2019 Toyota Tacoma Trims
Since 1995, the tried-and-true Toyota Tacoma has walked the line between passenger vehicle and workhorse truck, meeting somewhere in the middle to provide moderate utility with car-like ride quality. With six trim levels (or grades, as Toyota likes to call them), two cab choices (the four-passenger Access or the five-passenger Double), and two bed lengths (5 or 6 feet), there are varied ways to configure it – including a manual transmission option that’s still available even in higher trims – that meeting point can lean a few different ways.
A 2.7-liter 159 hp four-cylinder engine is available on the two lowest trims, whose buyers can also opt for the 3.5-liter 278 hp six-cylinder. The default transmission is a six-speed electronically controlled automatic, but a six-speed manual is available on the three TRD trims.
Back to Basics: SR and SR5
Although these are the two most basic 2019 Tacoma trims, they’re nicely equipped to say the least. Standard features on the base SR include a rear-view camera, heated side exterior mirrors, three USB ports, and a fiber-reinforced sheet-molded composite inner truck bed with steel outer panels, plus storage compartments and lockable/removable tailgate. It also boasts – as all six trims do – the Toyota Safety Sense active safety suite, with pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection and brake assist, automatic high beams, dynamic cruise control, and lane departure alert.
The SR5 adds integrated fog lights, a tire pressure monitor, a chrome grille surround, intermittent wipers, leather-trimmed steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and an upgraded Entune audio/communication system.
Although TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro stand apart from the Tacoma’s other three trims not just by honoring their heritage (for one thing, they’re available with manual transmission), but by being tough on the trails and looking different from the rest with TRD-specific black accents and badging. They also come standard with a class IV towing hitch receiver, four- and seven-pin connector with converter, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, and 130-amp alternator. V6 models get trailer sway control, and models with automatic transmission get an AT fluid cooler.
The TRD Off-Road offers Multi-Terrain Select with Crawl Control on its 4WD automatics, and the TRD Pro packs in loads of serious off-the-pavement features. These include skid plates, upgraded shocks and rear leaf springs, and a roaring cat-back exhaust system; the optional Desert Air Intake, for those who really get into the dust clouds, is mounted high to pull in cleaner air and filter out particles.
The Limited, although it’s technically slotted just below the TRD Pro, includes as many comfort-and technology-related bells and whistles as you’re going to get on a Tacoma. The Limited offers leather seating with four-way adjustable front seats (the driver’s includes lumbar support), dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking assist, HomeLink universal transceiver, and the upgraded Entune Audio Premium JBL system with integrated navigation and the App Suite.