starting to live up to its name.

The 3.5-liter engine makes 280 PS and 359 Nm of torque. Defining convention, it's the V6 that comes with a six-speed manual transmission aside from the slushbox.

While every Tacoma will receive the upgraded audio system and larger touchscreen display, specific changes unique to each grade are not to be overlooked.

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