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2019 Toyota Tacoma: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - February 12, 2018

Model Preview

The Toyota Tacoma never really goes through very many changes between generations, and this has proven true since the third-gen model debuted in 2016. Now, as we near 2019, the Tacoma’s lineup is is coming into focus, and while we expect the whole of the pickup to remain unchanged, it will get a revamped TRD Pro model.

Visually, we expect the majority of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma to remain unchanged inside and out. The TRD Pro, however, will get a few updates. These include an additional inch of lift, LED fog lights, a new-look “TOYOTA” grille, a hood scoop, “TRD Pro” stamping on the bed, black-chrome exhaust tips, and 18-inch BBS aluminum wheels.

Under the hood, we expect everything to remain unchanged, so look for its base engine to remain the tried-and-true 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower. Optionally, buyers can go with a 278-hp 3.5-liter V6. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The TRD Pro’s powertrain gains a new Desert Air Intake, which repositions the intake below the windshield where there’s less dust and debris.

2018 Toyota Tacoma

While most of the Tacoma’s mechanical components remain the same, the TRD Pro gets a few under-the-skin updates, like new 2.5-inch Fox front shocks with 46 mm pistons and 8 bypass zones. The front suspension also gains a new set of springs that give it an extra inch of lift and a larger front sway bar.

The current Tacoma performs well in IIHS crash tests, as it has “Good” ratings in all the major crash tests. But it falls short of being a Top Safety Pick due to its lack of automatic emergency braking and its “Marginal” headlight test results. We expect this to remain the same in 2019.

Pricing & Release Date

Though there is no concrete release date, we do expect to see the 2019 Tacoma sometime in the fall of 2018.

Official pricing should be similar to the 2018 model, which ranges from $26,195 to $44,515 (destination fees included).

Competition will include the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Nissan Frontier.

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Pictured: 2018 Tacoma

2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 Toyota Tacoma

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