What’s New for the 2023 Toyota Tacoma?

January 13th, 2023 by

A red 2023 Toyota Tacoma SR5 SX for sale is shown from the side driving on a trail at night.

Here at Performance Toyota, we keep tabs on all of the latest Toyota news so that we can let you know about the exciting features, cutting-edge tech, and modern styling that the latest models have to offer. As with other models in Toyota’s lineup, we have the Toyota Tacoma for sale on our lot, and in years past, we already had plenty to love about this rugged midsize pickup, but the 2023 model has brought even more to the table. With several new appearance packages and upgrades to multiple trim levels, the Tacoma is even more configurable than it was before and just as tough and practical. Let’s take a look at all that the 2023 Tacoma has to offer.

The SR5 SX Package

Available on the SR5 trim, the new SX Package makes your body color of choice pop with dark trim accents. It adds black overfenders, black 16-inch wheels with black lugnuts, and black side view mirror caps to the exterior. The look is rounded out with an exclusive tailored SX bed graphic and exterior badging that lets the world know you’re driving an SR5 SX Tacoma.

The SR5 Chrome Package

Like the SX Package, the Chrome Package is available on the SR5 trim of the Tacoma and is new for the 2023 model year. Where the SX is understated with black accents, this option shines with plenty of (you guessed it) chrome accents. It features 18-inch polished chrome-finished wheels, chrome outer door handles, and a chrome exhaust tip. In the rear, a shiny tailgate letter insert spells out “Tacoma” loud and proud, and on the inside, as a luxurious extra touch, you’ll find a leather-wrapped shift knob.

SR5 Upgrades

The SR5 trim is an excellent choice for drivers who are looking for good value. It doesn’t cost too much more than the base SR trim, and it adds plenty of features that bring the driving experience to the next level. Interior touches like a leather-trimmed telescopic steering wheel spruce up the cabin, and you unlock the ability to customize the exterior with the new SX and Chrome packages for a unique look.

Beyond gaining two spiffy new appearance packages and giving drivers new ways to customize their trucks to match their personality, the SR5 trim has also received some other upgrades for the 2023 model year. SR5 Tacomas with a V6 engine under the hood now come standard with Toyota’s Smart Key. So instead of having to fish your key out of your pocket or bag every time you need to lock or unlock the doors or start the ignition, you just need to have it on you, and you can get the Tacoma going with the push of a button. Plus, the driver’s seat is power-adjustable, so it’s easy to get each setting just right, whether you’re short, tall, or anywhere in between. SR5s with V6 engines also all come with automatic dual-zone climate control as of this model year, so the driver and front passenger can each set the AC or heat to their ideal temperature, whether they run hot or cold, or you can set it to auto and let the system work its magic.

A person is shown using a laptop on the bad of a silver 2023 Toyota Tacoma Limited.

Limited Upgrades

The SR5 may have the most changes for the 2023 model year, but it’s not the only trim that’s getting some upgrades. The upper-level Limited trim already has plenty of luxury and technology features that are sure to suit the tastes of just about any driver. Leather-trimmed heated seats keep you warm and toasty during the cold months. A blind spot monitor comes standard, working alongside the driver assistance tech that comes standard across all Tacoma trim levels (including forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams). These features help keep you aware of your surroundings and safe on even the longest of road trips. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa and comes with a built-in Dynamic Navigation system that can get you anywhere you need to go.

For the 2023 model year, the Limited now comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen rather than the base seven-inch version. The larger screen is easier to read at a glance, so you can get the information you need quickly and get your eyes back on the road ASAP. The Limited trim also comes standard with Panoramic View Monitor, a 360-degree camera view that you can use to get a complete look at your surroundings, which can come in handy when you’re navigating tight spaces or parking in a crowded lot.

TRD Pro Upgrades

If you’re looking to take your truck off-road, then it’s hard to do better than the Tacoma TRD Pro. This rugged truck is loaded with special features like skid plates that protect its underbody components from rocks and other obstacles, extra-bright wide-angle LED fog lights that can cut through nasty weather in harsh environments, and TRD-tuned Fox Internal Bypass shocks that keep you in control even when the trail gets rough and rocky. For the 2022 model year, the TRD Pro gained some extra height on what was already a raised suspension, so it now sits 1.5 inches taller for even better angles of approach and departure on uneven terrain.

If you want to make a splash in your off-road truck with a bright, bold color, then you’re in luck. The TRD Pro is now available in the exclusive Solar Octane color, a bright orange that gives you excellent visibility whether you’re speeding through the desert, crawling over rocks, or even kicking up mud deep in the woods. You’ll never lose track of your campsite with this bright orange beacon there to lead you back to it.

TRD Sport Upgrades

Where the TRD Pro is oriented toward rough going on uneven terrain, the TRD Sport is ideal for driving on highways and in cities. Its features are geared toward driver comfort and include a wireless smartphone charging pad that lets you power up your devices without getting tangled up in cables, an auto-dimming rearview mirror that gives you a great view day or night, and a premium audio system that’s perfect for music lovers. For the 2023 model year, the TRD Sport is now available in Electric Lime, a bright green that stands out in a crowd (or a crowded parking lot).

A grey 2023 Toyota Tacoma Trail Special Edition is shown parked at a campsite.

Take on 2023 in the Toyota Tacoma

While the Tacoma didn’t get a major redesign for 2023, there are plenty of things for drivers to be excited about. Several trim levels have new standard features that make driving more comfortable and convenient. Plus, there are new styling options that can help you put your personality on display and get a vehicle with a unique look that stands out in a crowd. The Tacoma already had plenty going for it going into this model year, so these changes are just a cherry on top for a capable truck.

If you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of the new Toyota Tacoma, come on down to Performance Toyota. We’re happy to get you set up with a test drive so that you can see for yourself what makes this truck so special. If you find that the Tacoma is what you’re looking for, then we’ll make sure you have a stress-free buying experience. Or, if it’s not quite the right fit, our showroom will be right there, and you can check out other quality Toyota trucks like the full-size Tundra or SUVs like the RAV4, Highlander, and Sequoia. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure that we can get you matched up with the perfect fit.