A new leader is in town this year, and it’s the 2021 Toyota Tacoma. We aren’t necessarily saying goodbye to the 2020 Toyota Tacoma, as it will rightfully take its place as one of the most reliable, enduring trucks for years to come. However, only one Tacoma can be the new kid in town and scoop up all the brand’s latest style and technology. As you’ll see here during our Drive Taylor review serving our area, the 2021 model is going to come out leaps and bounds ahead.
The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is a sharp dresser. It easily upstages the 2020 Toyota Tacoma in terms of its grille and more lightweight design. Don’t mistake that lightweight design for weakness, though. In fact, it’s even tougher than the 2020 Tacoma. It’s “calling all adrenaline junkies” this year to admire its more 3D grille style with blacked out design and full body-color surround to draw more attention to the introductory area of the truck. It features LED headlamps with surround color for a more striking look. And that front bumper is body colored and dressed to kill (every road ahead of it). It comes in a neat Wicked Blue, Super White, Barcelona Red Metallic, and new Army Green color. Drive Taylor promises that the 2021 Tacoma is just a little better dressed than its outgoing model.
The interior design is serving truck lovers with something refreshing this year, too. Both the 2020 and 2021 Tacoma are surprisingly low priced for what they offer their riders. For example, the SR now gets front dual zone automatic climate control, a very upscale feature for a base model. The base model SR might just be one of the best base models in the brand’s history, so if you’re looking to buy for a lower price, don’t miss out on the Tacoma this year. Last year’s base model was comparatively inexpensive, too, but it just didn’t offer as much. The SR5 is sharply designed on the interior as well. It gets a 4-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and if you ramp up to the V6 engine, you’ll grab a 10-way adjustable seat. The TRD Sport is tops on tech with its panoramic view monitor with full camera. If you go for the Limited trim, you get JBL Audio with dynamic navigation. Leather-trimmed interior upholstery are also a possibility on a Tacoma now. Be sure to check them out.
The 2021 and 2020 Tacoma both tow 6,800 pounds and have a base model that gets you 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. That’s a very generous amount of capability on a base model, and we’re pleased that Toyota continued to give just a little bit extra on their most modestly priced pickup truck. However, later models net you V6 engine power that’s going to get the adrenaline going. 278 horsepower is where the Tacoma tops out. Its 3.5L gas engine is top of the line, and you can get it with VVT-iW (Variable valve timing-intelligent wider intake). The greater options on the 2021 model are what sets it apart from its outgoing model. For off-roaders, trims like the TRD Sport and TRD Pro are the trims to monitor. They’re equipped with an electronically controlled 6-speed auto transmission and rear-wheel drive with automatic limited-slip differential. These things are what you need when you take the Tacoma off-road.
Buckle up for safety on the new Tacoma. Toyota made it easier than last year to grab features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection via its Toyota Safety Sense P. You also get the Star Safety System right off the bat, so you’re set up with things like electronic stability control and mitigation features all around your truck. Even if you go with the base model, Toyota is willingly giving these usually high priced features out for practically free. Pre-collision pedestrian detection and auto high beams are something to spoil your whole family with this year. You can now buy an economical pickup truck with punishing power, all while still getting things like Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. This year’s Blind Spot Monitor will be on later trims and will include Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Class-IV towing hitch receiver for a better trailering experience. Toyota remembered everything on this one.
The new Tacoma had to work hard to outdo its 2020 model, but it passed the test with flying colors. Contact Drive Taylor today to get a free test drive of your favorite trim. It’s available this year in SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-road, Limited, and TRD Pro. Contact us today to learn more.