All new features, colors, and packages help define the 2023 Toyota Tacoma and continue to defy expectations, maintaining its market position as a best-selling pickup despite not being a full-size truck. Those who want a practical, great-looking, affordable pickup will definitely find what they’re looking for with the 2023 Toyota Tacoma, as it continues its trend of being an all-around functional vehicle with a lot of style etched into its personality. With new features, content, and upgrades, the 2023 Tacoma improves upon an already working and very popular formula.
The 2023 Tacoma is available in six different trim formats, including the entry-level SR trim, the SR5, the TRD sport, the aptly named TRD Off-Road, the upscale Limited, and the TRD Pro. You can also get the Tacoma in two special editions, including the Trail Edition and Nightshade Edition. You can also get the best-selling midsize pickup in nine different exterior colors, which includes the all-new Solar Octane exclusively for the TRD Pro. The other eight colors include Lunar Rock, Blue Crush, Army Green, Barcelona Red Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Ice Cap, and Black.
In addition to the all-new Solar Octane color, the 2023 model year also adds the SX package to the SR5 trim, which includes black exterior accents and badging. The Chrome package is also available for the SR5, featuring 18-inch chrome-finished alloy wheels, chrome door handles, chrome exhaust tips, and a tailgate insert featuring the Tacoma badge. The Chrome package also comes equipped with a leather-wrapped shift knob for additional interior appeal. Let’s take a deeper look at the 2023 Tacoma and show why we’re so excited about this new model.
The 2023 Toyota Tacoma features two distinct powertrain options, giving you choices of what sort of engine you want at the heart of this midsize truck. The 2.7-liter inline 4-cylinder is a great way to equip your Tacoma for the purpose of daily driving as well as other light work tasks. The engine produces 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque and is attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The other option, a 3.5-liter V6 engine, is great for those who need a little more oomph from under the hood of their pickup. The direct and port-injected V6 comes with improved efficiency thanks to an intelligent intake and exhaust. These features add a more fuel and power-centered efficiency to the engine’s operation. In all, you have 278 hp at your disposal that delivers up to 6,000 RPMs with 265 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is paired up with a 6-speed automatic transmission, but you can also get it outfitted as a 6-speed manual for those who want to clutch your way through the gear shifts.
The 2023 Tacoma is available in two different drivetrain configurations, including a rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive format, so you can easily take the Tacoma off-road with four-wheel drive or stick to the pavement for all of your recreation and functional driving needs with the rear-wheel format. The Tacoma is also fitted with standard 16-inch wheels but can scale up to 18-inch polished alloy wheels for the Limited trim. All of the wheels are also paired with all-season tires and give you a variety of different wheel and tire sizes to fit onto the Tacoma, depending on if you need the truck for basic driving, work purposes, or off-road use.
A pickup truck’s utility is one of its most important features. Being able to trailer, tow, and haul cargo are huge selling points for both midsize and full-size trucks. Thanks to a great array of exterior and interior functions, the Tacoma is more than capable of achieving a wide range of different utility functions, including a towing capacity of up to 6,800 lbs when equipped with the V6 power plant. The Tacoma is also capable of achieving a maximum payload of 1,685 lbs, making it more than adequate for those who need a durable, reliable midsize truck that can tow and haul cargo with ease. With the standard inclusion of a Class IV tow receiver hitch, crawl control, and multi-terrain configurations, the Tacoma is outfitted for a multitude of different scenarios.
With two different bed sizes, including a short bed measuring 60.5-inches in length and a long bed measuring 73.7-inches in length, you get plenty of room to work with when it comes to cargo storage in the Tacoma. The vehicle also has a max ground clearance of 9.4-inches, and you can also take advantage of an approach angle of up to 35 degrees for the TRD Pro, a departure angle of 23.6 degrees, and a breakover angle of up to 26 degrees; perfect for those of you who plan on taking the Tacoma over rocks, bumps, and mounds during your off-road travels.
Other features that you might find useful for utility purposes include available LED headlights with daytime running lights, along with LED fog lights and turn signals. When it comes to the bed, you can rest easy knowing it has a fiber-reinforced sheet-molded composite with steel outer layers to protect it and the cargo you place inside from scratches, dents, or wear. Multiple storage compartments are great for tools and emergency utilities, while the rail caps, four adjustable tie-down cleats, and four fixed cargo bed tie-down points with a fully modular deck rail system mean you can attach, customize and outfit the Tacoma the way you see fit. The standard inclusion of an easy-lower, lockable and removable tailgate also adds to the appeal of the Tacoma’s functionality as a standard daily driver and a work-reliant truck.
One thing that many might find useful is the ability to customize the Tacoma’s cab. The truck is available in two cab formats, depending on how many people you need to fit inside and what sort of passenger capacity you need from a midsize pickup. There is the Access Cab and the larger Double Cab with four doors. You can seat up to 4 people in the Access Cab and 5 in the Double Cab. Inside, you have standard cloth-stitched seats, but an available leather-trimmed interior with a 10-way adjustable driver seat with 2-way power lumbar support can help add to the truck’s comfort amenities. A 4-way adjustable front passenger seat is also available, along with a leather-trimmed tilting telescopic steering wheel and leather-trimmed shift lever.
You have power-locking doors and windows, as well as an available auto-dimming day and night rearview mirror. All 2023 Toyota Tacoma trims also come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and high-speed dynamic radar-based cruise control. You also get all the standard assists like brake assist and Smart Stop technology. Other standard safety features like the LATCH system and a full suite of airbags are implemented across every trim in the 2023 Tacoma’s lineup, so safety is never lacking with Toyota’s midsize pickup.
On the fun side of things, you have a broad range of tech inside the 2023 Toyota Tacoma. For instance, you have access to a touchscreen that scales up to 8-inches, featuring available premium audio and dynamic navigation with voice-activated commands. Hands-free phone calls and messaging with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration helps bring the entertainment and media features to life. Add in SiriusXM Satellite Radio functionality, and you can easily see how getting passengers out of the Tacoma might be difficult once they start playing with all of the infotainment gadgetry.
In addition to Bluetooth, you have Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, so you can always stay connected while inside the Tacoma. Remote keyless entry and panic functions are also standard across most trims, and with Remote Connect services made available along with Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, you’ll find plenty of the latest tech made available inside of the Tacoma, turning it into a fully functional midsize solution both inside and out.