Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
2020 Toyota Tacoma Review
- Rugged off-pavement capability
- Easily understood interior controls
- Composite truck bed has movable tie-down cleats and a power outlet
- Top-level V6 can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission
- Off-road emphasis produces a tall step-up height
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa smartphone integration introduced
- Newly available surround-view and underbody cameras enhance off-road visibility
- Power driver's seat includes seat height and thigh adjustments
- Recalibrated transmission logic
- Part of the third Tacoma generation introduced for 2016
The midsize pickup truck market has been growing, but it's fair to say that the Toyota Tacoma is still the odds-on favorite for a lot of shoppers. From its basic work-truck configuration to luxury-oriented or off-road variants, the Tacoma is simply one of the most well-rounded pickups on sale today. Improvements for the 2020 model, combined with historically strong resale prices, make this year's Tacoma a better value proposition than ever.
It starts on the inside where it gets a larger touchscreen and a new infotainment system that finally features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. These additions make it a lot easier to avoid using Toyota's proprietary Entune software, which isn't particularly intuitive. Other modifications include a recalibrated automatic transmission — which helps reduce the sluggish feel that plagued last year's Tacoma — and a power driver's seat that offers greater adjustability for improved comfort.
As before, a relatively tall ride height may inhibit entry into the cabin, but it also means every Tacoma is ready to head off the beaten path at a moment's notice. The same is especially true of the two off-road trims that feature a superior approach angle, beefy shock absorbers and a lockable center differential to increase its adventuring potential. New downward-facing cameras further help you avoid any frame-bending obstacles you may come across.
These adjustments fix the most significant complaints we've had about past Tacomas. The Tacoma has a slightly rougher ride than rivals such as the Chevrolet Colorado and the Honda Ridgeline. And if you want the ultimate rock-crawling pickup, the new Jeep Gladiator ekes out a slight edge. But the Toyota Tacoma represents a nice balance between on- and off-road adventuring, and its solid resale value only sweetens the pot.
What's it like to live with the Tacoma?
When the Tacoma was redesigned in 2016, we wanted to know what it was like to live with, so we bought one. Specifically, we purchased the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road and lived with it in our long-term fleet for nearly two years, putting over 40,000 miles on the odometer. The Tacoma has received some updates since its redesign in 2016, including additional standard safety features and smartphone integration capability, but it's the same generation truck so most of our observations still apply. To learn more about the Toyota Tacoma, check out all the details in our long-term test, where we cover everything from seat comfort to real-world fuel economy.
Off-road is where the Tacoma truly shines and stands above all others except the Gladiator. The Tacoma has the clearance, gearing and traction to tackle serious terrain, and the brakes and throttle prove to be brilliantly precise and controllable in low-range crawling situations.
The thicker side-window glass cuts down the wind noise compared to prior years, though the Colorado and the Ridgeline still have an edge here. The same is true for ride quality since the Tacoma is still truckier than its smoothest-riding competitors. As for the climate system, it has effective heating and cooling and is easy to adjust.
The new 10-way power seat provides a greater range of adjustability than before, but we still wish the telescoping steering wheel pulled out more. The front seat roominess benefits from the seat's added downward adjustability, but other dimensions remain the same as before. Visibility is very good thanks to the profile of the hood, ample side windows, and a new forward and side-looking camera system.
Toyota's approach to standard active safety tech is admirable. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam control, and even a driver drowsiness warning system are all standard on all grades.
Towing and Storage
Interior storage for small items is adequate. Folding the rear seats down into their cargo-carrying position is a little fussy, but the result is better storage space than all but the Ridgeline and the Gladiator. Installing child safety seats is easy, but larger rear-facing and infant seats may eat into front passenger room.
We tested a 2016 TRD 4WD Off-Road for more than a year and averaged 18.6 mpg over 40,000 miles of use. We were able to exceed the highway rating on several road trips, and there are good reasons why our truck may have come up just over 1 mpg short. Our home-base location skews the mix toward city driving, and the TRD Off-Road has knobbier tires and lacks the front airdam that comes on most Tacomas.
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2020 Toyota Tacoma models
The Tacoma is offered in six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro. The entry-level SR is the work truck of the bunch, with the value-oriented SR5 offering more equipment and more choices. Next up are the very popular and well-equipped TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road variants. The two are identical on the inside, but hardware differences make the TRD Off-Road more capable when the going gets rocky. Finally come the street-oriented Limited, which has a long list of creature comforts, and the TRD Pro, the most off-road-capable Tacoma in the lineup.
While the SR is the least expensive Tacoma, it isn't entirely bare-bones. It can be had with an extended cab (Access Cab) with a 6.1-foot bed or a crew cab (Double Cab) with a 5-foot bed, and you can choose between rear-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case. Its 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine (159 horsepower, 180 lb-ft of torque) is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Other standard equipment for the SR includes 16-inch steel wheels, a sliding rear window, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, a tough composite bed that needs no bedliner, and a movable cleat tie-down system. Inside, there are manual front seats, cloth upholstery, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system. As with other Toyotas, the Tacoma comes standard with many advanced driving aids, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
For most buyers, the SR5 is the better deal. On top of the SR equipment, you can also get a long-wheelbase version that pairs the crew cab with the 6.1-foot bed. On the outside, you get some chrome exterior trim, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Double Cab models also get alloy wheels.
If the standard four-cylinder doesn't have enough power, the SR5 offers an optional 3.5-liter V6 (278 hp, 265 lb-ft). All rear-wheel-drive versions use the six-speed automatic, but four-wheel-drive buyers can choose between the automatic and a six-speed manual. SR5 models driven by the V6 include a 10-way power driver's seat and an auto-dimming mirror, while Double Cabs with this engine also add a power-sliding window.
Next up is the TRD Sport. It is offered in the same cab and bed configurations as the SR5, but the V6 is standard. It also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, body-colored fender flares and rear bumper, heated mirrors, a hood scoop, a 120-volt/400-watt power outlet in the bed, keyless entry and ignition (for automatic-transmission trucks), and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
The TRD Off-Road offers nearly the same configuration and engine options as the TRD Sport, and its truck bed, interior and audio trimmings are identical. Visual differences include a chrome rear bumper, textured black fender flares, 16-inch wheels, and the absence of the Sport's hood scoop. Off-road performance changes include the deletion of the front airdam, a lockable rear differential, Bilstein monotube shocks, and an advanced off-road traction control system with multiple terrain settings and crawl control.
Both the TRD Sport and the TRD Off-Road crew-cab models can be upgraded with a few option packages. Feature highlights include a sunroof, parking sensors, forward- and side-looking cameras, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, and a seven-speaker JBL audio system. It's worth noting that the stereo upgrade is not available on models with the manual transmission.
The Limited is the most refined version of the Tacoma. It is only offered as either a two- or four-wheel-drive V6-powered crew cab with the short bed. It has a body-colored rear bumper and flares, and it rolls on 18-inch wheels with lower-profile tires. This trim lacks the TRD Off-Road's specialized off-road upgrades and is instead upgraded with just about all of the Off-Road's and Sport's optional features as standard equipment.
The TRD Pro is sold only as a crew cab with a short bed, and it comes only in four-wheel drive. The V6 engine is standard, but you can choose between the manual and the automatic transmission. It's equipped like a loaded-up TRD Off-Road. But it sets itself apart with special styling details, including a black grille and LED headlights, plus performance upgrades such as Fox internal bypass shocks, all-terrain tires, a thicker front skid plate, an upgraded exhaust, and a ride height that's an inch taller.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Tacoma models:
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Issues a visual or audio warning if the driver initiates a lane change when another vehicle is there or approaching rapidly.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Alerts the driver if traffic is approaching from the side when the car is backing out of a perpendicular or angled parking space.
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Warns of potential collisions with pedestrians or vehicles and automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not react in time.
NHTSA Overall Rating
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Side Crash RatingOverallNot Rated
- Side Barrier RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront SeatNot RatedBack SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover14.7%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Overview
The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab is offered in the following styles: TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A), TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M), TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A), TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M), and TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M). Pre-owned Toyota Tacoma Double Cab models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 278 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automatic. The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 2 yr./ 25000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab?
Price comparisons for Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab trim styles:
- The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab TRD Off Road is priced between $36,990 and$48,998 with odometer readings between 941 and65356 miles.
- The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab SR is priced between $30,998 and$42,590 with odometer readings between 6159 and40964 miles.
- The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab SR5 is priced between $33,990 and$42,590 with odometer readings between 3717 and55612 miles.
- The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab TRD Sport is priced between $36,998 and$43,590 with odometer readings between 8092 and84536 miles.
- The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab TRD PRO is priced between $54,000 and$54,499 with odometer readings between 16153 and33564 miles.
- The Used 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Limited is priced between $45,998 and$45,998 with odometer readings between 19837 and19837 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Toyota Tacoma?
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