The Toyota Tacoma drives into 2019 on an impressive streak leading the mid-size market in sales for 12 straight years. Although certainly worthy of a mic drop, the hard-working Tacoma has no intention of resting on its laurels. In fact, it returns better than ever in 2019 with the additions of the new blacked-out SX Package and updated TRD Pro, both of which add even more variety to the diverse Tacoma lineup that now includes 32 different configurations.

Offering Tacoma lovers a stylish truck that’s light on the wallet, the new SX package provides an affordable, blacked-out appearance package that can be a great base for a customized vehicle but can also stand confidently on its own. The host of black accents include 16-inch alloy wheels, mirror caps, handles, grille and more.

For those who live life off the pavement, the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro provides a compelling reason to start planning that next adventure. Highlighted by 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass shocks on all four corners, the new Tacoma adds an available TRD Desert Air Intake designed to provide cleaner airflow to the engine even in the dustiest environments. TRD Pro also gets a standard moonroof and JBL Premium Audio (on automatic transmission models only).

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The smaller, midsize truck segment as it is now called is red hot again with a trio of new entries about to shake things up. But no matter what the competition throws at it the Tacoma is the mainstay best-seller.

In full disclosure, I own a Tacoma; a 2001 Prerunner that’s been in my family ever since I reviewed it for the show 18 years ago and then bought it out of the press fleet. So I have particularly high standards for this truck.  It has been the segment’s sales leader for 12 years running so I can’t really blame Toyota for their if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach.  But…

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2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Review

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Review by Auto Critic Steve Hammes Toyota Racing Development, or TRD for short, is Toyota’s in-house speed shop if you will, providing performance parts and variants of the brand’s trucks, like this Tacoma TRD Sport….

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2017 TOYOTA TACOMA TRD PRO FIRST LOOK BY AUTO CRITIC STEVE HAMMES When you climb the ladder of Toyota’s off-road truck lineup the top rung rests at TRD Pro. Short for Toyota Racing Development, TRD Pro vehicles are aimed squarely…

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2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD VIDEO REVIEW

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road VIDEO REVIEW by Auto Critic Steve Hammes So, I get asked the question a lot “Do you own your own vehicle and if so, what is it?” Well, I do and it’s a 15-year old…

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