2022 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP $26,300 Est.

Ranked #3 in Midsize Pickup-truck

2022 Toyota Tacoma Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Tacoma has always been synonymous with the mid-size truck segment and has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years. The segment has seen competition grow multi-fold in the previous years with trucks like the Ford Ranger upping their overall game a lot. Amidst all the competition, the latest Tacoma was released in 2016 and is getting old. There is a lot of speculation on whether the Tacoma will be given a redesign like the Tundra or will it be carried over with the same face as 2016, albeit with some minor changes here and there. The carmaker has been very hush about the upcoming model year but we’d love to see the Tacoma get a facelift as the Tundra in the near future along with the upgraded tech inside. 

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Pros

Intuitively arranged controls

Reliable track record

High off-road capability in the TRD trims

Impressive build quality

Cons

The ride can be rough

Uncalibrated automatic gearbox

Okayish interior quality

Power numbers low for the class

What's New?

Carried forward from last year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26300

bodystyle

4dr Access Cab

engine type

horsepower

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

180 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$26,300 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Toyota Tacoma in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Magnetic Gray Metallic

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

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performace

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


Once it is launched, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma will go up against the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado, the Honda Ridgeline, and the Ford Ranger. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Front Angle View
2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Rear Angle View

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2022 Toyota Tacoma Features

The Tacoma Carry forwards from last year, which makes its trim lineup the same. Prices are expected to go up from last year, as is customary when a vehicle carries forward. 

Trim

SR

SR5

SR V6

SR5 V6

MSRP (RWD)*

$26,150

$27,940

$28,410

$31,085

MSRP (4WD)*

$29,225

$31,015

$31,875

$34,425

Key Features

7-inch touchscreen

Adds to SR features

Adds to SR5 features

Adds to SR V6 features

 

Integrated back-up camera

Premium audio system

16-inch steel wheels

Tilt and telescopic steering wheels

 

Toyota safety sense

Keyless entry

Projector-beam headlights

4-way adjustable front seats

 

6-speaker sound system

Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support

Dark gray grille

16-inch alloy wheels

* 2021 prices used

We Recommend

We recommend the SR V6. It is a good value for money option with the added benefit of added power thanks to the robust V6 engine. 

Price

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab starts at $26,400 for the SR trim, steps up to the SR5 for a couple of thousand bucks more, and ends at the top-of-the-range TRD Sport or the TRD Off-Road. The TRD Sport is biased more towards on-the-tarmac performance and is “V6 only” while the TRD Off-Road, as the name suggests, is the off-road capable trim. We expect the line-up to be the same in the 2022 model year as well albeit a $500 increment, as seen in the previous model years. 

Release Date

With multiple sources citing the same timeframe, we expect the 2022 Toyota Tacoma to hit the American shores by the Fall of 2021 if the launch is not delayed due to the pandemic.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Engine and Performance

The Tacoma comes equipped with a 2.7L Inline-4 which thumps out 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes as standard fitment on the SR and SR5 trims. Optional for the aforementioned trims, and standard on the TRD trims is a 3.5L V6 pumping out 278 horses and 265 lb-ft of pulling power.

A 6-speed automatic gearbox is standard on both the engines whereas the V6 can also be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission (in the higher trims) for the people who prefer changing gears themselves. Rear-Wheel Drive is the standard powertrain on offer whereas 4WD drivetrain can also be equipped.

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Honda Ridgeline

2021 Ford Ranger

MSRP

$26,400

$25,200

$36,490

$27,220

Engine

2.7L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD/4WD

AWD

RWD/4WD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

/Manual

6-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

10-Speed SelectShift Automatic

Power [hp @ RPM]

159 hp @ 5200

rpm

200 hp @ 6300

rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

270 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque [lb-ft @ RPM]

180 lb ft @ 3800

rpm

191 lb ft @ 4400

rpm

262 lb ft @ 4700 rpm

310 lb ft @ 3000 rpm

The Honda Ridgeline commands a lot of premium over the other trucks in the competition but is also the one with the most comfort features on deck. The Tacoma and Colorado give the buyer an option to choose between two engines and power plants while the Ridgeline and the Ranger have only one engine to choose from. Also, the Tacoma is the only one with a manual transmission as an option. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

6.0/10

With an Inline-4 on board, the Tacoma can easily do 20 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined from its 21.1-gallon fuel tank. opt for the bigger engine, these figures are 19 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. There is a gain in the fuel economy on the V6, surprisingly, and both the engines offer similar combined MPGs. We expect the newer engines to be a bit more frugal than the current ones due to the advancement in fuel-efficient features across the Toyota line-up.

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Honda Ridgeline

2021 Ford Ranger

MPG (City)

19

19

18

21

MPG (Highway)

24

25

24

26

MPG (Combined)

21

22

21

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

21

19.5

18

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

401/506/443

400/525/462

351/468/410

378/468/414

Out of the V6s, the Tacoma has a better fuel economy and also has more range than the Ridgeline. Also, the V6’s performance isn’t drastically different from the 4-banger on offer. Of the 4-bangers, the Ranger steals the show with its frugality figures but its range is let down by a small tank. Overall, the Tacoma provides the best experience – both in terms of performance and in terms of frugality. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Interior

9.0/10

For the 2022 model year, the interior will be mostly unchanged. The overall theme of the interior is dark and very utilitarian. We expect the color scheme to be better with the newer model year. Talking of the material used, there are soft-touch areas all around the cabin and most of the cabin is covered in cloth. The Limited trim adds leather upholstery but the same is not available as an Access Cab. Apart from this, there are ample cubby spaces inside to store stuff. The seating position is high and the wide windshield instills confidence while driving down the road. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Front Row Seats

In terms of the space, there is ample headroom on offer but the legroom is a little bit restricted due to the compact cabin. The front seats are comfortable and have ample adjustment on offer but when it comes to the rear seats, there isn’t a lot in terms of adjustment. Seating two people in the rear seats is just enough. Fitting in three people will sacrifice a lot of comfort for the occupants. 

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Honda Ridgeline

2021 Ford Ranger

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

1st Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45

40.1/62/40.9

41/56.7/43.1

2nd Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

34.9/56.5/24.6

36.7/57.3/28.6

38.8/61.5/36.7

38.3/56.3/34.5

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

46.1

49.9

33.9

43.3

The seating on the Tacoma is cramped for the rear passengers – there’s not enough legroom for the people to enjoy. The space in the front row of the Taco’s seats can be termed as compact with ample headroom and enough knee room. The cabin offering a good mix of space is the Ridgelines’ partly due to the fact that it has a proper 5-seater cabin. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

6.0/10

The Tacoma has been in the market for quite a few years now. We expect the exterior to be the same for the 2022 model year as well because there hasn’t been a lot of changes on the outside. The headlights are full-LEDs and the big matte black grille gives a very brawny look to the Taco.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab Side View

From the side, the Tacoma is more car-like and has a low roof – it is not as boxy as the other trucks in the segment. The higher ground clearance, the plastic cladding on the wheel arches, and the big rims make the Tacoma like it's ready to decimate the off-road! On the tailgate, the TACOMA branding is embossed along with durable step-ups to the tailgate – lending to the muscular and rugged look of the truck. 

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Honda Ridgeline

2021 Ford Ranger

Curb Weight (lbs)

5600 lbs

5400 lbs

6019 lbs

6050 lbs

Length (inches)

212.3

212.7

210.2

210.8

Width (inches)

74.4

74.3

78.6

77.8

Height (inches)

70.6

70.4

70.8

71.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.4

8.2

7.6

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

127.4

128.3

125.2

126.8

Of all, the Ranger is the heaviest in the lot while also being the most compact, which helps greatly when driving in the city. The Taco’s dimensions are a little bulky when compared to the Ranger but with a lower weight, the Tacoma is a better handler irrespective of the terrain!

2022 Toyota Tacoma Safety

9.0/10

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is loaded with a lot of safety features right off the bat with its SR trim. The SR comes equipped with forward-collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. The SR5 gets you rear parking sensors (Dynamic Navigation package) and a blind-spot monitor (Technology package). One thing to note is that these packages are only available with the bigger V6 engine, which is an option in itself for the SR5 trim. The TRD Sport adds rear cross-traffic alert to the blind-spot monitors, as a part of the Technology package. In this, the Advanced Technology package adds in a 360-degree camera system which gives out a bird’s eye view of the Tacoma and the surroundings.

With regards to the safety ratings, the 2021 model year scores a 4-star rating (out of 5) in the NHTSA crash tests and has an overall “Good” crash-test rating from the IIHS. 

For the 2022 model year, we expect the Tacoma to offer the same suite of electronics and driver aids that it offers now and continue to score high on the crash tests. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Competition

7.0/10

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

The Tacoma and Colorado are very closely matched in terms of the value proposition. Both the trucks start at similar price points.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

The Chevrolet takes the lead when it comes to providing powerful engines but also is less frugal than the Taco. The Tacoma offers more fuel economy, a very reliable powertrain, and a lot of tech as compared to the Chevy.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs 2021 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is the most car-like truck in the comparison today and it shows when it comes to the trunk space on offer. The Honda offers similar reliability to the Toyota and also has better safety ratings but is way more expensive than the Taco.

2021 Honda Ridgeline

Also, it is less practical than the Tacoma because of the smaller trunk it has. The Toyota can carry more and has an economical engine on board. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vs 2021 Ford Ranger

The Ford’s motor is the one with the most torque in the group and also, it is the most compact truck in the segment.

2021 Ford Ranger

The on-road manners of the Ranger are better than the Tacoma due to the suite of electronics on board, the turbocharged engine on offer, and the 10-speed gearbox that has proven itself in the new crop of Ford vehicles. The Taco, on the other hand, offers more reliability on board but is still beaten by Ford’s tow rating of 7,500 lbs! 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Final Verdict

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is going to be a carry-over of the 2021 model year and hence, our expectations from the 2022 model year are undeterred. The Tacoma is a pretty solid vehicle in the segment and still is the best-seller. It has enough room for the occupants to enjoy while the V6 on offer taps out an ample amount of output. It can tow up to 6,500 lbs which is pretty impressive, although lower than that of a Ford Ranger. In terms of comfort, it is a very utilitarian truck but still manages to offer a lot in terms of comfort and safety. While some would prefer the updated design language of the Ranger, the looks of the Tacoma are tried and tested. However, an update will do it good.

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