2022 Toyota Tacoma Redesign Canada – The Toyota Tacoma affectionately called the Taco by legions of fans is the first and second practical mid-size pickup truck for off-road play. However, its legend is largely influenced by the latter, especially when combined with Toyota’s storied reliability. Although most of its competitors are more refined, and the Jeep Gladiator even more capable, the Tacoma has earned the cult of following the hard way: over time, delivering what customers want. The four-cylinder engine and the V-6 aren’t all that impressive, and the automatic transmission is as coordinated as a newborn baby bird, but the TRD truck models are adept at tackling tracks and playing in the mud. Despite the plasticky interior and even the crew-cab model having a reduced rear seat, the Tacoma 2022 is popular for reasons related to the heart rather than the head.
For 2021, Toyota will offer a limited-managed Tacoma Trail Edition model, but only 7000 will be available. This version is based on the SR5 crew cabin and offers rear or four wheel drive. It comes with unique 16-inch TRD-style wheels with all-terrain tires. As well as a black exterior badge and distinct grille, the Trail Edition features a lockable storage unit and a 120 volt outlet on the cargo bed. Inside, the cabin has all-weather floor mats and black upholstery with brown contrast stitching.
TRD Off-Road Crew Taxi (aka Double Cab) is Tacoma to get. This comes standard with an electronic locking rear differential, and we’ll take us with optional four-wheel drive. We’ll continue with the basic wheezy four-cylinder engine and upgrade to the more powerful V-6 option. While not opting for an automatic transmission means missing certain options, we prefer to shift gears ourselves and avoid the awkward behavior of automatics. This decision limits us to the shorter 5.0-foot cargo box, because – for whatever reason – the manual isn’t compatible with the 6.0-foot-bunk Tacos. Likewise, Premium packages are not offered with our transmission options. However, each model has 16-inch wheels, black over-fenders, redundant driver assistance, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. We’ll also select the Technology package with option, which brings enhanced front lighting with LED elements as well as blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alerts and parking sensors.
The Tacoma’s optional V-6 engine provides decent performance and muscle towing, but the basic four-cylinder lacks power and is best avoided. We also recommend clean steering of the six-speed automatic transmission which is fussy with both engines – stick with the six-speed manual and the V-6. Anchored by automatic, the bigger engines struggled on occasion. The TRD Sport and Limited models are oriented towards city driving, while the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro versions seek rougher paths. However, neither of these options is very quick. Far from being the first choice for ride quality and handling, the Tacoma can tackle rough back roads or roads with ease. It can be equipped to take advantage of opportunities to step on dirt or roam the sidewalk. The Limited delivers a satisfying ride that’s smoother and quieter than the off-road version. We’ve driven the Tacoma TRD Pro west and found the raised suspension, beef shock absorbers and gnarly tires to make it one of the best trucks for off-road but less fun for everyday driving.
At its most daring, the Tacoma can reach 6800 pounds on rear-wheel drive; the four-wheel drive version can pull 6500 pounds.
Tacoma’s EPA V-6 rated fuel economy is in the middle of the package, but in our real-world highway testing, it lacked a more efficient competitor. Even though the manual transmission with the V-6 had the worst fuel economy, it was a lot more fun to drive. In our real-world fuel economy test, the Tacoma matched its EPA highway estimate of 23 mpg. However, this is 5 mpg less than the Honda Ridgeline and GMC Canyon diesel.
Sticking to your roots is laudable, but doesn’t work in favor of the Tacoma cabin. The utilitarian layout and materials are in a different era. Higher trim levels rely heavily on hard plastics and minimalist materials. However, the Tacoma finally offers a power-adjustable driver’s seat. However, cramped spots are a staple of Tacoma. The back seat of the crew cabin is where passengers in Tacoma have to squeeze, because the legroom is abysmal. The Tacoma has more than enough volume on a five-foot or six-foot bed, but disappoints with a few cubbies of storage and limited carrying space inside. Storage capacity is limited inside the Tacoma, and the crew cab we tested was only able to hold nine times the carry-on bag in the rear seat. Other than the center console bins, there aren’t a lot of usable storage bins or cubbies.
We’ll give Toyota the nod to include touchscreen infotainment in every Tacoma. The base model sports a 7.0-inch display and all other trim levels have an 8.0-inch screen. The company has also finally added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which should improve the user experience versus the previous infotainment system. While multiple USB ports and wireless charging are available, Tacoma still doesn’t offer mobile hotspots like some of its rivals.
The Tacoma may have an average crash test rating, but it has the most standard driver assistance technology in its class. While the Ridgeline maintains its class-leading status here (thanks to its excellent crash test scores), the mid-size Toyota has more impressive technology than any of its other rivals. Key security features include:
Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
Standard lane departure warning
Standard adaptive cruise control
The Tacoma warranty coverage is in sync with most rivals, and Toyota offers a best-in-class free scheduled maintenance plan.