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Auto review: Toyota Tacoma Double Cab stingy on space, spendy at the pump

By Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Business News

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Double Cab: Good things in small packages?

Price: $45,288 as tested. $1,670 for Advanced Technology Package; $485 for LED headlights; more below.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes that it is "great for off-roading, rugged and reliable, packed with driver-assistance tech," but not the "crew cab's tiny back seat, automatic gearbox is uncoordinated, interior quality is disappointing."

Marketer's pitch: "Play harder."

Reality: Still Tacoma-y after all these years.

What's new: The Tacoma gets some infotainment and safety upgrades but remains pretty much the same since the 2016 model year.

 

A real test: I begged mightily for the fleet company to meet me at my mom's place when we visited up north in July. I knew that the chance to drive one vehicle 100 miles one way (the VW Atlas) and return in this one would give me a great perspective.

I didn't know how right I would be.

On the road: The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport takes SUVs to sporty extremes, and makes the roads more fun and enjoyable than they otherwise would be.

The Tacoma takes all of that right back out.

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