The segment of mid-size pickup trucks is going through a real renaissance these days. Many models came completely new, while others came with significant improvements. Also, we are about to see big novelties in the near future as well. However, Tacoma still manages to be the most popular model in the class by a pretty large margin. If you’re looking for a reason, of course, there is the company’s unparalleled reputation when it comes to reliability. Also, the thing most truckers like about this model is that it stands somewhere in the middle. On one side, there are trucks like Chevy Colorado or Honda Ridgeline that offer a smoother ride, on the other side, Jeep Gladiator has more versions with off-road aspirations in the offer. This truck is a little bit of both worlds and the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport will continue to be in the perfect middle.
2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Design
If you look in Tacoma’s lineup, this version stands in the perfect middle. It is the least capable version with the TRD badge, but still a much better option compared to more basic trims. Of course, the recent update has brought novelties to this trim level as well. There are some new standard features but the model is actually more about those general changes that affected all versions. All in all, we don’t expect that this model will feature more significant changes in the next year either. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport will carry on with the same design, which offers perfect practicality and it is strong in all fields.
2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Features
When it comes to 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport features, we might see a couple of additions, but things will generally remain the same as in the current model. In terms of mechanics, these models aren’t much different compared to the lower-grade SR5 trim level, except that the V6 engine is standard. You won’t find any off-road upgrades on this model, like in TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro versions.
On the other side, there is a pretty nice amount of additions when it comes to interior features. Some of the first things you’ll notice are leather-wrapped shift knob, a household-style power outlet and a push-button start. Other notable additions are navigation, wireless charging, HD Radio etc.
Other than that, you may count on things that are standard in lower trim levels. This includes features like a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, alloy wheels, an 8-inch touch screen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry etc. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport may come with a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment. One of the first things that come to mind is a surround-view monitor, which is currently an optional feature.
Speaking of the optional features, this trim level also unlocks two optional packages. The first one is all about comfort and convenience, so it includes leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and automatic high-beam headlights. The other one offers safety features like rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
When it comes to safety features, the current model stands pretty well. It comes with a long list of standard equipment, which includes Toyota’s Safety Sense P package, as well as a rearview camera. The aforementioned package includes systems like lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. As we already mentioned, you can get rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Engines
One of the biggest differences compared to lower trims levels is that a V6 engine is standard. We definitely won’t see changes in the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, which will carry on with a good-old 3.5-liter V6. This engine is known as one of the most reliable units on the market. This particular version is good for about 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, which ensures pretty good driving dynamics. The engine comes in pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which has been recalibrated recently, which should provide a smoother ride. Also, 4×4 models are also available with a manual gearbox.
When it comes to fuel economy, this model returns around 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Release Date and Price
Considering that the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport probably won’t feature bigger changes, we expect to see it in a typical time of year. The current model starts at around 37.500 dollars and we don’t expect significant changes in the future.