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2020 Toyota Tacoma Pros vs Cons

Why Buy a 2020 Toyota Tacoma?
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James Murdoch

Are You Considering a 2020 Toyota Tacoma? Here Are Some Reasons For and Against

Anyone in the market for a pickup will likely be drawn to the new 2020 Toyota Tacoma. With a long list of new features, this vehicle is more competitive than ever before. When looking at this truck in detail, there are many advantages to be considered. As with every vehicle, however, there are a few drawbacks as well. The following lists summarize the pros and cons and compares the 2020 Tacoma to its competition.

What's New for 2020?

There are a few standard and available features added to the Tacoma in 2020. Standard now in all models is Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Models equipped with a power driver's seat gain thigh adjustment as well as more seat height options. Available in 2020 is also a surround-view camera as well as underbody cameras. The latter are designed to help improve the visibility when the Tacoma goes off-road.

Ten Reasons You May Like the 2020 Toyota Tacoma – The Pros

1. Available Six-Speed Manual Transmission

Drivers have two different engines to choose from for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma. The standard is a four-cylinder that generates 159-horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Paired with this is a six-speed automatic transmission. Certain trims also can have a 3.5L V6 that give them 278-horsepower as well as 265 lb-ft of torque. This can be paired with the six-speed automatic, but also has the option of a six-speed manual that drivers will find more fun to drive.

2. Effective Truck Bed Design

The bed of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma was designed to help drivers haul a variety of cargo. Standard on all models is a deck rail system that includes four adjustable tie-down cleats. This is a great way of transporting bikes and other sporting gear. The bed of the Tacoma is made from an incredibly strong sheet-molded composite surface. When it comes to impacts, this material is more durable than steel. Also available in certain models of the Tacoma is a bed mounted 120-volt outlet. Throughout the bed, drivers will find a variety of small, lockable storage compartments.

3. Superior Off-Road Capability

All models of the new Tacoma are great for venturing off the beaten path. Those who really like to get out there will especially like the TRD Off-Road trim. These models of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma come standard with Blistein shocks. The valves on these shocks were specifically tuned for off-roading. Also standard for these models is the multi-terrain select feature. There are five different modes to select from, depending on the type of surface the driver is trying to cross. Moving through the modes adjusts both the traction control and engine throttle to keep the Tacoma moving. Also standard on this model is crawl control, which is a sensor system that is useful when trying to crawl over rocks or get through sand. Drivers can actually not worry about braking or accelerating and instead focus on steering to get through obstacles.

4. Available Remote Connect

Certain models of the Tacoma can be controlled through smart devices through a service called remote connect. There is a Toyota app that can do things such as help drivers find their vehicle, lock or unlock the doors, monitor the status of the vehicle, and even start or stop the engine. New models of the Tacoma with this feature come with a one-year trial subscription to allow drivers to determine if they find it useful.

5. Standard Toyota Safety Sense

All models of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma have the suite of standard safety features that Toyota calls Safety Sense. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control, in particular, is unusual to see on entry-level trims. The forward collision system is designed to detect both vehicles and pedestrians using both radar and an advanced camera with shape recognition technology. After alerting drivers of an imminent collision, this feature can take over and hit the brakes if need be.

6. Available Multi-Terrain Monitor

A unique feature for the Toyota Tacoma is known as the multi-terrain monitor. Available on certain trims, it gives drivers the ability to switch views with the press of a button. There are cameras in the front, rear, and both sides to help drivers navigate over large obstacles. Camera views are displayed on the 8" touchscreen for convenience.

7. Technology is User-Friendly

Many vehicles are loaded with the latest tech but make it so complicated to use that many people don't bother. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma, on the other hand, has intuitive controls and the features people actually need. With both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay becoming standard this year, smartphone integration is easier than ever. Another feature drivers will find handy is the rear parking sonar available on certain models. Models equipped with the Smart Key can be locked and unlocked with the push of a button as long as the vehicle detects the key fob. Going with the TRD Sport level or higher also gets drivers a wireless charging pad.

8. Entry-Level Trim Better Equipped Than Most

Going with the base model of many trucks out there means going without many convenience, tech, and comfort features. The Tacoma offers a very respectable amount of standard features. On top of the smartphone integration, it gives drivers a standard WiFi hotspot. The side mirrors are both heated and power-adjustable. In the bed, drivers will find the heavy-duty material that requires no bed liner. Plus, the whole list of Toyota Safety Sense features.

9. Standard Trial of Safety Connect Features

All models of the new Tacoma come with a one-year trial subscription to Safety Connect. Through this feature, drivers get extra peace of mind with things such as automatic collision notification and an emergency assistance button. When pressing this button, drivers can contact a live person to send them help 24 hours a day. Also included with this is a stolen vehicle locator that can help track down the Tacoma using GPS. Finally, this gives drivers enhanced roadside assistance, which can also be requested with the push of a button.

10. Tough Yet Comfortable Interior

The cabin of the Tacoma is designed to take a beating while also making sure everyone can relax. Inside the Limited trim, drivers get leather-trimmed seats with 10-way power adjustment. Upper trims also offer leather on both the steering wheel and shift knob. The TRD Pro even adds heat to the leather seats. Soft-touch materials throughout the cabin are placed to enhance the comfort of passengers. The rear window even has a power-sliding feature, making it easy to get some fresh air.

Reasons You May Not Like the 2020 Toyota Tacoma – The Cons

1. Automatic Transmission Not the Smoothest

While the six-speed manual transmission is universally loved, some people will find the automatic to be a bit clumsy. It occasionally seems like it cannot find the right gear quickly and could use an update in future models. Sticking with the manual transmission may be a better option for those interested in the 2020 Toyota Tacoma.

2. Passenger Space Smaller Than Competitors

Those who are regularly hauling passengers in addition to cargo may notice that the interior can be a bit cramped compared to competitors. Headroom, in particular, is lacking. The access cab, with room for up to four, tends to be more comfortable than the double cab, which can seat up to five, and may be a better choice.

3. Ride Can Feel a Bit Stiff

Although great for off-roading, sometimes the suspension can feel stiff while driving along on pavement. Many people may not notice this unless they are driving on a bumpy road, while others are going to be more aware. While most people will get used to the way the 2020 Toyota Tacoma feels, it may be a deal-breaker for some.

How It Stacks Up to the Competition:

The truck market is always competitive. One option for drivers is the Nissan Frontier. Although this truck is easy on the wallet, not much can be said about the driving experience. It also has an uncomfortable interior that can use an update. Another potential choice is the Ford Ranger, a relative newcomer. So far, consumers are not impressed with the way this vehicle rides. It also does not have as nice of an interior or as many technology features. The Honda Ridgeline may appeal to some with its smooth ride and nice interior. However, the towing capacity, which maxes out at 5,000, cannot come close to the Tacoma, which can tow up to 6,800 pounds when properly equipped. 2020 sees Jeep returning to the pickup game with the Gladiator. This vehicle has all the features people love from Jeep but also, unfortunately, a ridiculously high price tag. Overall, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma has a great balance of all of the things people are looking for in a truck and is decently affordable.


Those in the market for a new truck can't go wrong with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma. It has a great list of standard safety, convenience, and tech features. At the very same time, the list of drawbacks in minimal and will not concern most consumers. This truck checks all of the boxes and is sure to appeal to many.
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