The latest freshening of the third-generation Toyota Tacoma will give the nation's top-selling midsize pickup a slightly altered look and model-dependent improved infotainment systems with special off-road goodies, while keeping the same powertrain choices.
The 2020 Tacoma, introduced Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, will get larger touch screens and improved audio systems -- all Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa-compatible -- across all six trim levels and 30 configurations, as well as a new grille design, lighting improvements and updated wheels. But most of the improvements are specific to each trim level: SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro.
The base SR model will feature a larger 7-inch infotainment screen, a modified grille design and intermittent wiper setting, along with improved lighting treatments.
The SR5 trim, in addition to the larger infotainment screen and improved audio, gets a redesigned grille, darker taillight housing and available LED bed lamp and daytime running lights. An improved 8-inch infotainment touch screen and power driver's seat are now standard on the SR5 trim and above.
The Limited trim receives a redesigned grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, new lighting front and rear and keyless entry on driver and passenger doors as standard equipment. A new feature, Panoramic View Monitor, comes standard on the Limited trim and provides bird's-eye views of the Tacoma to improve maneuvering in close quarters.
The TRD Sport trim gets the freshened grille design and 17-inch wheels, as well as keyless entry, while the TRD Off-Road trim gets a redesigned grille, LED fog lights, chrome-trimmed taillights and keyless entry.
Panoramic View Monitor is optional on the TRD Sport model, while the TRD Off-Road trim will get an optional enhanced version, called Multi-Terrain Monitor, which adds an undercarriage view to safely traverse obstacles. The TRD Off-Road trim comes standard with specially tuned Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, hill assist and crawl control, Toyota says.
The TRD Pro, the heavy-duty, off-road trim, receives the full complement of new goodies from lower trim levels, as well as black-insert taillights, lighter 16-inch wheels, part-time four-wheel drive with an electronically controlled transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential, a standard moonroof and JBL Premium audio on TRD Pro models with a six-speed automatic instead of the six-speed manual.
The 2020 Tacoma will continue to offer two powertrains: a 2.7-liter inline-four engine combined with a six-speed automatic, producing 159 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque, or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine combined with the six-speed automatic producing 278 hp and 265 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is optional with the V-6 engine, and the larger engine comes standard with a tow package.
Toyota did not release pricing information for the 2020 Tacoma lineup. Pricing for the 2019 Tacoma starts at $26,645, including shipping.