Toyota Tacoma 2022
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE19 MPG City / 24 MPG Highway
- ENGINE3456 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is terrific for work duties and fantastic for off-roading, but its small interior and driving manners are less refined than most other mid-size pickups. While it's the only one that still offers a manual transmission, its anemic four-cylinder and 270-hp V-6 deliver unremarkable performance; a six-speed automatic is optional but isn't particularly refined. At least the Tacoma is backed by Toyota's storied reliability, and its off-road-optimized models are especially capable. It flourishes in the mud and on the trails, with a flexible suspension and rugged equipment that help preserve its reputation alongside legends such as the Jeep Wrangler and now its pickup counterpart, the Gladiator. The 2022 Tacoma isn't as customizable as the Jeeps, and it doesn't drive as well as the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, but the Taco is tough and packed with standard driver-assistance tech.
What's New for 2022?
Lifted Tacoma models get jacked up even higher for the 2022 model year. The Trail Edition and TRD Pro both now sit a half-inch taller in the back and 1.1 and 1.5 inches taller, respectively, up front. The height advantage gives each truck better approach, breakover, and departure angles that make crawling over uneven terrain easier than before. The TRD Pro adds a wild-looking and exclusive Electric Lime paint color, too, and the Trail Edition can now be coated in Lunar Rock (previously limited to TRD Pro models). Highlighting the Trail Edition's visual updates are bronze 16-inch rims as well as bronze lettering in its grille. The TRD Pro is now further distinguished by a debossed "TRD Pro" logo on its rear bedsides and there are also new hood graphics.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- SR - $27,915
- SR5 - $29,705
- TRD Sport - $34,825
- TRD Off Road - $36,105
- Limited - $40,670
- Trail Edition - $40,835
Nightshade - $41,670
Toyota hasn't released pricing for the 2022 Tacoma, but that'll likely be announced closer to the truck's on sale date at the end of this summer. Since we expect only a minor increase in how much each trim will cost, we can still recommend the TRD Off-Road crew cab (a.k.a. Double Cab). It comes standard with an electronic locking rear differential, and we'd take ours with the optional four-wheel drive. We’d pass on the wheezy four-cylinder base engine and upgrade to the more powerful V-6 option. While not selecting the automatic transmission means missing out on certain options, we prefer to shift gears ourselves and avoid the auto's clumsy behavior. This decision limits us to the shorter 5.0-foot cargo box, because—for whatever reason—the manual isn't compatible with Tacos fitted with the 6.0-foot bed. Likewise, the Premium packages are not offered with our transmission choice. Still, every model has 16-inch wheels, black over-fenders, copious driver assists, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. We'd also choose the Technology package with options, which brings upgraded front lighting with LED elements as well as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The Tacoma might have only average crash-test ratings, but it has the most standard driver-assistance technology in its class. While the Ridgeline maintains its class-leading status here (thanks to excellent crash-test scores), the mid-size Toyota has more impressive tech than its other rivals. For more information about the Tacoma's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning
- Standard adaptive cruise control
The Tacoma's warranty coverage aligns with most rivals, and Toyota offers the best complimentary scheduled maintenance plan in its class.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles