2019 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP $25,850

Ranked #2 in Pickup-truck

8.0

Overall Rating

2019 Toyota Tacoma Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The world knows about the enthusiasm of American buyers for do-it-all trucks, and thus major automakers have tried to offer a product that caters well to the audience in the truck segment. Homegrown players like Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, and RAM have very good products to offer in the truck segment. Even Toyota offers two well-known products, namely the Tundra and the Tacoma in the heated truck segment. The Tundra is a full-size truck with impressive cargo capacity and towing capability. The Tacoma is a midsize truck just below the Tundra and offers many features from a practicality and efficiency point of view to mark its presence in the market.

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Pros

Strong off-road capability

Rugged Styling

Well laid and clean interior 

Cons

Underwhelming base engine

Lack of premium touch 

Cramped second row 

What's New?

Addition of two USB ports a standard

Sliding rear glass w/privacy glass standard across all trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25850

bodystyle

4dr Access Cab

passenger capacity

4

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

164 cu.in.

horsepower

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

127.4 in.

length

212.3 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

3980 lbs.

ground clearance

9.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1620 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

23.5 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

8.1

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

180 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/21/23 mpg

highway range

504.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR5 3.5$30,770 onwards

SR 3.5$28,110 onwards

SR$25,850 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Toyota Tacoma in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Magnetic Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

6.3

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.8

Competition

8.5

Final Verdict

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The Toyota Tacoma Access Cab was mainly designed to cater to buyers who are looking for a reliable workhorse and are not much concerned about available creature comforts inside. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma puts forth a compelling package in the form of two main trims, namely the SR and SR5. The Tacoma also gets two TRD trims, namely the TRD-Sport and TRD Off-road. The price for the base SR trim starts at $25,850 and goes up to $27,625 for the SR5 trim. The TRD trims are priced at $32,545 and $35,830, respectively. The rivals like Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Honda Ridgeline offer it some serious competition. 


8.1/10
Engine and Performance

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.8/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2019 Toyota Tacoma Features

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is mainly available in two main trims, namely the SR and SR5. The sportier TRD version also gets TRD Sport and TRD Off-road trims. The SR and SR5 trims come with a standard base engine and are more focused to perform well as workhorses. The TRD versions come with a bigger engine to offer better performance and increased the off-road pedigree of the Tacoma. 

Trims 

SR

SR5

TRD Sport 

TRD Off-road 

MSRP

$25,850

$27,625

$32,545

$35,830

Key Features

Fabric-trimmed seats

Adds to or upgrades to SR

Adds to or upgrades to SR5

Adds to or upgrades to TRD-Sport 

 

4-way driver’s seat with lumbar support and 4-way adjustable passenger seat 

Front Fog Lights 

Smart Key System with Push Button Start (A/T only)

Gray grille w/smoked finish and chrome surround,

 

2 USB Charge Ports and 1 USB media port 

Charcoal grille w/ chrome surround

Turn Signal Mirrors

MID gets inclinometer with roll/pitch displays 

 

Urethane steering wheel 

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Multi-terrain Select (4x4 automatic models only)

 

Entune Audio with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display 

Leather-trimmed steering wheel with mounted controls 

Wide-angle fog lights

Crawl Control (CRAWL) (4x4 models only)

 

Class IV Towing Receiver Hitch

Remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock, and panic functions

Gray grille w/ smoked finish and chrome surround, hood scoop, color-keyed power outside mirrors

Electronically locking the rear differential

 

Air Conditioning 

Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App with and 6.1-inch high-resolution display

17-inch machined alloy wheels

16-inch machined contrast alloy wheels 

Which Trim should you buy?

In the Access cab avatar, we would recommend the well-laid-out SR5 trim to you. As you get most of the features that are meant for use on a daily basis. It won’t disappoint you in any way and satisfy most of your work needs without any issue. The TRD twins are for those looking for some extra fun on their weekend getaways and wanna use their trucks as dual-purpose vehicles.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Access cab is available with two engine options. The 2.7L 4-cylinder outputs a meager 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It is available with a 6-speed automatic transmission only. The 3.5L V6 engine outputs 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, which comes mated to either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission (AWD version only). The bigger 3.5L V-6 engine comes as standard on the TRD twins and can be opted for the remaining trims. 

The 2.7L engine is tuned for efficiency, and not much can be expected from it in terms of performance. The 6-speed automatic transmission can be better as rivals offer a better transmission system. Between the two engines, the V-6 should be your choice as it offers better performance and better towing capability. It accelerates the Tacoma from 0-60 mph in under 7.7 seconds, which is good. The pickup can tow up to 6,500 lbs.

Models(2019)

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab SR5 (V6)

Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 

GMC Canyon Denali All-terrain Crew Cab

Honda Ridgeline Sport Crew Cab

MSRP

$32,545

$34,600

$37,800

$33,390

Engine

Regular Unleaded V-6 3.5 L

Regular Unleaded V-6 3.6 L

Regular Unleaded V-6 3.6 L

Regular Unleaded V-6 3.5 L

Power (hp @ rpm)

278 hp @ 6000

308 hp @ 6800

308 hp @ 6800

280 hp @ 6000

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

265 lb.ft @ 4600

275 lb.ft @ 4000

275 lb.ft @ 4000

262 lb.ft @ 4700

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7

6.1

6.3

6.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16

14.8

14.9

15.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

116

119

115

120

The Tacoma seems to be the most lethargic performer here. The 0-60 mph sprint is done in 7.7 seconds by the Tacoma. The GM twins, i.e., Colorado and Canyon perform the best with 0-60 sprint times of just 6.1 and 6.3 seconds, respectively. The Honda Ridgeline offers nearly the same output as that of Tacoma but performs much better than it. It also offers slightly better top speed than the competition. 

How well does the 2019 Toyota Tacoma handle? 

It can’t be expected that a truck like the Tacoma will handle like a car. But, surprisingly, it offers agile handling and better off-road performance as compared to some of its well-polished rivals. The Crew Cab trims offer better comfort inside the cabin than the humble Access Cab one. The Tacoma Access Cab offers less refinement on highways as compared to the ones from Honda and GM. 

The steering response is on point and offers good feedback, but don’t forget that it’s a truck and keep its dimensions in mind while driving it. The ride quality and comfort is good but not the best in the segment. The off-road terrain is where the Tacoma shines bright. A higher ground clearance helps it tackle tough terrains with ease. However, the steering is wonky at high speeds on uneven terrain and can hit your confidence hard.

Braking Performance

Trucks are heavy, and they need to stop efficiently when needed by managing all the momentum. The 2019 Tacoma Access Cab gets smaller 10.8-inch and 10.1-inch rotors at the front and rear, respectively. Despite being smaller in size, the rotors perform well and bring the Tacoma to a complete halt from 60 mph within 122 ft. It is commendable as the rotors on the Tacoma are smaller in comparison to its rivals.

Models(2019)

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab SR5 (V6)

Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 

GMC Canyon Denali All-terrain Crew Cab

Honda Ridgeline Sport Crew Cab

Brake Rotors - Front (inches)

10.8

12.2

12.2

12.6

Brake Rotors - Rear (inches)

10.1

12.8

12.8

13.0

Curb weight (lbs)

4060

4494

4438

4235

60-0 MPH (feet)

122

119

120

128

The Honda Ridgeline gets equipped with larger size rotors at both ends. However, it also has the highest stopping distance. Considering its weight and rotor’s size, we expected the Ridgeline to perform much better than its rivals. The GM twins are equipped with larger rotors and perform very similarly to each other. Both come to a complete halt within 121 feet, which is better than the Tacoma by a small margin.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

6.3/10

The 2019 Tacoma Access Cab SR5 equipped with a V-6 engine delivers 18 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg in mixed driving conditions. It gets a 21.1-gallon fuel tank which can make it travel 380 miles, 464 miles, and 422 miles in the city, on the highway, and in combined driving conditions. The efficiency figures are not class-leading but adequate considering its size and bulk.

Models(2019)

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab SR5 (V6)

Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 

GMC Canyon Denali All-terrain Crew Cab

Honda Ridgeline Sport Crew Cab

MPG (City)

18

17

18

19

MPG (Highway)

22

24

25

26

MPG (Combined)

20

19

20

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

21.0

21.0

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

380/464/422

357/504/399

378/525/420

370.5/507/429

The Honda Ridgeline is the most fuel-efficient vehicle here. It offers nearly 22 mpg in combined driving conditions and comes with a smaller fuel tank of 19.5 gallons, which offers a range of 429 miles in mixed driving conditions. Out of the two GM twins, the Colorado is slightly more efficient. The GMC Canyon offers a better range on the highways, while the Tacoma offers a better range in the city.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Interior

8.0/10

The 2019 Tacoma Access Cab comes with a traditional interior with not many exciting elements. Toyota has played safe with its interior design and focused more on offering practicality. The front seats are not power-adjustable even on the higher trims which is underwhelming. The dashboard is covered in hard plastic, and the interior trim loses out on fancy materials. The rear legroom is very less, and the passengers will feel cramped over a longer duration of time.

The steering and seating position for the driver is not very ergonomic and thus hinders the comfort level of the driver. The front seats are fixed, and they lack height adjustment too. As a result, taller passengers may have to brush their heads more often with the headliner. The cloth upholstery on the lower trims feels soft but not as upmarket as many rivals have on offer. Overall, the interiors seem to be outdated but are made to last a decade.

Models(2019)

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab SR5 (V6)

Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 

GMC Canyon Denali All-terrain Crew Cab

Honda Ridgeline Sport Crew Cab

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.7/58.3/42.9

39.7/58.3/42.2

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.5/58.2/42.5

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

34.9/56.5/24.6

36.6/54.9/25.4

36.7/57.3/28.6

34.5/55.2/25.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

38

41

41

34

All the trucks except the Ridgeline offer seating for 4 passengers, including the driver. The Honda Ridgeline seats five. The Tacoma Access Cab offers a cargo capacity of 38 cu-ft, which is just about adequate. The GM twins offer a better cargo capacity of 41 cu-ft as compared to the rivals. The Ridgeline offers the least cargo capacity of 34 cu-ft but seats an additional passenger which more or less compensates for lower cargo space. Some of the standout interior features of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab are:

  • Remote Keyless entry system ( Convenience Package)
  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • 4-way adjustable driver and passenger seat 
  • Urethane tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls
  • 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2019 Tacoma Access Cab gets a decent infotainment system powered by Toyota’s Entune interface. It comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, which is responsive and glare-free under most conditions. The higher trims get a better resolution 7-inch display that supports navigation as well. The Entune system is intuitive to use, and most functions are readily available on the screen. It comes with AM/FM CD player, USB ports, and AUX support as well. 

The connectivity needs are taken care of via Bluetooth-connected technology which helps with advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access, and music. The system does support Siri Eyes Free but lacks the support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. From SR5 trim and above, you also get support for SiriusXM services. The audio system comes with four/six speakers for the SR/SR5 trim. The TRD twins get an optional JBL audio system as well. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab are:

  • Phone book access and music streaming via BT
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Siri Eyes Free 
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation system
  • Four/ Six Speakers
  • Optional premium JBL audio system 

2019 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

8.0/10

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is currently in its third generation and received major styling updates in the year 2015. However, the current Tacoma still holds the classic Tacoma look, and it looks built for purpose. The front fascia imbibes a bold grille with the Toyota logo on it, while the two projector-beam headlamps serve the purpose well by complementing the taller stance and illuminating the road ahead. 

The bulged-out fenders with cladding on them amplify its higher ground clearance and speak about its off-road worthiness. The rear tailgate is removable and gets an embossed Tacoma logo on it. It also provides a smooth operation to further ease up the loading and unloading process. The wheels on offer are either 16-inch or 17-inch in size and are designed to complement the overall design language. 

Models(2019)

Toyota Tacoma Access Cab SR5 (V6)

Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 

GMC Canyon Denali All-terrain Crew Cab

Honda Ridgeline Sport Crew Cab

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4060

4494

4438

4235

Length (in)

212.3 

212.4 

212.4 

210.0

Width (in)

74.4

74.3

74.3

78.6

Height (in)

70.6

70.4

70.7

70.2

Ground Clearance (in)

9.1

8.3

8.1

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

127.4

128.3

128.3

125.2

The 2019 Tacoma gets the highest ground clearance, which just further testifies its off-road readiness. The lower curb weight helps in better handling and higher fuel economy. The GM twins offer similar ground clearances. The Honda Ridgeline is specifically designed for on-road use owing to its lower ground clearance. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab are:

  • 16-inch steel wheels (SR/SR5)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels (Optional/Higher trims)
  • Projector-beam headlights with turn Daytime Running Lights 
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors
  • Engine/front suspension skid plate
  • Sliding rear window with privacy glass
  • Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) cargo bed with fiber reinforcement

2019 Toyota Tacoma Safety

8.8/10

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma might be lacking in the structural strength department as testified by IIHS in comparison to its more accomplished rivals but makes up for it by providing a maximum number of safety features as standard. It incorporates side-impact door beams and many driver assistance technologies like Toyota Safety Sense P and Star Safety System to ensure the safety of the occupants in the unfortunate event of an accident. Some of the standout safety features of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab are:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System
  • Automatic High Beams 
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Hill Start Assist (A/T only)
  • Engine Immobilizer

2019 Toyota Tacoma Competition

8.5/10

2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab V/S 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma offers better ground clearance and fuel efficiency as compared to the Chevrolet Colorado. The Colorado, on the other hand, offers better cargo capacity and well-laid-out interiors. The Colorado also offers better tech features as you move up the trim ladder. The Tacoma offers many safety features as standard. However, between the two, the choice depends on your preferences.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab V/S 2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

The GMC Canyon is very similar to the Colorado as both belong to the same parent company. However, it looks different, and it's a matter of choice between the two. The Canyon looks modern and offers better interior features than the Tacoma. The Tacoma is more off-road ready with its higher ground clearance. The Canyon offers better performance and comfort as compared to the Tacoma.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab V/S 2019 Honda Ridgeline 

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline comes with a more refined drivetrain as compared to the Tacoma. The Tacoma, on the other end, lacks the interior creature comforts that the Ridgeline has on offer. However, the Tacoma is more versatile in nature owing to its higher ground clearance and can be taken for occasional off-roading. The Ridgeline has better top speed and is more suited for use on paved tarmac.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Final Verdict

8.0/10

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is one capable competitor in the market. However, it has now started to show off its age in front of its more capable and modern American rivals. However, the Tacoma is very capable both on-road and off-road. It also offers better efficiency figures and reliability as compared to its competition. The Tacoma ticks many right boxes but lacks the refinement and flair that you would expect from a modern-day truck.

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