2021 Toyota Tacoma

  • Overview

    A dark grey 2021 Toyota Tacoma is angled left.

    Trucks have been a backbone of the driving experience since the beginning of automobile manufacturing. They are high up, versatile, and fun to drive around both on and off the road. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is no exception to this staple of the industry.

    There are plenty of reasons to need a midsize truck at hand. If you’re regularly hauling, towing, and going from site to site, you’ll need the room for larger payloads and trailering. For those who love exploring off-road, a truck is an ideal companion for hunters, fishers, campers, and climbers, with plenty of room in the bed for sleeping bags or the daily catch. Whether you’re filling the bed with tools or antiques, nearly everyone has at least a dozen good reasons to look for a reliable midsize truck.

    When it comes to choosing a midsize pickup truck, drivers want options. Whether it’s looking swell while cruising down the highway or powering up a serious crawl off-road, drivers want to know their truck has the power and performance to get the job done. From towing and stowing to picking up the kids at school, every truck has many jobs to do before the day is done. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma demonstrates aptitude at everything drivers put in its way, and the available customization options mean that you will get precisely what you need.

    Since 1995, the Toyota Tacoma has been the legendary “work hard, play hard” truck many drivers dream of. It’s equally at home splashing through the mud, zipping down a city street, and carpooling the kids to school. With a variety of engine, cab, and bed choices, the Tacoma can be suited to nearly any driver’s needs. With the release of the 2021 Tacoma, Toyota offers more choices for drivers than ever before. There may seem like too many options at first, but taking a deep dive into the offerings should help clear up some of the choice paralysis and make you eager to test drive the brand new 2021 Toyota Tacoma when it hits a dealership near you.

    180-265

    Max Torque (lb-ft)

    6,800

    Max Towing Capacity (lbs)

    1,685

    Max Payload (lbs)

    Starting at

    $26,150

  • Engines

    A grey 2021 Toyota Tacoma is off-roading on a dirt road uphill.

    Like most trucks, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma is not shy about packing in the power and towing capacity needed to get work done. With two engine options available across the trims, there is a Tacoma that will suit everyone's needs.

    The 2.7-Liter

    The standard engine on most trims is a 2.7L inline-4, which comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine offers 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. With this engine comes some pretty good fuel economy ratings. The rear-wheel drive models get 20 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. The four-wheel drive models offer a little less in the way of fuel efficiency, offering a modest 19 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway.

    The 3.5-Liter

    For those who crave extra pep, the available 3.5L V6 offers even more power, with an output of 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available for all trims, but it is standard on the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro trims. While this engine comes paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, drivers of four-wheel drive models can choose a six-speed manual transmission option. When properly equipped, the 3.5L V6 engine will make short work of towing up to 6,800 pounds and handle a maximum payload of 1,685 pounds, making it an ideal companion for midsize loads.

    The V6 engine also has an impressive fuel economy for a midsize truck, with an EPA estimated rating of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway for rear-wheel drive automatic models. This dips mildly to 18 miles per gallon city and 22 miles per gallon highway for four-wheel drive automatic models. Manual transmission drivers can expect about 17 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway.

  • Configuration

    A light blue 2021 Toyota Tacoma is off-road in the woods.

    Toyota understands that different drivers have different needs and that drivers of pickup trucks have even more varied needs than the daily driver of a coupe or sedan. Therefore, the 2021 Tacoma is one of the most customizable vehicles on the market, allowing drivers to make selections that make sense for their work, life, and driving needs. These options include two cabin configurations and two bed length options.

    Access Cab

    The Access Cab is the smaller version of the Tacoma. Measuring 212.3 inches in total length, it features seating for four, with smaller rear seats accessed through half-sized rear-hinged doors. The Access Cab models include a 6-foot bed, with cargo space measuring 73.7 inches in length, 41.5 inches in width between the wheel wells, and 19.1 inches in height.

    Double Cab

    The Double Cab includes seating for five, with full-sized rear doors and seats. Drivers of the Double Cab models have a choice of a 5-foot short bed or the 6-foot standard bed. The 5-foot bed differs in length measurement only, coming in at 60.5 inches instead of 73.7 inches. All told, a double cab with a 6-foot bed measures 225.5 inches, so there is plenty of room to stash all the things you need.

  • Trims

    A green and a blue 2021 Toyota Tacoma are parked facing each other in the grass.

    The ability to tailor your drive extends into the six available trims. The Toyota Tacoma is offered in SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro trims. The base SR starts at $26,150, while the top-of-the-line TRD Pro starts at $44,075.

    The Basics

    All models include the manufacturer’s specially engineered Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite of safety and driver assistance features. This consists of a forward collision warning system that provides pedestrian detection as well as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings.

    The base SR trim starts things off sensibly, with all of the necessary features for a tough truck like the Tacoma. Perched on 16-inch wheels, the SR includes a fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite bed with a comprehensive deck rail system that includes four heavy-duty, adjustable tie-downs. The exterior mirrors are heated, and the interior is equipped with all of the necessities, including three USB ports, a 4-way manual adjustable driver’s seat, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

    The Basics and More

    For those looking for a little more in terms of comfort and convenience, the SR5 makes a huge leap. This model adds a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, an advanced tire pressure monitoring system, Hill Start Assist, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and an automatically dimming rearview mirror. The infotainment screen increases to 8 inches and is joined by a 4.2-inch information display.

    TRD Sport is where the Tacoma starts amp things up, with a bold look, standard V6 engine, and premium features. This includes Qi-compatible wireless device charging, a sound system with Dynamic navigation, LED daytime running lights and projector-beam headlights, and a 120V power outlet in the truck bed. The TRD Off-Road is just a feral as it sounds, with features designed to take the road less traveled. It’s equipped with crawl control and multi-terrain select for models when the automatic transmission is selected, with an electronically controlled locking rear differential for control on all sorts of surfaces.

    The 2021 Toyota Tacoma Limited trim is given luxury touches in addition to its functional flair, with leather-trimmed, heated seats, a power sliding rear window and moonroof, premium JBL sound system, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa. The safety package is given a few additions on the Limited trim, as well, including a Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) with 360-degree cameras and a blind spot monitor.

    At the top of the line is the TRD Pro. This Tacoma includes specialized wheels and skid plates, along with a customized TRD Pro fascia and grille. It’s also equipped with a cat-back exhaust and TRD-turned FOX internal bypass shocks for greater control and performance anywhere you roll, with higher clearance and maximum damping. Inside, drivers will enjoy the TRD Pro leather, heated seats. Blind spot monitoring and a rear cross traffic alert are added to the safety package, as well.

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