2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2020 MODEL
$26,880 - $41,865
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2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 19, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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The Toyota Tacoma has been there approximately for more than 20 years now. While the rest of the full-size trucks have risen up and grew with the times, the Tacoma has lingered true to its core notion of a work truck, endeavoring the adventure of the old cargo-hauling days of yesteryear.

Toyota is known for its reliability and ruggedness, and it has many cars and trucks in its arsenal to show for that. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is one of Toyota's most reliable pickup truck that has proven time and again that it is worthy of giving a tough fight to the new kids in the block even after 22 years of its initial release.

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Pros

Bold Looks

Touchscreen infotainment system throughout all the trims

Practical interiors

Cons

Tight rear seats

Light weight steering

What's New?

Standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa

Larger touch screens

Optional 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Available surround-view monitor and multiterrain monitor


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26880

bodystyle

4dr Double Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

164 cu.in.

horsepower

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

180 lbs.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

63.0/63.2

dimensions

wheelbase

127.4 in.

length

212.3 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

4095 lbs.

ground clearance

9.4 in.

capacity

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1505 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/21/23 mpg

ev range

422 mi.

highway range

485.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

2 yr./ 25000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab SR

SR

power
278 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$26,880 - $32,315


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,880 MSRP (20/21/23) 159 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2.7 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
SR 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,315 MSRP (18/20/22) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab SR5

SR5

power
278 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$28,715 - $35,690


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,715 MSRP (20/21/23) 159 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2.7 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
SR5 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,115 MSRP (19/21/24) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
SR5 4dr Double Cab 6.1 ft. LB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,615 MSRP (19/21/24) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
SR5 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,190 MSRP (18/20/22) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
SR5 4dr Double Cab 6.1 ft. LB 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,690 MSRP (18/20/22) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 5

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Limited

Limited

power
278 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$38,790 - $41,865


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $38,790 MSRP (19/21/24) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
Limited 4dr Double Cab 5.0 ft. SB 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $41,865 MSRP (18/20/22) 278 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


If you want a reliable pickup truck with impressive off-roading capabilities and strong towing power, then Tacoma might just be what you are looking for. It is worth noting that being a pickup truck, it compromises with cabin comfort and safety, and this is where competitors like Honda Ridgeline and Chevy Colorado take an edge.

With that being said, Tacoma is one tough rival to beat. The styling of this pickup is pretty much old school, but at the same time does look refreshing to the eye, making this pick up one of the stylish pickups in the category.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Front View
2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.0/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is available in 6 trims. The entry-level SR has the most basic features, and it’s recommended to upgrade at least a couple of trims up to bring out the rugged nature of Tacoma. The Limited trim used to be the top dog, but since last year TRD Pro has taken the lead as the top trim.

To get the best out of a Tacoma, enhancing its off-roading abilities is a must. TRD Off-Road model suits the profile perfectly. It adds extra features like tuned suspension for off-road shocks, electronically locking differential, and a 7-inch infotainment system.

Trims

SR

SR5

TRD-Sport

TRD Off-Road

Limited

TRD Pro

MSRP

$32,115

$35,190

$36,895

$36,150

$38,140

 $43,520

Key Features

Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P)

Keyless entry with engine immobilizer

Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite

Multi-terrain Select (4x4 automatic models only)

Dual-zone automatic climate control

TRD-tuned high-performance FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks

 

Integrated backup camera

4.2-in. TFT Multi-Information Display

Smart Key System with Push Button Start (A/T only)

Crawl Control (CRAWL) (4x4 models only)

Premium JBL Surround Sound System

Rigid Industries LED fog lights

 

Entune Audio

Entune  Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Electronically locking the rear differential

Power tilt/slide sunroof

TRD Pro skid plate

 

Fabric-trimmed seats

 

 

 

 

TRD Pro cat-back exhaust

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Although all variants are somewhat similar to just a minor change in features, I would suggest going for the TRD off-road just on the basis of its off-road capabilities which could come in handy when we talk about a pickup.

Along with that, this variant also gets a Multi crawl control system and daytime running headlights as standard, amongst a host of features.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma offers two engine choices to the buyer. The SR and SR5 models come with a 2.7 Liter Inline-4 engine. There is an option to upgrade to a V6 engine, which is highly recommended as the 159hp generating 4-cylinder engine feels too weak and inferior for a vehicle this size.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab comes with 6 Speed Transmission

Toyota didn’t do anything new with Tacoma’s engines for 2020. The transmissions, however, saw some changes. An aging six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trims. But for the old school guys who still prefer a manual gearbox, the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro have an optional 6-speed manual transmission as well.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Honda Ridgeline

Engine

Regular Unleaded V-6 3.5 L

Regular Unleaded V-6 3.6 L

Regular Unleaded V-6 3.6 L

Regular Unleaded V-6 3.5 L

Transmission

 6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

278 @ 6000

308 @ 6800

308 @ 6800

280 @ 6000

Torque

265 @ 4600

275 @ 4000

275 @ 4000

262 @ 4700

Although an inline-4 engine is accessible in opponents’ base models as well, Tacoma’s engine is comparatively more muffled. Also, Tacoma’s V-6 engine disappoints to provide as much power as that of Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon, both of which can produce 308bhp.

Acceleration

It’s no surprise that the least power-generating engine would also be on the shallow end of the boost pool; The Tacoma is no exception. While other competitors compete on a millisecond scale, Tacoma takes well over a second to reach the 60 mph mark.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado LT

GMC Canyon Denali

Honda Ridgeline

0 – 60

7.7 seconds

6.1 seconds

6.3 seconds

6.6 seconds

Quarter Mile

16 seconds

14.8 seconds

14.9 seconds

15.2 seconds

Toyota Tacoma’s V6 strives to provide adequate acceleration mainly due to its lack of power generation, but also due to the 6-speed transmission. Be it a broken path or flat plane, swiftness is not one of Tacoma’s strong suit.

Ride and Handling

The Toyota fares pretty worse here. The suspension is bumpy which also affects the ride quality. The steering too is very lightweight, which is good for driving in the city and traffic, But not on the highway, where it doesn't offer any confidence at all and requires a lot of corrections.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab's steering wheel is very lightweight

Once you go off-road, Tacoma simply tackles slow technical regions, seldom without the support of driver assistance tools like crawl control or the locking rear differential. Appears like Toyota absolutely covered all grounds, right? Well, not quite; the steering leads to misalign at higher speeds on rough terrain, which is a disappointment for an off-roader.

Braking

The Tacoma does well to come to a halt from a speed of 70 mph. By stats, Tacoma does better than most rivals. However, from a driver’s perspective, the brake pedal feels a bit touchy and bites at minor inputs. This is grimly unsettling during traffic.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Honda Ridgeline

70 – 0 MPH(feet)

180 

183 

185 

195 

Brake Pads – Front (in)

10.8

12.2

12.2

12.6

Brake Pads – Rear (in)

10.1

12.8

12.8

13.0

But once you match the Toyota Tacoma with its ancestors, it is easy to perceive an amendment in the brakes. They seem more easily accentuated. Tacoma has one great defect, though: it still sports a drum brake in the rear tires. Need we say anything further?

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The base I-4 engine of Tacoma gives 19 MPG in city and 24 on the highway. Upgrading to the V6 only adds an extra 1 MPG on the highway, so the mileage is almost the same all over the board, whichever engine you choose.

These numbers are about the average for this class. The worst numbers were displayed when the V6 engine was paired with the 6-speed manual transmission, although the manual transmission adds to the fun of driving this off-roader. 

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Honda Ridgeline

MPG (City)

19

18

18

19

MPG (Highway)

24

25

25

26

MPG (Combined)

21

20

20

22

Some rivals who function better than the Tacoma incorporate Honda Ridgeline, which gives 19 / 26 MPG in city/highway. Ridgeline is also the only truck that has a standard V6 across all trims. 

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Interior

7.0/10

The seating the Toyota remains top-notch as ever. They are sturdy and provides adequate support to the back and thighs. However, due to the suspension problems, the ride quality seems bumpy which has a toll on the seating too. The fixed style front seats of Tacoma are only suitable for short to medium height drivers.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Front Seats

Taller drivers would steadily whisk the headliner. Most trims offer adjustable lumbar assistance. If you opt for the access cab models, dodge asking more than two adults to sit on the rear seats, because the legroom, just like the telescopic travel, meets the least qualifications. The 4 doors double cab is a necessity as it enhances the legroom by 25%.

Model

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

GMC Canyon

Honda Ridgeline

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.7/58.3/42.9

39.7/58.3/42.2

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.5/58.2/42.5

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

34.9/56.5/24.6

36.6/54.9/25.4

36.7/57.3/28.6

38.8/61.5/36.7

If spacious rear seats are in your list of essentials, Honda’s Ridgeline gives a healthy room for full-grown adults. If you don’t want to go out of the Toyota family, The Toyota Tundra is a viable choice if you opt for the rear seats. 

Interior Features

  • 4.2-in. color Multi-Information Display (MID) 
  • 4-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support
  •  4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • Urethane tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls
  • Remote keyless entry system with lock
  • Manual day/night rearview mirror (4-cyl. only)

Infotainment

The Toyota Tacoma Cab does not boast of the best infotainment present in this segment. Although, it does what is required of it. Also, the whole infotainment panel could have been integrated better with the dashboard.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Infotainment Screen
  • Entune Premium Audio
  • Integrated Navigation13 and Entune App Suite
  • AM/FM/HD radio
  • CD player
  • six speakers,
  • Auxiliary port
  • USB media port
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Hands-free phone capability
  • Phone book access and music streaming7 via Bluetooth
  • Wireless technology, Siri Eyes Free HD Radio
  • Predictive Traffic and Doppler Weather overlay
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month All Access trial

Payload Capacity

The seatbacks can be dragged down to get a fully flat load floor. It is also a nuisance to stow the rear seats. The long number of actions needs eliminating the headrests, flipping the seat cushion forward, and certainly flipping the backrests down. Altering them is fairly tiresome.

Bed Volume Comparison

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Chevy Colorado

Honda Ridgeline

Smallest available (Ft.3)

38

41

41

34

Largest available (Ft.3)

47

50

50

34

Tacoma’s bed is created from a composite material that can endure impacts and scrapes. Tacoma offers two-bed sizes, a 60-inch short bed, and a 73-inch long bed. The step-in height is a bit annoying as compared to competitors like Colorado, who offer a step for comfortable climbing.

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2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Exterior

9.0/10

The Tacoma was first introduced to the US market in 1995, that’s 22 years ago. It is, therefore, no surprise that Tacoma’s looks are sturdy and remind the viewer of the classic truck style. Despite minor changes here and there, Tacoma has mostly kept its old school look.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Three Quarter View

The front of the Tacoma looks burly and capable. Its square design is neatly complemented by a hexagonal grille. Tacoma also has narrow headlights and puffed out fenders, which give it a meaner look.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Honda Ridgeline

Gross Vehicle Weight (lbs.)

5600

5600

5300

6019

Length (in)

212.3 – 225.5

212.4 – 224.9

212.4 – 224.6

210

Width (in)

74.4

74.3

74.3

78.6

Height (in)

70.6

70.4

70.7

70.2

Ground Clearance (in)

9.1

8.3

8.1

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

127.4

128.3

128.3

125.2

Track Width – F/R (in)

64 / 64.2

62.4 / 65.9

62.4

66.3

Here, the Honda Ridgeline comes last in terms of exterior dimensions while all the rivals cast a similar shadow.

Exterior Features

The bed at the back of Tacoma has some cool features :

  • Dark gray grille with black surround
  • 16-in. styled steel wheels
  • Projector-beam headlights with turn Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors
  • Color-keyed rear bumper
  • Integrated color-keyed tailgate spoiler
  • Engine/front suspension skid plate
  • Deck rail system
  • Sliding rear window with privacy glass
  • Fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) bed

Towing Capacity

Tacoma offers two-bed sizes, a 60-inch short bed, and a 73-inch long bed. The step-in height is a bit uncomfortable as compared to competitors like Colorado, who offer a step for easy climbing.

Out of the two cab options, the smaller Access Cab only uses the 60-inch bed, while the double cab has the option of either length.

 Bed Volume Comparison Toyota Tacoma GMC Canyon Chevy Colorado Honda Ridgeline
Smallest available (Ft.3) 38 41 41 34
Largest available (Ft.3) 47 50 50 34

 The cargo bed in higher trims offers a lot of flexibility. Features like a LED box lighting, damped tailgate, a 120 volt AC power outlet, and adjustable tie-down cleats add to the cargo bed’s functionality.

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2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Safety

8.0/10

Tacoma impresses with its safety tech. New additions to the standard safety features include:

  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags
  • Driver and front passenger active headrests
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) 
  • Child-protector rear door locks (Double Cab only)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) with individual tire location alert
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear parking assist sonar
  • Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) (A/T only)
  • Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) (M/T only)
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • Engine immobilizer

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Competition

Chevrolet Colorado VS Toyota Tacoma

The fight between the Toyota and the Chevrolet goes right down to the wire. Both generate decent values of torque and power. Now, the Pickup and braking of the cars are similar as well. While internally and mechanically to the Colarado is way better. However, in terms of physicality, the Tacoma wins the battle and the comparison remains a tie between the two heavyweights.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado 

GMC Canyon VS Toyota Tacoma

The GMC Canyon is built on the Chevrolet platform and thus has a lot of fo things similar too with Colorado. However, it does get a marginally better dimension and acceleration, rest all remains the same. Again the Tacoma scores on all the important aspects of the pickup and wins this battle.

2020 GMC Canyon

 

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Final Verdict

8.0/10

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab is an old school pickup cab which is very physical and muscular with massive towing capacity and ground clearance that would envy many. This factor is of so much importance that the Tacoma beats the similar Chevrolet and the GMC just on the basis of these factors.

However, the real fight is with the Nissan Frontier which has given this category a new lease of life with a luxurious and mechanically advanced cabin that cannot be ignored.

But the ground clearance is a big let down for the frontier, which remains pretty poor. Add to that a marginally better engine, and the Toyota Tacoma Cab wins this review easily.