The 2023 Toyota Tacoma pickup is a carryover model with its most notable changes including the addition of the SX Package and Chrome Package on the SR5 trim, expanded application of proximity entry, and an exclusive orange color (Solar Octane) for the TRD Pro trim.
Choosing Your Toyota Tacoma
The 2023 Tacoma truck is offered in several trims: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, TRD Pro, Trail Edition, and Nightshade Edition. Base prices range from $28,585 to $48,020 and there are many steps in between.
The SR and SR5 trims are equipped with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 is offered for a range of $2,650-$3,700 and is much better in nearly every situation with its 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.
A six-speed automatic is found on most trims while a six-speed manual transmission is standard on the TRD V6 trims which offer the automatic as a $1,510 option. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trims (except for the Trail Edition) and a part-time four-wheel drive system is offered for about $3,200.
The four-cylinder and six-cylinder earn the same EPA estimates of 21 and 20 miles per gallon combined when fitted with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, respectively. The TRD Pro and the six-speed manual earn only 18 MPG combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Tacoma SR, SR5, and TRD are standard with an extended cab that features rear-hinged doors that provide access to two forward-facing fold-up seat cushions with just 24.6 inches of legroom.
The Double Cab is offered on all trims (for about $900) but standard on the Trail Edition, Limited, Nightshade, and TRD Pro trims and features four full doors but just 32.6 inches of rear legroom - about six less than the Honda Ridgeline.
The Access Cab is paired with a six-foot-long bed while the Double Cab can be had instead with a five-foot-long bed - a combination that is standard on the Trail Edition and TRD Pro.
Payload ratings range from 1,685 pounds in the four-cylinder rear-wheel-drive configuration to 1,155 pounds in the Double Cab V6 four-wheel drive models which is at the lower end of the segment’s average.
The V6 model is standard with the Tow Package and carries a towing capacity of 6,800 pounds (6,400 pounds with the Double Cab and four-wheel drive) which is good for the class. The four-cylinder’s rating of 3,500 pounds is achieved when fitted with the optional towing equipment.
The Tacoma is standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert is available on the SR5 and standard on the Limited and TRD Pro trims.
The base trim is well-connected with a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, SiriusXM, a Wi-Fi hotspot, three USB ports, and Bluetooth. The SR5 receives an eight-inch display and the TRD Sport gains wireless charging and remote-connected services. An upgraded sound system is offered on the SR5 and standard on the Limited and TRD Pro.
The base trim isn’t as basic as one might expect. The Tacoma features body-color front and rear bumpers, mirrors, and door handles, power locks and windows, projector-beam headlights, heated mirrors, a sliding rear window, cloth seats with four-way adjustability, a 4.2-inch driver information display, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel.
The popular SR5 trim gains a chrome rear bumper, fog lights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The V6 models additionally feature 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, proximity entry, a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, and a power sliding rear window (with the Double Cab).
The V6 also opens up several notable option packages for the SR5 trim such as the new SX Package ($500) that brings black 16-inch wheels, fender flares, mirror caps, door handles, and badges, the Chrome Package ($1,100) which applies bright finishes to the 18-inch wheels, door handles, exhaust tip, and TACOMA lettering insert on the tailgate, and the SR5 Dynamic Navigation Package ($1,710) that includes navigation, an upgraded audio system, and parking sensors.
The Tacoma TRD Sport features 17-inch wheels, mirrors with integrated turn signals, color-keyed fender flares and rear bumper, LED daytime running lights, a 120-volt outlet in the bed, a hood scoop, and heated front seats (Double Cab).
The Technology Package ($1,285) includes LED headlights and fog lights in addition to the blind-spot detection technology while the Advanced Technology Package offers a surround-view camera but is partnered with the Premium Audio and Navigation Packages for a total cost of $3,440. The TRD Premium Sport Package is $4,615 and includes the Technology Package and adds leather seats with heating for the front row, a sunroof, premium audio, and navigation. It can also be bundled with the Advanced Technology Package.
The off-road version of the TRD spec gains a locking rear differential, black fender flares, clutch-start cancel (6MT), multi-terrain traction control and crawl control, and an electronically locking rear differential. LED headlights and blind-spot detection are packaged with the upgraded infotainment for a price of $2,790 of, if one desires the multi-terrain view camera, expect to order the $3,690 Advanced Technology Package. Synthetic leather seats are also available.
The Limited trim features LED headlights and fog lights, a silver grille, chrome surrounds for the grille and fog lights, chrome door handles, and chrome mirror caps, a sunroof, 18-inch polished wheels, a surround-view camera, and heated leather seats with 10-way power adjustability for the driver.
The Nightshade Edition builds off of the Limited trim and it is offered in black, gray, or white exterior colors. It uniquely wears dark 18-inch wheels, a unique grille with a dark chrome surround, black mirror caps, fog light bezels, door handles, and badging, and a dark chrome exhaust tip.
The recently introduced Trail Edition builds off of the SR5’s features and notably adds a heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” front grille with bronze lettering, 16-inch bronze alloy wheels with off-road tires, black badging, a TRD Pro front skid plate, a locking rear differential, a 120-volt outlet in the bed, a surround-view camera, black fabric seats with tan stitching, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The TRD Pro packs many of the features of the Limited trim and takes the Trail Edition several steps farther off-road with TRD-tuned Fox shocks. Additionally, it wears LED Rigid Industries fog lights, tail lights with black bezels, black 16-inch wheels, a TRD-tuned cat-back exhaust, and a multi-terrain view camera system.
The Tacoma feels most purposeful off-road and to that end, the TRD Off-Road with the safety and technology packages helps the pick-up feel better rounded.