2021 Toyota Tacoma Starts At $27,325, Adds Two Special Editions

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, Automotive Editor - August 24, 2020

Despite not receiving a substantial change in five model years, the Toyota Tacoma is still the best selling midsize pickup truck and has been for the past 15 years in a row. For 2021, Toyota isn’t going to rock the boat, because clearly, it doesn’t need to, but is adding a few new special editions. Pricing isn’t all that different either, as the 2021 Toyota Tacoma is only $100 more expensive than last year.

Pricing for the entry-level 2021 Tacoma SR starts at $27,325, which represents a modest increase of just $100. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the TRD Pro trim, which is offered with a new Lunar Rock color, that starts at $45,250, an increase of $115 from last year. So, overall prices haven’t changed that much and that’s because the truck’s list of features isn’t dramatically different from before. For 2021, V6-powered Tacomas now come with dual-zone automatic climate control. Upgrading the truck’s audio system on TRD Sport and Off-Road trims bring remote services.

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Toyota also announced two new special editions: the Trail Special Edition and Nightshade Special Edition. In Toyota’s words, the Trail Special Edition brings extra storage, unique styling, and convenience with black exterior badges, tan stitching, and standard all-weather floor mats. TRD 16-inch off-road wheels, Kevlar all-terrain tires, a 120-volt power outlet in the bed, and a grille from the Limited trim are also included. More helpfully, the special edition brings a lockable bed storage compartment that’s insulated and can be drained via a plug on the driver’s sides to act as a cooler. The rest of the standard features are shared with the SR5 trim with pricing at $35,180 – $1,775 more than a similarly equipped SR5 trim.

The Nightshade Special Edition is similar to the one found on other Toyotas and is a blacked-out package for the Tacoma. It’s based on the Limited trim and brings black leather upholstery, black exterior trim, black 18-inch alloy wheels, and black exhaust tips. Pricing for the Nightshade starts at $41,080, which is $1,000 more than a Limited trim with similar features.

Both the Trail Special Edition and Nightshade Special Edition aren’t unique to the Tacoma. The Tundra and 4Runner are also offered with a Trail Special Edition. Toyota offers a Nightshade Special Edition on the 4Runner, Corolla, Camry, Corolla Hatchback, and Sienna.

Without any major changes, we still expect the 2021 Tacoma to reign supreme in the midsize pickup truck segment. It may be old, but the Tacoma manages to come with a lot of standard safety features, thanks to Toyota Safety Sense P, is reasonably priced, has a decent amount of capability, and is available in a capable off-roading trim. The 2021 Tacoma should arrive at dealerships later this fall.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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