Coming February 7
Toyota is expected to debut an updated Tacoma at the Chicago auto show on February 7. Ahead of the reveal, the automaker released a teaser image showing part of the truck’s front end.
It appears as if the 2020 Toyota Tacoma receives new headlights. Other than this detail, it’s hard to tell exactly what changes we’ll see.
The current-generation Tacoma debuted for the 2016 model year. It comes standard with a 2.7-liter inline-four making 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque is also available, paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. When properly equipped, the Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds (3,084 kg), putting it behind new competitors including the Ford Ranger and upcoming Jeep Gladiator.
We have praised the current Tacoma for its quality interior, off-road capabilities, and its quiet nature on the road. But we hope Toyota addresses a few issues including the steering feel that makes it seem like a larger vehicle than it is. We also have lamented that the six-speed automatic has a tendency to hunt for gears.
In addition to the updated Tacoma, we expect to see a variety of cars in Chicago including the Mazda Miata 30th Anniversary Edition, 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, and Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Stay tuned for more info on these models next week.