2021 Toyota Tacoma Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

Toyota Tacoma Model Overview at Germain Toyota of Columbus

Toyota Tacoma

Key Features

  • Starting at $27,325 MSRP*
  • Standard 2.7-Liter DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder engine or optional 3.5-Liter DOHC direct-injection V6
  • Rear-Wheel Drive (4X2) or 4WDemand part-time 4WD (4X4)
  • Available in Access Cab or Double Cab configurations, Long or Short bed lengths
  • Audio with 7-inch touch-screen, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Available in Access Cab or Double Cab configurations, Long or Short bed lengths
  • Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD)
  • Fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) bed

About the Toyota Tacoma

Continuing to build on its legendary off-road reputation, the Toyota Tacoma stands out with its commanding style, impressive 4X4 capabilities, and innovative tech features. Striking design elements of the Tacoma include an optional hood scoop, bold front grille, muscular fenders, and an embossed tailgate logo. Regardless if you choose the standard 2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder or the available 278-horsepower 3.5-Liter V6 — the Tacoma delivers potent performance to help cross the toughest tasks off of your to-do list. Traverse even the roughest terrain with optional features including Crawl Control, a Multi-terrain Select System, and an electronically controlled locking rear differential. Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) is a suite of active driver-assistive safety features found on every Toyota Tacoma model to help keep you protected from the unexpected. An ergonomic interior inside the Tacoma gives you intuitive controls along with premium soft-touch materials for added refinement.


What the Critics Say

All 4WD versions of the Tacoma do very well, but the TRD Off-Road has the suspension, tires and abundant clearance to go places other pickups, including other volume-selling midsize truck models, cannot. The locking differential, terrain select and crawl control systems are real advantages.” — Edmunds
“Thanks to its reputation for reliability and durability, the Toyota Tacoma is a good choice if you want to keep your truck for a long time, and TRD Pro models should work if you also want a midsize truck with great off-road capability.” — Motor Trend

What’s New for 2021

The Toyota Tacoma receives a handful of key updates for the 2021 model year. Lunar Rock is the new exterior color of the year for Tacoma TRD Pro models. Based on the Limited trim level, a new Tacoma Nightshade Edition models add black leather-trim seating and sinister-looking black exterior accents. Additionally, a new Tacoma Trail Special Edition also debuts with several off-road focused features. Finally, dual-zone automatic climate control is now included as standard on every Tacoma equipped with a V6 engine.

Toyota Tacoma Features

Toyota Tacoma Performance

Powerful Performance

From the standard fuel-efficient 2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder engine to the powerful 3.5-Liter V6 — pickup shoppers will find plenty of performance potential in the Toyota Tacoma lineup. Every V6 Tacoma comes standard with a Tow Package which gives this truck the ability to tow up to 6,800 pounds or carry a payload of up to 1,440 pounds. This package includes Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) which works by applying brake pressure to specific wheels while managing engine torque in order to keep things under control. Hot-stamped, high-strength steel is used in the construction of the Tacoma to ensure maximized performance and safety. Ultra-durable, fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite (SCM) is used to form the bed of the Tacoma for added toughness and durability.

Off-Road Capability

On Tacoma TRD Off-Road models, a standard electronically controlled locking rear differential works by distributing power equally to both rear wheels in an effort to improve grip in low-traction situations. The optional Multi-terrain Select system offers five distinct modes to help mitigate wheelspin when things get slippery. Available Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Crawl Control (CRAWL) provide extra assistance to reach even the most remote destinations. Providing consistent performance when things get rough, optional Bilstein® shocks are the perfect solution. Craving the ultimate performance from your pickup? Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro models deliver unparalleled off-road abilities.

Toyota Tacoma Off-Road Capability
2019 Toyota Tacoma Interior

Ergonomic Interior

From a hard day at the job site to a relaxing weekend fishing trip, the interior of the Toyota Tacoma features an inviting space to get comfortable. Built for work or play, the driver-focused layout of the cabin offers a clean look with improved functionality. Adjust your temperature preferences using the front dual-zone climate control system. Letting you keep an eye on important drive information including fuel economy, individual tire pressures, and Pitch and Roll settings is an optional 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display (MID). Keeping the interior of the Tacoma pleasantly quiet is a specialized cab-to-bed seal. Additional premium features available inside the Tacoma include a power moonroof along with leather-trimmed seating surfaces. All Tacoma models come standard with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa compatibility to access your favorite apps and media.

Innovative Utility Features

Keep all of your devices and equipment powered-up with an available 120V/400W outlet which is integrated into the bed of the Toyota Tacoma. An innovative standard deck rail system features four adjustable tie-down cleats inside the bed is the perfect solution to keeping your gear secure. Another dedicated storage compartment adds even more room to carry items such as your tools. The Tacoma also comes standard with an easy-lower tailgate which can be locked for greater security and is also easily removable if desired. An available bed-mounted storage box doubles as a cooler thanks to insulation and a useful drain plug.

Toyota Tacoma Utility Features

Trims & Specs

Toyota Tacoma SR

Tacoma SR

  • Starting at $27,325 MSRP*
  • Available in Access Cab 6-Foot Bed or Double Cab 5-Foot Bed
  • Optional SX Package with 16-inch black alloy wheels, black overfenders, mirror caps, and door handles
  • Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD)
  • Fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) bed
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)

Toyota Tacoma SR5

Tacoma SR5

  • Starting at $29,115 MSRP*
  • Available in Access Cab 6-Foot Bed, Double Cab 5-Foot or 6-Foot Bed
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Integrated backup camera
  • Audio — 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport

Tacoma TRD Sport

  • Starting at $34,235 MSRP*
  • Available in Access Cab 6-Foot Bed, Double Cab 5-Foot or 6-Foot Bed
  • Connected Services: Safety Connect and Wi-Fi Connect with trial subscription
  • Smart Key System with Push Button Start
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging
  • 17-inch machined alloy wheels

Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Tacoma TRD Off-Road

  • Starting at $35,490 MSRP*
  • Available in Access Cab 6-Foot Bed, Double Cab 5-Foot or 6-Foot Bed
  • Off-road-tuned suspension with Bilstein® shocks
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL) (4×4 A/T only)
  • 16-inch machined contrast alloy wheels

Toyota Tacoma Limited

Tacoma Limited

  • Starting at $40,080 MSRP*
  • Available in Double Cab 5-Foot Bed
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • Power-sliding rear window with privacy glass
  • Automatic headlights

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Tacoma TRD Pro

  • Starting at $45,250 MSRP*
  • Available in Double Cab 5-Foot Bed
  • TRD-tuned off-road suspension with 2.5-inch FOX® Internal Bypass shocks with rear remote reservoirs
  • Heritage “TOYOTA” front grille
  • Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed heated front seats
  • Rigid Industries® LED fog lights

*MSRP includes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra), $1,175 for SUV/Van/Small Trucks (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally related equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**2021 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.