2020 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP $26,050 - $34,310

Ranked #5 in Midsize Pickup-truck

7.4

Overall Rating

2020 Toyota Tacoma Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Tacoma has proved itself to be a worthy vehicle for someone who wants the reliability of a Japanese brand while not switching away from the pick-up truck scene. The Tacoma was initially the dark horse of its segment but currently, it is considered to be arguably one of the best mid-size pickup trucks on American soil. The design language is typical of Toyota with subtlety combined with functionality, and in all honesty, feels quite different from the usual cookie cutters.

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Pros

Off-roading touches

Safety prowess

Reliability

Cons

Performance curve is not at par with rivals

What's New?

7-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration as standard

Exterior lighting redesigned

Upgraded grille 

Surround-view camera and multi-terrain display


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26050

bodystyle

4dr Access Cab

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

164 cu.in.

horsepower

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

180 ft-lb. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.8/10 in.

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

88.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1620 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/21/23 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 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

SR$26,050 onwards

SR5$27,825 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Toyota Tacoma in Agate Black color
Agate Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

5.5

Interior

7.4

Exterior

9.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Moreover, it has all the Engine options you would want, from economical to brutish power, and Toyota also offers multiple configurations ranging from spartan work trucks to fully-fledged off-roader TRD trims. It rivals the likes of popular name plates such as the GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, and the Ford F-150. Starting with a price tag of $26,100, it is really going to be a tough one to beat. 


7.5/10
Features

5.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.4/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior


2020 Toyota Tacoma Features

7.5/10

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab comes in 4 trim levels namely SR, SR5, TRD Sport, and TRD Off-Road. The overall features list in the Tacoma leans more towards the utilitarian side rather than convenience. The same is true to some extent for the cabin engagement as well, hence keep high hopes miles away in that matter. It is evident from the fact that the primitive SR trim has been given manually adjustable seats instead of power-assist along with smartphone integration as a standard at the max. The SR5 may dust off the stain with its higher permutation adjustable seats and cushioning all around. It even gets an 8-inch touch screen for one’s service. Apart from variations, what’s common between the two is their generous towing and payload capacities.

Trim

SR

SR5

TRD Sport

TRD Off-Road

MSRP (FWD)

$26,100

$27,900

$32,800

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$29,200

$30,900

$36,050

$36,050

Key Features

16-inch steel wheels 

In addition to or replaces SR trim features with:

In addition to or replaces SR5 trim features with:

In addition to or replaces TRD Sport trim features with:

 

Heated power mirrors

Chrome exterior trim

The V6 engine comes as standard

Chrome rear bumper

 

Manually adjustable seats with cloth upholstery 

Keyless entry 

17-inch alloy wheels

Textured black fenders

 

7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Body-colored fender flares and rear bumper

Lockable rear differential 

 

Movable cleat tie-down system 

8-inch touchscreen

Hood scoop

Bilstein monotube suspension 

 

Sliding rear window

V-6 engine becomes available 

120V /400-watt power outlet in the cargo bed

Advanced off-road traction control system

 

Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking

10-way power driver seats, power sliding rear window (V-6 exclusive) 

Keyless entry & ignition, wireless charging pad

Multiple terrain settings and crawl control 

Once we are done with lower ones, we sway towards higher trims like the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road. The TRD Sport starts its introduction with the availability of the V-6 engine variant as a standard and that too with a muscular wheel setup of 17-inch. Power-assist too continues in this trim but it gets a level-up with keyless entry & ignition and wireless charging pad. The best among all the siblings in terms of dynamics and off-roading is the TRD Off-Road as it gets Bilstein shocks for maintaining ride height and multi-terrain monitoring system and crawl-control for traction assurance. Summing it all up, Toyota has covered almost every customer base in their trim levels.

Which Trim should you buy?

Since the sense of having value, investment is an important aspect and that is why we see the urge for making the most of it while choosing the right one among all the siblings. As there are no flashy attachments that we can find tagged to its name, this makes some of our tasks quite easy. If we would scale all the trims, we see SR5 to be the most viable one to own. There are multiple reasons to support the claim as it can be availed of with the V6 configuration meaning the same powertrain prowess. The level of comfort, though, is not exemplary in any one of them but the SR5 is at par with its sibling to a large extent. So one is entitled to the same towing practicality and long hauling stature at an affordable price with the SR5 trim.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Engine and Performance

5.5/10

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab comes with 2 engine options. The base engine is a 2.7L Inline-4 which produces 159 hp of power & 180 lb-ft of torque while the bigger variant is of 3.5L V-6 configuration which can thrust 278 hp of power and 265 lb-ft of torque all at once. The power delivery takes place with a 6-speed automatic transmission in an RWD layout. The whole unit when comes into action, Tacoma becomes capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in more than 15 seconds along with a top speed of nearly 116 mph at its peak. These figures are impressive considering the fact that it is capable of towing up to 6800 lbs in a go. Thus, it is definitely one of the best in this segment as far as powertrain surge is concerned.

Models

2020 Toyota Tacoma Access cab

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2020 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

MSRP

$29,125

$28,495

$35,600

$29,600

Engine

3.5L Regular V6

3.3L Regular V6

3.6L Regular V6

4.3L Regular V6

Drivetrain

4WD

RWD

4WD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic 

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

278 hp @6,000 rpm

290 hp @6,500 rpm

308 hp @6,800 rpm

285 hp @5,300 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

265 lb-ft @4,600 rpm

265 lb-ft @4,000 rpm

275 lb-ft @4,000 rpm

305 lb-ft @3,900 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7 

7.9

7.4 

6.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.2 

16.1

15.8

14.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

116 mph

119 mph

115

120

The rivals do have close gaps with one another and share the same reputation among them. It is evident from the spec sheet that the GMC Canyon Extended Cab leads the pack but with a slight margin in both parameters. It also has the highest top speed and, therefore, becomes a replica of its image of what’s there on paper. All of these and that too within a competitive price range gives it an edge over others in this category but one can’t keep the Toyota Tacoma Access cab out of mention for too long as it offers such performance with 4WD which translates to better traction.

How well does the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab handle?

This narration is one of the highlights in the Tacoma Access Cab as it has been given nice visibility at the driver’s end which is complemented by a Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering unit. This is indicative of the fact that one will be already in a position to measure the uncertainties and give in the required inputs effortlessly. Then comes the presence of front anti-roll bars which are a must in such a body style. 

The Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential along with leaf springs in the rear for proper load distribution and dampening are other generic prerequisites that have been fulfilled. It gets even better when we bring about the mention of the Bilstein shocks and multi-terrain monitoring system and crawl-control that are exceptionally armed to counter caster, camber, and loss of traction at the best of their abilities. It does include the likes of algorithms regarding distance pacing and engine mobilizer as well. All in all, it is a gem as per its price tag and segment purpose simultaneously.

Braking Performance

The pick-up trucks are heavy mass transfer, that is why it is necessary to have a braking unit that can channel the impulsive force to as much dissipation as possible. Fortunately, the painting of 10.8” disc rotors in the front and 10” drum rotors in the rear are effective enough to keep the travel within the limit of 122 ft which is pretty much comparable to its competitors. The 4-wheel ABS negates wheel slippage during hard braking and it is further intensified by the Brake Assist. Both units keep the frontal diving within the constraint for this 4305 lbs SUV.

Models

2020 Toyota Tacoma Access cab

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2020 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

10.8

13.8

12.2

13.5

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.0

13.7

12.8

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4305

4069

4372

4520

60-0 (feet)

122

119

120

128

The rivalry is pretty much on the same block with a minimal difference all along except for the GMC Canyon Extended Cab as the same has the highest braking travel of more than 125 ft with a much heavier weightage because of which forward push and brake biting are going to be inherent right from the starting few miles. Otherwise, all the competitors have almost the same braking assists on a bigger picture and specific preferences can’t be attributed to any as such. One of the observations as per the spec sheet is that the venting across all rotor sizes is a general trend for maximum heat dissipation that can allow you to have continuous hard braking at least on paper.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

The fuel economy on Tacoma is an interesting story, while the Inline-4 engine provides on par economy with its peers, the V6 engine can also return a somewhat close mileage of 18 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. However, the TRD Off-Road trim tends to see a decline simply for the fact that much heavier and dynamic pursuits are added to its realm. In addition to that, a 21.1-gallon fuel tank has also been attached with which one goes as long as 485 miles at its zenith and 443 miles on average. Though the figure is not class-leading yet it is satisfactory for its segment. 

Models

2020 Toyota Tacoma Access cab

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2020 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

MPG (City)

18

19

20

20

MPG (Highway)

22

25

26

26

MPG (Combined)

20

22

22

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

23

21

21

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

422/485.3/443.1

437/575/506

420/546/462

420/546/462

As per data, the F-150 Regular cab leads the pack with its exemplary range coverage of 575 miles. Standing next in the queue are the Colorado Extended Cab and Canyon Extended Cab with the same figures throughout the terrain. The ability to mark more than 540 miles in single fueling status is commendable. And the Tacoma comes last but the range is still manageable as this segment is more about towing and corresponding range conjugatively.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Interior

7.4/10

Not at all a forte of such body style, one can only wish for some level of decency and spaciousness. Mind you beforehand that expecting tech gadgets and high-definition complexity inside would be no less than an illusion. But having said that, it is not just like any cabin with attached seats rather more than that. The power-adjustability has been incorporated into the Toyota Tacoma Access cab except for the Base format. The presence of a 7-inch screen on a symmetrical dashboard along with cloth upholstery all over the seats is something that has been kept consistent. The accents inside the cabin are primitive only as the gear shifter does not improve in its packaging of Urethane and headliner & inserts continue with their cloth-wrapping. Thus, it is as ordinary as it has been expected to be and that is not a downside at all.

Models

2020 Toyota Tacoma Access cab

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2020 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

Seating Capacity

4

3

4

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.7/58.3/42.9

40.8/66.7/43.9

41.4/57.5/45

41.4/57.5/45

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

34.9/56.5/24.6

N/A

36.7/57.3/28.6

36.7/57.3/28.6

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

46

62.3

49.9

49.9

Cargo space and loading capacities are the primary reasons behind buying pick-up trucks and, thanks to engineers, one has both in the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Access cab as it has a payload of 1620 lbs, towing capacity of nearly 6800 lbs, and cargo space of 46 cu-ft along with foldable seats and extra under-seat volume. One can even seat 4 in a go but the rear is accommodating only for children not for adults during long hauling. On the other hand, the Colorado Extended Cab and GMC Canyon Extended Cab seem to offer a little more than the former but that hardly makes any impact. Thus, it would be sane to keep them at the same station as per their utility marks.

Some of the key interior features are:

  • Manually adjustable seats with cloth upholstery
  • 10-way power seats for the driver (SR5 V6)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel (SR5)
  • Keyless entry & ignition (TRD Sport)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Just like the interior, this is also an underappreciated sector of this segment but comparatively, we could see some improvement in the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Access cab as it has been given a 7" touch-screen display which gets bigger to 8” dimension as we climb up the order. The presence of Android Auto & Apple CarPlay as a standard is another plus point in it. Musical enrichment is achieved by a set of 6-speaker audio units. Further adding to that, one would have hardly anticipated using SiriusXM and Advanced Voice Recognition Gestures inside it along with Amazon Alexa compatibility. Therefore, we rank it far better and ahead of its time as per the cornerstone which is rife now.

Some of the key infotainment features are:

  • 7/8-inch touch screen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • CD player
  • AM/FM
  • SiriusXM
  • 6-speaker audio unit

2020 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

9.0/10

It is rightly said that the design language has to be in line with what’s under the hood and that is exactly what we are witnessing with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab silhouette. Wide front with stamped fenders circumscribing the wheels from the side in pairing with Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps is sculpted to bring about the emotions. Be it the 16-inch steel or 17-inch alloy wheels at the support, both look muscular and descriptive of their off-roading nudge. Moreover, the reverse-opening doors are encompassed by steel panels. In addition to that, the Bilstein badging over those monotube suspensions attached to wheels is a visual representation of the innate off-roading stance. Thus, it is safe to conclude that the Tacoma Access Cab is appealing on all fronts.   

Models

2020 Toyota Tacoma Access cab

2020 Ford F-150 Regular Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2020 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4305

4069

4372

4520

Length (inches)

212.3

209.3

212.7

212.4

Width (inches)

74.4

79.9

74.3

74.3

Height (inches)

70.6

75.5

70.4

70.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.4

8.8

8.4

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

127.4

122

128.3

128.3

It is quite a difficult task to gauge them and their supremacy as all of them are within the same cuboidal design dimensional boundary. Be it wheelbase or height, they don’t vary more than 5 inches in any parameter. So all this boils down to the additional attachments and tech assist one may come up with to cope up with the changing landscape and, coincidentally there as well, they have parallel features bound to them. Therefore, we rate them at par with one another with no specific leader of the pack. 

Some of the features are:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • P245/75R16 AS Tires
  • Reverse Opening Rear Doors

2020 Toyota Tacoma Safety

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma has done fine in the federal crash tests but the overall performance could have been better, considering Toyota's reputation for safety and reliability. The NHTSA has given 4-stars for the overall safety. Similarly, in the IIHS crash tests, Tacoma has done really well with a 'Good' rating in all the categories including headlights. Overall, the structural strength isn’t much of an issue considering all these scores. In order to strengthen the stance, it does come with active features like the Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and many more. It is basically a giant in this category and can outclass all without hassle.

Some of the features are:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Auto high beam headlights
  • Crawl control 
  • Advanced off-road traction control

2020 Toyota Tacoma Competition

2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs 2020 Ford F-150 Regular cab

Both of them are close competitors as the former is a gem in its performance curve while the latter takes lead in its range coverage. Apart from these two segments, they are no less than siblings in their spaciousness inside the cabin and handling dynamics. The price tags are also reasonable and the braking efficiency with that is satisfactory to a large extent. Thus, both of them are comparable and at the same level.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs 2020 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

The GMC Canyon can be a simple work truck on the base trims and can become a luxury vehicle on the higher trims, this is the kind of flexibility it offers. It also has engine options to choose from just like the Tacoma but gets a better interior on the Denali trims. The only advantage Tacoma has is the inclusion of automatic emergency braking as a standard. Thus, we can mark them equally desirable edging one another in different situations. 

2020 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

Colorado is basically a Canyon but with less luxurious amenities. The design language of the Chevy still looks fresh even though it still relies on the older boxy shapes. The only downside of this truck is that it drives like a full-size pickup whereas Tacoma offers much better driving dynamics overall. The Tacoma also performs way better than Colorado in curbing the power surge with its efficient braking unit. 

2020 Toyota Tacoma Final Verdict

The 2020 Tacoma has fixed most of what was wrong with the outgoing model year as it gets a much better infotainment system and driving persona. High reliability and safety rating are other added advantages. The towing capacity and mileage are also at par with others. Therefore, it is by default, one of the best in the segment to date and one should go for it with no hesitance in his/her mind. 

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