Taco Tuesday: The 2022 Toyota Tacoma Is Already Out for Review

The time when 2022 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck models hit dealerships is just around the corner. By the fall of 2021, Electric Lime TRD Pro models and Lunar Rock Tacoma Trail Edition trucks will be on display, but are they worth our attention? Here’s what 2022 Toyota Tacoma reviews say about this new model year.  

a 2022 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck parked in the dirt near mountains
2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition | Toyota

The new model year is mostly the same truck 

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma reviews tell us that this truck is much like the 2021 model year Tacoma. One of the primary differences is that the models with a lift as standard equipment will have more ground clearance than before. According to Car and Driver’s 2022 Toyota Tacoma review, the TRD Pro and Trail Edition models both stand 0.5 inches taller in the rear and 1.5 inches taller up front for the TRD Pro models and 1.1 inches taller for the Tacoma Trail Edition trucks. 

With that added height, these pickup trucks now have improved breakover angles, in addition to better approach and departure angles. Now these already bonafide rock crawling beasts have even more capability for traversing brutal terrain than before. The Lunar Rock paint color will now extend beyond the TRD Pro models to the Tacoma Trail Edition trucks, and Toyota revealed the all-new Electric Lime color for the TRD Pro models.

2022 Toyota Tacoma reviews aren’t in love, but sing its praises nonetheless

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro in Electric Lime
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro in Electric Lime | Toyota

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is, overall, strikingly similar to its 2021 model year predecessor. There’s a new Trail Edition model and a fresh TRD Pro color. But other than that it features the same standard safety features, the same 2.7 liter four-cylinder base engine and 278 hp 3.5 liter V6 options, and the same ancient six-speed transmission. 

“The Toyota Tacoma is a willing workhorse and credible off-roader, it’s just more primitive than most other mid-size pickups.”

Car and Driver

In their reviews for the new model year Taco, Car and Driver rates it a 6.5/10 and The Car Connection rates it a pretty low 5/10. While the off-road designated versions shine in their element, critics’ reviews point out some flaws. The model receives accolades for off-road prowess, high resale value, and historic reliability.

 “Off-road, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trucks are veritable mountain goats.”

The Car Connection

That said, their cabin refinement and interior space are a bit questionable. The Car Connection review for the Taco’s new model year warns tall drivers and passengers against the cramped rear seat and headroom. The ride in off-road trims is stiff, and the acceleration can feel lazy, according to the review. 

Is the Toyota Tacoma a good pickup truck? 

Overall, it’s a solid little truck with great reliability scores and unbeatable resale value in its class. Regardless of what any critics say, it’s the most popular midsize pickup in the segment. Is it a good truck? That all depends on what you want. 

If you want a great pickup truck that will last a long time and perform well off-road, you may end up sacrificing some refinement if you choose the 2022 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck model. It’s undeniably popular and presents well in terms of style. It may not get the best ratings from critics, but its popularity tells a different story.

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