Our Score for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma (for now): (4 / 5)
What to Expect from the 2021 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota is known for producing strong, reliable vehicles and the Tacoma full size truck platform is no exception. For over 20 years, Tacoma pickup trucks have brought out the adventurous spirit of drivers, whether they were looking for a practical vehicle for everyday driving or something for off-roading.
The Toyota Tacoma is currently in its third generation and recently received an upgraded look. This distinct generation has a unique exterior profile styling that looks adds a lot of character, such as projector beam headlamps and a large grill with a prominent Toyota logo. We expect this to hold up for the 2021 model year.
The truck will be built at the Toyota San Antonio production facility: this Japanese car will be built in America!
One thing the Tacoma is known for is options. The 2019 lineup includes the SR, SR5, XP Black Maverick, XP Predator, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Limited. Manual and automatic transmission options make the Tacoma appealing to a wider range of drivers. The 2021 model will likely offer a similar range, making it easy for drivers to find a pickup that suits their needs.
Other automotive news channels still haven’t covered the new truck, lets preview what we expect from the 2021 Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma has been the best selling Toyota truck in the past 14 years.
What Can We Expect from the 2021 Toyota Tacoma?
While we don’t know much about the exact features the Tacoma is going to have, we do know that it is getting a redesign. Some reports have mentioned the new Tacoma and Tundra will be built on a shared platform at Toyota. While the Tundra is a full-size pickup, this suggests that the Tacoma will have similar features.
The 2021 model should improve upon the upgraded off-roading features we saw in 2020 TRD models. This was a lot more than a rugged exterior upgrade; Hill Start Assist Control, Crawl Control, and Desert Air Intakes made it easier for drivers to tackle a wide range of terrain.
Much like the previous years, we can expect to see a variety of options and styles. There will likely be practical two-door models similar to the SR and upgraded four-door models like the TRD Pro with similar features to the 2020 models.
What People are Saying About the Tacoma
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma left many drivers wanting more. While multiple models meant adaptability, the overall style of the vehicle hadn’t changed much from previous years. Drivers did enjoy the reliability of the vehicle, but it needed a bit more to make it stand out in a competitive marketplace. It still remains one of the top choices for midsize pickups.
2019 introduced several new features, such as a standard power sunroof and new off-road capabilities. The 2021 Tacoma could build on these and create more distinct look. The comfort of the vehicle and its dependability are very strong selling points.
One impressive feature of the 2019 Tacoma is Toyota Safety Sense P. The TSS-P scans for obstacles in the driver’s path and provides them with a warning to help alert them to a possible collision. The system also controls the brakes if the driver doesn’t change their path.
Many drivers were impressed with the 2019 TRD Pro and its ability to concur a wide range of terrain. Many online reviews praise the overall quality of the vehicle.
How Does the Toyota Tacoma Compare to Other Midsize Trucks?
In 2019, several competing midsize pickups hit the market, including a new Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado. Both of these trucks have a long history of dependability and have practical price points. The Chevy Colorado and the next generation Tundra are other competitors in this segment to watch.
Toyota Tacoma vs Ford Ranger
The 2019 Ford Ranger, for example, has a starting price of $24,300 while the Tacoma has a starting msrp of $25,850. While this could make it difficult to choose between the trucks, the Tacoma has a strong reputation for durability that makes it stand out. The 2021 model would stand out more if engine and technology features receive further upgrades.
While competition may be tough in 2019, Tacoma sales have been steadily rising. In 2018, over 245,000 pickups were sold in the US.
About the Tacoma
There are several options that can affect fuel economy. None of the current models are electric. The standard 2019 Tacoma SR has up to 20 city and 23 highway mpg. The Tacoma TRD Pro has a fuel efficiency of 17 city and 20 highway.
The Tacoma is known for its roomy interior. Plush leather-trimmed seats are a stylish touch. A Multi-Information Display keeps drivers in control and puts everything within arm’s reach. An integrated backup camera and Siri Eyes Free technology improves safety.
Dual zone automatic climate control keeps drivers and passengers comfortable on long road trips. Entune Audio Plus keeps everyone entertained. The 2019 Tacoma Limited includes Entune JBL Audio with Navigation and a nice touch screen.
While the 2019 Tacoma did get a bit of a face lift, the 2021 model will likely have a new look and a few trim levels. Keep in mind that different models and customizations will be available. Expect to see popular features like projector-beam headlights, an easy lower tailgate, and a distinct grill.
Several engine options were available in 2019. The SR offers a durable 2.7-liter 4-cylinder with 159 horsepower, while TRD Off-Road and Limited models offered 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engines with 278 horsepower. The excellent locking rear differential distributes power power evenly over the rear wheals to provide more grip in low traction conditions. This is a huge difference from our Toyota Tacoma 2017 preview.
Toyota is known for building reliable vehicles. Whether you get the Limited model or the SR, you can expect a long-lasting vehicle that stands up against a wide range of terrain. Safety systems to be expected are the Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM) and the panoramic view monitor (PWM) that help driver to visualize the surrounding environment.
The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize pickup truck. Two and four door options will likely be available, even though no official announcement has been made. In 2019, drivers could also choose between a short or long bed.
As for car entertainment and navigation system we expect a fairly sized touchscreen, android auto and apple carplay.
How Much will the 2021 Tacoma Cost?
It is still a little early to know the msrp price of a 2021 Tacoma, especially since Toyota will likely have a multitude of base options and upgrades. If priced similarly to the 2019 models, the two-door SR will have a price tag of just over $25,000.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma will be released in Summer 2019, so the 2021 model will likely be released around the same time next year.
How do you think the 2021 Tacoma will compare to other midsize pickups on the market?