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2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma

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$26,050 — $46,665 MSRP
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Extended Cab Pickup
2-5 Seats
18-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Strong V-6 engine
  • Ride quality
  • Premium stereo performance

The Bad

  • Lack of headroom
  • Cramped backseat
  • TRD versions are pricey
2020 Toyota Tacoma exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Toyota Tacoma
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto now standard
  • Two cab styles
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

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2020 Toyota Tacoma Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling mid-size pickup in the land, by a significant margin, and has been for 13 years, according to the automaker. Will its update for the 2020 model year be enough to keep it in the top spot in this popular class?

By Jennifer Geiger

Most significant changes: More safety features standard across all trim levels for 2020; multimedia system updated to include Android Auto, ...

Most significant changes: More safety features standard across all trim levels for 2020; multimedia system updated to include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa capability

Price change: Majority of trims rise by $200

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2020 for the added safety features and updated multimedia system

Toytota’s Tacoma mid-size pickup truck got a refresh for 2020. The third generation of the truck gets more standard safety features, updated grille and headlight designs, as well as an upgraded multimedia system and new LED bed lighting.

Related: Updated 2020 Toyota Tacoma Sees Small Price Bump, Except for Top Trims

The biggest changes for 2020 have to do with safety features. The Tacoma received a larger suite of standard safety features, the Toyota Safety Sense P package that bundles forward collision warning with autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and automatic high beams. 

Another welcome change relates to the truck’s multimedia system. The base SR trim gets a larger 7-inch touchscreen system; other trims use a larger 8-inch touchscreen. Both versions finally get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa capability. 

A lot carries over into model-year 2020. The Tacoma continues to be offered with two engines: the standard 2.7-liter inline-four-cylinder and optional 3.5-liter V-6 both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Tacoma also continues to offer two cab configurations — Access and double — and bed lengths of 6 feet for Access Cabs and 5 feet for double cabs. 

The 2020 Tacoma’s pricing looks familiar, too, as increases are minimal compared with model-year 2019. The truck is available in SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, Limited and TRD Pro trims, and the majority of trims see their prices rise by $200 (destination fees remain unchanged at $1,120). Check out full pricing

The 2020 Tacoma is on sale now. For model-year 2021, a new Trail Special Edition that emphasizes outdoor equipment and rugged styling joins the Tacoma lineup. Also new for 2021 is a new Nightshade Special Edition of the truck, which boasts a black-themed interior and exterior styling upgrades. Toyota says it will build 5,000 versions of the Tacoma Nightshade; no word yet on pricing, but both special editions are expected to go on sale in the summer. 

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
99 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

I love my new Tacoma

by RickInMass from Easthampton,Massachusetts on October 22, 2020

I love this truck. It has great interior space. Controls are all easy to use. There are plenty of USB ports. It has awesome power in a V6. Read full review

(5.0)

Sportiest truck I’ve owned

by Karen W, Island girl from Freeland, WA on October 14, 2020

The Tacoma is a truck that drives like a car. This truck is sporty, well equipped, and great looking, yet provides all the benefits you want in a truck. The interior is very roomy, and comfortable. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Toyota Tacoma SR

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tacoma received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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