Buyers can choose the ’23 Tacoma with the Access Cab (with a 6-foot bed) or Double Cab (with a 5-foot or 6-foot bed) and one of seven trim levels: SR, SR5, Trail Special Edition, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Limited. The base powerplant (on the SR and SR5) is a 159 horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. Those trims are eligible for an upgrade to the 278 hp 3.5-liter V6 that comes standard on all of the other trims. The TRD trims can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as an option, but a six-speed automatic is otherwise standard. Rear-wheel drive is the default drivetrain, but part-time four-wheel drive is what most buyers will go for. The Tacoma’s towing capacity can reach 6,800 pounds when it’s equipped with the available Tow Package.
The base SR is mostly no-nonsense, focusing on equipment that gets the job done. That includes a truck bed made from fiber-reinforced sheet-molded composite material with steel outer panels. This bed has a lockable and removable tailgate, a deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats, four fixed cargo bed tie-down points, and storage compartments. The SR also has cloth seats, 16-inch wheels, heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter, and skid plates for the engine and front suspension. The SR5 gets a little fancier with a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and wide-angle fog lights. The Trail Special Edition is distinguished by Goodyear Kevlar all-terrain tires on bronze wheels, black seats with tan contrast stitching, the nostalgic “TOYOTA” grille, locking in-bed storage compartments (the driver’s side storage is insulated), and a deck-mounted power outlet (120V). The TRD Sport starts with the same equipment list as the SR5 but adds a sport-tuned suspension, a hood scoop, a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob, upgraded side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, wireless phone charging, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The trims with TRD in their names get the most love from Tacoma enthusiasts because they’re built for the most challenging off-pavement trekking. The TRD Off-Road boasts an off-road suspension, Bilstein shocks, and an electronically controlled locking rear differential. Double Cab versions also get a power-sliding rear window. The TRD Pro has Rigid Industries LED fog lights, active traction control, a cat-back exhaust, Goodyear Kevlar all-terrain tires on black-painted wheels, a multi-terrain monitor, a front skid plate, a machine-forged upper control arm, and Fox internal bypass coil-overs and rear remote-reservoir shocks. Its other amenities include leather seats (heated in the front row), LED headlights, a moonroof, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, navigation, and a JBL sound system with a half-dozen speakers. The Limited inherits most of the TRD Sport’s features (although not the sport-tuned suspension) and adds chrome exterior detailing and LED headlights.
Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), an advanced collection of driver-assist technologies, is standard fare on every 2023 Tacoma. It features automatic high beams, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, and lane departure alert. The two highest trims (TRD Pro and Limited) also get a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking assist sonar, both of which are offered as options on the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road. The Limited also gets a panoramic view monitor with camera.
The SR has all of the connectivity essentials, with two USB charge ports, one USB media port, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Amazon Alexa, smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system. The SR5 moves up to an 8-inch touchscreen. Navigation and a JBL sound system with a subwoofer and amplifier are added to the TRD Pro and Limited.