New 2019 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Pickup
Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Pickup
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma remains the best-selling midsize pickup in America, but the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado are looking to challenge.
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With the arrival of the new Ford Ranger and ever-expanding Chevy Colorado lineup, the aging 2019 Toyota Tacoma is feeling the pressure. However, that doesn’t seem to be slowing sales of America’s favorite midsize pickup. With over 30 configurations, Toyota builds a Tacoma for just about every need, and although it doesn’t offer the latest in infotainment or engine options, the Tacoma still has the muscle and capability to handle tough jobs. The TRD Pro appeals to those who like to get far off-road, while the base model with its frugal 4-cylinder engine is an affordable and economical small truck. And of course there’s the Tacoma’s legendary reputation for longevity, durability and reliability, not to mention stellar resale numbers.
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If you don’t need the heft or lofty price tag of a full-size pickup, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma will come as a welcome option. With numerous configurations, there’s a Tacoma for just about every need, and the TRD Pro’s off-road ability is legendary. Toyota quality comes standard, as does Toyota’s TSS-P driver-assist system.
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The Tacoma’s aging platform can’t keep pace with the new Ford Ranger or Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon, meaning it doesn’t offer options like a diesel engine, power seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Those needing to tow more than 6,800 pounds should look to a full-size pickup.
What's New for 2019
For 2019 the Tacoma gains a few new features. For the TRD Pro, a new Desert Air Intake kit is available, while models with the automatic transmission gain the JBL audio system and a power sunroof as standard equipment. The SR grade gains standard privacy glass, and a new SX package is offered on SR Access Cab models.
For most drivers, the 159-horsepower 2.7-liter engine can get the job done, but don’t look for stellar passing power when towing or climbing steep grades. While at first glance fuel-economy figures may seem attractive, they’re not all that much better than what the V6 delivers, leading us to suggest that if you can afford the extra cost, the V6 is the best choice. With 278 horsepower on tap, the 3.5-liter V6 moves the Tacoma with brisk bursts of acceleration and also enables it to tow up to 6,800 pounds. The 6-speed automatic is an older design, but it gets the job done; however, the 6-speed manual would still be our choice over the automatic. Seating is comfortable, and the cabin logically arranged with all the most important switchgear within easy reach. The Tacoma’s ride is firm but not jarring, and the steering is impressively responsive. We do think the Tacoma’s steering-wheel-and-pedal placement may prove challenging for drivers with long legs, but otherwise we have no gripes with the cabin layout.
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Toyota’s TSS-P provides an added measure of safety by scanning the horizon for obstacles like cars or pedestrians and warning the driver when a possible collision is eminent. If the driver fails to take action, the system will automatically apply the brakes.
The TRD Pro remains one of the best factory off-road-ready trucks you can buy. The Pro comes standard with unique hardware like Fox off-road shocks, a quarter-inch-thick aluminum skidplate, electronically locking rear differential, 5-mode Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control plus more ground clearance than the Chevy Colorado ZR2.
As is Toyota's tradition, assembly quality is excellent. The 2019 Tacoma interior uses high-quality materials on the doors, dash, seats and everywhere else. Overall the Chevy Colorado’s interior is more car-like and it’s quieter, but the dynamic design of the Tacoma’s dash and controls is more interesting. It gets push-button start, and the handy multi-information display (between the main gauges) shows fuel economy, outside temperature and even off-road info such as trail mode or angle of the Tacoma on a steep hill. The new Tacoma also comes with the latest Entune system, the connectivity and entertainment-control center, and Qi wireless charging. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available on any model. Neither are power seats.
Now in its third generation, the Toyota Tacoma was redesigned extensively in 2015 and it still looks fresh. Designed and built in the United States, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma looks rugged and carries the kind of swagger most pickup truck buyers appreciate. But it’s no wallflower, and it certainly isn’t old-school. There are modern cues, such as LED daytime running lights, and the separate models -- SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-road, TRD Pro and Limited -- each get different front-end styling, making it easy to tell which is which at a glance. Our Tacoma TRD Pro drew a crowd at gas stations and thumbs-up from other truck enthusiasts.
Notable Standard Equipment
For 2019 the Tacoma offers Toyota Safety Sense electronic driver aids as standard equipment. It includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. A rearview camera, a basic version of Entune connectivity, an automatic limited-slip differential, eight airbags, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a lockable tailgate, 16-inch wheels and adjustable tie-down cleats in the bed are also standard. The standard engine is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder powering the rear wheels. Interestingly, the Tacoma uses old-school drum brakes in the rear, and power seats are not available, even in high-end models. On the other hand, the standard GoPro camera mount is as 21st-century as it gets.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options for the 2019 Toyota Tacoma roughly divide into features that make it more rugged and tough, and those that bump up technology and refinement. There's the TRD Pro trim level, of course, but beyond that on the tough-truck side of the list are Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control, and a hard tonneau cover. On the technology side the Tacoma offers rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking assist and blind-spot monitoring. Making life more comfortable are push-button start with Smart Key, Qi wireless charging, tilt-and-slide moonroof, heated leather seats, Entune with a full app suite, and a JBL sound system. New this year is the TRD Pro Desert Air Intake for keeping fresh air flowing to the engine when churning up dust and sand.
Under the Hood
Power for the 2019 Toyota Tacoma comes from two sources. Standard is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine good for a modest 159 horsepower. Power can be routed to the rear wheels (2WD) or all four (4WD) but only via a 6-speed automatic transmission. A better choice is the 3.5-liter V6 that offers nearly 120 more horses and a significant boost in torque, yet delivers nearly identical fuel economy figures as the smaller 4-cylinder. You’ll also get a choice between the 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission.
159 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
180 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/23 mpg (2WD, automatic), 19/22 mpg (4WD, automatic)
278 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy, est.: 19/24 mpg (2WD, automatic), 18/22 mpg (4WD, automatic), 17/21 mpg (4WD, manual), 17/20 mpg (4WD, manual, Double Cab)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is all over the place, thanks to the variety of cab, bed, engine and drivetrain choices. Put simply, the least expensive model is an SR trim 4-cylinder Access Cab with 2-wheel drive, starting about $26,600 when the $1,045 destination charge is included. On the other end of the scale is the Tacoma 4x4 TRD Pro Double Cab with the automatic transmission, which starts around $46,500. You can mix and match to just about anything in between, but for what it's worth the prices start higher than a Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon, but the 2019 Tacoma comes with a lot of standard equipment. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price calculator to see what people are paying in your area for the Tacoma, and note that resale value is just another one of this truck's many strengths.
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Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Consumer Reviews
January 08, 2019
This is my 3rd Tacoma Truck all from each generation. So far this is my most favorite one. I am very impressed with the power and MPG....
December 06, 2018
fantastic "compact" pick up truck
This is my third Tacoma Access Cab. The 6 cylinder is capable of towing 6500 pounds, so it moves my 4,000 pound boat easily. The six...
November 23, 2018
5th Tacoma I’ve owned
I absolutely love my truck. I recently bought the 2018 Tacoma SR5 double cab. It’s been an absolute joy to drive. Surprisingly quiet and...
October 17, 2018
Great car. Love it.
September 09, 2018
Out performs my 2008 Taco with mileage & features
The smart key feature is under-rated, I would have never thought it would make as much of a difference as it has. I work in the field on...
August 18, 2018
Great value that is super reliable. No problems!
July 01, 2018
Best truck I have ever owned.
This is my second Tacoma Access Cab, with the exception of my issues with the Auto transmission.
May 26, 2018
Traded My Wrangler for This and Love It!
I bought a manual transmission and it has plenty of power for me. Averaging 19.5 MPG all around, and 23 on the highway. I just bought...
May 17, 2018
2017 Tacoma V6, SR5, Dual Cab, Automatic. This has been a great truck. Not a single problem. Runs great, handles great, its comfortable...
May 05, 2018
We have been very pleased with this truck. The gas mileage has been averaging 20mpg so I hope Toyota works on improving this, but...