2019 Toyota Tacoma – Review & Road Test

2019 Toyota Tacoma –  Review & Road Test

According to some questionably reliable
internet sources, the word truck was derived from the Latin trochlea, which is
a structure in the knee that, do you know what, whatever. This is the Toyota Tacoma,
and wherever the word came from trucks are good. This one is no exception. Unlike sport utility vehicles which err
on the side of not being fully utilized, trucks are purpose-built vehicles that
their owners generally use as intended. Toyota has a long history of making
durable affordable trucks and this third-generation Tacoma excellently
fulfills that promise. It’s practical and versatile with myriad configuration
options. Short- or long-bed, regular or double cab, two- or four-wheel drive, with
two available engine options. The first of those is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
engine, but if it were me buying this I’d go for the 3.5-liter V-6 which is the
direct injection Atkinson Cycle engine. It makes excellent power, which comes in
handy when you’re towing the up to 6,800 pounds or hauling the
1,275-pound payload. A properly equipped Tacoma can
haul one of the best features available on the Tacoma is transmission choice.
Ford and Chevy don’t even offer a manual anymore, and the other paltry stick
shifts out there are usually only available on stripped-down four-cylinder
based models, but Toyota knows their customers and offers the six-speed
manual transmission as an option on all three of the more sport focused TRD
model. The TRD Sport like this one I’m driving the TRD Off-Road and the TRD Pro
for the base SR, SR5 and higher Limited trims. The six-speed automatic is your only option. There aren’t a lot of frills on this
truck even on the TRD Sport and I’m actually ok with that. Outside it’s
good-looking has some rugged angles. I particularly like the way the front end
of Toyota trucks look. They’ve got some authority. The interior is simple but it has
everything that you need including the electronic transfer case that will get
you into low gear when you’re heading off-road. Yes, there is the requisite hard
plastic but you know there are some interesting materials in here. This
fabric that’s both here and on the door panels. It seems like it would be really
durable. Also, it feels kind of neat and I kind of would take a backpack made out
of it. Gauges are big and easy to see and on the center stack the buttons and
knobs are well positioned and within reach. While there’s not a ton of room in the cabin, especially for passengers back
here. There is some interesting storage space. No it will not hold a bucket of
fried chicken like the Silverado but the center console is not bad, and hmm very
creative. Nothing illegal please. Toyota does offer up option packages
that include extras like keyless entry, wireless charging, a backup camera,
leather-trimmed seats, an optional seven-inch touchscreen instead of the
standard 6.1-inch one as well as Toyota’s Intune infotainment system with
navigation, and other apps, so while Toyota has an integrated Apple CarPlay
into some of their vehicles and according to the company are
entertaining the idea of Android Auto there is nary a whisper of either one of
them in this truck. I might be getting addicted to it and need an intervention. EPA estimates aren’t groundbreaking, but
hey, it’s a truck hey another theory on its name origin incidentally is from the
word truckle, which is an old wheel and pulley system. Nope, still don’t care. I’m
not gonna lie on the road the rides not super smooth, but it’s well mannered and
doesn’t feel really heavy or cumbersome even with the TRD tuned Off-Road
suspension. A note to modifiers though if you start putting bigger knobby or
altering tires on this the ride is going to get a lot rougher. The steering doesn’t have great feel but
it’s not as imprecise as on some heavier trucks. I don’t feel like I’m sig zagging
all over the road, but I do hear a lot of that road noise inside the cabin. Again
trucks off-road though the Tacoma TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro are your best
options for serious wheeling. Their beefy shocks smooth out bumps and are both
equipped with a locking rear differential, durable plastic fenders,
crawl control, and multi-terrain select, and if that’s not enough for those
enthusiasts, out there there are truckloads of aftermarket products
specifically made for Toyotas that live in dirt. I love that we got a manual. The
throws on the gearbox are smooth. Man this truck is really easy to drive, which
is probably why it’s one of Toyota’s best sellers and has excellent resale value. I
might be biased, I probably am, but I could drive this every day. Hey, I have a
birthday coming up. The base two-wheel drive model Tacoma SR has a starting
price of about $26,500 including destination
charges. While it may not be overflowing with standard features it does come with
skid plates over its four-cylinder mill and front suspension, three USB chargers
and hill start assist. Throw in Safety Sense which is Toyota’s suite of safety
features that come standard across all trims and features things like pre-
collision warnings, lane departure alerts, and dynamic cruise control and that’s a
pretty good package for the price. About $10,000 more will get you
the TRD Sport which lands somewhere in the middle of the cost spectrum and is
what I’d consider the sweet spot in terms of capability features and great
value. The top of the mountain TRD Pro has some serious off-road extras like
projector beam headlights, all-terrain tires, the reinforced TRD skid plate,
active traction control,and a TRD-tuned off-road suspension with two and a half
inch Fox internal bypass coil overs and rear remote reservoir shocks, as well as
extra safety features such as blind spot warning and rear parking assist are
available as additional option packages. The TRD Pro will cost you closer to
$43,500 but still not a bad price for a pretty capable truck in a world where
you can now spend upwards of a hundred grand for a gravel hauler. There aren’t a
ton of other options in this segment. Smaller lighter trucks just aren’t
abundant these days, but the Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado and
GMC Canyon are worthy adversaries. While this third-generation truck might soon
be ready for a mid-cycle refresh it’s still good-looking. You can get it in
tons of configurations. It can rock haul and rock crawl, and it’s full of safety
features. Hey a truck by any other name, well it’s
definitely not a Tacoma.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Loved how she knew how to drive a stick. One of the reasons why I'm going to get a Tacoma love driving a stick.

  2. Another piece of noisy garbage from Toyota truck line! I can hear the engine noise even when she is talking loud during the video recording! “Very creative” hidden storage box?? What?? Dodge Journey has had it since 2009!!

  3. Bought a 2014 Tacoma and it drives like a tank. Reviews from Consumer Reports are spot on. Never again

    KBB needs a little more researching before they make videos

  4. The truck is awesome, I recently rented it for a day and had fun with it. Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFQbRgZFy8c&t=0s

  5. Just got my 2017 TRD Sport Tacoma a month ago and I love it no problems and drives really smooth. I love it very much.

  6. What total rip off $47k. I bought Tacoma new for $24k in 2008 and it had all the same shit. All Toyota did was upgrade the interior somewhat, and its still nothing great.

  7. She's tiny. She's shorter then the roof of the truck!
    I'm gonna be a gentleman here and not say what comes to mind.
    We'll just talk about wheel spin instead! Hahaha.

  8. Stop you right there at 4:10. You are driving a TRD Sport which is a lot stiffer for road use. Its going to be bumpy to soak them up, however its way to stiff.

  9. Tacoma’s are reliable trucks but Toyota doesn’t put any effort on the interior and if they did they’d probably make them even more expensive

  10. All the goofy Toyota owners talk about re-sale Value….. Take a 1970 Dodge Challenger r/t that sold for $2800.00  Brand new and Now Some worth 1/2 Million Dollars….. Your import Truck is a throw away and wont be worth Dirt in 10 years.

  11. The more shit they throw in tacomas, the more problems they've been getting with recent model years. Still doesn't beat the reliability of the old ones.

  12. Do you ever use the MTS and Crawl Control features? This explains the benefits https://www.torquenews.com/6626/benefits-2019-toyota-tacoma-multi-terrain-select-and-crawl-control but I would like to ask how people use it. (please subscribe us too for car news and especially about Toyota). Thank you for answering.

  13. A Tacoma isn't something I'd use for contracting work, mainly due to the slight less than 6 foot bed. The V6 is less than 300 horses and can be under powered at times even with the TCS turned on. With a quad cab, it doesn't offer much leg room for your passengers. And this is coming from someone who's owned a 2016 model for 3 years. It really is not a bad truck at all, but it does fall a little flat if you work out of it. It's great for hauling to the dump or other means, but I wouldn't buy one if you do sheet rock for a living for example. However because it carries the Toyota badge, I am going by the stereotype that it will last me a half a million miles before it finally breaks

  14. Hope to get a new Tacoma TRD Off Road eventually. Glad to see Toyota still offers a manual. But wonder for how much longer. Does anyone know if the manual gearbox will be eliminated within the next couple of years? Also would like to see one of these reviews talk about the Technology and Premium Packages. Are they really worth the extra $3K? If anyone has experience in these areas, would like to hear of your experience. Thanks!!!
    PS…Save The Manuals!!!

  15. This review was cheesy and didn’t convince me to buy a Tacoma. The only reason why I’m given this video a thumbs up was because a cute blond was driving stick. What a turn on 🤤….

  16. That their owners generally use as intended?

    You mean the majority of privately owned trucks that are only ever used as daily drivers and for hauling grocery bags?

  17. Why does everyone complain about Apple/Android Car Play? I mean, you get a screen oem. I haven't had a screen in my car yet.

  18. Just bought a 2019 Tacoma after looking at the Colorado (I spend 8 hours a day at its parents house) but in the terms of reliability and quality the Colorado just dose not compair.

  19. It's to bad if you want the bigger cabin you have to have a smaller bed and if you want a bigger bed you have to have a smaller cabin

  20. Drove a Tacoma in 2 feet deep water, thick mud, rolled one over taking to steep of a hill, backed into by a Kia, ran over a barbed wire fence. Each time it stalls, the check engine light comes on, And the trucks like, why the hell are you making me do this. Then it finally turns over and I continue on my business.

  21. 6 speed manual with 4WD? Nice. At an affordable $26,000 the Tacoma might be the truck for me. If I cared about road comfort or mpg I’d get the Ridgeline.

  22. I'm looking at Tacoma sr5 / ranger xlt/ Colorado z71
    Anyone know if its possible to get the 2019 sr5 for 10-20% off msrp? Or is Toyota firm on pricing

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