Getting older but still a leader. The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is the seventh model year in the third generation, making it a relative senior in this class. The Tacoma still looks modern and has all the tech most truck buyers will want despite its age.

However, it has some notable powertrain flaws, including leaving out one key buyer altogether. Find out below if the 2022 Toyota Tacoma is up to the task of fending off the Colorado, Canyon, Ranger, and all-new Frontier.

TRD models are awesome off-road, but you’ll pay for it. The TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro are incredible off-roaders with standard locking rear differential to help escape tricky situations and a host of four-wheeling traction-control modes. The TRD Pro takes it up a notch with a beefy suspension to swallow ruts with relative ease and surprising comfort.

The TRD Pro’s suspension shows its flaws on the road, though, with a rough and bouncy ride. Plus, you’ll pay a premium for both models. And don’t think you can snag the TRD Off-Road and jazz up the suspension yourself to save a few bucks. It would likely cost you far more to meet the TRD Pro’s amazing capabilities in the aftermarket.

The Nissan Frontier and Ford Ranger try their hardest to compete with the TRD with their Pro-4X and Tremor models, respectively, but they are just a notch or two below it. The closest competition is the Colorado ZR2 and ZR2 Bison. The Honda Ridgeline forgoes all off-road prowess in a nod to comfort.

Well-refined, but tall people won’t appreciate it. The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is a surprisingly well-refined rig with a well-laid-out interior, sharp styling, and just enough buttons and switches to please truck lovers. Nothing really comes close to it, except the Ridgeline, but it’s more crossover than a pickup.

The 2022 Tacoma’s big shortcoming is headroom. At just 39.7 inches without the sunroof, it’s 1.7 inches lower than the Colorado and 1.3 inches lower than the Ranger. This will make it a claustrophobic space for taller riders. Adding the sunroof makes it even worse, cutting roughly another inch of space.

Looks great but doesn’t go anywhere too quickly. The 2022 Tacoma may look sharp and stunning, but it’s a slight disappointment to drive. Its base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine wheezes out just 159 horsepower, giving it hour-glass-quick acceleration.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 278 hp, but most of its power comes at the top of the rev range, making it significantly slower than it should be. Plus, the Tacoma lacks any diesel option, putting it behind the Colorado and Canyon.

Buyers seeking more straight-line speed will find this in the 310-hp Frontier or 308-hp Colorado and Canyon.

Final thoughts. The Toyota Tacoma remains one of the most popular midsize pickups in the U.S., but the segment is changing around it, so it’s beginning to show its flaws. That said, the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models remain unbeatable off the beaten path, and it’s still one of the more stylish pickups on the market.

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