2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab

2019 MODEL
$32,545 - $35,830 See Inventory Prices

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Toyota Tacoma is known for its rugged durability and capabilities. And the TRD upgrades add off-road capabilities to the already very capable Tacoma.The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab starts at $32,545 for the 2WD TRD Sport model.

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Off road capability

Easy controls

Tie-down hooks in the truck bed and a power outlet


Gearbox feels sluggish

Difficult ingress and egress due to high floor height

Driving position not ideal for tall drivers

What's New?

Very few changes have been made for 2019 model year. These include - Additional USB charging ports


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Access Cab

passenger capacity




engine type




278 hp @ 6000 rpm


265 lb.-ft. @ 4600 rpm


6-speed automated manual


suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension



127.4 in.


212.3 in.


75.2 in.


70.6 in.

curb weight

4060 lbs.

ground clearance

9.4 in.


passenger volume

39.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

6800 lbs.

payload capacity

1540 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

fuel economy


19 /24 /21 mpg

ev range

400.9 mi.

highway range

506.4 mi.


basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 years/60000mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ Unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

2 yr./ 25000 mi.

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Trims and Configurations


 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Sport


278 hp @ 6000 rpm
Regular unleaded
21 combined

$32,545 - $35,830

Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,830 MSRP (18 mpg/20/22 mpg) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automated manual four wheel drive 4
Sport 4dr Access Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,545 MSRP (19 mpg/21/24 mpg) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automated manual rear wheel drive 4
Sport 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $34,220 MSRP (17 mpg/18/21 mpg) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual four wheel drive 4

 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Off Road

Off Road

278 hp @ 6000 rpm
Regular unleaded
20 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Off Road 4dr Access Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,830 MSRP (18 mpg/20/22 mpg) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automated manual four wheel drive 4   Super White
  Cavalry Blue
  Barcelona Red Metallic
  Midnight Black Metallic
  Silver Sky Metallic

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Expert Review

CARHP Editorial June 3, 2019

The 3.5 Liter V6 engine can churn out a maximum of 278hp and 265lb-ft of torque which is enough to get the Tacoma out of any difficult situation. And to please all the old school people, the Tacoma TRD is also offered in a manual transmission option.

The main competition for the Tacoma include the GMC Canyon and the Nissan Frontier. The Toyota Tacoma has been around for over 22 years and it already has established it’s name as an immensely capable and reliable vehicle.

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Features

The 2019 Tacoma TRD Access Cab is offered in two trims - TRD Sport and TRD Off Road. The TRD Sport adds some sporty touches on the interior and on the exterior. The TRD off road adds some serious off-road capabilities to the Tacoma such as crawl control and an electronically locking rear differential. All of this allows the Tacoma to be taken anywhere.


TRD Sport

TRD Off Road







Key Features

Toyota Safety Sense

Adds/Upgrades these from TRD Sport


Integrated Backup Camera

Multi Terrain Select


Keyless Entry with Engine Immobilizer

Crawl Control


4.2” TFT Multi Information Display

Electronically Locking Rear Differential


Navigation System with Audio


App Suite with Entune Audio System


Smart Key with Push Button Start


LED Daytime Running Lamps


The TRD Sport trim offers the most value for your buck. It comes with a powerful 3.5L engine as standard that allows the driver to take the car anywhere. It also offers enough creature comfort to keep the passengers comfortable on a long journey.

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Engine

The 3.5-liter V6 is preferable to the four-cylinder, but it is otherwise unremarkable.- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Toyota is known for it’s reliability and the Tacoma is no exception. Just like every other Toyota, the Tacoma comes with a bullet-proof engine. And with the TRD, you can depend on that engine to take you everywhere. The 3.5 liter V6 churns out 278 hp and 265lb-ft of torque.

Toyota hasn’t changed a lot in the engine department for the 2019 Tacoma TRD. And it also started offering a 6 speed manual gearbox from 2018. The automatic gearbox isn't the smoothest but it offers great support to the engine even during offroading.


Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier






3.5 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

4 Liter V6


6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

5 Speed Automatic


278hp @ 6000RPM

308hp @ 6800RPM

261hp @ 5600RPM


265lb-ft @ 4600RPM

275lb-ft @ 4000RPM

281lb-ft @ 4000RPM

The GMC Canyon offers the most power in this group but the Nissan Frontier produces the highest torque which makes it easier for it to pull heavy loads.The Toyota’s 278 horsepower feels enough to pull the truck and any added weight.


There’s not a lot to expect from a truck in terms of acceleration. The Tacoma manages to do a 0-60MPH run in 7.7 seconds. So, the Tacoma cannot probably be defined as something quick but it does the job.


Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

0-60 MPH

7.7 seconds

6.3 seconds

7.3 seconds



16.0 seconds

14.9 seconds

15.8 seconds


3.5 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

4 Liter V6

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K Mi/year)




The GMC Canyon is fastest to 60 miles an hour. The Tacoma and Frontier do 60MPH in 7.7 and 7.3 seconds respectively. In terms of emissions, the Nissan fares better than the Toyota and the GMC.


The Tacoma is equipped with 10 inch brakes both in the front and rear. Considering the weight of these trucks themselves and the additional weight they might be carrying / towing, it is very important that the brakes do their job well. The 10 inch brakes manage to get the Tacoma to a standstill from 60MPH in 124 feet. The brakes do feel a little grabby initially but they manage to do a good enough job in towns.


Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Brake pads Front (in)




Brake pads Rear (in)




Curb weight (lbs)




60-0 MPH

124 ft

122 ft

135 ft

The GMC Canyon has the largest brakes in this group and it shows in it’s braking performance- the Canyon manages a full emergency stop from 60MPH in 122 ft which is impressive considering the weight of the truck. Tacoma’s 124 feet braking distance is also good. The Nissan Frontier has the worst braking performance in this group mainly because of it’s heavy weight.

Ride and Handling

Ride and handling is not where these trucks excel. The suspension is setup for offroading and that is where this truck is supposed to prove it’s point. The suspensions offer enough travel to get over any off road obstacles. The ride feels harsh when compared to cars but when compared to other trucks, the Tacoma feels comfortable. The body roll also feels uncontrolled.

The steering feels sloppy and vague at low speeds but gets better at higher speeds. The Tacoma feels confident off the road, the locking rear differential helps it tackle all sorts of situations without breaking any sweat. The crawl control feature also helps the truck handle technical off road sections with ease.

Towing Capacity

The Tacoma offers a Towing capacity of 6400lbs which is at par with other trucks in this segment. The V6 motor effortlessly tows up loads without the engine feeling strained at any time, be it on a motorway or in cities.


Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Towing Capacity(lbs)




The Tacoma, however has the least towing capacity in the segment which is dominated by the powerful GMC. The margin isn’t much but still, people looking for numbers will favor the GMC.

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Fuel Economy

Pickups are not built to be fuel efficient. They are built to be reliable work horses and the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is no exception. But still the 3.5 liter V6 manages to strike a balance between power and fuel economy. Considering the weight of the truck and the power it produces, 20MPG (combined) is actually quite good.


Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

MPG (City)




MPG (Highway)




MPG (Combined)




In this group, the Toyota manages to deliver the most miles in a gallon and the GMC Canyon is a close second even though it manages a better fuel economy on the highways. If one is looking for fuel economy, there are a lot of diesel trucks on sale.

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Interior

The interior is nicely laid out, with easily understood and effective controls. The cabin has plenty of space up front, but tall folks might disagree.- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The biggest drawback of the access cab is that it doesn’t offer a lot of legroom for the rear seat passengers. The rear seats can only be used to carry luggage or children. The Tacoma has a very simple interior layout and all the buttons are clearly labelled for easier use. The TRD version definitely offers some creature comforts over the normal Tacoma.


Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Passenger Capacity




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




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




All of these trucks suffer from the lack of rear legroom. The GMC Canyon offers the most rear seat legroom but it is still not enough to take an adult on a long journey. All 3 trucks offer plenty of room for the front seat passengers.

Interior Features

  • Sliding sun visor
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Driver information center
  • Digital speedometer
  • Sunglass compartment
  • GoPro mount on the windshield
  • Heated leather seats
  • Power moonroof
  • Premium audio system


The new Tacoma carries the same infotainment system as the last year’s Tacoma. It still misses out on latest technologies such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which are even offered in the most basic cars now. The truck has one USB port and one 12V socket whereas most of the trucks offer at least two.

Some features offered are -

  • AUX Input
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Bluetooth Phone
  • Navigation (Optional)
  • Real-Time Traffic (Optional)
  • Real-Time Weather (Optional)
  • USB ports
  • Voice Command

Cargo space

Cargo capacity is probably the most important thing in a pick up truck. The 2019 Tacoma Access Cab provides a decent enough 60 inch truck bed which allows it to carry a lot of load at once. The truck bed has been lined in composite material which makes it easy to slide stuff in and to clean the bed. Even on the inside, Toyota has offered more under seat storage than GMC and Nissan.

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Exterior

The Tacoma’s looks can draw attention in off-road trims, but the flamboyance can be an annoyance.- The Car and Driver

Dimension and Weight

The Toyota Tacoma is big and it shows on the outside. The front grill looks big and sturdy. The 9.4 inch ground clearance allows the Tacoma to go over any obstacle. The body of the Tacoma screams capability. At 4305, the Tacoma isn’t light - it weighs a lot.


Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Curb weight (lbs)




Length (in)




Width (in) (w/o mirror)




Height (in)




Ground clearance (in)




Wheelbase (in)




Track width (in) F/R




When it comes to exterior dimensions, there isn’t a lot to differentiate these trucks. All three of them roughly measure the same.

Exterior Features

The bed at the back of 2019 Toyota Tacoma has some cool features. These include

  • Damped tailgate
  • 120V AC power outlet
  • LED box lighting
  • Adjustable tie-down cleats
  • A fully integrated bed liner

Even the base trim is packed with some interesting features, such as a sliding rear window, a composite bed liner, and projector beam headlights, which add to a clearer view during the night.

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Safety

The Tacoma was given a lot of safety upgrades for the 2018 model. The most important feature being the addition of the Toyota Safety Sense package as standard on all trims. Other features include

  • Nissan Advanced Airbag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side-impact with rollover sensor
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System
  • Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS)
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt (ELR for driver)
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases and energy-absorbing steering column
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Competition

Toyota Tacoma vs GMC Canyon

When directly compared to the Tacoma, the Canyon just feels weak. Toyota has an amazing build quality and reliability and that is one department where GMC just fails to keep up. The Canyon can tow more weight than the Tacoma and offers a slightly better performance. But over the long run, the Toyota would be a better choice.

Toyota Tacoma vs Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier is the cheapest car in this group and produces the least power but still it can tow slightly more than the Toyota. The Nissan offers better tech such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay but loses out big on reliability and off road capability. The Nissan’s interior feels cheap and made out of cheap plastic.

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Final Verdict

All of these cars are at par when it comes to specs. The Nissan Offers slightly better technology with the integration of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay into it’s infotainment system. The Nissan also has better towing capacity than the Toyota. The GMC can also tow more weight than the Toyota. But the Toyota offers a better ride quality than the GMC and the Nissan. Toyota also offers way better reliability and ruggedness than either of them.