The current, third-generation, mid-size Tacoma arrived for the 2016 model year and it continues to be the best-selling model in the class. The Tacoma finished the 2020 season with 248, 810 examples sold ahead of the reintroduced Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline and Jeep Gladiator. The model introduced several important upgrades for the 2020 version including Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration. The model received also surround-view and underbody cameras for better off-roading including recalibrated transmission system as well. The next 2021 Toyota Tacoma adds two new versions while other aspects of the model remain unchanged.
The newly available Trail special edition version comes based on the SR5 trim adding unique styling details and new, functional cargo bed bin. The Nightshade special edition version builds over the premium Limited trim with the aesthetic upgrades only.
2021 Toyota Tacoma: Design
Following the last update, the fast-selling Toyota Tacoma goes on sale with a limited number of new features. The new 2021 Toyota Tacoma gets two new special edition versions with the specific styling and functional upgrades. New color options will be offered but without any substantial structural or visual change. The next more substantial upgrade should occur around 2023 when the new-generation Tacoma should come based on the new global platform used also for the full-size Tundra and global Hilux models.
The new Trail Edition treatment gets also the full-size Tundra and off-road-ready 4Runner SUV. In the case of the Tacoma, this means the upgrade over the SR5 trim with the Limited version grille, black badging and 18-inch dark grey wheels with all-terrain tires. The Trail package adds lockable storage on the driver’s side. The package is reserved for the double cab configuration only. The new Trail version opens also new color options such as Super White, Midnight Black and Army Green.
The Nightshade Special Edition version makes the progress from the Limited trim with the aesthetic upgrades such as black trim inserts and badging. This version can be had with Super White, Windchill Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic paint job.
The cabin of the next Tacoma comes with fewer upgrades than the exterior.
The Trail version combines the black seats with tan stitching and all-weather floor liners. The Nightshade version uses black leather seating.
Every Tacoma packs Toyota’s advanced driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic high beams. The base equipment includes also a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, six speakers, cloth upholstery, etc.
Skipping the base trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, larger 8-inch touchscreen, alloy wheels, a V-6 engine option and more. The TRD Sport version has unique wheels, body-color bumpers, hood scoop, etc. The TRD off-road trim upgrades the off-road capability with a rear locking differential, Bilstein dampers and traction control system.
The Tacoma TRD Pro gets unique styling elements mixed with the upgraded underbody protection and exhaust, all-terrain tires, Fox internal bypass shocks, etc.
The Limited model comes in the crew cab, short bed configuration with 18-inch wheels and low-profile tires mixed with body-color bumpers. The interior gets the leather padding.
2021 Toyota Tacoma: Powertrains
The 2021 Toyota Tacoma returns with the base four-cylinder engine and a more powerful V-6 available above the base version. Buyers will also choose between the two-wheel drive and part-time four-wheel drive.
The base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine makes 159 hp and torque of 180 lb-ft and comes paired to the six-speed automatic transmission. A more potent 3.5-liter V-6 can be had with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. It is good for 278 hp and torque of 265 lb-ft.
The mid-size Tacoma can tow up to 6, 800 pounds. The fuel economy is up to 19 mpg city and 24 highways with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. The V-6-powered Tacoma manages up to 18 mpg city and 22 highways.
2021 Toyota Tacoma: Release, Price
The next 2021 Toyota Tacoma goes on sale later in the year. The price range should start at around $27, 000.
The Trail version will be available in 7000 examples. The Nightshade Special Edition treatment will go sale in 5000 units.