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2019 Toyota Tacoma: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - July 30, 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. For 2019, the most noteworthy changes will be an updated TRD Pro model and new SR V6 versions at the lower end of the spectrum.

Visually, expect the Tacoma to remain unchanged inside and out. For 2019, privacy glass will be standard on all grades. Inside, drivers will get 2 USB ports in the center console. The TRD Pro will get 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.

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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.

At the entry level, order guides indicate Toyota will introduce V6 versions of the SR Double Cab. Previously opting for a V6 Double Cab required stepping up to the SR5 with an MSRP over $32,000. As a result, buyers could have a lower-priced option available to consider.

Other changes have to do with paint colors. Inferno has been discontinued, while Cavalry Blue and Voodoo Blue are new. The latter will only be available with the TRD Pro.

In terms of safety, the Tacoma will continue to come standard with TSS-P, a version of Toyota Safety Sense that includes auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and auto high beams. Unlike newer models like the Corolla Hatchback, the vehicle won't be getting TSS 2.0, a newer version that adds cyclist and traffic sign detection and lane tracing.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

Official pricing for the 2019 Tacoma is due to be released sometime in August 2018. We currently anticipate an on-sale date in early fall.

For reference, the 2018 Tacoma ranges from $26,195 to $44,515 (destination fees included).

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

Learn about the current Tacoma on sale now »


Pictured: 2018 Tacoma

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