2019 Toyota Tacoma
The impressive quality and value of the Toyota brand is highlighted in its 2019 Tacoma. This midsized pickup comes stacked with the heavy-duty towing capacity, off-road capability, and safety features expected in this segment, and then some. But that doesn’t mean it rides like a typical truck – it’s actually a comfortable daily-driving vehicle with the equipment and feel of a commuter vehicle.
There are six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. The base trim offers exceptional value; standard features include a rearview camera, an automatic limited-slip differential, eight airbags, adjustable tie-down cleats in the bed, and the Toyota Safety Sense active safety technology package. The top trim, the Limited, offers leather seats and additional driver-assist technologies (rear parking assist and a blind spot monitor). For the most serious off-road chops out of the Tacoma line, the TRD Pro comes with a multitude of off-road features, such as a catback exhaust, special shocks, and enhanced skid plates; a high-mounted air intake to manage dust is available.
Utility and Performance
Buyers have a choice between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission on the TRD trims (Sport, Off-Road, and Pro) but the SR, SR5, and Limited only come in automatic. The two lowest trims get the 159 horsepower 2.7-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine as their base engine, with an option to upgrade to the 278 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that comes standard on the TRD Sport and higher. There’s also a choice between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on all but the strictly 4WD TRD Pro. RWD models have a towing capacity of 6,800 pounds, while the 4WD models can tow 6,400 pounds. A properly equipped Tacoma can take on a payload of up to 1,440 pounds.
The excellent trail-ready features in the TRD Pro center around taking the truck off the asphalt. The Pro receives an essential mechanical upgrade to its suspension with four premium Fox shock absorbers. In the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro, automatic transmission 4×4 models have Crawl Control technology that controls hill descent and ascent by modulating the brakes and throttle over five 4WD low settings. The available desert air intake places an air inlet above the windshield to draw cleaner air from above the dust line to help keep out contaminants. A quarter-inch-thick aluminum shield beneath the front end offers great protection during off-road adventures. The TRD Pro also comes with multi-terrain select, a lockable tailgate, and Rigid Industries wide-angle LED fog lights.
The standard safety equipment on the ’19 Tacoma includes Toyota Safety Sense, which bundles pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with a sway warning system, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. The Star Safety System adds stability and traction control, brake-force distribution, smart stop technology, and anti-lock brakes.
Every Tacoma pickup comes with Toyota’s no-cost maintenance coverage for 2 years or 25,000 miles and 24/7 roadside assistance for 2 years and unlimited miles.