2020 Toyota Tacoma squares up to battle Ford Ranger
09 February, 2019, 07:01
In terms of safety, every 2020 Tacoma will come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P package. It offers buyers even more trail-bashing robustness right out of the box. A TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shock suspension is the main tool needed for the task, providing the auto with 7 compression zones and 2 rebound zones, as well as an increase in rebound travel of 18 mm.
The TRD Protrim comes standard with a set of 2.5-inch Internal Bypass Fox Shocks that make sure the wheels never leave the ground when rolling over uneven ground or crawling across rocks.
The changes brought to the 2020 edition include a revamp of the front grille, and that on almost all the variants of the Tacoma. There's also a substantial TRD front skid plate to protect both the suspension pieces and the oil pan from errant boulders and wildlife that might get caught under the gargantuan front end.
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. LED foglights are standard, while LED DRLs, headlights, and a bed light are all optional. Running boards and a roof rack are standard.as well. TRD all-weather floor mats and a rear cargo protector are also included. Making their debut as well are new front and rear lights. The 381 horsepower on tap isn't the strongest in the segment, but it's reasonably torquey, with 401 lb-ft. Now, all four TRD Pros arrive with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay/Amazon Alexa integration, accessed through an 8.0-inch touchscreen-with the exception of the Sequoia, which offers only a 7.0-inch screen.
The TRD Off-Roadmodel is powered by Toyota's normally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine, rated at 151kW, and mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
When it comes to hauling the family around, there are plenty of big SUVs out there to choose from. Not only will this Sequoia be able to power through almost any terrain, it can also tow up to 7,000 lbs. while carrying up to seven-people who can sit pretty with ample legroom. Also, a surround-view camera system is newly available on TRD Sport, TRD Pro, and Limited trim levels, while the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro feature a camera that points under the vehicle to help the driver keep tabs on off-road obstacles.