2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro V6 Review – I’m inside the updated 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro looking at Moab’s deep blue sky as a pair of small hands pop over the cap and point to the left. I look briefly at the TFT screen of the instrument cluster and see an angle of inclination of over 30 degrees. With my body pushed against the back seat, Tacoma slowly makes his way up to the top to give us a jaw-dropping view of the yellow cliff at Hell’s Revenge and La sal Mountains in the background. This area of eastern Utah, known for its two national parks and recreational activities, served as our starting point for FJ Summit, a gathering of Toyota FJ enthusiasts that takes place each year in Ouray, Colorado. It didn’t matter that the 103-degree temperature and scorching sun were behind our skin, the Tacoma TRD Pro was our Chariot for this long and scenic route to the summit.
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro V6 Review
We took the long road that allowed us to take advantage of the new features and capabilities of the Tacoma TRD Pro. Equipped with Fox shock, Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires, and a 1-inch Lift suspension, this is Toyota’s most capable midsize truck. For the 2020 model year, the Taco TRD Pro’s transmission got a few updates, the most important of which is that it prevents the truck from lurking on the transition from Park to Drive, something we recently complained about at the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro V6 Review. The 16-inch alloy wheels lost about 4.1 pounds each, which was enough for engineers to make minor changes to the tuning of the shock and springs in an effort to improve the truck’s ride on and off-road. The taco is still suffering from some brake dives, but it has improved over the 2019 model.
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine still produces 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, and the model we drove had the six-speed automatic (the six-speed manual continues for 2020). Toyota didn’t change anything about the 4×4 system either; The taco still comes with a two-speed Transfer case and a locking rear differential, both of which we used in Utah and Colorado.
We lowered the tire pressure to around 26 PSI and began our expedition of hell revenge. Most of the vehicles I saw on this track had some sort of jacked-up suspension. Our stock 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro V6 Review Pros don’t suffer much; We did rack up a few scratches for the protected lower body and skid plates, but there was no obstacle that prevented us from moving. Tacoma’s good articulation and suspension lift was quite spectacular on some of the obstacles, especially near Trailhead, where the narrow, rocky passports are particularly difficult. The smooth power delivery made it easy to get through these obstacles.
Two systems helped Tacoma get over some of the most sloping cliffs: the new Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) and Panorama View Monitor (PVM), both of which are standard on top-trim Taco. These features show a view of front and side cameras through the new 8.0-inch infotainment screen, which was quite useful when the pitch angle was steep. This is a nice improvement over the 2019 Tacoma and something off-roaders will use often. I just wish it had a higher resolution camera. Using the new cameras located underside mirrors, the driver can see the exact position of the front tires, and although we do not look at them as much as the front camera view, I can think of many situations where it would be beneficial. These features do not provide a full 360-degree view, but they do help on the track.
Also favorable is the addition of a 10-way driver’s power adjustable seat, which now includes lumbar support and seat height adjustment. We have complained about Tacoma’s awkward seating in the past and although the height adjustment doesn’t necessarily solve the problem, it does make a difference. The seat height can be adjusted up to 2 inches and there is also thigh support, which is useful considering the Taco high floor.
The new 8.0-inch touchscreen is now compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa. All 2020 Tacomas get this compatibility, but the SR comes with a 7.0-inch screen instead. Of course, adding CarPlay makes a huge difference, making it easier to access your music, contacts, text messages and Google Maps. This small update will make a big difference to many buyers and we are glad it is finally here.
With an updated grille design, new LED and DRL headlights and sequential turn signals, the 2020 Taco TRD Pro also looks a bit more modern. Our new favorite color is Army Green, which is exclusive to the TRD Pro trim. It mixed well with the pines as we crossed the La sal mountains on our way to Ouray. Like last year’s model, you can add a few exterior accessories, like snorkels that are functional and also make the truck look rad. TRD sports and over trims get passenger Smart key, so the front passenger door gets keyless entry.
When we were redirected from the track and were driving on the sidewalk toward FJ Summit, Tacoma behaved pretty much as we described it last month in our first test. The cabin is quiet overall; the engine can be crunched when going uphill or when trying to pass on the highway, but on the whole it provides a good ride. One gripe: we wish the steering wheel had more space for the telescope, as you can only adjust it minimally.
Like our Chariot for the FJ Summit, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro V6 Review turned out to be a good one. Its updates make it a nicer truck to drive and make off-roading easier. We’re not sure when the next fully redesigned generation will arrive, but in the meantime, these updates will help keep it fresh. We expect to see 2020 tacos at dealer lots in October; Pricing should be announced closer to the sale date.