As a mid-range trim level, the TRD Sport has always been one of the most popular versions of America’s best-selling mid-size truck. Simply, it offers a great balance between price and quality. Moreover, it seems like a perfect choice for all those who don’t necessarily need all those expensive off-road upgrades but still prefer a V6 engine. As you probably know, the next-year model gets a mid-cycle update. There are numerous changes and the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport will get all of them.
Of course, there are those general changes, such as styling or new connectivity features, but this model is about to come with a couple of novelties in terms of its exclusive features. At this point, we are still waiting for details about specific standard features those general things are already known.
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Changes
Let’s start with those changes that affected all models. The upcoming model is getting a mid-cycle update and there are some pretty interesting changes to come. First of all, the styling has been slightly updated. There is a new grille, which comes with a slightly revised shape, as well as with new mesh pattern. Also, there are new LED lights, as well as those more typical updates, such as new color options and sets of wheels.
When it comes with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, it will continue as a mid-range version. Despite it wears “TRD” badge, it isn’t as capable as TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro. It lacks locking differential and other off-road upgrades, in terms of chassis and suspension, and it is rather oriented to the on-road drive. Like previous year models, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport will also be available in Acess and Double Cab layouts.
On the inside, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport will come with several interesting novelties. One of the most interesting novelties of this update is that the Tacoma is finally getting power-adjustable driver’s seat. Also, big updates in terms of tech goodies came as well. The first one that comes to mind is a new infotainment system, which comes along with a new 8-inch touchscreen.
The new software is easy to use and features a pretty intuitive menu. Also, it comes with all necessary smartphone integration goodies, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa etc. Other notable tech goodies are things like push-button start, proximity keyless entry, qi-compatible wireless device charging etc.
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Engine
Like previous year models, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport will also be the most affordable version that comes with a V6 engine. Of course, it will feature a well-known 3.5-liter V6, which is good for about 277 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. When it comes to the transmission, you have a choice between standard 6-speed automatic and optional, sporty 6-speed manual gearbox. RWD models come with an automatic gearbox only, while AWD variants could be configured with either manual or automatic transmission.
No matter the choice, performances are pretty amazing. Such amount of power is enough for a max towing capacity of around 6.800 pounds. When it comes to payload capacity, the Tacoma is a class-leader, as it can haul up to 1620 pounds.
In terms of fuel economy, you can count on something like 19 mpg in the city ad 24 mpg on the highway.
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Release Date and Price
If we can rely on the latest reports, the next-year model will come sometime in the last quarter of the year, despite the update. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD should feature starting price of around 32.500 dollars.