Toyota’s popular Tacoma pickup receives numerous updates for 2020, and the company chose to show them off at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. While most fall under the “styling tweaks” category, several others are notable equipment changes.
Nearly all of the six grades of the Tacoma — SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Limited — receive distinct new grille and wheel designs for 2020. Meanwhile, the ultimate off-roader TRD Pro gets a unique Army Green paint color. It — along with the “penultimate” TRD Off-Road — also make available a Multi Terrain Monitor that allows the driver to see underneath the vehicle to help avoid hitting obstacles in severe off-road work.
Standard on the base SR is a 7-inch touchscreen along with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and satellite radio. It also comes standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense-P suite of high-tech safety features that include forward collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. The step-up SR5 gains a newly available 10-way power driver seat with lumbar adjustment.
The Sport trim level adds available LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights and an LED bed lamp. Also available is a 360-degree camera system. TRD Off-Road adds availability of the aforementioned Multi Terrain Monitor, and the luxury-oriented Limited adds standard LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights, 360-degree camera system, and chrome taillight inserts.
Styling updates aside, most notable here are the additions of Safety Sense-P and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto as standard equipment, and the 10-way power driver seat that’s been added to the step-up SR5. However, the Multi Terrain Monitor sounds really neat as well, and we hope to get a chance soon to try it out. It’ll be interesting to see how they plan to keep the camera clean ….