The 2020 Tacoma is available in 32 models based on two cab types, the extended Access Cab and...

The 2020 Tacoma is available in 32 models based on two cab types, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab.

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The third-generation Toyota Tacoma received a slew of updates and upgrades for the 2020 model-year.

Available in 32 different configurations, the 2020 Tacoma offers six model grades include SR, SR5; TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Limited.

The 2020 Tacoma offers two powertrain options, including the standard 2.7L four-cylinder engine that produces 159 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The available 3.5L V-6 employs Toyota's variable value timing technology and Atkinson-cycle combustion to maximize efficiency and achieves 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Toyota's D-4S fuel injection system incorporates direct injection and port injectors.

Each of the Tacoma's engines can be teamed to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, while the V-6 can also be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. When equipped with an optional V-6 Tow Package, depending upon the model grade, the Tacoma can pull up to 6,800 pounds (per the SAE J2807 tow standard).

Major Updates for 2020

All Tacoma models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams.

Most 2020 Tacomas will debut a new front grille design with detailing tailored to each model grade, while every Tacoma will feature a revised taillamp design. In the Tacoma’s cabin, a new, larger multimedia touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. The SR grade features a 7-inch touchscreen display, while all others get an 8-inch touchscreen.

Model specific updates include:

  • Tacoma Limited features new 18-inch alloy wheels, LED/DRL headlamps, LED foglamps, and chrome taillamp inserts. It also features a Premium Audio system with an 8-inch touchscreen. The new Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) for the Double Cab version provides nearly 360-degree views around the truck for easier, safer maneuvering in tight situations.
  • The Tacoma TRD models feature extensive upgrades for 2020. The 2020 TRD Sport will get a new front grille design, new 17-inch wheel, LED foglamp and available LED/DRL headlamp, a new chrome insert taillamp, passenger Smart Key, and Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) is available on Double Cab models.
  • The TRD Off-Road also gets a new grille up front, LED foglamp, LED/DRL headlamp availability, and chrome insert taillamp. On Double Cab models, a Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) is available for improved visibility of the terrain around the truck.
  • The Tacoma TRD Pro backs up its revised look with new function. The new front grille design, unique sequential LED/DRL headlamps, new 16-inch wheel design, Rigid Industries LED fog lights, and black-insert taillamps give the TRD Pro a tougher stance and steely lighting signature. Also features the new Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) + Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM). The driver can select front, side, or rear views for nearly 360-degree visibility.

The 2020 Tacoma is available in 32 models based on two cab types, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab. Each is available in 4×2 or 4×4 configurations in a wide array of model grades. Access Cab models offer under-seat rear storage space, with fold-up seat cushions to maximize carrying space. Double Cab models feature 60/40 split rear seats with adjustable headrests and under-seat storage.

The tailgate’s easy-lowering feature allows it to retract slowly to prevent it from slamming down. An available factory-installed tri-fold hard tonneau cover secures gear out of sight.

The versatile bed deck features two-tier loading and an integrated deck-rail utility system with four standard adjustable tie-down cleats. Toyota dealers offer a range of Genuine Toyota Accessories that work in conjunction with the deck rail system. Examples include a cargo divider that locks into the rails to help keep cargo from sliding around the bed, and mini tie-downs with hooks that also help to secure cargo. An available 120V/400W power point further extends the bed’s utility.

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