2022 Toyota Tacoma: Preview, Photos, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - April 14, 2021

Model Preview

Toyota launched the third-generation Tacoma in 2016, and it’s remained mostly the same since. With its looks still sharp and its sales still strong, we expect the 2022 Tacoma to be a carryover model.

The current Toyota Tacoma features a rugged design with its bold grille, powerful headlight design, flared wheel wells, and plenty of wheel options. The Tacoma takes a step toward the rugged side in the TRD Pro and Off-Road models, which include unique wheels and knobby tires for tackling off-road terrain. We expect this look to remain the same in the 2022 Tacoma.

Inside, the current Tacoma boasts a simple but rugged look with its four-post steering wheel, blocky dash, circular air vents, and simple HVAC controls. This interior gets an extra touch of color in its higher trims, but the basic look and feel remain.

In terms of features, the Tacoma is well-equipped for a pickup, even its base trim. In the entry-level SR trim, the Tacoma comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, cloth upholstery, power windows and locks, sliding rear window, and more. This is likely to remain the same in the 2022 Tacoma.

Toyota Tacoma

The current Toyota Tacoma has a pair of powertrain options, starting with the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers can pick the 3.5-liter V6, which delivers 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The four-cylinder engine comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, while you can get the V6 with a six-speed manual or automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional.

The current Tacoma is a Top Safety Pick with its “Good” ratings in most crash tests and an “Acceptable” rating in the small-overlap passenger-side test. Its “Good”-rated optional LED headlights also help in this rating. However, the IIHS will hold the 2022 Tacoma to its latest standards, which require “Good” crash test results in all tests, so it will likely lose its Top Safety Pick designation. The Tacoma’s standard safety gear includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. We expect the safety equipment and individual crash test ratings to remain the same in the 2022 Tacoma.

Pricing & Release Date

There’s no official on-sale date for the 2022 Tacoma, but based on fleet order documents, we estimate a late summer or early fall arrival.

Pricing for the 2022 Tacoma is also unclear. With no changes in the works, though, we expect it to remain near the current model’s $27,575 to $47,955 (destination fees included) range.

This midsize pickup will battle the Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyon.

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