Among midsize trucks like the Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyon, there’s one truck that stands out: the Toyota Tacoma. It has a loyal following thanks to its reliability, capability, and efficiency. This has led to the Tacoma retaining its sale value, even after many years. Today, we’ll look at the two most recent generations of Tacoma to help you decide which is right for you.
The second-generation Toyota Tacoma really solidified the Tacoma as a reliable workhorse able to handle anything you could throw at it. This is, in part, due to the two great engines it had: a 2.7L four-cylinder and a 4.0L V6. The 2.7L four-cylinder put out 159 horsepower and was very fuel efficient. The star of the show was the 236-horsepower 4.0L V6 with 266 lb-ft of torque that let you pull up to 6,500 lbs. In the unlikely event that you needed engine repair, parts were (and are) easy to find, making maintenance affordable and easy to do. This generation had two main TRD variants: the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road. The 2015 model year saw the introduction of the TRD Pro.
The third-generation Tacoma builds upon what made the truck so dependable. With a new exterior look, an interior redesign, and new tech features, the third-generation Tacoma is an attractive package. It features an updated version of the 2.7L four-cylinder and an all-new 3.5L V6. The new V6 produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, upping the max towing capacity to 6,800 lbs. The three TRD variants are all present. The TRD Off-Road has an all-new terrain selector, while the TRD Pro got updated mechanical upgrades. The 2020 Tacoma got a mild refresh with an exterior facelift.
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