2019 Toyota Tacoma Review for Peoria, AZ

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is the Truck that's Ready for Anything

The Toyota Tacoma is like a faithful friend. It's been with us since 1995, always up for any drive and every job. Competitor midsize trucks have come and gone over the last 25 years, but the Toyota Tacoma carries on, thanks to Toyota's tireless efforts in keeping the Tacoma fresh, fun, reliable, and up to date.

Plentiful Power and Practicality

The 2019 Tacoma comes with two powerplants: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.5-liter V6. The 2.7-liter four-cylinder, usually found on access cab models with 2WD, offers up 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed transmission, this balanced, efficient drivetrain offers more than enough power for every day driving and light-duty hauling.

The 3.5-liter V6 motor pumps out 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, bumping up your tow capacity to 6,800 pounds and payload capacity up to 1,440 pounds. Combined with four-wheel-drive and your choice of a six-speed auto or six-speed stick, the V6 4x4 Tacoma is a solid performer in just about any environment you could find yourself in.

A Delightful Daily Driver

The Tacoma may be a vehicle born of utility, but it still offers a comfortable drive. Handling is responsive and smooth, steering feels great, and braking is solid. The Tacoma accelerates and shifts great under heavy loads, but it isn't quite as smooth driving empty on the interstate. The cabin is plenty roomy, with supportive seats, an intuitive layout, and good small item storage. Dual-zone automatic climate control and wireless device charging add in a little more comfort and convenience to your daily ventures.

Style-wise the Tacoma offers a refreshing look, coming off as durable and capable but not overly aggressive. Its body style, badging, and wheels come off as confident without looking like the pickup wants to pick a fight or start a demolition derby.

An Off-Road Ace

There are plenty of 4x4 midsize pickups available, but the Toyota Tacoma is the obvious choice for heading off the trail. The TRD can be equipped to confidently tackle rough environments and rugged work details. Skid plates, an off-road tuned suspension and shocks, and a high riding stance make it easy to maneuver the Tacoma through tough trails. An electronic locking rear diff and Crawl Control make off-roading even easier, and tough all-terrain tires tie everything together for a highly-capable "off the rack" off-roader.

All the Bells and Whistles

When initially released, the Toyota Tacoma (and every other truck in its class) really only had a few selling points: It's a truck, it's reliable, it's affordable. All that has changed over the years, and the latest Tacoma comes equipped with nearly anything you could want.

The Toyota Safety Sense P system offers you automated safety technologies like a trailer sway warning system, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, and more. This setup lends you some confidence and comfort while out on the road, almost like having a virtual copilot.

The custom Multi-Information Display screen in the instrument cluster allows you to change vehicle settings, view performance stats, and check your driving vitals in full color from within the dash.

The Entune infotainment system offers up GPS navigation, basic smartphone integration, and JBL audio, giving you everything you need to stay connected. Unfortunately, full smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is noticeably absent.

Why You Should Take Home the Toyota Tacoma

Although it's not perfect, the Toyota Tacoma has everything going for it. It's perfectly at home as a workman's pickup, a trail truck, and even as an everyday commuter and all-around family vehicle. The beauty of the Tacoma is in the fact that it can do a little bit of everything, and it'll be there for you, your business, and your family through anything and everything. You can't ask a truck for too much more than that.

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