Pedro Arrais review: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro built for the backcountry

Isaac Cain
February 11, 2019

At the top of the range, the off-road-oriented TRD Pro model sees the most changes.

As you'd expect, given that the Sequoia shares its bones with the Tundra, its TRD Pro treatment is similar to that full-size pickup's.

Though the 2020 Tacoma largely carries over from last year's model aside from the tech upgrade and styling updates, Toyota addressed a number of common complaints.

Moving on to the Tacoma TRD Sport, it adds Passenger Smart Key entry, chrome taillamp inserts, and new LED fog lamps. Speaking of which, there are six variants available, namely base SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, the luxury-oriented Limited, and the off-road ready TRD Pro.

Toyota also updated the rest of the TRD Pro family, just in case the new Sequoia is too big or thirsty for your needs.

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).

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Along with a redesigned grille and headlights, the new Tacoma is also equipped with a new infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa, plus an optional 360-degree camera system that offers a terrain view in TRD Off-Road models to help drivers navigate rough trails. The package includes red coil springs that are better focused for off-road duties, while the twin-tube shocks are revalved and carry new springs to improve rebound control.

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

The Tacoma is available in extended- and crew-cab configurations.

Only one engine will power this version of the vehicle, a 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 gasoline unit that develops 381 horsepower and 401 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.

The V-6's standard trailer-towing package includes a Class IV hitch and an upgraded cooling system that gives the truck a 6,800-pound rating.

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