2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Release Date Canada – Criticizing the Toyota Tacoma is like yelling at the Thunder or Free-climbing el Capitan. No matter how it plays out, the weather will not change and the mountain will not move. The taco is stalwart and unchangeable. It sells on virtues other trucks do not even recognize. Potential buyers look at it, see 20 years and 300,000 miles of reliability, and sign up for the financing. It is low-tech, proven, and carries some of the best resale values in the industry. And the TRD (Toyota racing Development) Pro model, updated for 2020, is both the best and worst of the breed.
However, the current Taco is old. This basic pickup has been around since 2005, although it was updated for 2016. The 2020 model-year changes are a light dusting of updates that are worthwhile if shy of convincing. Toyota launches the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro lineup down to SR level with an expanded cab, Rear Wheel Truck for around $ 27,000 (2020 model year pricing is yet to be announced). Security guards drive them around malls and sanitation facilities. From there, the ladder continues through SR5, TRD sports, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and up to TRD Pro for around $ 45,000. Missing from the area is a regular-cab Truck that Toyota stopped building after 2014. Impressive, but a six-speed manual transmission is still available, even on the TRD Pro.
An earlier version of this story indicated that Toyota’s safety Sense is the latest standard for the 2020 Tacoma. It is wrong. Tacoma has presented Toyota’s active safety package since 2018. TSS is new standard on all 4Runner SUVs. The post has been updated accordingly.
This past year, the midsize truck segment offered an insanely capable Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 bison, a reborn Ford Ranger, and the all-new Jeep Gladiator. And yet, despite a rush of new and improved competitors, Toyota Tacoma is still the best-selling mid-size truck, one of the top 15 best-selling vehicles in America, and Toyota’s body-on-frame sales king.
And Toyota is not waiting for the competition to catch up. As Gladiator and Ranger hit their sales steps, the Japanese company ravaged a few of the common grievance critics and Tacoma owners bemoan.
First up: a 10-way Power Seat. It is standard on all SR5 or higher trim V6 models. Drivers have long complained about Taco’s awkward driving position, and the seat power tilt function should help them get more comfortable. I have never personally had a problem with Tacoma seats, but I did not develop any sore spots after hours of driving on gravel and dirt.
This new truck also receives some much needed infotainment updates. The Tacoma, along with its 4Runner sibling, is the first Toyota vehicle with Android Auto support. As a handful of the company’s newer products, Tacoma now sports Apple CarPlay. However, if you decide to use Toyota’s system instead, you will benefit from an updated version of Entune. These additions don’t make the Tacoma the best in class when it comes to multimedia (that honor stays with Gladiator and its UConnect Suite), but it’s a lot better than it used to be.
All Tacomas come standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, which includes adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system, lane departure warning and automatic high beam headlights. LED headlights are also available on upper trims, complementing the truck’s redesigned radiator grille, while all trims receive upgraded taillights. This year’s TRD Pro special color is Army Green, which looks particularly threatening with the factory snorkel mounted. Be careful, though, as Toyota says “desert air intake” should not be taken through an automatic car wash.
The limited, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models also come with a surround-view camera that offers a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help maneuver it out of Sticky situations. The TRD models also include a multi-terrain screen that feeds in side and front views to help you navigate blind obstacles on trails.
It came in handy throughout our outing on trails near Moab, Utah and Ouray, Colorado. Splitting our time between TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models, we navigated over steep, smart rock formations, muddy trails, snowy mountain passes and loose rock descents.
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro proved incredibly skilled. With the Multi-Terrain Monitor, Toyota’s “Crawl Control” off-road Cruise Control, a low-range gearbox, short overhang, multi-terrain pick, and a rear differential locker, the Taco proved virtually impossible to get stuck. We occasionally had Bang a slide or tow, but could still pretty much jump up near vertical rock faces.
On the road, Tacoma is less impressive. It still uses the same 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that has been around for ages. As in the past, the engine aids for either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. There is a lot of slack in the Powertrain, with slow downs and generally lazy responses from the automatic.
Tacoma is also far from the smooth vehicle in its class. While the addition of Fox racing shocks last year helped smooth the TRD Pro trim on High-Speed Washboard surfaces, both qualities of the Tacoma are still slightly unsettled. Even on slippery sidewalk, there is a jigglyness to the ride that makes the truck Shiver constant. On the gravel mountain pass between Moab and Ouray, Tacoma beat us up.
These ride victims weren’t made in the name of handling, that’s for sure. Like most off-road oriented trucks, both 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro grades heave in turns. If you want agility, then soft springs and high-centered masses are not the best places to start. Tacoma is not sloppy, but it is far from comfortable on winding roads. Governance, predictably, is.
Fortunately, the cabin updates have made the Tacoma cab a better place to spend your days. The aforementioned power seats are a welcome addition, standard Adaptive Cruise Control eases your driving load, and the infotainment system goes from actively frustrating to just a tad slow.
Unchanged, of course, Tacoma is unmatched reputation for quality and its broad aftermarket support. Our tour ended at FJ Summit, an annual meetup of Toyota fanatics from across the country, which floods Ouray with customized Tacomas, 4Runners, FJ Cruisers, Land Cruisers, Lexus GXs and more. Predictably, we saw a bunch of tacomas bounding up the trails as we hiked to the top of a 13,000-foot mountain.
Combine this community and reputation with some of the best resale values out there, and it’s easy to see how Toyota moved 245,659 Tacomas into the United States last year. Tacoma doesn’t have the best interior, isn’t the most refined, and doesn’t draw the most in class, but undeniable Old-School charm continues to be its strongest selling point.