Is the 2022 Toyota Tacoma better than the 2021 model?

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Let’s take a look at the incredibly popular Toyota Tacoma. It can be difficult to decide between a used 2021 model or the 2022 Toyota Tacoma model. But what’s new? Is upgrading to a 2022 model worth it?

2022 Toyota Tacoma: What’s New?

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota

For the most part, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma remains unchanged. It is mostly a carryover model and has received regular updates since the current generation was introduced in 2016. The 2023 Toyota Tacoma is expected to be completely redesigned, however.

But the new 2022 Tacoma Trail Edition is available. It is based on the Tacoma SR5 and comes with standard all-wheel drive, a locking rear differential, a 1.1-inch front lift and a 0.5-inch rear suspension lift.

As a result, the approach angle is improved to 34 degrees, the departure angle increased to 23.6 degrees, and the rollover angle is greater at 26.4 degrees.

The Trail Edition has a unique look with bronze-finished 16-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear off-road tires, bronze exterior accents and a heritage-style grille.

Is the 2022 TRD Pro better?

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The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has received some upgrades. It has a 1.5 inch suspension lift in the front and a 0.5 inch rise in the rear. It also features new TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shocks and new forged-aluminum upper control arms to take advantage of the extra rebound travel that comes with the modifications.

According to JD Power, the TRD PRo now has an approach angle of 36.4 degrees, a departure angle of 24.5 degrees and a breakover angle of 26.6 degrees.

The TRD Pro now comes with 16-inch black aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Territory all-terrain tires with new exterior badging and graphics. TRD PRO is also stamped on both sides of the cargo area.

New colors for the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro include Electric Lime, Super White, Midnight Black and Magnetic Grey. The Trail edition is available in Lunar Rock, Army Green, Midnight Black and Super White.

Is the 2022 Tacoma worth buying?

Gray 2022 Toyota Tacoma with mountains in the background, highlighting the release date and price of the 2023 Toyota Tacoma

2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition | Toyota

Yes, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma is a great off-road truck to consider. The TRD Pro is even more capable than before, and the Trail Edition delivers all-terrain capability with a luxurious comfort feel.

However, the 2023 model is expected to have new powertrain options, including a hybrid version. The Tacoma is currently powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine developing 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

You can upgrade to the 3.5-liter V6 engine for 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. It can be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma starts at around $26,400, while the 2022 Tacoma bumps the price up to around $26,700. Unless you want the new Trail Edition or the upgraded TRD Pro model, there’s not much reason to opt for a 2022 model over the 2021 model.

Both model years provide a durable, long-lasting truck. The 2023 Tacoma will likely cost a bit more due to the new exterior look, redesigned interior and other upgrades. But we’re still waiting to hear more.

If you buy a Tacoma and you’re not a fan, don’t worry. This truck retains excellent resale value. Opting for a 2021 or 2022 model wouldn’t hurt while we wait for the all-new Tacoma to arrive.

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