The 2019 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with safety features not even available on its rivals, but it comes up short on some convenience items. Overall, we rate it 5 out of 10, giving it a point for a wide lineup with numerous trim levels and option packages that we take back for missing some features that should be standard. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The base Tacoma SR costs about $25,000, but it’s short on features aside from a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment and active safety tech. Even rear seats are optional on the extended cab version.
Most buyers will probably step up to the SR5. With the crew cab and 5-foot short bed, the Tacoma SR5 costs about $28,500 and adds power features, upgraded interior trim, a chrome rear bumper, and a few other features. The V-6 engine ups the price to about $32,000, while four-wheel drive brings the Tacoma SR5 to about $34,700.
Our money would be on the Tacoma TRD Off Road. For about $36,500, it adds alloy wheels, keyless ignition, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with navigation, a locking rear differential, a few off-road goodies. We think it’s a better value than the $43,000 TRD Pro with its stiff Fox shocks, all-terrain tires, and thick skid plates.
For on-roaders, the Tacoma Limited costs about $40,500 and features leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind-spot monitors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Overall, the Tacoma is a decent value for a mid-size pickup truck—especially once its impressive resale value is factored in. However, no Tacoma can be had with a height-adjustable driver’s seat or Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, demerits that are hard to overlook.
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