Another fun release at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro gets a mid-cycle refresh. The 2020 Tacoma features a little modification on the front fascia, in addition to technology and interior comfort modifications. The TRD Pro has a new grille and set of wheels for all trims. The Toyota Tacoma has successfully worn the crown for top seller in its category for 14 years. That definitely gives the automaker some bragging rights.
Automakers are racing to improve vehicles and have the best infotainment systems and technology package, and it’s no different with the Tacoma. A new infotainment systems has the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and now, Amazon Alexa. The 7-inch screen is standard in the SR trucks, but all trucks SR5 and above will have the 8-inch screen. All of the automatic transmission Tacoma’s get an upgraded JBL audio system to go with the improved infotainment system (Why are they leaving out the manual transmissions systems?). Keyless entry is available on the TRD and above models, and LED headlights are standard on the Limited and optional on the TRD. For the comfort upgrades, power adjustable driver seats are on most trim levels of the Tacoma, manual settings have always been the standard.
The TRD Pro is definitely the off-road Tacoma, showcasing it’s abilities. This package includes LED/DRL headlamps, black-insert taillights, 16-inch wheels, and a new Army Green color exterior option. To add some performance enhancements, the wheels are four pounds lighter and the 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks and springs are recalibrated. Small improvements do matter, when you are running the truck off-road.
Another fun standard features on the TDR Pro is the new Panoramic View Monitor and Multi Terrain Monitor. This systems gives you a view point from every angle, even directly underneath the truck. The Multi Terrain Monitor is only functional when the vehicle is driving at slow speeds. This will help prevent serious damage while hitting the trails and navigating off-road conditions.
The refreshed 2020 Toyota Tacoma TDR didn’t have any upgrades on the powertrain, still coming with a standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine at 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The 3.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque is still available with a 6-speed manual transmission, but the automatic is standard in all trim levels.
There is no availability day yet for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma, but the expectation is late summer or fall. The Tacoma will have to fight for the crown when it does arrive, because the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator are hitting dealerships this spring.
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