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According to critics, the 2023 Toyota Tacoma is one of the best overall midsize trucks. It’s a safe, capable model with many standard features. For most people, buying the Toyota pickup or a competitor from Ford, Honda, or another automaker seems like the perfect option. However, any version of the latest Toyota Tacoma is a better option than expected. In fact, experts disagree on the best 2023 Toyota Tacoma trim. There are too many fantastic options to choose just one. Should you buy an SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, or another model?

What are the 2023 Toyota Tacoma trims?

A 2023 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition midsize pickup truck. Experts disagree about the best trim.
2023 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

First, knowing each of the available 2023 Toyota Tacoma trims is the first step to finding the best option. With so many to choose from, understanding the pricing is essential to finding a suitable Tacoma. According to Car and Driver, the midsize truck has seven variants. They are SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, Trail Edition, and TRD Pro. Equipment varies significantly with each model, as does off-road capability.

In addition, the standard engine is different for many Tacoma trims. For example, it uses a standard base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine good for 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. However, a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 278 hp and 265 lb-ft is optional for the SR and SR5 and standard on all other models. Some trims offer a manual six-speed transmission with the V6 engine instead of the standard six-speed automatic.

2023 Toyota Tacoma trimPrice
TRD Sport$35,495
TRD Off-Road$36,775
Trail Edition$45,570
TRD Pro$48,020

Experts disagree on the best model

Front angle view of orange 2023 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck
2023 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

Firstly, Car and Driver recommend buying the 2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road. Dead center in the lineup, the TRD Off-Road model is intended for what its name suggests, off-roading. C/D likes that it comes with a standard electronic locking rear differential and optional four-wheel drive. Additionally, it recommends taking the V6 over the four-cylinder. Every model also has 16-inch wheels, black over-fenders, many driver assist features, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and many optional packages.

Comparatively, the experts at Edmunds recommend buying a different trim in the Toyota midsize truck lineup. By choosing the SR5 model, buyers get the most bang for their buck if off-roading features aren’t a requirement. “The SR5 keeps the price down and gives you the choice of both engine options. It also comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power-adjustable driver’s seat (V6 engine). You also get the choice of a few optional tech and driver aid packages,” Edmunds said in its review.

What is the best 2023 Toyota Tacoma trim?

In conclusion, we find it difficult to disagree with Edmunds about the best 2023 Toyota Tacoma trim. Although the TRD Off-Road model is excellent, the more affordable SR5 provides more value. Not only does it come with many standard features for a lower price, but many highlights of the TRD Off-Road trim are available optionally. Choosing the beefier V6, the Technology package, and more make the SR5 well-equipped. Additionally, not everyone needs off-road features, which is most of what you’re paying for with the higher trim. That’s why experts disagree about the best trim for the Toyota midsize truck.


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