Our Opinion - 2022 Toyota Tacoma Review

A new Toyota Tacoma TRD Professional impressed us with its off-road prowess when we tested it. The V-6 engine and Fox shocks help the Tacoma handle all from rocks to sand with ease while still keeping the occupants of the cabin comfortable. On the road, the truck is also quite audible. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro even now suffers from certain brake dive, despite numerous upgrades. We’ve previously bemoaned the truck’s harsh ride and anaemic engines in past Tacoma versions.

In order to make the driver’s position a little more comfortable, Toyota equipped the 2020 Tacoma with a new 10-way electrically adjustable seat with back & seat height adjustments. Multi-Terrain Monitors are a big help in off-roading, however they don’t have enough resolution. In spite of a few useful additions, the Tacoma’s small cabin & narrow bed remain a problem. We get why this vehicle is so popular, but if you’re not a Toyota fan, a competitor vehicle may have been a better choice.

As the best-selling midrange pickup in the United States for more than a decade, the Toyota Tacoma clearly has a secret weapon. Reliability and a strong investment proposition continue to attract new buyers to this model. However, the Tacoma has its drawbacks, and the field of rivals is now more crowded than ever. The Trail Edition of the midsize truck has been revamped for 2022.

The Trail Edition’s suspension has been raised (by 1.1 inches at the front and the 0.5 inches in the back), acceleration and breakover angles have been improved, a locking rear differential is standard, off-road powerslide plates from the TRD Off-Road grade are included, 16-inch bronze TRD wheels are available, and a new Lunar Rock exterior color option is also available. It will only be available as a Double Cab 4×4 model.

A Tacoma Trail Edition may appeal to customers who have an affinity for the great outdoors. With a locked bed storage compartment, the Trail Edition is only available in 4×4 double cab version and is based on the SR5. Adding to the convenience, there is a 120V charging outlet built into the headboard of the bed. In an emergency, the storage compartment on the driver’s side can double as a cooler.

It also offers improved off-road capabilities. Toyota raised the truck’s front and rear ends by 1.1 inches and half an inch, respectively, for the 2022 model year. The truck now has better approach & breakover angles. The truck’s distinctive golden exterior details make it stand out from the others.

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159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque are standard on the 2022 Tacoma’s 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. Only a six-speed automatic transmission is available to customers who want to choose between RWD and AWD.

If you want more power and torque, the 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound feet of torque with the option of RWD or AWD. A six-speed manual transmission is also available, as well as an automatic six-speed transmission.

The previous model’s fuel economy figures should be carried over. The four-cylinder engine in the 2021 Tacoma got up to 20/23 mpg city/highway, while the six-cylinder got up to 19/24 mpg city/highway.

The NHTSA awarded the Toyota Tacoma a total of four stars, including 4 stars at the front and the rollover tests and 5 stars in the lateral crash test. 

A 2021 Tacoma standard cab received a Good rating in all IIHS crash tests, while a crew cab model received a Good grade in all but one of the tests.

Among other things, the 2022 Tacoma has a host of standard safety features. All-speed adaptive cruise control and auto-high beams are also on the list of available safety features.

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