2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab

MSRP $45,000 Est.

Ranked #12 in Midsize Pickup-truck

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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In the highly popular mid-size pickup truck segment, the Toyota Tacoma has always been the de facto choice for customers looking for off-road capability, and frankly, Toyota has embraced this trend and improved the new 2022 model to be even more capable by jacking it up even higher. As its name suggests, the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) models go a step further with upgraded attachments and a standard V6 engine. 

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Pros

Excellent off-road capability

Extensive standard feature list

Reliability

Capable and reliable V-6 powertrain

Cons

Automatic transmission lacks refinement

Firm ride quality

Limited cabin space especially at the rear

Lacks the performance of its rivals

What's New?

Overall lift to better the off-road nudge


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

4dr Access Cab

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

278 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

265 lb.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

dimensions

wheelbase

127.4 in.

length

212.3 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

680 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/24 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab in Midnight Black Metallic color
Midnight Black Metallic

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However, all this focus on off-roading generally does affect its capabilities on the tarmac. The TRD Sport model is the cheapest in the TRD range and gets some upgrades like the tuned suspensions over the regular models which are going to be as it is in the newer format as well most probably. At an expected price of $33,310, the machinery is up against the logos such as the Ford Ranger Supercab, Nissan Frontier, and Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab and is one of the favorites to be the front runner in the segment.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Features

The Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport slots in above the SR5 model and gets plenty of standard features including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry with push-button start, fog lights, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, wireless charging, and some performance upgrades like sports tuned suspension.

You also get a suite of active safety features as standard including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. Optional features like built-in navigation, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and more are also available. Since these aforementioned have been part of the 2021 model, they are much anticipated to be reintroduced in the upcoming model too.

Trim

TRD Sport

MSRP (RWD)

$33,310

MSRP (4WD)

$36,595

Key Features

Standard V-6 engine

 

Keyless entry with push-button start

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

 

Wireless charging

 

Sport-tuned suspension

 

8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The Speculated Optional Packages that might retain their relevance are mentioned below:

  • Blackout Package ($415) - Black chrome exhaust tip, black tailgate insert, and black emblem overlays.
  • Technology Package ($800) - Rear park assist, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and a mesh front grille.
  • TRD Premium Sport Package ($1,945) - Leather-trimmed seats with heating for front passengers, automatic headlights, moonroof, premium JBL sound system, built-in navigation, remote connect, and other connected car services.

Which trim should you buy?

The Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport is a package of both driving pursuit and utilitarianism. The standard feature list is also apt and enough for many for their daily commute as well as their towing necessity. The additional optional packages are also self-sufficient in their respective offering to enhance their overall appeal. Right from sound ergonomics to ambient temperature regulation, everything has been taken care of in this format which makes it worth owning one. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport Release Date

As per the buzz going around, the expected date can be guessed to be somewhere near the end of 2021 but nothing has been finalized or confirmed yet from any end. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Engine and Performance

All the TRD models get the powerful 3.5L V-6 engine as standard that produces 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque and the same is likely to be assumed for the 2022 platform. Unlike the standard models, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport might also continue with a 6-speed manual transmission that does a much better job at tackling the V-6's power than the slow and lethargic 6-speed automatic.

Power is sent to the rear wheels in general, and a four-wheel-drive system is available as an option. Unfortunately, the rear-wheel-drive and manual transmission coupling are not available with the TRD Sport model. And the narrative will be pretty much the same in the upcoming variant with low shades of uncertainty.

The standard V-6 engine also gives the Tacoma excellent towing capacities at 6,800 pounds for the rear-wheel-drive model and 6,500 pounds for the four-wheel-drive model. Despite its heft, the Tacoma is reasonably quick, clocking 60 MPH in just 7 seconds and crossing the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds. Since no official data has been released yet, the figures are of the 2021 model that has been considered for this analysis. 

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Ext Cab Z71

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab LARIAT

2022 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV

MSRP

$36,595

$36,500

$36,860

$33,740

Engine

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

2.3-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

3.8-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

Drivetrain

RWD

4WD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM)

278 @ 6,000

308 @ 6,800

270 @ 5,500

310 @ 6,400

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

265 @ 4,600

275 @ 4,000

310 @ 3,000

281 @ 4,400

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7

6.1

6.8

7.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.5

14.8

15.2

15.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

113

100

109

112

*Some 2021 specs used for reference

Although performance is similar across the board to a large extent except for the Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Z71, the Ford Ranger takes a different approach with a smaller turbocharged engine compared to a bigger generic V-6 engine setup. Ford, as a result, manages to outperform both the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier by some tenth of a second. However, the Chevrolet Colorado tops the list with over 300 hp on tap but with a slightly more restricted top speed of nearly 100 mph. Meanwhile, others are faster than the former by 9 mph at the least. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Fuel Economy

One of the downfalls of having a standard V-6 engine is fuel efficiency and running costs. To combat this, most manufacturers have started using turbocharged engines that are a lot more efficient in their combustion cycles. The 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport, if it retains the same powertrain pack, will be returning just 18 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway, which is average for its class. Fortunately, Toyota has, in general, provided a large fuel tank at 21.1 gallons, giving it a highway range of up to 464 miles.

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Ext Cab Z71

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab LARIAT

2022 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV

MPG (City)

18

17

20

17

MPG (Highway)

22

24

24

23

MPG (Combined)

20

19

22

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

21

18

21.1

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

380/464/422

357/504/399

360/432/396

359/485/401

*Some 2021 specs used for reference

With its turbocharged engine, the Ford Ranger SuperCab is a lot easier to live with, returning 22 MPG combined, thus making a variance of nearly 3 mpg that starts to show its weightage once one crosses the 2 or 3 years of minimum operation with the truck. But these mileages would have been even more impressive if they would have been translated to range coverage as well. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Z71, just like performance dynamics, yet again shines with its class-leading range practicality of over 500-mile, while the Nissan Frontier performs decently as per class. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Interior

Like the overall theme of the Toyota Tacoma, the interiors get a rugged and utilitarian layout that feels outdated compared to modern competitors. Although quality is lacking, the ergonomics and comfort on offer are impressive. The dashboard is sectioned off with dark trim pieces, and the infotainment system sits neatly in the middle with physical controls surrounding it, right above the climate controls. Toyota has also provided plenty of storage spaces around the cabin. The TRD Sport model also gets plenty of features like dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and much more. In addition to these, the Access cab gets a 4 door design with a seating capacity of four passengers.

All Access cab models are limited to a long 6-foot-1-inch bed size to haul cargo. You can opt for features like a removable tailgate, composite inner-bed walls, and a bed rail system with tie-downs for convenient loading. As we go through such an array, we realize that these are the assets of the predecessor model that are handy and inspiring in many ways that continuation with them in the newer platform will be appreciating and obvious one only. 

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Ext Cab Z71

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab LARIAT

2022 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

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

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45

41/56.6/43.1

39.9/58.2/42.3

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

34.9/56.5/24.6

36.7/57.3/28.6

35.9/55.2/30.4

36.6/52.4/26.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

N/A

49.9

51.8

49.6

*Some 2021 specs used for reference

Despite its bigger dimensions, the interiors of the Toyota Tacoma offer a lot less space than its rivals, especially at the rear. The Ford Ranger SuperCab is the most spacious in the group with a usable rear bench and more cargo spacing whereas the Nissan Frontier King Cab is a bit of a workout option with just 2 doors, making it harder to access the rear seats. Accent-wise, one can’t really judge them as it is one of those domains which has never been their forte. The cargo volume of 51.8 cu-ft, though, puts the Ford badge on top but the gap is significantly low only because of which it can’t be taken for granted in the near future.

Some expected notable interior features include:

  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel
  • Heated front seats (Optional)
  • Moonroof (Optional)
  • Jump Front Facing Fold-Up Cushion Rear Seat
  • Distance Pacing
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Toyota hasn't skimped out on any modern features, and even the base model gets a capable and easy-to-use 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, three USB ports, satellite radio, and a 6-speaker audio system. The TRD Sport model further elongates the list with an upgraded 8-inch system, navigation unit, and other features that are available as an option. Apart from them, one gets the opportunity to be familiar with tech-ends like the Siri Eyes Free, HD traffic and weather, and advanced voice recognition at its disposal. Since there is a lack of official confirmation on its entertainment unit, the 2021 model spec sheet has been taken into account to make a speculated point for the upcoming model. 

Some notable infotainment features include:

  • 9-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Amazon Alexa with voice control
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • HD traffic and weather
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Bluetooth and three USB port connectivity

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Exterior

With no major design upgrades as per notifications to date, the Toyota Tacoma gets a typical pickup truck design with plenty of rugged elements thrown in. The TRD Sport gets some design extensions to stand out among the rest but it is starting to look outdated among more modern rivals. With flared wheel arches and all-terrain tires, TRD versions of the Tacoma look like they're made to go beyond the limits. However, the TRD Sport model is a bit tamer with some small additions like a gray grille, 17-inch machined alloy wheels, and other minor updates. The Auto-Off Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps alongside those grilles do try to bring in the emotion but unfortunately misses to justify that persona. The silhouette and frame flow also seem to be more on the functional side than expression orientation as the elevated height would enhance its off-roading cheer to a little margin.

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Ext Cab Z71

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab LARIAT

2022 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV

Curb Weight (lbs)

4315

3901

4354

4509

Length (inches)

212.3

212.7

210.8

210.2

Width (inches)

75.2

74.3

77.8

73

Height (inches)

70.6

70.3

70.1

71.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

8.3

8.9

9.1

Wheelbase (inches)

127.4

128.3

126.8

126

*Some 2021 specs used for reference

While there are subtle differences between them, all four pickup trucks share the same footprint. Both the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado are slightly bigger than the rest, while the latter also gets the longest wheelbase. These, on the whole, might be in motion when cabin roominess and overall space management are discussed but surely take a toll on the handling and dynamics sides. For instance, the inherent body style, by its own virtue, is prone to body roll and body lean and in addition to such huge mass transfer either longitudinally or laterally, the urge to have an over-engineered component becomes a prerequisite.

Some notable exterior features include:

  • 17-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Gray grille with smoked finish
  • Projector LED headlights with LED DRLs
  • Integrated wide-angle fog lights
  • Flared hood with intake scoop
  • Reverse Opening Rear Doors
  • P265/65R17 AS Tires
  • Regular Composite Box Style
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Safety

Like all modern Toyotas, the Tacoma gets a suite of active safety features right from the base model. Tacoma has also received a four-star overall score in the NHTSA tests and managed to secure a "good" rating in most of the IIHS safety concerns as per its previous models. In terms of cabin insulation and structural resilience, one would spot those steel panels all around the chassis that can absorb the crash energy quite conveniently. Thus he/she can find himself/herself at peace whenever subjected inside the cabin.

Moreover, to compensate for the lower scores in a few categories, Toyota has included features like forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and more. Values like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are also available but as a part of the technology package for the TRD Sport model. As the official data for the 2022 model is yet to be confirmed so the 2021 platform has been taken as a reference for vouching on behalf of it.

Some notable standard safety features include:

  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Competition

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport vs 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Z71

Usually, there are not many differences between two mid-size pickup trucks, but if we compare the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Extended Cab and Toyota Tacoma, there are some glaring differences. For starters, Colorado offers a lot more cabin space despite the same wheelbase, making it a lot easier to live with. Even from a practical standpoint, Colorado trumps the Tacoma with better towing capacity and several configurations on offer. But, the Toyota hits back with a longer feature list, reliability, and lower pricing.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport vs 2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab LARIAT

Thanks to the more modern turbocharged engine, the Ford Ranger SuperCab offers better performance and more towing capacity at 7,500 pounds. Turbocharging also helps the Ford Ranger squeeze out more MPG, making it a lot cheaper to own. But, the Tacoma offers better off-road capability with dedicated models, and a long feature list right from the base model. Overall, if you plan on staying on the tarmac, the Ranger is a better choice than the off-road-focused Tacoma.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport vs 2022 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV

While both the Nissan Frontier King Cab and the Toyota Tacoma were two of the oldest trucks in its class, the recently redesigned Frontier that will launch this year has completely changed the game. The new model improves in every way with handsome looks, more advanced features, and plenty of performance. Both trucks are also more off-road focused than the rest of the segment with the Pro-4X and TRD models. Overall, it is hard to choose between the two, but considering all major factors, Tacoma still manages to be a better value overall.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab Final Verdict

The Toyota Tacoma has always excelled at being an off-road capable pickup truck, and it continues to do so despite the modern competition. While there are some shortcomings like limited passenger space and dated looks, it still manages to be a workhorse first and foremost, and one of the best off-road capable trucks in the market. So, if you’re planning on going off the beaten path often, and want a truck that can handle the abuse and serve you reliably for years, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Sport is the best option out there.

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